For homeless shelter residents exposed to COVID-19, CDC recommends a ten-day quarantine, regardless of vaccine or booster status. Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. CDC recommends ten-day isolation for residents in these circumstances.
Guidance for Staff
For homeless shelter staff exposed to COVID-19, CDC recommends a ten-day quarantine, regardless of vaccine or booster status. If there is a critical staff shortage, facilities may consider shortening staff quarantine times. These decisions should be made in conjunction with local health departments and take all facility characteristics into consideration. For homeless shelter staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 (or are suspected to be positive for COVID-19), CDC recommends a ten-day isolation period. As with quarantine guidance, if there is a critical staff shortage, facilities may consider shortening staff isolation periods. These decisions should be made in conjunction with local health departments and take all facility characteristics into consideration.
The Western Virginia Continuum of Care final NOFO FY21 consolidated application will be submitted to HUD by November 16 2021. The Consolidated application which includes the CoC application and the project priority listing are posted below.
We thank all the NOFO FY21 applicants for their collaboration and commitment to end homelessness in our community.
Please join the Department of Medicaid Assistance Services (DMAS) on November 9, 2021 at 1pm to provide input to the design of the High Needs Support (HNS) Program, which will provide critical housing supports to the Commonwealth’s high needs Medicaid members. This webinar should be attended by organizations that deliver housing and other supportive services to those with a behavioral health need, need for assistance with activities of daily living, or a complex physical health need. The input will inform the development of a payment rate for housing service providers.
Please register for this webinar at the following link:
After reviewing the NOFO FY21 project applications, the CoC’s funding priority list is complete. There were three applications for renewal projects and two applications for new projects. Below are the funding recommendations identified by the Ad Hoc Committee for your review. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Isaiah Mejah, CoC coordinator, at IsaiahM@harrisonburgrha.com
VDH is currently accepting requests for COVID testing kits. These will be provided free of charge to organizations to assist in your COVID response efforts—all grantees wishing to receive a shipment of testing kits a request by completing the request form.
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is now accepting applications for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP)
DHCD will allocate $3,000,000 of these funds to aid localities, nonprofits, Planning District Commissions, and Housing Authorities in reducing evictions through systems changes that make eviction rare, brief, and humane. A $250,000 set-aside will allow Grantees to pilot a court navigator program as part of their VERP grant award. The contract period will be from January 1-December 31, 2022.
DHCD is seeking applicants whose combination of experience and expertise will promote system change to reduce eviction in their communities. Applications must be submitted through DHCD’s Centralized Application and Management System (CAMS). Proposals must be received no later than 11:59 pm on November 15, 2021.
DHCD will be offering a How-to-Apply Webinar on Monday, October 25 at 4:00 pm and Tuesday, October 26 at 10:00 am.
At least one representative of the organization is required to attend one of two “How to Apply” webinars. DHCD will only fund one grant per community, so the webinars will be an opportunity for interested applicants to learn if others in their communities are interested in applying as well.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), making $2.656 billion in FY 2021 Continuum of Care Program (CoC) competitive funding available to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness, and including up to $102,000,000 available for Domestic Violence (DV)Bonus projects.
The western Virginia Continuum of Care will submit one application for funding to meet our community needs. The CoC collaborative application is due to HUD on November 16, 2021. (Read the full press release here).
Blue Ridge Legal Services has hired 3 Housing Navigators to help tenants apply for the Rent Relief Program. The housing navigators will serve the areas from Lexington to Winchester. Click on the housing navigator’s flyers below to see more details.
Nicole Morrow covers Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta.
The partners of the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference have set aside funds to be used as scholarships for nonprofit organizations, local governments and students. The 2021 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference on Nov. 10-12 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia.
This is a competitive application process and all requested information must be submitted to be eligible for the scholarship. Scholarships cover the cost of the conference registration only. Applications will be ranked based on financial need and statement of interest. Applicants who have not received a scholarship in the past will be given priority.
Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m. For additional information, visit vaghc.com/scholarships.