The CoC funding decision for the FY2020-2022 VHSP Yearly Budget is now available for public comment from now until February 20, 2020. The Executive Committee established centralized intake and street outreach as priority program areas for CoC funding and determined that the emergency shelter program area should not be allocated additional funds. Comments can be made by emailing the CoC Coordinator at email@example.com.
The 2018-2019 VHSP CoC Report portrays information concerning households served within the CoC from 2018 to 2019, broken down by VHSP grantees, and including cost per household per grantee. Current VHSP grantees in the Western Virginia CoC include AIDS Response Effort, Choices of Page County, First Step, The Laurel Center, Mercy House, and Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter.
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development has announced that the Homeless and Special Needs Housing (HSNH) funding application for the Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) is now available in the Centralized Application Management System (CAMS). They anticipate releasing the Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant portion of the HSNH funding later this year.
As in previous years, this is a community-based application requiring submission from the lead agency with the subsequent grant agreements being made with individual organizations. DHCD encourages all members of the continua of care and Balance of State local planning groups to participate in one of the How To Apply sessions (details below) to learn about changes and updates to the application.
Access the grant application:
Login to CAMS, click on “Apply”, and select “Homeless and Special Needs Housing 2020-2022 – HSNH 2020-2022 Application” from the drop-down list.
HOW TO APPLY Webinars – Registration is required
- Thursday, February 6, 2020 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM
- Monday, February 10, 2020 – 1:00PM – 3:00PM
In preparation for the Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) FY2020-2022 grant cycle, the Western Virginia Continuum of Care (CoC) is now accepting Letter of Intent (LOI) applications from eligible agencies operating within the CoC’s geographic region which are currently providing or intending to provide homeless services in the following program areas: targeted prevention, rapid re-housing, coordinated entry/centralized intake, street outreach, emergency shelter, and HOPWA. Available funding for each program area is included in the table below:
Eligible applicants will need to email their completed LOI application with required attachments and templates (budget template and organizational certification and assurances template) to the CoC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10, 2020.
The first VHSP Applicant Meeting for all agencies who submit a LOI will be held on January 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Shenandoah Department of Fire and Rescue’s training room (600 North Main Street #109, Woodstock, VA 22664). The meeting will be held to discuss initial VHSP budget reconciliation and evaluation of service coverage, as well as establish funding priorities. Lunch will be provided.
Learn more about the 2020 VHSP Process Timeline.
VHSP APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
To be considered eligible for VHSP funding, applicants must:
- Be a unit of local government, nonprofit, planning district commission, or public housing authorities that are active participants of the Western Virginia Continuum of Care.
- Have recent funding agreements with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) within a Housing and Special Needs Program (contracts must have been executed since July 1, 2018) OR be willing to complete DHCD’s administered organizational review process prior to the start of the VHSP 2020-2022 grant cycle.
- Be in good standing with DHCD and in compliance with all requirements set forth in the Homeless and Special Needs Housing (HSNH) Program Guidelines.
VHSP APPLICANT REQUIRMENTS
- Geographic Coverage: The applicant operates in the CoC’s covered geography. This includes: Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, the towns within those counties, and the cities of Harrisonburg and Winchester.
- Housing First and/or Low Barrier: The proposed project is designed and implemented using Housing First principles including: no preconditions or barriers to entry except as required by funding sources, and provision of necessary supports to maintain housing and prevent a return to homelessness.
- HMIS Participation: The applicant participates/intends to participate in the Homeless Management and Information System (HMIS) database or a comparable database (for domestic violence service providers only). The applicant will also meet deadlines for submitting DHCD- and CoC-required reports, and meet data quality standards.
- Coordinated Entry Participation: The project participates/intends to participate in coordinated entry in compliance with HUD’s and the CoC’s Coordinated Entry Policies.
- Collaborative Match: Applicant can contribute to the collaborative match requirement which is 25% of the grand total of available CoC funding excluding HOPWA funds. Only VHSP-eligible activities funded by local (local government or private) resources may be used to meet this requirement. Match resources may not be used to meet multiple match requirements.
- Active CoC participant and in conformance with CoC standards: Applicant will be expected to meet CoC engagement requirements by attending at least 75% of CoC meetings, participating on two or more committees, participating in coordinated entry and HMIS, voting, adopting best practices, and conforming to CoC standards for performance.
- Serve vulnerable populations and fill housing need: Applicant serves the CoC’s vulnerable sub-populations which have been identified as chronic, veteran, DV victims, HIV/AIDS homeless, and families with children. Additionally, the applicant fills a housing need gap within the CoC’s covered geography.