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MCOC Meeting 7-18-19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday July 18, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at 3 group sites and via GoToMeeting. Please see the Agenda for details. Other links here will bring you to additional information and documents that we will be discussing at the meeting.

FY19 CoC NOFA Announcment

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The FY 2019 CoC Program Competition is Now Open The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. Additional resources are available on the e-snaps page on the HUD Exchange. The CoC Application, CoC Priority Listing, and Project Applications will be available the week of July 8, 2019 in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants and project applicants will be able to access the applications to review, update, and enter information that is required for the application process.  Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM EDT Project Applicants Returning project applicants can choose to import the FY 2018 renewal project application responses; however, this must be requested during your registration of the Renewal Funding Opportunity in e-snaps and is only available if you submitted a renewal project application in last year’s FY 2018 CoC Program Competition. Imported responses should be carefully reviewed to ensure accuracy and that the information is a true representation of the project activities.

  First-time renewal projects must complete the entire renewal project application.
  New project applications must be completed in full and in line with the new project application components permitted in this year’s competition
  CoC planning and UFA Costs applications will only be reviewed if submitted by the CoC’s designated Collaborative Applicant identified in the CoC Applicant Profile in e-snaps.
  Dedicated HMIS projects, renewal and new, can only be submitted by the CoC’s designated HMIS Lead as identified in the CoC Applicant Profile in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants The CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing with all project applications accepted and ranked or rejected are separate submissions in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants must submit both parts of the CoC Consolidated Application by the application submission deadline for HUD to consider the CoC Consolidated Application to be complete.

  The CoC Competition Report, and instructions on how to access the report, that includes data reported in the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) is available for use by Collaborative Applicants to complete portions of the FY 2019 CoC Application. What’s New for the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition The list below highlights some important information regarding new concepts CoCs should consider while planning for the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive and additional details are in the NOFA. Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Renewals. Many of the YHDP projects awarded in FY 2016 are due for first-time renewal in the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition. See Section II.B.6 of the NOFA for additional details.

  Expansion Projects. The application submission process for renewal projects that want to submit a new expansion project has changed.  See Section III.C.2.j of the NOFA for additional details.

  Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus Projects. There is another up to $50 million available for new DV Bonus projects (Section III.B.2.c of the NOFA) and many of the DV Bonus projects awarded in last year’s FY 2018 CoC Program Competition are eligible for renewal.

  CoC Bonus. The CoC Bonus is calculated differently in FY 2019. As stated in Section III.C.2.c of the NOFA, “…CoC is eligible to apply for up to 5 percent of its Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN), or 25 percent of the CoC’s Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) minus its Annual Renewal Demand (ARD), whichever is greater. To be eligible to receive a bonus project, a CoC must demonstrate that it ranks projects based on how they improve system performance as outlined in Section VII.B.1.a of this NOFA. The available amount per CoC can be found on the CoC Estimated ARD Report on the HUD Exchange.

Additional Guidance HUD has posted, or will post, additional guidance regarding the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition that includes, but is not limited to: Available Today: FY 2019 CoC Estimated ARD Report CoC Program Competition Report (HDX) PHA Crosswalk Available in the coming weeks: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Detailed Instructions and Navigational Guides CoC Application CoC Priority Listing Project Applications See the e-snaps: CoC Program Applications and Grants Management System and the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability pages on the HUD Exchange for a complete listing of information and guidance.

Questions If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition, submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process. If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC AAQ portal, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process. Listserv Notifications If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant for your CoC is not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link so the Collaborative Applicant can register to receive listserv messages as this is the only form HUD uses to communicate CoC Program information to the public:
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Statewide Homeless Council Meeting July 9, 2019

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 from 9:30 to 12:30 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta. We will be in the Boardroom this time. Please see the Agenda for details, including a call in number for those not able to attend in person. Other materials for the meeting are also shared, below.

SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)

 Recently held an event:

Outside the Box—Providing Mental Health Care to People Without Shelter.

To access the event recording, please click this link:

To access the slides, please click this link:

Additionally, if you would like to access a list of resources that were shared during the event, please click this link:

Save the Date: Cross-System Partnerships to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness Webinar – July 8, 2019 – 1:30 PM EDT

Join HUD, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and representatives from Nashville, San Francisco, and Connecticut as they discuss their work across systems to prevent and end youth homelessness. The teams will talk about new and exciting partnerships between young people with experiences of homelessness, and people representing the homeless response system, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health systems. Come with your questions and an eagerness to engage in the conversation. The audience for this webinar is anyone who is looking to improve system collaboration to address and end youth homelessness, including: Youth with lived experience Leadership or staff from the Continuum of Care, child welfare, and juvenile justice Education liaisons Other partners in the effort to end youth homelessness Registration is not required. Simply join the webinar on July 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM EDT. For questions, please contact Jenn Yang gro.h1563317296sc@gn1563317296ay.re1563317296finne1563317296j1563317296.

