The Hampden County Continuum of Care is seeking one permanent supportive housing project to include in its FY2014 funding application to HUD. Based on already-released need scoring, the CoC is very likely to be awarded funds for the selected project. The CoC has released the FY2014 Request for Proposals to Provide Permanent Supportive Housing to Chronically Homeless Individuals or Families.
The amount of available funds is $530,189, which may be used for a grant term of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years. Seventy percent of funds must be used for housing costs–rental assistance, leasing, or operating costs. Up to 30% of funds may be used for supportive services provided to assist participants to maintain housing stability. There is a required 25% match, which may be cash or in-kind. There is an expectation that a successful applicant will leverage considerable community resources to support program participants, including Medicaid-funded resources. The CoC will give prefernce to scattered -site Housing First models operating throughout Hampden County.
The deadline to apply for funds is October 14, 2014, 4:00 p.m. The RFP provides detailed information about this opportunity, and a bidder’s conference will take place Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10 am at the Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield.