HSN is the lead agency for the Continuum of Care of homeless services in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties, including the Cities of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford. For information specific to the FL-507 Continuum of Care, please visit www.centralfloridacoc.org.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $200 million in new project funding to support over 15,000 beds and supportive services in communities across the country. The majority of funding will provide housing and services for homeless persons who are disabled, including 8,700 persons in families, and 5,600 persons who are chronically homeless.
Locally, the 2011 funding competition resulted in a $547,927 award to the Homeless Services Network for two new permanent supportive housing projects.
Permitted uses: acquisition, new construction for housing units or the rehabilitation of existing, unoccupied housing units for homeless persons
Ineligible uses: purchase of land, furnishing or personal property, off-site utility systems, project design, impact fees; common kitchen or dining facilities, offices or program areas will only be funded if these costs are incidental to the cost of building residential units.
Lien restricting use of the property for TEN years for occupancy by the homeless
HUD’s Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that $190 million has been awarded to fund 550 new projects across the country that will provide housing and supportive services to thousands of homeless individuals and families.
Homeless Services Network and the Continuum of Care received over $1.6 million in new project funding as follows:
You may download the complete list of new projects that have been awarded across U.S. in the FY 2009 CoC homeless competition from HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange (HRE). To view the press release, please visit the HUD web site.
The deadline for all of these applications is April 30, 2010. Click the links above to access the applications, or for more information, please visit the web site for the City of Orlando’s Housing & Community Development Department.
HUD announced today that it has awarded to Homeless Services Network more than $3.6 million dollars in funding for Supportive Housing Program and Shelter Plus Care Program projects. This funding will allow HSN’s currently operating programs to continue their good work throughout the City of Orlando and Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. HSN’s application for the funding of new projects is still pending HUD’s review process.
About a month ago, we told you about DCF’s Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program (EFAHP). Well, by the time you finish reading this, that program will be out of money. The unfortunate news came from Tom Pierce, Director of the Office on Homelessness, earlier today:
“As expected, we have received an enormous number of applications for rent or mortgage assistance since July 6. By July 15, a total of 2,893 applications had been received and assigned for reviews of eligibility. We estimate that between July 6 and July 27, over 5,600 applications have been received. Our funds can only assist approximately 4,000 of those applicants. Therefore, be advised that applications received after Friday, August 7, are not likely to be assisted.
Any applications received after the above date will only be reviewed for approval if we have enough money left over from approving the first batch of cases. Otherwise, the applications will be denied for lack of funds. We will mail a letter to each applicant telling them that we are unable to help. We will also suggest that they check locally for funds.
The Office does not want to create any false expectations that EFAHP aid will be available to help a family seeking aid after August 7, 2009. The current economic situation has caused many more households to apply than ever before.
Thank you for your assistance in sharing this information with other local agencies.”
Many people have been asking what’s happening with HUD’s funding for 2009 and when HSN will start accepting applications for new projects. Today, HUD held a webcast to review last year’s competition and also talk a little bit about this year’s competition.
Because HUD’s budget approval by Congress came late this year, we’re behind where we hoped to be as far as the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is concerned. The NOFA tells us how much money Congress has allocated nationwide for the Supportive Housing Program (SHP) through which we apply for funding every year. Once we have that, we’ll know how much we’ll make available to the CoC for new project applications. The best estimate HUD could give us for the release of the NOFA is “early summer”. They also expect the the actual CoC application that we submit to HUD would be due after Labor Day.
That means HSN would be accepting applications for new project sometime between those two milestones. Once we have more information from HUD, we’ll have a workshop to explain the application process. In the meantime, we recommend that all potential applications become familiar with HUD’s Supportive Housing Program (SHP). We recommend reviewing the SHP Desk Guide which explains in great detail the types of projects that they will fund, what you can and can’t do with the funding, and what your obligations will be if you are awarded an SHP grant.
The SHP Desk Guide is available for viewing online or for download here: