LA BOSCOC Board Outcomes: 10/5/18

Overview

The Board met to discuss and approve priorities for the coming year (approx. October 2018 through May 2019 or the beginning of the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition). It also discussed and approved the inclusion of “special prioritized population” language in the Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures.

Voting Attendance

  • Nicole Sweazy, Louisiana Housing Corporation (Chair)

  • Michell Brown, Louisiana Department of Health (Vice Chair)

  • Eric Gammons, HMIS Lead

  • Addie Duval, Baton Rouge

  • Brooke Guidry, Houma

  • Tarek Polite, Lake Charles

  • Gail Gowland, Plaquemines/St. Bernard

Non-Voting Attendance

  • Gordon Levine, Louisiana Housing Corporation (Continuum of Care Manager)

  • Chelscie Irby, Louisiana Housing Corporation (Coordinated Entry Specialist)

Priority List for the Coming Year

The Board 7-0 to approve the following list of priorities for the coming year. This list is intended to be a high-level view of the CoC’s priorities, not an exhaustive list of its actions. Items are listed in no particular order.

Coordinated Entry System

The CoC will review and enhance its Coordinated Entry System (CES) in the following ways:

  • Diversion will be the first and most frequent intervention for people experiencing homelessness. In a given year, 75% of people experiencing homelessness will return to housing either independently or with diversion case management, while the LA BOSCOC has housing resources (TH, RRH, PSH) for only 5%. Diversion will be the first and most frequent intervention for people experiencing homelessness; for the overwhelming majority, it will be the only intervention they need to return to housing.

  • Outreach, emergency shelter, and CES project staff will be the primary providers of diversion. The CoC will reconceptualize its outreach, emergency shelter, and CES project staff as the CoC’s first responders to homelessness. These staff will receive training in providing diversion. They will also be empowered to identify those participants who are most likely to require advanced interventions and refer those participants to the CES Prioritization List.

  • Fewer participants will be referred to the CES Prioritization List; those who are referred will be much more likely to receive housing. Currently, all participants who present as experiencing homelessness are immediately assessed using the VI-SPDAT questionnaire and added to the CES Prioritization List. However, 75% of those participants will return to housing either independently or with diversion. Only participants who have been identified by outreach, emergency shelter, and CES project staff as needing advanced interventions will be assessed using the VI-SPDAT questionnaire and added to the CES Prioritization List. (All participants will still be entered into HMIS.)

  • The CoC will develop best practices and train staff on how to provide diversion. CoC staff will work in partnership with TA providers, other CoCs, and housing and services providers within the CoC to answer the question, “What does good diversion look like?” CoC staff will provide diversion training to outreach, emergency shelter, and CES project staff, while recognizing that this training is a work in progress — a multi-year plan to improve how we serve people experiencing homelessness.

  • The CES Policies and Procedures will be revised to make them a “working document.” The CES Policies and Procedures will become a clear, user-friendly document that any project working with people experiencing homelessness can use to understand how they fit into CES.

Point in Time (PIT) Count

The CoC will improve its January 2019 PIT count in the following ways:

  • CoC staff will work with other CoCs statewide to improve the PIT survey form.

  • CoC staff and local partners will work to re-incorporate several organizations that participated in January 2017 but did not participate in January 2018.

  • CoC staff and local partners will work to incorporate organizations that enter data into HMIS but have never participated in the PIT Count.

  • CoC staff will develop best practices for the PIT Count in rural parishes. Leading up to the January 2019 PIT Count, the CoC will identify 1-2 rural parishes for an intensive PIT Count “deep dive,” working with local stakeholders to ensure their January 2019 PIT Count is as comprehensive as possible. Then, using those experiences, the CoC will develop a toolkit for other rural parishes to implement in January 2020.

Monitoring and Technical Assistance

The CoC will enhance its monitoring and technical assistance provisions in the following ways:

  • In calendar year 2019, CoC staff will attempt to monitor all CoC Program projects before the end of May 2019. This will enable projects to incorporate feedback more meaningfully into current programming. It will also enable the CoC to incorporate monitoring outcomes into the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition.

  • CoC staff will provide technical assistance to all CoC Program and ESG projects on an ongoing basis for CES implementation.

