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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

Applications are now open for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP)

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.

FY21 HUD Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Opportunity

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).

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. We will share more information as it becomes available.

Rent Relief Program Housing Navigators

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.

Crimson Solano covers Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and all Spanish speaking tenants.

Jenny Utley covers Page, Winchester, Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren.

Funding opportunities through Virginia Housing

Virginia Housing is awarding single- and multiyear grants to Nonprofit organizations, Government entities and Faith-based organizations through REACH Virginia program.

The grant program areas include Network Capacity Support, Community Market Support, Homeownership Market Support, and Accessibility Grants.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to follow the links below and review all the information provided. If your organization needs more information email vhdagrants@vhda.com

https://www.vhda.com/BusinessPartners/GovandNon-Profits/CommunityOutreach/Pages/Grant-Program-Areas.aspx

https://www.vhda.com/BusinessPartners/GovandNon-Profits/CommunityOutreach/Pages/Grant-Programs.aspx

2021 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference Scholarship

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.

COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits Available

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is offering COVID-19 test kits designed to provide results within 30 mins to homeless service providers. These kits can be given to your clients as needed and can be used when they are feeling sick or if they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  These test kits have everything needed to perform the test and can be performed anywhere.  The sample is self-collected by the client and they would then follow the package insert to perform the test.  Here is some more information about the test:

Lucira CHECK-IT COVID-19 Test is a single-use (all in one) test available over the counter (no prescription needed) for “at home” use. It gives results in 30 minutes or less.  Each kit includes all the supplies required to perform a self-collected test (including batteries). A smart device is not required . If internet access is available, there is a reporting portal called LUCI, where the user can report their result.   This test has a 9 month expiry from the date of manufacture.  

More information on At Home/Point of Care testing is available through the VDH Testing webpage.  If you are interested in ordering Lucira Test Kits for your organization, please use this ordering form (under Type of Organization, select “other”).  If you choose to order the kits, our team can provide you with more information on how to educate your clients regarding follow up once they perform the test, including contact information for your local health department.  For more information or questions regarding these test kits, please contact testinginfo@vdh.virginia.gov or Keri Houser at k.houser@vdh.virginia.gov.

Community Development Block Grant

The Western Virginia Continuum of Care has received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to support housing in a non-congregate setting in the amount of $648,000. The CDBG funds usage is consistent with CHERP non-congregate programs.

The Western Virginia Continuum of Care is accepting CDBG funding request proposals. Applicants must fill the CDBG funds application form below and return it by July 16, 2021.  The proposal must include program guidelines, description of supportive services, and a plan for moving participants into permanent housing. The CDBG funds can be utilized through March 31, 2022.

For questions, please email Isaiah Mejah isaiahm@harrsonburgrha.com 

Client Engagement Survey

H.B. 854 Statewide Housing Study

During the 2020 Session, House Bill 854 passed. Over the past 9 months, the H.B. 854 Stakeholder Advisory Group has convened to discuss affordable housing across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

VHA, Virginia Housing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development would like to hear from those most impacted in the community. Please share circulate this survey among providers in your community to get input from the persons they serve via state housing programs.

Engagement with those we serve is an important part of this process to make sure any policy recommendations consider the actual experiences of persons in need of housing assistance.

Help us get direct client feedback. Respondents will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Visa gift card. Ten winners will be chosen at random and notified by June 25th. Here is the survey Link.

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