CoC Resources


August 7, 2018


The Office of Homeless Services Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Training Department has a new set of Clienttrack Manuals available for HMIS users:

  • Quick Guide – Changing the Primary Contact Information
  • HMIS Manual for Emergency Housing
  • HMIS Manual for Night-by-Night Programs Doing Housing Assessments & Incident Reporting
  • HMIS Manual for JOH & Safe Haven
  • HMIS Manual for PSH, TH, RRH
  • HMIS Manual for Recovery House
  • HMIS Manual for PATH-funded Safe Havens
Philadelphia is now participating in the A Way Home America community dashboard, an easy-to-understand visual tool that helps us visualize our coordinated entry data for youth on a monthly basis and our progress over time. The data includes who is coming onto our prioritized by name list, who is exiting off the list, and different demographic data. We only have 1 month of data at this time, but the tool will help us measure progress over time on effectively ending youth homelessness.
On June 20th, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, with a submission deadline of Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm EDT. HUD has released additional information, including an esnaps Navigational Guide and Detailed Instructions for a thorough look at how to create and complete renewal project applications. Last week, they explained the new strategy for ending chronic homelessness with DedicatedPLUS units.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout Pennsylvania called Home4Good, in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA) to fund projects, programs, or activities that:

  • Prevent homelessness: Assist households at risk for homelessness by maintaining their current housing or divert them to alternative, safe options
  • Solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness
  • Address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth: Projects, programs, or activities determined to be critically needed by the Philadelphia CoC

The eligible uses for the funding are very flexible, allowing organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover. Please find all the eligible activities one can apply for in the RFP. Proposals from Philadelphia homeless service organizations are due via email to no later than 3:00pm, Philadelphia, PA, local time on Friday, August 24th. The Philadelphia CoC will review the project proposal submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and the extent to which they address needs in the community, submitting a packet of ranked proposals to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review. To access more information, please visit

This June, Philadelphia partnered with the True Colors Fund to launch community-wide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) cultural inclusivity trainings with all local homeless service providers. From June 1–June 30, 608 staff from across the Philadelphia homeless service system completed the Common Ground: LGBT Youth Homelessness 101 online training course, with 11 organizations having over 80% of their staff complete the training.  True Colors announced that Philadelphia was the 2018 Pride Challenge winner with a special message from someone you might recognize! If you didn’t get a chance to take the training during June but are still interested, you can take the course any time here.
The 2015 City Charter change that created the Housing Advisory Board (HAB) also mandated the production of a multi-year strategic Housing Plan with recommendations for maintaining and increasing affordable housing, workforce housing and market-rate housing. The City has recently completed several comprehensive plans, each involving extensive data analysis and robust public engagement, and the Housing Plan will also tap into the work of several existing and newly created task force/stakeholder groups, including the forthcoming Homeless Strategic Plan. An internal Data Committee is working with existing data and input received to develop initial 10-year goals for homeless, affordable, workforce and non-income restricted housing units, which will continue to be refined throughout the Plan process to produce a concise, prescriptive road map to achieve the finalized production and preservation goals.