  • CoC staff will implement a new CoC Program project monitoring tool. The new monitoring tool will capture the same information as the existing monitoring tool (which was itself closely derived from the HUD monitoring tool). However, the new tool will use simplified language and a clarified structure to make the monitoring process more transparent and less challenging to engage. CoC staff will also encourage projects to use the new tool to self-assess on a quarterly or bi-annual to ensure they are meeting compliance requirements.

  • CoC staff will emphasize technical assistance as well as compliance during monitoring. CoC staff will be working with projects to both establish their compliance and assist them in becoming stand-out performers locally and nationally.

Grant Writing Capacity

The CoC will work to improve its grant writing capacity in advance of the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition in partnership with CoC staff and technical assistance providers. More details coming soon.

Local Capacity

The CoC will work to foster local capacity, incorporate local strengths, and address local concerns in each CoC Region by developing and providing support for local stakeholder communities. More details coming soon.

Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures v1.1

The Board voted 7-0 to pre-approve Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures v1.1, which empowers the Board to designate “special priority populations” that are referred to resources ahead of other populations. This document will be released once the Coordinated Entry Committee also approves it.

CoC Program Consolidated Application and Priority List - Completed

Overview

The LA BOSCOC has published its completed Consolidated Application and Project Priority List for the FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Documents

The Consolidated Application can be downloaded here: https://laboscoc.org/s/9tpy0mv9m9jccn4ittdjxrxniexc56

The Project Priority List can be downloaded here: https://laboscoc.org/s/5g1mcserpmrpob15w92ef4geh85z96

LA BOSCOC Board Outcomes: 9/14/18

Overview

The Board voted by email on 9/14/18 to approve the completed Consolidated Application and Priority List for the FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Attendance

  • Michell Brown, Louisiana Department of Health (Vice Chair)

  • Antiqua Hunter, Louisiana Department of Education

  • Eric Gammons, HMIS Lead

  • Addie Duval, Baton Rouge

  • Brooke Guidry, Houma

  • Tarek Polite, Lake Charles

  • Gail Gowland, Plaquemines/St. Bernard

Consolidated Application and Priority List

The Board voted 7-0 to approve the Consolidated Application and Priority List for submission to HUD.

The Consolidated Application can be downloaded here: https://laboscoc.org/s/9tpy0mv9m9jccn4ittdjxrxniexc56

The Project Priority List can be downloaded here: https://laboscoc.org/s/5g1mcserpmrpob15w92ef4geh85z96

CoC Program Consolidated Application and Project Priority List Published

Overview

The LA BOSCOC has published its Consolidated Application and Project Priority List for the FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

The LA BOSCOC will accept public comments on the Consolidated Application and Project Priority List through 12 PM CST (noon) on Friday, September 14.

You can submit comments to Gordon Levine, Continuum of Care Manager, at 225-242-1388 or glevine@lhc.la.gov.

Documents

The Consolidated Application can be downloaded here: https://laboscoc.org/s/y61ocr9qbgbxbpv1zzuwmtxrnyt0dh

The Project Priority List can be downloaded here: https://laboscoc.org/s/jxdnh32yer2jhslebyox68ltvxa8c3

CoC Program Project Ranking

Overview

The LA BOSCOC has released its Project Ranking for the FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

The NOFA requires each CoC to rank its projects in order of funding priority and separate them into two Tiers: Tier 1 and Tier 2. HUD prioritizes funding to all Tier 1 projects nationwide before funding Tier 2 projects.

For more information about the LA BOSCOC’s scoring, rating, and ranking methodology, please refer to the Project Rating, Ranking, and Selection policy here: https://laboscoc.org/fy18-coc-program-competition

Information about Project Performance

Following the end of the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition, CoC staff will provide feedback for all new and renewal projects that met all LA BOSCOC Threshold Criteria in the following ways:

  • During the LA BOSCOC General Meeting on October 9, 2018, CoC staff will give ‘big picture’ feedback: areas where projects generally performed well or need improvement and changes that CoC staff intend to implement in subsequent years to improve the scoring process;

  • Following the LA BOSCOC General Meeting, the LA BOSCOC will release scoring sheets for each project that was scored, including information about how each project scored compared to other comparable projects in the CoC;

  • CoC staff will schedule site visits to discuss scoring and performance with any projects/agencies that submitted an application and that are interested in further information, including how to improve their performance in subsequent years. CoC staff plan to schedule these site visits between October 2018 and February 2019 and estimates each visit will last approximately 2 hours.

