This is to let everyone know that the Maine Continuum of Care will NOT be meeting on February 21, 2019. We will see you all at our next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00.
This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 9:20 to 2:00 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. Please see the agenda for details, including a call-in number for those not able to attend in person. Other materials that will be discussed at the meeting are also attached, below. Notes from the January SHC Retreat are still being finalized and will be posted on this site as soon as they become available, so please check back prior to the meeting.
|HUD awarded over $200 million for over 900 new homelessness programs across the U.S. and its territories. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This final announcement includes FY 2018 awards for all new, CoC planning, and Unified Funding Agency (UFA) costs projects. These awards also include new projects being awarded with Domestic Violence Bonus (DV Bonus) funding. HUD has now announced all FY 2018 CoC Awards. View a list of all FY 2018 CoC Awards. Note: This announcement follows HUD’s January 26, 2019 announcement that nearly $2 billion was awarded to renew more than 5,800 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and its territories. The January 26 announcement included FY 2018 awards for all renewal projects and projects that applied for transition grants. Appeals of an award determination must be submitted to HUD by 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, March 25, 2019. See Section X of the FY 2018 NOFA for more details. For questions relating to this announcement, a recipient or Collaborative Applicant should send a message through HUD’s Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. We deeply appreciate your work to end homelessness.|
What this means for MCOC:
|Of the New Project Applications that MCOC submitted, we got the Planning Grant ($368,718) and two other projects:|
|CHOM||Penobscot County Long Term Housing||$350,000|
|MCEDV||DV Housing Services Coordinator||$100,000|
|We did not get funding for the following project proposals:|
|CHOM||York County Long Term Housing||$350,000|
|Preble Street||Huston Commons Expansion||$105,579|
|Hope House||PCHC Joint TH RRH PH||$119,700|
|Hope House||PCHC Recovery Housing TH RRH PH||$199,855|
|MCEDV||DV Housing Vouchers||$474,332|
|HUD has not yet released COC Scores or debriefing information.|
All MCOC Renewal Projects were funded. New Project Awards will be announced “at a later date” – stay tuned!
|HUD Announced Nearly $2 Billion for FY 2018 CoC Renewal Projects |
On January 26, 2019 HUD announced nearly $2 billion to renew more than 5,800 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and its territories. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The announcement includes FY 2018 awards for all renewal projects and projects that applied for transition grants. Awards for new projects, including projects being awarded with Domestic Violence Bonus (DV Bonus) funding, will be announced at a later date. View a list of the renewal and transition grant awards by CoC. This announcement includes awards for the following types of projects in both Tier 1 and Tier 2: One-year renewals for expiring grants, including those for CoCs designated as a Unified Funding Agency; Renewals where the applicant applied to consolidate several renewal grants; and Projects where the applicant applied for a transition grant. The announcement does not include awards for the following types of projects: New projects created through Bonus, DV Bonus, or Reallocation, including those for CoCs designated as a Unified Funding Agency; CoC Planning and Unified Funding Agency Costs projects; and New grants that expand existing projects (expansion grants). HUD will announce awards for the above noted new projects at a later date.
Award letters for renewal and transition grants are being emailed to the email addresses we have on file. If an identified awardee does not receive an award letter in the next few days, please contact HUD’s Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. If you wish to appeal this decision, you will have 45 days beginning when HUD makes the final award announcement. This final award announcement will be made at a later date, and HUD will send an announcement over the listserv to indicate that a final award announcement has been made and indicating the deadline for appeals. See Section X of the FY 2018 NOFA for more details. For questions relating to this announcement, a recipient or Collaborative Applicant should send a message through HUD’s AAQ portal. We deeply appreciate your work to end homelessness. Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
MaineHousing has some funding available to cover the cost of sending one youth representative to the National Network for Youth Annual Summit in Washington D.C. on March 18th and 19th. The expectation would be that an agency staff member would accompany the youth, although unfortunately we don’t have funding for that. The Summit would be a great opportunity for a youth/young adult interested in advocacy work. It culminates in visits to our congressional representatives on Capitol Hill and the youth would have the opportunity to share their perspective and experience with homelessness.
If we have multiple youth interested in going, we will ask them to write up an explanation of why they want to go and what they would want to accomplish as a result of their participation in the Summit. A special focus would be what they would do with the knowledge/skills gained from the Summit upon their return.
