Continuum of Care News – October 9, 2014

Next Continuum of Care Meeting – October 28, 2014

The next CoC meeting takes place Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Pathlight Kitchen, 3200 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and peer networking beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for the meeting includes news and discussion on happenings in our Continuum of Care, including updates on HMIS and Coordinated Assessment; updates on the 25 Cities Project; and the CoC Program Competition.

We look forward to seeing our Continuum membership at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please check this website as handouts from the meeting will be posted here after the meeting.

FY 2014 HUD Continuum of Care Program Competition

The FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition opened on September 16 and closes October 30, 2014 at 7:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. There is no application as the scores from the FY2013 application are carried over to this application. Renewing projects are still required to be ranked. For more information regarding the competition, please go to our Continuum of Care Program Competition page

 

 

Continuum of Care News – August 22, 2014

NEXT COC MEETING – AUGUST 26, 2014

The next CoC meeting takes place Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at Pathlight Kitchen, 3200 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and peer networking beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for the meeting includes news and discussion on happenings in our Continuum of Care: updates on HMIS and Coordinated Assessment; updates on the 25 Cities Project; and a CoC Competition update.

We look forward to seeing our Continuum membership at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please check this website as handouts from the meeting will be posted here after the meeting.

PRESENTATION FROM COC MEETING – JULY 22, 2014

HMIS & CAHP Overview – CoC July 2014

COC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Job Annoucement – Coordinated Assessment Specialist/Navigator

HSN is seeking a Coordinated Assessment Specialist/Navigator.  Information on the position can be found here: Coordinated Assessment Specialist. To apply, send cover letter, resume and list of 3 references by email to joan.domenech {at} hsncfl(.)org.

2014 Orange County Homeless Veterans Stand Down Reminder

The Stand Down  is Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at the Downtown Orlando Rec Center, 363 North Parramore Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 (within walking distance of Lynx Terminal). Services available include: MEDICAL CARE; HAIRCUTS; VA BENEFITS; DENTAL SCREEN;
SHOWERS; FOOD; CLOTHING; SHELTER INFO; VOCATIONAL SERVICES; & MUCH MORE.

A copy of the flyer below in color presented to the a LYNX DRIVER will give FREE LYNX Transportation to the event.

OC 2014 Stand Down Flyer – Orlando

Additional information on the stand down, including how to volunteer, can be found at the Stand Down Tab on this website.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Florida Realtors Housing Matters Summit

Join local, state and national leaders who have had success addressing the core challenges related to family homelessness. The Summit takes place on Monday, Sept, 22, 2014, at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel in Orlando.

Registration is now open. The event is free to all attendees, with lunch and complimentary parking provided. You can register at this link: Registration.cfm

 

 

 

HSN Updates – July 22 CoC Meeting and More

The next CoC meeting takes place Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Pathlight Kitchen, 3200 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and peer networking beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for the meeting includes news and discussion on happenings in our Continuum of Care: Introduction of our new Coordinated Assessment manager; updates on HMIS and Coordinated Assessment; updates on the 25 Cities Project; and a CoC Competition update.

We look forward to seeing our Continuum membership at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please check this website as handouts from the meeting will be posted here after the meeting.

COC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Job Annoucement – HMIS Support Specialist Position

HSN is seeking an HMIS Support Specialist. The position is responsible for providing full support services to agencies participating in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) through Homeless Services Network of Central Florida. Information on the position can be found here: HMIS Support Specialist. To apply, send cover letter, resume and list of 3 references by email to agustin.paz {at} hsncfl(.)org.

Point in Time Information for 2014

The HUD point in time count submission for the point in time count 1/31/2014, are now posted to the website. The link is here: Point in Time Info. We have also posted the Consultant report for the Point in Time Count and our submission to the State of Florida at the same link.

HUD and USICH: Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing Webinar

Join Ann Oliva, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Richard Cho, the Senior Policy Director at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for this informative webinar on Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing. This webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EDT. Participants will learn: Core Components of the Housing First approach; Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing as a housing model; How to implement Housing First and/or Rapid Re-Housing;Why both of these interventions are critical to the efforts to end homelessness. Please register at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/352697119

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Amy Green, a reporter at WMFE, the NPR affiliate here in Orlando, is working on a special series of stories on homelessness in Central Florida, focusing on how foreclosures are affecting homelessness in the region. She  interested in interviewing a person or family who has gone through homelessness because of foreclosure. The person can be a homeowner who lost a home or a renter whose landlord lost a home, and the person was evicted. The person can be homeless currently or someone who was homeless in the past, like during the depth of the recession.  She can be reached at 407-273-2300 ext. 219.

 

 

HSN Update – Next Continuum of Care Meeting May 6, 2014

HSN’s next CoC meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Pathlight Kitchen, 3200 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808. This meeting will be for both April and May (there will be no meetings, April 22 or May 27).

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and peer networking beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for the meeting includes news and discussion on happenings in our Continuum of Care: Point in Time Count results; Coordinated Assessment implementation; 25 Cities Project; HMIS news and introduction of new HMIS Project Manager; and a CoC Competition update.