Documents

The LA BOSCOC’s Project Ranking for the FY 2018 CoC Program NOFA can be found here: https://laboscoc.org/fy18-coc-program-competition

Written Standards Updated

Overview

The LA BOSCOC Board has voted to approve a new version of its Written Standards, the Louisiana Balance of State Continuum of Care Program Standards (v0.9).

Vote Details

The vote was proposed by the Continuum of Care Manager. The Written Standards were reviewed and passed up to the board by the Written Standards Committee. The LA BOSCOC Board voted via email. The voting period was 9/10/18 to 9/11/18. The vote passed 6-0.

Changelog

The following changes were approved:

  • Updated the geography covered by the Written Standards to refer to the Governance Charter;

  • Added non-discrimination requirements language;

  • Added language regarding education services for youth and children;

  • Created an Emergency Transfer Policy to meet Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requirements;

  • Reformatted to require only the Board Chair or Vice-Chair’s signature, not signatures from the entire Board membership.

Document

The Written Standards (v0.9) can be found here: https://laboscoc.org/policies-and-procedures

Governance Charter Updated

Overview

The LA BOSCOC General Membership has voted to approve the LA BOSCOC Governance Charter (v3.5).

Vote Details

The LA BOSCOC General Membership voted via email. The voting period was 9/6/18 to 9/10/18. The vote passed 10-0.

Changelog

The following changes were approved:

  • Created a new designated Board seat for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services;

  • Created a new designated Board seat for the Louisiana Department of Corrections;

  • Removed the designated Board seat for Southeast Legal Aid Services (this formalizes their withdrawal from the Board, which occurred earlier this year);

  • Renamed the Board of Directors to the Board, matching national naming conventions.

Document

The LA BOSCOC Governance Charter (v3.5) can be found here: https://laboscoc.org/policies-and-procedures

LA BOSCOC General Meeting (Webinar): October 9

Overview

The next LA BOSCOC General Meeting will held on October 9 from 10 AM to noon CST. As part of our ongoing efforts to make LA BOSCOC meetings more accessible across the CoC's geography, this General Meeting will, for the first time, be held as a webinar.

Members will not be requested to use webcameras during this webinar. There will be opportunities for members to submit questions/comments and participate in discussions via their keyboards or their microphones/headsets/telephones.

As with all General Meetings, this General Meeting will count toward your organization's Good Standing requirements.

Details

  • Who: Open to the public; organizations in the LA BOSCOC that are/wish to be funded by the CoC Program or ESG must attend 3 out of 4 quarterly General Meetings per year
     
  • When: Tuesday, October 9, from 10 AM to noon CST
     
  • Where: Webinar: log in here, then follow the prompts on screen to connect your audio: https://louisianahousingcorp.globalmeet.com/LouisianaHousingAuthority
     
  • How do I Register?: There is no registration process; just open the link during the LA BOSCOC General Meeting to attend!
     
  • How do I Get Good Standing Credit for Attending?: The Continuum of Care Manager will call roll during the webinar.

Proposed Agenda

A final agenda will be distributed in advance of the call to the LA BOSCOC email list.

Items on the proposed agenda include:

  • CoC Program NOFA: what we learned, what we hope to do next year, overview of project application scoring and ranking
     
  • Roadmap for 2018-19: the CoC's priorities for the next 12 months (member participation very much encouraged!)
     
  • Coordinated Entry: what's working, what isn't, and plans to improve the Coordinated Entry System

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you have a question/comment or would like to submit an item for the agenda, please contact Gordon Levine, Continuum of Care Manager, at glevine@lhc.la.gov or 225-242-1388.

FY18 State ESG NOFA - Question II.A.1

Overview

The FY18 State ESG NOFA asks (under II.A.1, Proposal Narrative Instructions - General Narrative):

1. Identify any performance objectives that are tracked within your CoC that you can apply to the proposed projects set forth.

2. Describe your CoC's strategic planning goals and objectives. How will ESG funds be used to support those efforts?

Regional applicants for State ESG in the LA BOSCOC are encouraged to use the following information as a starting point to address these elements.

Performance Objectives

The LA BOSCOC's performance objectives are codified in two places: (1) its Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures and (2) its CoC Program Scoring Tool Detailed Instructions.

