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Funding Opportunities

Hello everyone,   On June 22, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) announced the first-ever funding opportunity for coordinated approaches to address unsheltered homelessness, including resources for rural communities. The Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness, makes $322 million in competitive funding available to communities.  

To apply, CoCs need to demonstrate a comprehensive community approach to reduce homelessness among people experiencing homelessness with severe service needs, especially those with histories of unsheltered homelessness. Funding is available for permanent housing, street outreach efforts and other supportive services, and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS). Applications must be submitted no later than October 20, 2022, at 8:00 PM EDT.  

If interested, please read the NOFO, register here , and join HUD Supplemental CoC NOFO Overview Thu, Jun 30, 2022 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT. Instructions on how to apply will be forthcoming.  

In addition to the NOFO, the Sentara Cares grant application cycle is open. Applications due on July 15. Details can be found Here

The RMH Foundation Announces Spring 2022 Grant Cycle

If you’re working to address prominent social determinants of health factors like housing, food security, behavioral health services, skilled career training, and equitable access to care in the Shenandoah Valley , RMH foundation would like to hear about your work — and how they can help.

The RMH Foundation invites funding proposals through the Sentara Cares web portal for initiatives that will have a positive impact on community health.

Applications will be accepted February 15 through March 15. Potential applicants are strongly encourage to attend the technical grant support webinar on February 15.  Sign up here for the webinar.  You can also reach out to Cory Davies, RMH Foundation Executive Director, at CRDavies@Sentara.com.

Vulnerable Populations COVID-19 At-Home / Point of Care Test kits

The VDH Testing Team has reopened the Vulnerable Populations COVID-19 At-Home / Point of Care Test Request Form. The tests kits will be shipped out approximately once a week; emergency requests cannot be accommodated. 

VDH supplied tests are prioritized for low income populations, people of color, uninsured/underinsured, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs, and for those with limited access to care (rural residents, etc.).  For additional guidance on test kit distribution, please refer to the State Health Commissioner’s Interim Guidelines for the Prioritization of the Use of Rapid COVID-19 Tests.

The COVID-19 tests currently offered are listed below.  Please note that some tests require the use of a smartphone or smart device.  Please consider this requirement as you order tests for your communities. 

Please reach out to Keri Houser by phone 804-773-0857 or email k.houser@vdh.virginia.gov with any questions about the tests.

VHSP Funding Opportunity

The Western Virginia Continuum of Care is pleased to announce the availability of funding for homeless services in our region through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). DHCD released the Notice of Funding Availability for the 2022-2024 Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) statewide competition today and the CoC’s Consolidated application is due Monday, April 4, 2022.
Here are the funding guidelines and application instructions.

DHCD will host a How to Apply Webinars on:

Tuesday, February 8 · 10:00am – 12:00pm, GoogleMeet, https://meet.google.com/bxw-xxtq-xzp, or dial: ‪(US) +1 337-346-2180 PIN: ‪572 440 187#

Wednesday, February 9 · 1:00 – 3:00pm, Google Meet, https://meet.google.com/hgj-yees-dfh or dial: ‪(US) +1 970-344-9440 PIN: ‪249 165 420#

There is no need to attend both, as they will cover the same information.

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series – Starting February 1, 2022

The Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Roundtable Discussion Series aims to identify, imagine, and increase trends that support innovation in RRH services and programs and the development of best practices within communities through a series of webinars with provider-level practitioners, people with lived expertise, and program administrators. Each webinar in the series will host a facilitated dialogue amongst a small group of panelists and will include an opportunity for participants to submit questions to the panelists and technical assistance (TA) providers.

Who Should Attend?

This series is intended for anyone involved in homeless system response and identifying housing for our most vulnerable neighbors including, but not limited to, Continuum of Care (CoC) staff and/or leadership, program administrators, consumer advisory board members, Youth Action Board members, direct service staff/program management, landlords and property managers, and recipients and subrecipients of Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and CoC funding.

Schedule

TitleDate and Time
Equity as a FoundationFebruary 1, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Assertive Engagement in PracticeFebruary 8, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Landlord Engagement and Unit AcquisitionFebruary 15, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Rapid Resolution/Rapid ExitFebruary 22, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Innovation in RRHMarch 1, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Joining Instructions

Participants do not need to register in advance. It is strongly recommended that you join each webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time (1:15 PM EST). To join each webinar, simply access the login page at the link below.

Join the Webinar

To join by phone, simply dial 1-877-223-6370 and use the following conference code: 718-687-7411.

Updated CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidance for Shelter Residents and Staff

As of January 4, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance on COVID-19 quarantine and isolation protocols, including for high-risk congregate settings with a risk of secondary transmission. This includes homeless shelters.

Guidance for Residents

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.

More Information on Quarantine and Isolation

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

NOFO FY21 HUD CoC Consolidated Application

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 email Isaiah Mejah, Western Virginia Continuum of Care Coordinator for further information or question Isaiahm@harrisonburgrha.com

Department of Medicaid Assistance Services (DMAS) needs your Input!

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:

https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?RGID=rd9c2c40696e2ff326aa98708e5868c02

More information about DMAS’ High Needs Supports (HNS) program is available at https://www.dmas.virginia.gov/for-providers/high-needs-support/

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Seward at elizabeth.seward@dmas.virginia.gov.

Notice of NOFO FY21 Funding Decision

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