VAWA Housing Protections – Implementation within ESG and CoC Programs Webinar

All ESG & CoC funded programs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please join HUD and CSH to discuss the implementation of HUD’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Final Rule in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs. The VAWA Final Rule expands housing protections for survivors of domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in CoC and ESG projects. The rule was created to help ensure all individuals have access to a safe home without the fear of violence and to reduce the risk of homelessness among survivors. Learn more about:

  • The protections and rights outlined in the rule including the protection from refusal of assistance, termination of assistance, or eviction based on being a survivor
  • A survivor’s right to an emergency transfer when there is a safe and available unit
  • The option to bifurcate a lease to help keep a survivor safely housed

The webinar will provide a full overview of the rule, specifically targeted to recipients of ESG and CoC funds.

VAWA Housing Protections – Implementation within ESG and CoC Programs Webinar

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Register for this webinar.

Runaway Youth Prevention Webinar

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Dear Colleague,


On November 28, 2018 from 3-4 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will present “Runaway Youth Prevention.” This webinar coincides with National Runaway Prevention Month.

This webinar will address current emerging needs, discuss recent initiatives and legislation, and highlight the importance of law enforcement involvement in runaway youth prevention. Presenters will discuss strategies and best practices to prevent runaway youth and examine research on runaway youth and how it can be applied in various settings. Resources will also be provided to participants.

Register and learn more about this free webinar.

Thank you,




The Office of Juvenile Justice and

Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


9300 Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22031-1207



MCOC Tri-Chair Election – Call for VOTES!

The Maine Continuum of Care is electing a new Tri-Chair to serve a three year term of office. There are two excellent candidates vying for the position: Veronica Ross, of The Opportunity Alliance, and William (Bill) Higgins, of Homeless Voices for Justice. Each has submitted a brief statement, below, for your consideration.

Only MCOC member agencies in good standing are eligible to vote, and there can be only one vote per agency, so make sure you confer with your co-workers! Please email your vote to Awa, Vickey and Scott  before December 10th so we can announce the winner at the next MCOC meeting.

(If you are not sure if your agency is in good standing, please ask, and yes, votes must go to all three, Awa, Vickey and Scott. This website scrambles email addresses so if you need them, contact Scott at stibbitts at mainehousing. org and I will send you the info.)

From Veronica:

My name is Veronica Ross. I have been with TOA for over 17 years working with our HUD funded programs in a variety of capacities, everything from direct care to APRs and Esnaps applications.  I have been an active participant in the CoC for many years, involved in all aspects of the PCoC and with the merger I have been a part of writing the NOFA, member of the Data, Monitoring, Coordinated Entry, NOFA and a member of the BOD.

I feel that my long history with the CoC would make me an asset for the MCoC as a Tri-Chair. In addition I have a reputation of being highly organized, collaborative and responsive; qualities I feel are necessary for a tri-chair position. I appreciate the nomination and thank you for your consideration.

From Bill:

William Higgins served on the Statewide and Regional One Homeless Council for over two years, as well as regularly attending CoC and ESAC meetings, and now serves as the Homeless Advocacy representative to the Maine CoC Board of Directives.  While lacking the formal education in human services and social work, I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1981 with a BS in Marine Engineering.

My goals are first to apply the leadership skills from my education, 16 years of naval service as an officer, as well as project management skills providing engineering services to Nuclear Power Plants.  An additional goal is of course to bring the perspective as a veteran who has been homeless four times.

I thank all for their consideration for this Tri-chair position.


William E Higgins Jr


Reminder: SHC Meeting 11-13-18

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. There is also a call-in option for those not able to attend in person. Minutes here are from September. October minutes will be posted after they are approved.

SHC Agenda 11.13.18

SHC Minutes 9-11-18

State and Federal Legislation Update 11.7.18

Statewide Homeless Council Meeting Protocol – Adopted 9.11.18



Accepting Nominations for MCOC Tri-Chair Position

The Maine Continuum of Care is currently accepting nominations to fill a Tri-Chair position. The MCOC will do their best to maintain equal representation of the three regions (Southern, Central, and Northern) for the tri-chair positions.  Currently we are accepting nominations to fill the remainder of the term for the Region 1 Chair. Standard terms are for 3 years, and Chairs may be re-elected. Nominees must be MCOC members in good standing, meaning they are eligible to vote at MCOC meetings. If you are not sure the person you wish to nominate is eligible, please contact Vickey Rand or Awa Conteh to confirm their status. Also, please confirm with the person you wish to nominate that they are willing and able to commit to the time and energy required of this role (Full MCOC meetings, Board meetings, NOFA Committee, etc.). Please email the nominee’s name, agency, and contact information to Vickey or Awa.