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Presented to the Interagency Council on Homelessness

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    HUD Analysis of West Virginia CoCs HUD Analysis of West Virginia CoCs Presentation Transcript

    • HUD Homeless Funding Discussion
      • How does WV access HUD Homeless funding?
      • What is the process by which WV is judged adequate in the competition?
      • What are the results of the competition for the last two years?
      • What can we do to improve West Virginia’s scoring in the competition?
    • What is a Continuum of Care??
      • It is a community-based, long-range plan that addresses the needs of homeless persons in order to help them reach maximum self-sufficiency.
      • It is a process and strategic plan mandated by HUD for a community addressing homeless needs with federal McKinney-Vento funds.
    • What purpose does a CoC serve?
      • Pulls community people together to identify needs, set local priorities and apply for HUD funding to meet those needs;
      • Makes the annual planning process deliberate, makes use of data indicating needs and gaps in services the basis for setting goals;
      • Creates collaboration in delivering services to the homeless.
    • What are the essential programmatic elements of a CoC?
      • Homeless Prevention
      • Outreach, Intake and Assessment
      • Emergency Shelter
      • Transitional Housing
      • Supportive services
      • Permanent housing
      • Permanent Supportive Housing
    • What constitutes a CoC group?
      • Homeless services providers
      • Government agency service providers
      • Homeless consumers
      • Representatives from the business community
      • Representatives from the faith community
      • Veterans services agencies
      • State hospitals and prisons representatives
    • What are the functions of a CoC Group?
      • Carrying out a strategic planning process:
        • Conducting annual homeless counts;
        • Annual survey of all shelter and supportive services in the area;
        • Annual program and outcomes monitoring of all projects funded with HUD McKinney-Vento money;
        • Annual determination of gaps and priorities for HUD funds;
        • Submission of annual application for HUD funding.
    • How does the CoC carry out its work?
      • HUD scores the NOFA applications based on frequency and quality of participation with all the members of the CoC group;
      • Workgroups must be organized and must carry out all the functions of the strategic planning process;
      • Documentation and outcomes of this work is presented in the annual NOFA application.
    • How, ideally, should a CoC be staffed?
      • Staffing must be sufficient to guide the workgroups formed by CoC members to go through all the functions of the CoC group;
      • Staffing must be sufficient to coordinate with state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and interested parties;
      • Staff must be supported by, and supervised by, a stable, resource-rich agency;
    • With whom should a CoC coordinate/collaborate?
      • Local and state government agencies;
      • All homeless service providers, regardless of whether or not they receive HUD funding;
      • Mainstream resources agencies that provide public services that homeless people use;
      • Consumers of homeless services;
      • Agencies that operate other HUD programs: CDBG, ESG, HPRP, HOME;
      • The WV Interagency Council and the 10-year plan.
    • West Virginia has Four CoCs:
      • Wheeling/Weirton
      • Huntington/Cabell and Wayne Counties
      • Charleston/Kanawha, Putnam, Boone and Clay Counties
      • WV Balance of State: all the other counties not included in the above three CoCs.
      • ONLY Huntington received a score adequate for funding new projects in 2008.
    • Current HUD McKinney-Vento Programs
        • Competitive Programs
      • Supportive Housing Program (SHP)
      • Shelter Plus Care Program (S+C)
      • Single Room Occupancy Program (SRO)
      • Formula Program:
      • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
      • Other Programs:
      • Housing for Persons with Aids (HOPWA)
    • New (2009) HUD Homeless Program
      • Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP):
      • Provides rental assistance and services to homeless and those at imminent risk of homelessness;
      • Limited to 18 months or less;
      • For individuals and families who are deemed to be capable of independence after the subsidy ends.
    • Essential Elements of Competition for HUD Homeless Funds (NOFA)
      • Scoring is done on the Exhibit 1 document, the document describing the strategic planning process a Community undertakes;
      • If an Exhibit 1 scores the requisite points, then new projects submitted by the community can be funded;
      • If it does not score the requisite points, only renewals of current projects will be funded for one year.
    • Deficiencies of the Balance of State (BoS) CoC in the 2008 NOFA competition
      • CoC Organizational Structure and
      • CoC Housing and Services: -2.75
      • Needs and Data (HMIS): -9.5
      • Strategic Planning: -10.0
      • Performance (client outcomes): -7.75
      • Emphasis on Housing: -3.0
      • -33.0
      • Total Possible Points = 100; WV BoS got 67
    • How much money did we fail to get for the BoS CoC in 2008 ??
      • Pro Rata Need Share for 2008: $1,908,544
      • Amount of New Money for 2008: $286,282
      • Total Available: $2,194,286
      • Total Awarded: $428,269
      • Amount Not Awarded: $1,766,017
    • Charleston/Kanawha CoC 2008 Awards:
      • Pro Rata Need Share for 2008: $889,140
      • New Money Available: $110,577
      • Total Money Available for 2008: $999,717
      • Total Awarded: $702,410
      • Amount Not Awarded: $298,196
    • Wheeling/Weirton CoC 2008 Awards
      • Pro Rata Need Share for 2008: $423,804
      • New Money Available: $37,745
      • Total Money Available for 2008: $461,549
      • Total Awarded: $423,804
      • Amount Not Awarded: $37,745
    • Huntington, Cabell, Wayne CoC for 2008:
      • Pro Rata Need Share for 2008: $1,476,238
      • New Money Available: $121,358
      • Total Money Available for 2008: $930,414
      • Total Awarded: $1,597,596
      • Amount Not Awarded: 0
    • 2008 Funding Results for entire State of West Virginia
      • Pro Rata Need Share for 2008: $4,697,726
      • New Money Available: $555,962
      • Total Money Available for 2008: $5,253,688
      • Total Awarded: $3,152,079
      • Amount Not Awarded: $2,101,609
    • How do we improve this funding picture?
      • Offer all four CoCs training and technical assistance, peer group support, and assistance with monitoring program performance(client outcomes);
      • Provide an organizational structure for the BoS CoC that gives the necessary staff time and expertise and agency support to perform all their necessary strategic planning functions.
    • Suggested Change for BoS CoC:
      • Designate Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity as the Lead Agency for BoS;
      • Hire and train staff for fulfilling this function;
      • Get out into the rural counties (“circuit rider”) to develop capacity and interest;
      • Reframe the WVCEH to work on advocacy, helping the ICH to implement the 10-year plan, and “working” the legislative branch;