CoC Resources

HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Funding

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 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT. HUD has released additional information, including an esnaps Navigational Guide and Detailed Instructions for a thorough look at how to create and complete project applications. Philadelphia providers that receive CoC Program funds will be briefed on the 2018 Competition on Monday, July 16th and will continue to receive information from the Office of Homeless Services for the duration of the process .


JOBS!!! First Step Staffing will hold orientations at their offices (1952 E. Allegheny Ave, Suite 500) every day this week (7/9/18–7/13/18), from 10am to 3pm. As always, participants must have 2 forms of valid ID to be allowed to complete the job application. First Step needs 75 people for the following jobs:
1) 151 Foods (Bakery): General Labor, Sanitation, oven loaders, Selectors/Sorters;
2) Christmas Tree Shops Warehouse Associates and Loader/Unloader & Forklift Driver;
3) Alliance Vinyl Window. FSS would like to fill job orders with people with experience of homelessness first, as they are a priority group for the agency. First Step Staffing is on a mission to provide a path out of homelessness through work experience. 215-333-3349
The City of Philadelphia has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, and Joint Transitional and Rapid Re-Housing projects for households with or without children, including youth ages 18-24, to be included in Philadelphia’s 2018 application to HUD for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program funding. There is an informational briefing scheduled for Monday July 16 at 3pm. Additional materials related to the RFP have been posted on the City of Philadelphia’s Request for Proposals website. Proposals are due via electronic submission to no later than 5:00pm, Philadelphia local time, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
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.
For students in grades 9-12 who have substance use disorder, Bridge Way School is offering a summer camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am–2pm, beginning on July 17 and ending August 23. The Summer Program, which costs $60/week with financial assistance is available to qualified students, offers a credit recovery program, tools and strategies to build resilience, on-site guidance and crisis counseling, and fun, healthy field trips and social activities. Students do not need to be in recovery, but they do need to be committed to abstinence from all substances. Please email or call 267.437.2194 to register or for more information.

Events & Trainings

July 11, 10:30am or 11:30am: SEPTA Key Partner Program briefing, which will include information about the new SEPTA Key Partner Pass, created to replace Tokens and One Day Convenience Passes (also see this informational video)
July 13, 12–3pm: Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell’s 21st Annual Birthday Bash & Health Fair for the Homeless
July 17-19, 1–4pm: Lutheran Settlement House Job Search Boot Camp
July 19, 9–11:30am: Evictions and Poverty: Activating a Local Response to a National Crisis
July 19, 2–6pm: Open House of the Critical Path Learning Center
July 27, 8–10am: Philadelphia’s Path Towards HCV Elimination Breakfast
August 2, 2–4:30pm: Philadelphia Benefits Access Coalition: Cash Assistance: TANF
August 3, 10am–3pm: The City of Philadelphia Career Empowerment Fair
August 3, 12–1:30 pm: Microaggressions and Mediation ($20 for lunch only; $25 w/one PA-CLE ethics credit or one NASW-CEU credit)
August 10, 9am–4:30pm: Evidence Based Assessment of Trauma and PTSD for Adults ($60)
August 15, 8:30am: 2018 Strengthening Families Summit
October 26-28: Transgender Ally/Advocate Training Camp ($75-500)
Information for Peer Specialists Serving People with Mental Health Conditions Experiencing Homelessness, a six-module online course, provides Peer Specialists and other learners with practical, real-life tools and tips for helping access services and housing for people diagnosed with serious mental illness who are also experiencing homelessness

Webinars & Calls

July 11, 1–2pm: A Psychiatrist’s View: The Role of Medication in a Recovery-oriented Framework for Care
July 11, 2:30–4pm: US Interagency Council on Homelessness webinar on priorities and application process  for HUD’s FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice of Funding Availability
July 12, 12–1pm: Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing
July 12, 12:30–1:30pm: Engaging Your Elected Officials: What You Can Do to Help End Homelessness
July 16, 2pm: When Faith Hurts: A conversation of causation and strategies for healing trauma, stigma and rejection of PLWHIV and other vulnerable populations by their faith communities
July 17, 2–3:30pm: Improving Employment Outcomes for Veterans Exiting Homelessness: Strategies for Successful Affairs Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs and Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) Collaboration
July 18, 12:30–2pm: The Intersection of Parenting and Relationship Skills: Fathers as Teachers and Role Models for their Children
July 18, 2pm: What’s Food Got to Do With It?: Models for Sexual Health Education
July 23, 3pm: How to Share Ethical, Empowering Consumer Stories: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Office Hours for Complex Care
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
Recordings are available of the webcasts in The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services about the problems of discriminatory practices and inaccurate perceptions in dealing with individuals with substance use disorders and related conditions. You may also apply for 1.0 free CME/CE credit for viewing each of the one-hour webinars.


Biweekly Updates and Resources from the Continuum of Care email contents are now accessible via the Office of Homeless Services website 
National Reentry Resource Center Tip Sheet on Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records
Community Legal Services created Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling to offer sensible practices and recommendations for sharing client stories effectively and without harm to clients. Many of the practices and recommendations are transferrable to sharing the stories of your participants with lived experience of homelessness.
The City’s Eviction Task Force issued a Final Report on June 26th, with 17 recommendations in 4 areas: Outreach and Education, Resources and Supports, Housing Standards and Enforcement, and Legal Process and Policies
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs produced a series of webinars to provide practical examples of successful cross-sector data sharing, is publishing three briefs to accompany the webinar recordings.
Part 1: Building trust for cross-sector data collaboration: webinar and brief;
Part 2: Navigating legal parameters for cross-sector data collaboration: webinar and brief;
Part 3: Activating shared data: webinar, with brief forthcoming
Mental health guide: Where to get therapy on a sliding scale in Philadelphia
Supportive Housing & Healthcare Utilization Outcomes: State of the Literature
Pathways Forward: Recommendations for Federal Action to Increase Economic Mobility for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability
Five Facts about Housing Access for LGBT People
Safety Planning with DV Survivors: Core Concepts
Domestic Violence Housing First Toolkit
Establishing Domestic Violence Housing First in California
New Perspectives on Practice: A Guide to Measuring Self-Regulation and Goal-Related Outcomes in Employment Programs
Using Psychology-Informed Strategies to Promote Self-Sufficiency: A Review of Innovative Programs
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued its Summer 2018 Health Bulletin
Journey to Jobs: Understanding and Eliminating Barriers Imposed on Homeless Jobseekers, a report on the 3-year, systems-level collaborative project to advance Baltimore City Continuum of Care’s efforts to make homelessness rare and brief
Exploring the Crisis of Unsheltered Homelessness from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2018: The High Cost of Housing
People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Policy Brief on Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) 2016-17 State Evaluation Report
Updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit from SAMHSA
SAMHSA’s fact sheet on Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders – now in English AND Spanish
Nonprofit guide to managing skilled volunteers
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) released “Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults” and four additional tools to highlight the specific role that State Advisory Groupslaw enforcementschools, and state and local governments can play in addressing the intersections between juvenile justice and youth homelessness.

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