We look forward to seeing our Continuum membership at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please check this website as handouts from the meeting will be posted here after the meeting.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DOL-VETS Announces Availability of HVRP Funds
$6 million available for Urban and Non-urban grants, applications due May 13
 
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announces a grant competition that will award an estimated 24 or more Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program grants totaling approximately $6 million to provide an estimated 2,000 veterans with occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, to help them succeed in the civilian labor market.
“Every day, our service members — and their families — make tremendous sacrifices for their country. Yet too many veterans are homeless,” said Secretary Perez. “The programs funded through this grant will work to help homeless veterans find good jobs and provide them with opportunities for a brighter future.”
Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to: state and local workforce investment boards; local public agencies; tribal governments and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. Successful applicants will design a program that addresses the multitude of challenges associated with homeless veterans.
HVRP grantees must promote active engagement with industry, employers and employer associations to identify the skills needed for in-demand jobs and careers. The grantees will coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers.
The solicitation for grant applications (SGA 14-02), including the full announcement and application instructions, is available at http://www.grants.gov. The deadline for applications is May 13, 2014. More information on the Department of Labor’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets/. For questions about this grant announcement please contact Cassandra Mitchell at 202-693-4589.

 

PROCESS TO REQUEST CoC FL-507 Support Letters for SSVF FY 2015 Applications

This post provides the Process to Request CoC support letters for Priority 1 SSVF FY 2015 Applications and support letters from the CoC for Priority 3 SSVF FY 2015 Applications.  Applicants are eligible as stated in the NOFA, a link for which can be found at the end of post.  Eligible applicants include the CoC lead agency. HSN, as the lead agency of the CoC, is applying for Priority 1 funding under this NOFA.  All agencies that submitted a letter of intent to be included in HSN’s application in response to the announcement that Ken Mueller and Melody Froling made at the Provider meeting on February 17, will be contacted by HSN for consideration of inclusion in the HSN application. All agencies who are current recipients of the Priority 2 SSVF funding through HSN will also be contacted by HSN for consideration of inclusion in the HSN application. HSN, as the lead agency of the CoC, is also applying for Priority 2 funding (renewal) under this NOFA.  It is important to note that any eligible applicant as defined in the NOFA may apply for Priority 1 or Priority 3 funding under this NOFA. The fact that HSN is applying for Priority 1 funding does not prohibit any other agency from applying on its own for Priority 1 funding. 

The SSVF FY 2015 NOFA (79 FR 2535, January 14, 2014) states that “all SSVF applicants should provide letters of support from the CoCS where they plan to deliver services that reflect the applicant’s engagement in the CoC’s efforts to coordinate services.” The NOFA further states that Priority 1 applications are required to have a letter of support, and that the CoC can endorse a maximum of two Priority 1 applications; Priority 3 applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain a CoC support letter.

Since there is potential for any eligible applicant to apply for SSVF to serve very low income veteran households in the continuum area (Orlando/Orange County/Seminole County/Sanford/Osceola County/Kissimmee), the following process will be used to fairly and transparently determine which applications, especially Priority 1 applications, will be provided the letters of support.  Based on the information from the SSVF NOFA as well as the needs of the CoC as a whole, each application will be evaluated by a ranking committee composed of a minimum of 3 individuals who are not associated with any applicant based on the applicant’s:

  • Experience and capacity to effectively administer the SSVF grant in accordance with the SSVF program rules and regulations
  • CoC engagement experience
  •  Agreement to participate in the CoC Coordinated Intake and Assessment Process
  • Agreement that SSVF data will be entered into the CoC’s HMIS

Thus, this SSVF Pre-Application process has been established, as recommended by the VA, for applicants to provide the information needed to adequately review and respond to requests for a letter of support from FL-507 CoC (Orlando/Orange County/Seminole County/Sanford/Osceola County/Kissimmee) for a SSVF FY 2015 application. The pre-application consists of the following:

1.       Cover letter with the applicant’s request, including the type (Priority 1 or 3) of SSVF application.

2.       Completed SSVF Continuum of Care Pre-Application form: SSVF Continuum of Care PreApplication

(Note:  If you are not applying for Priority 1 funding, you may mark the questions, “Total Available VA SSVF Priority 1 funding for CoC” and “Percent Project Request of Total AvailaVA Priority 1 Funding” as N/A.)

3.       A description of how you will ensure SSVF data will be entered into the FL-507 CoC HMIS system.

4.       An executive summary of your proposed grant application (limit 2 pages)

The completed Pre-Application items listed above must be received by FL-507 CoC by email to coc {at} hsncfl(.)org no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Upon receipt of the Pre-Application items, the person listed as the contact name on the Pre-Application will be notified via email of the date and time the Pre-Application was received by FL-507. Upon review of all applications by the Ranking Committee, the Ranking Committee will determine what support letters should be issued by the CoC and the decision will be posted on the CoC website no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. Those requests that are approved to be issued by the Ranking Committee will be sent to the approved applicants at that time and the CoC will also inform the VA representative of endorsement no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014.

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Continuum of Care Meeting – February 25, 2014
Powerpoint Presentation

Here is the link for the power point presentation from today’s Continuum of Care meeting:

Continuum Mtg Powerpoint Feb 25

Thank you for attending the meeting. We had a great turnout and lots of good discussion. Looking forward to our next meeting in March.

Continuum of Care Monthly Meeting – February 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

HSN’s next CoC meeting will take place on Tuesday, 2/25, at Pathlight Kitchen, 3200 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and peer networking beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for the meeting includes a discussion of the upcoming HSN SSVF application for Priority 1 funds. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about HSN’s plans for the application and for you to give input regarding the application.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please check this website for more information regarding the application. Input will be received by email from interested parties to coc {at} hsncfl(.)org through February 28, 2014.