FY2013 CoC Application for Funding

Homeless Services Network’s FY2013 application for CoC Program funding from HUD was submitted today. Two documents are available for review:

  1. FY2013 CoC Application
  2. FY2013 Project Priority Listing

Please direct any questions to CoC {at} hsncfl(.)org.

CoC Project Ranking Committee

The CoC Project Ranking Committee met Thursday, January 16, to review the renewal project applications, to select a new reallocated project application, and to rank them. The committee ranked projects according to their scores on the instruments posted to HSN’s web site on January 3, and according to the needs of the CoC.

The committee included the following community members:

  • Janis AkerstromHousing and Community Development Manager, City of Orlando
  • Amy Donley, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida
  • Carolann Duncan, M.S., Regional SAMH Director, Substance Abuse/Mental Health Program, Department of Children and Families
  • Ernest Hamilton, Executive Director, Kids House, Wayne Densch Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Keith TheriotPrograms Director, Community Food and Outreach Center

The committee was also tasked with finding a way of addressing a 5% reduction by HUD in the total amount of funding available to fund all of the CoC’s projects.

The committee has recommended reductions to individual project budgets based on the needs of the CoC as follows:

  • Renewal TH projects = 3.25% reduction
  • HMIS projects = 3.25% reduction
  • SSO (non-coordinated assessment) projects = 3.25% reduction

Even with these reductions in place, two low-ranked projects may not be funded by HUD:

  • HSN-Goodwill Employment Program
  • HSN CoC Planning grant

The final determination for funding depends upon the overall quality of the CoC’s application to HUD, and upon the availability of funding from HUD for low-ranking projects.

The FY2013 CoC Project Rankings are available for review.

Point-in-Time Count is Approaching!

Hello all! Just wanted to remind you that Homeless Services Network and UCF will be conducting the annual Point-in-Time Count in late January/ early February. Mark your calendars! And if you are interested in volunteering, please contact isbs {at} ucf(.)edu.


Notice of Posting Ranking Instruments

The ranking instruments that will be used for the reviewing and ranking of the New Reallocated Project and the Renewal Application Projects for the 2013 Continuum of Care Application are available for review by the community. The Ranking Committee has been appointed and all persons serving on the committee have no association with any proposed subgrantee for the Application. The award of the New Reallocated Project and the prioritization of the Renewal Project Applications by the Committee will be posted on our website no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014.


Request for Letters of Interest in Operating a Transitional Housing Project

The Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, acting as the lead agency on behalf of the Orlando/Orange, Osceola, Seminole Counties CoC, is Requesting Letters of Interest regarding available funding for a transitional housing project. Interested organizations must be 501(c)(3) and already operating a transitional housing program in the Orlando/Orange/Osceola/Seminole Counties CoC. The funding is available for one (1) year only, beginning as soon as a subrecipient agreement is signed. The funding must cover 22 beds not currently funded through the CoC. Projects must serve 11 adult persons in households without children who are disabled and over 24 and 11 adult persons in households without children who are non-disabled and over 24. Projects must focus on chronic substance abuse populations. Funding available is $70,009 for 2 FTE case manager salaries with benefits and $97,618 for operating costs, primarily utilities and maintenance/repair. Continue reading

Community Forum: Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, 1/7/2014

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is inviting interested agencies to participate in a Community Forum to discuss changes to the 2014 Point In Time Count and the impending government-mandated policy changes to funding for homelessness programs.

This discussion will be held on Tuesday, January 7th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at MetroPlan Orlando’s boardroom, One Landmark Center, 315 East Robinson Street, Suite 355, Orlando.  Parking is available in the parking garage along Ridgewood Street, alongside the back of the building.  Bring your parking ticket with you to the meeting for validation. 

Please RSVP to Beverly Grant by Friday, January 3rd at beverly {at} impacthomelessness(.)org or 321-710-4663 x1.

In this meeting, we will discuss: Continue reading

CoC Funding Competition Update

The results from the past week’s workgroup meetings were presented this morning during the CoC Roundup. Even if you were unable to attend today’s meeting or any of the workgroups, we welcome your input. You can review the CoC Roundup Presentation and send your feedback to CoC {at} hsncfl(.)org.

Also announced at the meeting was the availability of funding for new projects. Interested parties should review the application for new projects. Please direct any questions to CoC {at} hsncfl(.)org.

Point-In-Time Count Volunteers Needed

Interested in helping out the community? UCF’s Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences (ISBS) is in need of surveyors for the annual Point-In-Time Count (PIT). The PIT is a census we conduct annually of homeless men, women and children in our community. Data from this research is presented to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and helps determine the funding our community will receive for homeless services.

With prior approval from community agencies, we send research teams out to locations in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties to survey homeless individuals. We offer convenience to our volunteers, as they can sign up for any locations that they are interested in, and for as many locations as they would like. We always survey in teams- no one ever surveys at a location alone. Trainings will be provided to those who want to participate. Volunteers will be notified of training sessions once we receive all participants’ names, where you can sign up for the session that is convenient for your schedule.

Surveying will take place in January and February 2014.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the research team please contact the UCF Institute for the Social and Behavioral Sciences at isbs {at} ucf(.)edu. If you are bilingual, please make note of that in your email. #CFPITCount

General Meeting: Continuum of Care 101 and the 2013 CoC Competition Information Session

Thank you to everyone who attended this morning’s meeting! If you missed it you can review the slides. If you have any comments or questions, please email us at CoC {at} hsncfl(.)org.