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to implement a community based program that will: 1) provide clean-up of drug paraphernalia and other litter, overdose response and training, and the distribution of naloxone and information about local resources, and 2) create a source of income for community members. The RFP (Opportunity Number 21180717171652) can be found on the City’s eContract Philly system. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the eContract Philly online application process, received no later than 5pm on Monday, August 27th.
The Philadelphia Youth Leadership Council (PYLC) is seeking youth in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in refining their public speaking, leadership and relationship building skills through the PYLC fall program series. Orientation sessions are scheduled for Saturday, August 25th from 11am–1 pm and Tuesday, August 28th, from 5–8pm at the Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd, Room Innovation Lab, 16th Floor. For more information, contact Ms. Terri Way-Thornton (215-683-6713) or Michael Rice  (215-683-5645).
Council for Relationships is partnering with Headstrong to provide cost-free, rapid response, stigma-free, and confidential therapy in the Greater Philadelphia area to post-9/11 veterans and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. Veterans who seek treatment through Headstrong will be contacted within 48 hours.
The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) has a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified bidders who have the ability to develop and deliver learning sessions/class offerings for Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT). These learning sessions must be designed to support the skills and knowledge of parents and caregivers to understand what children are learning in schools, build capacity to advocate for children, and build upon their own skills for personal and professional growth. Proposals are due August 17th.
AARP Foundation seeks to fund bold projects with plans to scale proven, effective interventions through exponential growth, disrupting the current landscape for combating social isolation and food insecurity in low-income seniors. Applications are due August 28th.
The 20th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference will be March 4-7, 2019, with a new format in a new location: Los Angeles! Respond to the Call for Workshop and or Talk Session with your ideas! The selection criteria will involve relevance to theme, clarity of workshop, significance, and originality. Presenters must send a 150-300 word abstract by September 30, 2018.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Systems for Action program is offering up to six awards of $250,000 each for research on how to better align and coordinate medical, social, and public health services to support population health, focusing on health equity by examining how better aligning systems can ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full health potential.
Our Closet operates pop-up clothing shops in partnership with community-based organizations throughout Philadelphia. Community members are entitled to select up to 5 items free of charge at one pop-up shop per week, with no referrals necessary!
Beginning with the Fall 2018 Grant Cycle, which will open on August 31st with applications due September 30th, the Union Benevolent Association will target its grants to organizations that meet basic needs to alleviate the burden of poverty for vulnerable residents of Philadelphia. Basic needs are defined as food, shelter, clothing and other necessities including but not limited to assistance in obtaining identification documents such as birth certificates and State Photo ID; provision of post office boxes for those who lack an address; hygiene products and other toiletries; utilities such as heat; essential human services. The maximum grant will increase from $5,000 to $10,000; priority will be given to organizations with operating budgets below $1 million.
Young Involved Philadelphia is accepting applications for its next Board Prep cohort, a training program for young professionals who are interested in being non-profit board members – or who already serve on boards – and are seeking an education in thoughtful, engaged, and dedicated board service. Applications are due Friday, August 10th.

Events & Trainings

August 9, 8am–4pm: ¿Qué está pasando, Philly? A Trauma-Informed Call for Action to Fight the Opioid Crisis. The Latino Behavioral Health Coalition’s 6th Annual Symposium is for providers, social workers, educators and clinicians in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, education and counseling.

August 13–17: National Health Center Awareness Week

August 14, 10am–12pm: Introduction to Proposal Writing
August 15, 8am–3pm: 2018 Strengthening Families Summit
August 21, 10am–12pm: Intermediate Grant Writing
September 6, 9:30am–4pm: An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Turning Towards the Present Moment ($130 pp, 5 CEUs, lunch included)
September 11, 8:30am–5pm: Adult Mental Health First Aid
September 11, 2–4pm: Your Way Home Forum: Equitable Access to Economic Opportunities (in Colmar, PA)
September 12 & 13, 8:30am–1pm: Adult Mental Health First Aid
Mondays, Sept. 17–Oct. 22, 11am–12:15pm: Client Centered Behavior Change: Using a Harm Reduction Approach ($300, 6-10 CEUs)
September 18, 8:30am–5pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Fridays, Sept. 21–Oct. 19, 11am–12:15pm: Motivational Interviewing: Facilitating Change ($300, 6-10 CEUs)
September 21, 9:30am–12:45pm: All Things Ethics! Exploring Ethics and Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice ($79 pp, 3 CEUs)
September 24, 8:45am–4:30pm & 25, 8:45am–12:15pm: 2018 Social Determinants of Health Conference (free), hosted by the American Heart Association
October 1–3: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s biennial Conference: Reinventing Our Communities: Investing in Opportunity, this year in Baltimore
October 2, 9–11am: Good Talk! Turning Board Members Into Brand Advocates
October 9, 8:30am–5pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
October 12, 9:30am–4pmThe Effects of Domestic Violence on Children ($130 pp, 5.5 CEUs)
October 13-14: 12:30–6pm: In-depth Trauma-sensitive Yoga for Recovery training for yoga teachers, social workers, counselors, and interested yogis ($325, 12 Yoga Alliance CEUs)
October 16: Someone You Know: Facing The Opioid Crisis Together (Conference is free; seating is limited.)
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Heartland Alliance Health’s Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, and CSH are partnering to offer a set of 4 Housing First self-paced, on-demand e-learning modules. After completing the e-learning, your organization can arrange for a separate, robust consultation by Housing First experts as follow-up, lasting approximately 6 months.