The link to the Summit information is provided below. We would need to have youth ‘applications’ by Friday February 8th in order to get them registered at both the Summit and the hotel. Please contact Lauren Bustard at gro.g1550632842nisuo1550632842henia1550632842m@dra1550632842tsubl1550632842 or 626-4613 with any questions or if you know a youth who is interested in going.
The Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00. Please see the agenda for details including teleconferencing locations and a call-in number. Other items to be discussed at the meeting are also attached, below.
MCOC will be accepting nominations for vacant MCOC Board of Directors positions at this meeting and forwarding their recommendations to the Board (please see my earlier post on this process for more details).
Please note that MCOC will NOT be meeting in February!
The Statewide Homeless Council will be on a planning retreat for January 8th. The retreat is for voting members only – if you are a voting member of the Statewide Homeless Council, information regarding the details and location of this retreat will be emailed to you directly. There will NOT be a regular meeting in Augusta this month, so for those who regulalry attend as guests, please enjoy this ‘extra’ day!
This is a reminder that the annual Point-in-Time count is Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Below you will find information for HMIS participating agencies, agencies that do not participate in HMIS, and for Outreach efforts conducting unsheltered counts.
For HMIS Participating Agencies
All data in the HMIS for Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and Safe Haven projects need to be reviewed to ensure that it reflects what is true on the night of January 22nd. You are required to send a signed Certification to MaineHousing by February 13, 2019. Please use the link below to review video’s on the PIT and how to run your reports.
2019 PIT Sheltered and Youth Addendum for Providers
2019 PIT Sheltered Report in HMIS
2019 Youth Addendum
In addition to your PIT Count, remember that a Youth Addendum survey needs to be completed and returned to MaineHousing by February 13th for all unaccompanied youth under the age of 25.
Via Mail to: MaineHousing
Attn: Amanda Castner
353 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
2019 Housing Inventory Count Announcement
As part of the annual Housing Inventory Count process, we ask our providers to review, verify, and update your information for each of your projects. This includes Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, Safe Haven, and Permanent Housing, which includes Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-Housing projects. The HIC form has changed slightly from last year. There is a guidance document that addresses how to fill in each section of the form. This should be reviewed before submitting your certification to MaineHousing by February 13th.
- Login to ServicePoint
- Connect to ART
- Public Folder
- Housing Inventory
2019 Housing Inventory Certification Report Guide.pdf
2019 Maine Homeless Housing Inventory Certification Form
For non-HMIS Agencies and Outreach
Below you will find links to the 2019 PIT Unsheltered, Non-HMIS Participating and Youth Count video along with a link to any survey’s you will need. The training will cover general information on the Unsheltered Street Count portion of the Point-in-Time and the data collection process for the 2019 Unsheltered Count. The video is for outreach groups, volunteers and non-HMIS participants who will be assisting in the 2019 PIT count. Please remember that when filling out the surveys, keep all households together and complete a youth addendum survey for all unaccompanied youth under the age of 25.
- 2019 PIT Non-HMIS Participating Reference Sheet
- 2019 PIT Non-HMIS Participating Survey
- 2019 PIT Unsheltered Reference Sheet
- 2019 PIT Unsheltered Survey
- 2019 PIT Youth Addendum Reference Sheet
- 2019 PIT Youth Addendum Survey
For those needing surveys printed off for them ahead of time and mailed, please send me an email request no later than January 14, 2019.
If you have any questions or need support, please contact me by phone or email.
HMIS Application Specialist
353 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Maine Relay 711
The Maine Continuum of Care is seeking nominations to fill several vacant Board of Director seats. While all nominations are welcome and will receive equal consideration, in an effort to maintain balanced representation both in terms of geography and populations served, the Board is hoping to fill some of these vacancies with providers who serve Youth, Families, Veterans, and with at least two of the new members serving the greater Portland area.
Nominations will be accepted at the MCOC meeting on January 17th, 2019 and forwarded to the Board for their consideration at their February meeting. Please confirm with anyone you wish to nominate (and you may nominate yourself) that they are willing and able to devote the time and effort required to fulfill this role.
For more information, please contact one of the MCOC Chairs, (Vickey, Awa or Veronica) or Scott at stibbitts @ MaineHousing.org