Coordinated Entry

The LA BOSCOC's Coordinated Entry System (CES)'s performance objectives are to make homelessness:

  • Rare: every year, first time homelessness from all sources except natural disasters will decline by 10% from the previous year;
  • Brief: mean length of time (LOT) homeless will be 20 days or fewer, AND every year, mean LOT homeless will decline 10% from the previous year;
  • Non-Recurring: in a given year, returns to homelessness from permanent housing (i.e. returns to homelessness within 24 months) will be 10% or fewer AND returns to homelessness within 12 months will be 5% or fewer.

These objectives are intentionally aspirational and based on national standards for high-performing communities.

CoC Program Scoring Tools Detailed Instructions

The LA BOSCOC's Scoring Tools Detailed Instructions outlines the LA BOSCOC's metrics for assessing its funded CoC Program projects and defines performance objectives for each metric. These metrics were chosen because they underpin the success of both individual projects and the CoC as a whole in ending homelessness.

They are:

  • % of Participants Exiting to or Maintaining Permanent Housing: to receive full points, a project must ensure 90% of its participants exit to/maintain permanent housing -- OR, if the project serves victims of domestic violence, ensure 80% of its participants exit to/maintain permanent housing.
  • % of Participants Exiting to Shelter/Streets/Unknown: to receive full points, a project must ensure it exits 5% or fewer of its participants to emergency shelter, to the streets, or to an unknown location.
  • % of Participants Who Increased Employment Income at Exit: to receive full points, a project must ensure 25% of more of its participants increased their employment income at exit.
  • % of Participants Who Increased Non-Employment Income at Exit: to receive full points, a project must ensure 25% of more of its participants increased their non-employment income at exit.
  • % of Participants Who Had Non-Cash Benefits at Exit: to receive full points, a project must ensure 25% of more of its participants was receiving 1 or more non-cash benefits at exit.
  • Utilization Rate: to receive full points, projects must have a bed utilization rate of 90% or higher on the date of the most recent Housing Inventory Count (HIC).

LA BOSCOC Board Votes - Week of 8/30/18

Overview

The Board voted by email during the week of August 30, 2018 on the following issues related to the FY18 State ESG NOFA:

  • Good Standing waivers for all organizations that provided sufficient justification (approved 8-0);
  • Good Standing waivers for all organizations that did not provide sufficient justification, including those that provided no justification or did not apply in the specified form and/or timeframe (denied 0-5);
  • Using Good Standing waivers from the FY18 State ESG NOFA to fulfill the same criteria for the FY18 CoC Program RFP (approved 5-0).

Voting Corpus

  • Nicole Sweazy, Louisiana Housing Authority (chair)
  • Antiqua Hunter, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Eric Gammons, HMIS Lead
  • Addie Duval, Baton Rouge
  • Brooke Guidry, Houma
  • Tarek Polite, Lake Charles
  • Mitzi Harris, Natchitoches/Sabine
  • Gail Gowland, Plaquemines/St. Bernard

St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge is Hiring

Overview

St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge is hiring a Director Shelter/Residential Services. For more information, including how to apply, please see the posting below.

Please note that this position is not affiliated with the Louisiana Housing Corporation. 

Position Description: Director Shelter/Residential Services

This position provides leadership and management for all of the Shelter/Residential programs, including night and day homeless shelters and housing programs.  Responsible for the programming and services, community relationships, staff leadership, building safety and maintenance, client services, and program development. Collaborates with all agency staff to provide direction to program services and community linkages.  Provide boots-on-the-ground management, client service supervision, program and staff leadership and community linkages in delivering excellent service for homeless and at-risk clients and guests.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university/college, 5 years of social services experience or 5 years of applicable business management experience.  Ability to work with at-risk populations. 

MSW, LCSW preferred

HMIS knowledge preferred or Management Information Systems experience

Class E Driver’s License

Contact

Email resume to Debra Blacher at dblacher@svdpbr.com or fax resume to 225-325-8954

St. Vincent de Paul is an equal opportunity employer.

 

HMIS Comparable Databases Policy

Overview

Most projects funded by the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program, and certain other funding sources that fund activities for people experiencing homelessness are required to record and maintain their participants' data in ServicePoint, the LA BOSCOC's designated HMIS.

Victim services providers and legal services providers are exempt from the above requirement. Instead, they are each required to establish and operate a comparable database that complies with HUD's HMIS requirements.

Victim Services Providers

Victim services providers that are funded by the CoC Program are required to use EmpowerDB as their HMIS-comparable database.

