2015 CoC Competition Project Rankings

The CoC’s Evaluation Panel met on Friday, October 30 and on Monday, November 2 to determine the ranking strategy for the FY 2015 CoC Program competition. The Panel considered feedback from the CoC Recommendations Survey, HUD’s selection priorities, and project scores when determining the Cambridge CoC’s 2015 ranking strategy.

The project scores and ranks are listed here. The esnaps CoC Priority Listing will be posted to the website during the week of November 16.

FY 2015 CoC Competition: Project Review, Reallocation, Selection & Ranking Process

As discussed at the October 8 CoC meeting, the 2015 CoC competition requires more intensive strategic resource allocation than has been necessary in past competitions. To make the difficult strategic resource allocation decisions required for the 2015 competition, the Cambridge CoC will utilize the process and procedures described in the document below for project review, reallocation, selection & ranking. The process is designed to be inclusive, fair, and transparent.

Please review the Cambridge CoC’s Process for Project Review, Reallocation, Selection & Ranking.

Click here to review a PDF copy of the Recommendations Survey that was distributed to active CoC members (agencies and individuals who have attended 50% or more of the last 12 Homeless Services Planning Committee meetings).

FY 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competiton

Each year, the City of Cambridge Continuum of Care applies for funds available for homeless services from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This annual grant competition brings over $3 million to the City’s continuum of housing and services. On September 18, HUD released the 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) competition, which will be open through November 20, 2015.

Please review the 2015 Overview and Application Process document for additional details about the competition and timeline. Additionally, you can access HUD’s resources for the competition on the HUD Exchange website’s NOFA page.

FY 2015 Permanent Housing Bonus Project: Request for Proposals

The purpose of this RFP is to select a housing and service provider(s) to be included as sub recipients in the CoC’s Permanent Housing (PH) Bonus Project proposal that will be submitted as part of the 2015 CoC Program application to HUD. The PH Bonus Project competition presents an opportunity to significantly expand the number of units dedicated to chronically homeless individuals in Cambridge, and to create new Rapid Rehousing projects for the CoC.

To be considered for inclusion in the CoC’s PH Bonus project submission, applicants must submit a proposal cover sheet, a budget form, and a brief narrative (maximum of four pages) responding to the requirements outlined in the RFP.

Download the RFP here: FY2015_CambCoC_PHBonus_RFP

Download the Housing Budget Workbook here: FY2015_CambCoC_Bonus_HousingBudgetWorkbook

Upcoming Webinar on Housing First

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, July 9 from 3:00-4:30 PM EDT titled: Housing First for People Experiencing Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.

This webinar will provide practical information about implementing the Housing First model to serve people experiencing SMI or co-occurring disorders. Join the webinar to hear real life experience in implementation, learn tips and strategies for putting the theory into practice. Click here for additional details.

Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://samhsa-hhrn.adobeconnect.com/e7wos38jzh3/event/login.html After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Cambridge CoC Governance Charter: Annual Review and Update

The Cambridge CoC is required to review and update its Governance Charter on an annual basis (24 CFR Part 578.7). The original Charter was adopted by the CoC in April 2014 after several weeks of review and revisions by CoC stakeholders. To facilitate the annual review process in 2015, CoC staff have updated the document, and it is available for review here: GovernanceCharter_June2015_Revised

Comments and suggested revisions must be submitted by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on July 16, 2015 to emengers@cambridgema.gov. All suggestions and revisions will be brought to the CoC’s Board who will make the final decision to approve the updated Governance Charter.

A few minor revisions have been made to the Governance Charter. They are summarized below for your convenience when reviewing the document.

Page # Description of revision
2 Removed the Coordinated Assessment Working Group from the
listing of Homeless Services Planning Committee (HSPC) subcommittees on page
3, and added its responsibilities (to establish and implement a coordinated
assessment and referral system, and to write written standards) to the
overall responsibilities of the HSPC.
3 Updated name of the Board subcommittee to match the name
used over course of past year (changed “Ranking Subcommittee” to “Evaluation
Panel”).
3 Added Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funding allocation to
the responsibilities of the CoC Board’s Evaluation Panel.

2015 Cambridge Point-in-Time Count Report Available

On the night of February 25, 2015, staff from the Department of Human Service Programs, partner agencies, and community volunteers completed the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The census includes a count of individuals and families staying in emergency shelters and transitional housing, and a count of unsheltered individuals.

The unsheltered count took place overnight between February 25 and February 26, and would not have been possible without the dedicated volunteers, street outreach staff and provider community, and the incredible support from Professional Ambulance and the Cambridge Police Department.

Volunteers distributed care packages that included snacks donated by Whole Foods Fresh Pond, scarves created by the Many Helping Hands MLK Day volunteers, and beautiful handmade hats donated by the knitting group at the North Cambridge Senior Center.

Click here to read the summary report.