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NYC CoC Newsletter

February 07, 2020 
 
Issue No. 12
February Grantee Meeting 
hosted by The Graduate Center, CUNY 
Join us for our inaugural Grantee meeting.  All NYC CoC funded projects and interested members of the community are welcome.
Click Here for Details and to RSVP
NOFA FY 2019 Funding CoC Tier 1 Awards
HUD Awards Approximately $2.2 Billion to Local Homeless Programs

On January 14, 2020, HUD announced $2.16 billion in grants to provide funding to 6,595 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and its territories. The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants provide funding for nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to rehouse individuals and families experiencing homelessness and provide support while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness.

The Tier 1 funding announcement includes Renewal, Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus, and CoC Planning. HUD will award approximately $122 million in Tier 2 funding to support hundreds of local projects in the near future. 

HUD will issue a listserv announcement indicating that it has published the final award announcement which will also indicate the deadline for submitting appeals. See Section X of the FY 2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for more details.

For more information on this article, please visit HUD.GOV.
Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE)
Last week on January 27th, the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) conducted its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).  More than 2,500 volunteers mobilized in the citywide community effort to count every New Yorker sleeping on the street across the five boroughs. On the same night, paid “decoys” were planted throughout all five boroughs of New York City to assist in assessing accuracy.

2020 Youth Count
On the heels of the HOPE count, local Drop-in Center program staff members asked young people ages 14-24 to participate a short survey.  During the count, program staff and/or volunteers at participating programs aimed to ask every youth who came in for services to take part in a questionnaire.   

We would like to thank all volunteers; city agencies, CoC providers, stakeholders, and consumer advocates for your participation in this year's counts.  Your commitment and support help to make this mission possible.
NYC CoC 2020 Governance Reorganization
The NYC CoC welcomed 17 new Steering Committee representatives along with two Steering Committee Co-Chairs at January's committee meeting.  View the list of new Steering Committee Members.

Kristen Mitchell of DSS and Alyson Zikmund of HPD have assumed the leadership role for two-year terms of service, which began on January 1, 2020.  The CoC thanks Martha Kenton, Jeanette Ruffins, and Laura Mascuch for contributions as co-chairs to the committee and anticipate their continued support. 


Please stay tuned for updates on the governance restructuring and for the most current information, please visit us at nychomeless.com.
2020 NYC CoC Project Evaluation Updated Preliminary Results 
Appeals Due by 2/14/20 COB 

The Updated Preliminary Project Evaluation Results for 2020 are available on nychomeless.com and can also be accessed by clicking here.  These scores have been modified to reflect the improvements made during the Data Adjustment Period.  

Programs wishing to appeal the results can do so now by submitting an Appeals Forms by close of business Friday, February 14, 2020.  Follow the instructions on the Appeals Form located here.  Submit the completed form to nycccoc@dss.nyc.gov copying Charlie Winkler and Cadija Tibbs.
 
2020 Evaluation Remaining Project Timeline
Updated Preliminary Results (Based on Data Adjustments) February 7, 2020
Appeals Submission Deadline February 14, 2020
Program Notified on Status of Appeals February 21, 2020
Final Evaluation Results February 28, 2020

If you have questions about the Evaluation process, please contact Charlie Winkler directly. 
FY2020 HMIS Data Standards Recording Project Inventory
Projects that serve more than one household type must have a separate inventory record for each "Household Type" – households with at least one child and one adult, households with only children, and households with only adults.

Each household type must have their beds broken down by bed type:
-    Beds dedicated to chronically homeless veterans
-    Beds dedicated to youth-veterans
-    Beds dedicated to other veterans
-    Beds dedicated to chronically homeless youth
-    Beds dedicated to any other youth
-    Beds dedicated to any other chronically homeless
-    Non-dedicated beds

Total bed inventory must equal the total of all bed populations. If they do not add up the information will not be accepted.
Reminder: units equals total families and beds equals total number of people that can be served (see image below).

 
A project may have multiple historical records of inventory. Changes over time should be documented such that a historical record of inventory is retained. Minor day-to-day fluctuations need not be recorded, but differences due to significant changes in project operations should be entered as they occur.

When a project reduces inventory but will continue to serve the same household type with a smaller number of beds, a new record should be added. The 'Inventory Start Date' should reflect the date the inventory will effectively be reduced. The earlier record should be closed out by recording an 'Inventory End Date' that is the day prior to the effective date of the decrease.


For the most up to date information on HMIS, please visit us at nychomeless.com
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Training 
Cohort begins on February 3rd - Register for the SOARWorks Online Course today!
This is a free course; full details can be accessed by clicking here
 
The SOAR Workgroup has organized a training cohort for February 2020. Cohort members will complete training modules online and periodically meet to review the course materials. To sign up for the cohort, please fill out the registration form and return it to LFreeman@urbanjustice.org by January 31, 2020. 
 
The SOAR Online Course trains people to assist individuals with disabilities who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to apply for the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
 
For more information on SOAR please contact Lucy Freeman or Amanda Slater.
Related Program Resources 
New Supportive Housing Funding Opportunity
NYC Justice Involved Supportive Housing RFP

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) recently issued the Justice-Involved Supportive Housing (JISH) Request for Proposals.
 
The goals of the JISH program are:
1.    Provide rapid access to supportive housing (both scattered and congregate) for individuals with recent and frequent contact with the criminal justice system, homeless service system, and mental health system who have a behavioral health disorder; and 
2.    Provide case management services to link tenants to health and behavioral health services, as well as other resources to prevent future use of jail, shelter or other emergency services.

To learn more and apply, please log into your HHS Accelerator account.


Action Plan to End Long-Term Street Homelessness
New York City has made important progress by implementing a comprehensive approach and have helped  approximately 2,450 New Yorkers remain on a path to stability and a better life. Thanks to the assistance of our dedicated outreach NYC is making progress and headed in the right direction, with each person helped off the streets but there's so much more to do.


We must continue to take action and reflect our values to become a City that can end this crisis—and our City will not rest until we transform that day-to-day reality for our fellow New Yorkers. To take our progress further, we are giving our outreach teams new tools. Read The Journey Home, An Action Plan to End Long-Term Street Homelessness

The 2020 Census
NYC Census 2020 is a first-of-its-kind organizing initiative established by Mayor de Blasio in January 2019 to ensure a complete and accurate count of all New Yorkers in the 2020 Census. NYC Census 2020’s program is built on four pillars:
  • The New York City Complete Count Fund.
  • An in-house “Get Out the Count” field campaign.
  • Innovative, multi-lingual, tailored messaging and marketing.
  • An in-depth and multi-layered City agency engagement strategy that ensures that all City agencies and institutions, including their clients or constituents, employees, and infrastructure, are utilized to promote census participation.
For more information on the 2020 Census, please visit 2020census.gov.

Fair Fares NYC
Fair Fares NYC is open to all NYC residents between the ages of 18 and 64 who do not receive carfare through any form of discounted MetroCard, and who meet the income requirements. 
Eligible New Yorkers can now sign up for discounted subway and bus fares during the open enrollment period. The price works out to be $63.50 instead of $127 a month for the monthly MetroCard.

If you have friends, family members, or others you know who might qualify for Fair Fares NYC, please encourage them to go to nyc.gov/fairfares to learn more and apply.
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