Certain other funding sources, including the ESG Program as funded by the Louisiana Housing Corporation, may require victim services providers to use EmpowerDB as their HMIS-comparable database. Please check with your program managers for more information.

Legal Services Providers

Legal services providers that are funded by the CoC Program are not required to use a specific database as their HMIS-comparable database.

More Information

For more information, including implementation timeline requirements, please refer to the actual policy as posted on the Members section of the LA BOSCOC website.

Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing Waitlists Open in Baton Rouge

Overview

The Housing Authority of East Baton Rouge Parish and the City of Baton Rouge's Office of Community Development are opening their waiting lists for the following programs during the following time periods:

  • Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV, also called Section 8): opens July 23, 2018 at 8 AM and closes the same day at noon;
  • Public Housing Program: opens July 23, 2018 at 12:01 AM and closes July 24, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Please note: APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE.

For more information about these programs and to access their online applications once those applications are released, please visit http://www.ebrpha.org/

One Stop Computer Lab is Available for Applications

The One Stop (Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless) computer lab will be available on July 23-24 to people interested in applying to the HCV and Public Housing Programs. There are no reservations required. The One Stop expects many people will be interested in these resources and encourages applicants to arrive early and plan to wait, especially on the morning of July 23. Staff will be available on-site on July 23 to help applicants navigate the application process. Doors open at 8 AM.

The One Stop is located at:

153 N. 17th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

FY18 CoC Program RFP Webinar

The LA BOSCOC is hosting a webinar about the FY18 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Request for Proposals (RFP) from 11 AM to 12:30 PM this Friday, July 20.

It will provide an overview of the RFP, including the different funding pools, eligible activities, and some tips and tricks for creating high quality project applications. There will also be a Q&A session at the end.  

Please register using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/471153219304219907

FY18 State ESG - Baton Rouge Request for Proposals and Application

St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, as the FY18 State ESG regional applicant for the Baton Rouge Region, has released its Request for Proposals (RFP) and application for State ESG funds.

You can find the RFP and application here: https://svdpbr.org/notice-for-esg-including-2018-plan-rfp-application

Applications to the Baton Rouge Region's RFP are due July 30, 2018.

LA BOSCOC Board Outcomes - 7/11/18

Overview

The Board met by phone on 7/11/18 to review and approve the Request for Proposals (RFP) and scoring tools for the Funding Year 2018 (FY18) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. It also voted to approve an HMIS-comparable database for projects that serve victims of domestic violence and to approve opening a limited set of HMIS data to the other CoCs in the State of Louisiana.

Attendance

  • Nicole Sweazy, Louisiana Housing Corporation
  • Eric Gammons, HMIS Lead
  • Homeless Experience Representative
  • Brooke Guidry, Houma
  • Tarek Polite, Lake Charles
  • Gail Gowland, Plaquemines/St. Bernard
  • Randy Nichols, Membership and Rules Committee (non-voting)
  • Gordon Levine, Continuum of Care Manager (non-voting)
  • Clay Boykin, HMIS Specialist (non-voting)

FY18 CoC Program Competition

The Board voted to approve the RFP and all other documents posted here: https://laboscoc.org/fy18-coc-program-competition

The Board also voted to approve up to $100,000 in funding for a Coordinated Entry (SSO-CES) project hosted by St. Bernard Battered Women's Program, which for the last year has served as the sole Coordinated Entry access point in the Plaquemines/St. Bernard Region and the sole Coordinated Entry access point operated by a domestic violence (DV) service provider. These funds will be made available from the LA BOSCOC's total DV Bonus amount of $466,959, and any funds not claimed by this project will be added to the LA BOSCOC's competitive DV Funding Pool of $366,959 as described on Page 5 of the RFP.

HMIS-Comparable Database for DV Providers

DV service providers funded by the CoC Program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program, and by certain other funding sources are required to use an HMIS-comparable database instead of HMIS (ServicePoint).

The Board has approved the Domestic Violence Service Providers Working Group's proposal that the LA BOSCOC require that DV service providers use EmpowerDB as their HMIS-comparable database. This requirement will go into effect January 1, 2019, and will be retroactive for all participant data collected during contract periods beginning before January 1, 2019 and extending into January 1, 2019.

The LA BOSCOC will release a formal policy to this effect once the language has been vetted by the chairs of the HMIS Committee and Domestic Violence Service Providers Working Group.

You can find more information about EmpowerDB here: https://www.empowerdb.com/

HMIS Data Visibility

The Board has voted to make certain HMIS data elements visible to all other CoCs in the State of Louisiana.