The free Recovery to Practice eLearning Course on Integrated Practice provides an overview of how to work effectively as an integrated practice team and improve support to people receiving services and their families. Watch all six modules or only those relevant to you!

  1. Introduction to Integrated Practice
  2. Integrated Practice Teams
  3. Integrated Practice Team Communication and Collaboration
  4. Collaborating with Individuals and Family Members
  5. Improving Health Literacy
  6. Supporting Individuals with Behavioral Health and Complex Medical Conditions

Webinars & Calls

August 9, 12–1pm: ACEs: The Role of Life Experiences in Shaping Brain Development
August 9, 2–3pm: Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People Who Have Criminal Records
August 10, 12–1pm: Ending Hunger at Home: Housing and a Last Mile Approach to Addressing Food Insecurity The rise of food recovery is creating a new path for ending hunger, one that can provide access to fresh, nutrient dense foods on a regular basis. In the changing model, housing sites are proving to be a key partner enabling distribution of highly perishable food very fast.
August 15, 12–1pm: Prevention in Practice: Building Communities that Strengthen the Resiliency of Future Generations
August 17, 12–1pm: Improving Outcomes for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness – Connecting Homeless Housing Providers to High Quality Early Learning Programs
August 22, 2pm: How to Support a Workforce Through Trauma-Informed Supervision and Mentorship: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Office Hours for Complex Care
August 23, 2–3pm: Recovery LIVE! Virtual Event: Implementing Best Practices and Quality Standards in Recovery Housing

Archived Recordings of the People with Lived Experience Spotlight Series (links will launch AdobeConnect):


Philadelphia FIGHT’s Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center is now open and accepting new patients from birth through age 18. Call 215-525-8600 to make an appointment. Services include:

  • Same-day appointments;
  • Well-child care (routine checkups);
  • School, sports and camp physicals;
  • Sick Visits;
  • Immunizations (including catch-up vaccines for children who are behind);
  • Onsite Social Worker and Benefits Coordinator;
  • Screening for mental health problems (such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism);
  • Primary care, family planning, and reproductive health services ages 13+.
Culture Resource Guide for identifying, discussing and improving organizational culture
Video Series on Becoming an Evidence-Based Program, by Child Trends
Child Separation among Families Experiencing Homelessness
The Veterans Administration Community Provider Toolkit offers useful resources for professionals working with veterans, including the Older Veteran Behavioral Health Resource Inventory, an overview of resources for health and social service professionals interested in enhancing their outreach and support for older veterans who have or are at risk for behavioral health condition.
On July 18th, by a decision of 7 to 0, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania found that the law that eliminated the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. GA provided a small amount of money — $205 per month — to the most vulnerable individuals in Pennsylvania who were not eligible for any other programs: disabled or sick adults without children, domestic violence survivors, adults caring for someone who was sick or disabled, adults participating in alcohol and other drug treatment programs, and children living with an unrelated adult. You can sign on to a letter calling for expeditious reinstatement of the GA program, in light of the decision.
The Philly Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP) has released a new PEPP Tenant Resource Guide with information on housing resources, including where to go for emergency shelter, legal assistance, and rental assistance, how to prepare for an eviction hearing, and how to address housing discrimination.
Beyond SEPTA Key: New program replaces tokens for people in need – Disposable swipe cards are now an option for social service agencies.
New Federal Strategic Plan is Out! Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness
TECHNICAL REPORT: Exploring Domestic Violence Survivors’ Need for Transitional Housing
Housing and Employment Outcomes for Mental Health Self-Direction Participants
Housing First: permanent supported accommodation for people with psychosis who have experienced chronic homelessness
Understanding Risk Environments in Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Adults
School District of Philadelphia: Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program Services and Student Outcomes, 2016-2017
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) 2016-17 State Evaluation Report

Philadelphia’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC)

working together to shape our city’s response to homelessness

We want you to join us! The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement support structures that prevent and end homelessness in the city. Fill out an interest form to let us know that you want to get involved in our work. Contact Leah Staub, CoC Board Program Manager, with any questions: 215-686-7163. Biweekly Updates and Resources from the Continuum of Care email contents are also accessible via the Office of Homeless Services website.
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