Safety & Supports for Women Experiencing Homelessness & Mental &/or Substance Use Disorders

[Please note: This webinar is scheduled for the same time as the MCOC meeting but we thought some folks might still be interested in this info.]

Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)       Safety and Supports for Women Experiencing Homelessness and Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders   July 18, 2019 – 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. (ET)     “In order to effectively deliver housing and services to women, we must also respect, embody, and value the diversity among women experiencing homelessness. We need to have a collective response to the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural identities, economic and educational backgrounds, family composition, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and other experiences that women possess.”   – Amy Sawyer, Regional Coordinator, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness [i]  
  The second webinar of the People with Lived Experience Spotlight Series focuses on the unique experiences of women who’ve experienced homelessness. Research indicates that the causes and duration of this experience differ for men and women, highlighting the need to hear the voices of women to better shape homelessness and housing services and supports. Three women who have experienced homelessness will share their stories.   This Spotlight Series is intended to help practitioners, providers, and policymakers understand challenges faced by individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders who experience homelessness. The second webinar will:  Discuss the unique needs of women experiencing homelessness Offer an opportunity to engage with women who experienced homelessness as mothers and young adults Provide helpful strategies and practices for working with women experiencing homelessness Provide recommendations for policymakers and practitioners seeking to assist women experiencing homelessness
  Speakers include: Paula Buege, CPS, CPPS, Peer Specialist & Family/Consumer Advocate, RISE Wisconsin Carmen Duncan, M.S.W., Chief Coach and Founder, Mission Accomplished Transition Services Melissa Thurner, Recovery Advocate  Cathy Cave, of HHRN, will moderate the session.   Register for this webinar now!   Please share this announcement with other stakeholders in your community.   A certificate of attendance will be available to participants.   [i] Sawyer, A. (2016, June 16). Focusing on the strengths and needs of women will help end homelessness. Retrieved from

MCOC Meeting 6/20/19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at several locations and via “Go To Meeting” for those who are unable to attend at one of the group sites. Please note that we are no longer using Tandberg or the Public Library meeting rooms – see the Agenda for complete details.

If you are the note taker for one of our committees, and your notes are not listed below, please post your latest meeting minutes on this site, or send them to me (*protected email*) and I will add them. Thank you!

“Turning the Tide: Maine’s Path Forward in Addressing the Opioid Crisis”

Governor Mills’ response to the opioid epidemic, the 2019 Opioid Summit, will be held July 15th, 2019 at the Augusta Civic
Center.  The conference theme, Turning the Tide:  Maine’s
Path Forward in Addressing the Opioid Crisis will bring
people together to discuss the many challenges those with
substance use disorder and in recovery face alongside the
opportunities that exist moving forward.
Keynoting the Summit will be Sam Quinones journalist and
author of the landmark book, Dreamland, and former White
House Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli.  In addition, a panel will address what Maine and neighboring
states are doing to respond to the opioid issues as we create unity within our great state.   
Numerous breakout sessions, each opening by someone in
recovery, will be moderated by experts in their fields addressing
issues ranging from recovery support strategies to community
coalitions and law enforcement’s impact and ability to bring hope to recovery.  Specifically, one breakout will be voices of recovery, where individuals will share their stories of challenges and
transformation.  Another will be a debate around responsible
prescribing and if the pendulum has swung too far. 

– To identify mis-information and the associated stigma with OUD/SUD, the role it plays within society and how to become an ally
giving hope to recovery and thereby saving lives and reducing
crime across the State.
– To disseminate information on the innovative evidence-based
initiatives and provide an opportunity to respond to the
Governor’s opioid strategies as presented in Executive Order 2,
issued on Feb. 2, 2019.
– To educate and promote acceptance and integration of care and support amongst those with active opioid/substance use disorder (OUD/SUD), patients, families, clinicians, the medical system,
judicial systems, government, policy makers, social service
administrations, and the public.
Monday, July 15, 2019
8:15 AM- 4:30 PM
Check-in begins at 7:30 AM
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, 04330
$40 Registration Fee

Driving Directions

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, workshop attendance and
continuing education credit included.

Various Continuing Education Credits OfferedFor more
information on credits

Law Enforcement may receive contact hours for attending.
Sign in is required.

AdCare has submitted an application for CME’s

Prevention Credits will be offered

Please Note: if you arrive late or leave early, you MUST sign out
to receive a certificate and AdCare will need to adjust your
certificate to reflect time. Certificates will be available at the end of the day, please pick them up at the registration table as a
way to confirm your attendance.

For More Information and to Register