This change was proposed during the most recent statewide Homelessness Working Group meeting. Currently, a given participant's data is only visible to organizations within the CoC where they presented for services. If a participant traveled to another part of the State, they would be required to provide their information again, and the new CoC would be unable to view the housing and services that participant had previously received. 

The representatives of each CoC that was present at the Homelessness Working Group meeting agreed to propose to their Boards that the following data elements from their CoC's participants be made visible to other Louisiana CoCs:

  • Participants' first and last name
  • Last four digits of participants' social security number
  • Entry and exit dates for participants' HMIS service transactions

All participant data will continue to be protected by HMIS releases of information and confidentiality agreements, which are implemented statewide by the Louisiana Services Network Data Consortium and are identical for all Louisiana CoCs.

Nationwide Analysis of Homelessness from DataLab

DataLab, a program of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has published a fascinating and comprehensive nationwide analysis of homelessness.

If you're curious about homelessness on either the national or local scale -- it has a lot of valuable information about Louisiana and the LA BOSCOC! -- you might consider spending some time reviewing DataLab's polished, easy-to-navigate data sets.

You can find the analysis here: https://datalab.usaspending.gov/homelessness-analysis.html

Plaquemines/St. Bernard - Request for Proposals for FY18 State ESG

Overview

Below, please find the Houma Region's announcement of its request for proposals (RFP) for State Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding for Funding Year 2018 (FY18)

Notice of Request for Proposals

St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program, Inc., as the regional applicant for the Louisiana Balance of State Continuum of Care, St. Bernard/Plaquemine region, is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a homeless services grant as part of a collaborative application with SBBWP for a State ESG Homeless Services grant.

RFP packages will be posted and available for download on the www.StBernardBWP.org website on Monday, July 16, 2018.

Consideration for project funding under the Regional Applicant Plan will require submittal of a completed RFP package by July 30, 2018 at 4:30 PM.

HMIS Compliance Certification - State ESG FY18

LA BOSCOC projects that are applying to receive funding under the State Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program for Funding Year 2018 (FY18) are required to submit an HMIS Compliance Certification from the LA BOSCOC.

This requirement applies to ALL projects applying for funding: both Regional Applicants AND their sub-recipients.

To request an HMIS Compliance Certification for your project, including to certify that your project will begin using HMIS before the project period starts, please use the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/l0R2vN9dFvW6AWLp2

All HMIS Compliance Certification requests are due by 4 PM on Tuesday, July 31. 

The LA BOSCOC will issue all HMIS Compliance Certification no later than 4 PM on Friday, August 17.

Houma Region - Request for Proposals for FY18 State ESG

Overview

Below, please find the Houma Region's announcement of its request for proposals (RFP) for State Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding for Funding Year 2018 (FY18)

Notice of Request for Proposals

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government intends to apply for 2018 State Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESGP) funds administered by the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Funding available under the Emergency Solutions Grants Program can be utilized for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters; street outreach for the homeless; homelessness prevention; rapid re-housing assistance; Homeless Information Management Systems (HMIS); and administrative cost. 

Applicants for grants under the State ESGP are limited to units of local government or one regional collaborative applicant from a Continuum of Care agency, which may distribute all or part of their grant amount to private nonprofit organizations for use in eligible program activities.  Nonprofit organizations interested in developing a project proposal for possible inclusion in an ESGP funding application under consideration by the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government may request a copy of the proposal materials by contacting:

Kelli Cunningham
Community Development Administrator
(985) 873-6591     kcunningham@tpcg.org

To qualify for funding participation, a private nonprofit organization as defined by program regulations must be one which is exempt from taxation under subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code, has an accounting system, a voluntary board and practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance.  Matching funds (including in-kind contributions) equal to the amount of grant funds must be provided except under special circumstances when an exemption can be allowed.  Program rules require that ESGP recipients involve, to the maximum extent practicable, homeless individuals and families in ESGP funded activities including constructing, renovating, maintaining, and operating facilities assisted under the ESGP Program; and in providing services for occupants of these facilities.

No funding obligations shall be implied based on the information in this solicitation of ESGP project proposals.  The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government reserves the right to accept any proposal or reject any and all proposals on such a basis as may be deemed to be in its best interest.  The deadline for receipt and consideration of a proposal is 4:00 PM, July 27, 2018.