Housing First Solano works to end homelessness by:
Unsheltered Point-in-Time Count Canceled
The Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (CoC) PIT Count Workgroup has decided to utilize a COVID-19-related waiver being offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to postpone the unsheltered PIT Count from January 25, 2021 to early 2022 in order to protect the health and safety of all those involved. The 2021 sheltered PIT count will continue as planned. No federal or state homeless assistance funding will be in jeopardy as a result of this decision and most Bay Area CoCs have also postponed their PIT Counts.
Although early 2022 may feel far away, a successful unsheltered PIT Count requires a lot of advance planning and volunteers. Although there will be no unsheltered PIT count on January 25, 2021, we are still hoping you can offer your support for the 2022 count. Below are some ways to stay involved:
Thank you again for all of your support and we hope you continue to be involved in the Housing First Solano CoC to help us end homelessness in Solano County. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or SolanoPIT@SimtechSolutions.com if you have questions, want to make a donation for 2022 or need additional information.
The Housing First Solano CoC
COC BOARD OPENINGS
Two seats on the HFS CoC Board are currently open due to recent resignations. The CoC is seeking nominations to fill the Law Enforcement and Business Representative seats and will hold a vote at the December 18 CoC General Membership meeting once nominations are received. Interested community members should submit a completed copy of the application form to email@example.com.
COMMUNITY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
January 22, 2020
Dear Community Members,
The Community Action Partnership Solano, Joint Powers Authority (CAP Solano JPA) and the Housing First Continuum of Care (CoC) invite you to attend a community meeting to discuss opportunities to strengthen our homeless crisis response system and decide community priorities for addressing homelessness.
California’s 2019-2020 state budget creates the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Block Grants, which will provide $650 million in one-time funding to enable local governments to respond to homelessness. This funding is specifically designed to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address immediate homelessness challenges. The Housing First Solano CoC will receive approximately $1.3 million in funds from this grant.
At minimum, 8% of the funds the CoC receives must be spent on funds for services specific to the needs of homeless youth. We are holding a community stakeholder meeting to gather input on how to best utilize CoC HHAP dollars that are targeted to those unsheltered in our community. Interventions will be prioritized based on consensus at the community stakeholder meeting listed below and approved by the CAP Solano JPA.
Community Stakeholder Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm
Suisun City Council Chambers
701 Civic Center Blvd
Suisun City, CA 94585
If you have any questions please email Solano@homebaseccc.org. If you would like to learn more about HHAP in advance of the meeting, please visit the HHAP state funding website here.
Please share this meeting invite with listservs and community members that might be interested.
Invitation to Join the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care
March 3, 2020
Dear Community Members,
We hosted a large community event last month to roll out the Coordinated Entry System expansion that resulted in exciting new interest in the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (CoC). We are inviting all of you to please join and be engaged with the Housing First Solano CoC!
Housing First Solano is the regional planning body that coordinates the community’s policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness.
Through the Continuum of Care, community stakeholders engage on the issues facing Solano County’s low-income population, homeless individuals and families, and other at-risk populations, and become part of the solutions being offered to address those challenges.
There are multiple ways to join:
Sign Up Online
Join Our Mailing List
And visit us online: http://www.housingfirstsolano.org/
Come to Our Next Meeting on March 25!
The CoC also provides regular updates on funding opportunities. Please see the below flyer for information on the Housing First Solano HUD CoC New Project Technical Assistance Workshop on March 25. If you're interested in submitting a new project application during the 2020 HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availability this summer, then please attend this workshop!
There are many ways to collaborate, participate, and stay informed about the wide range of projects and funding opportunities being pursued in the region to address poverty and homelessness. Please share the CoC website and/or email with other agencies, non profits and community members that may wish to become stakeholders in solutions to ending homelessness.
We hope to hear from you soon!
The Housing First Solano CoC
2019 Point-in-Time Count Released
The results of the 2019 Point-in-Time (PIT) count are now available. The PIT Count is an enumeration of persons experiencing homelessness, whether sheltered or unsheltered, on a single night in January. The PIT count is conducted at least biannually in Solano and is a requirement to receive homeless assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The PIT Count uses HUD’s definition of homelessness, which includes persons living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation, but excludes persons who are living doubled up with others due to economic hardship or those living in RV or trailer parks.
WHAT WE DO
Housing First Solano is a coalition of service providers in Solano County working together to end homelessness.
We strive to keep you informed, but not overwhelmed in these challenging times. Please find some useful links below. We will be posting regular updates and resources for homeless services providers. Please find a list of resources below that are intended to provide guidance for homeless assistance providers on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):
FY 2019 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Awards:
On March 13, 2020, HUD announced the complete awards for the FY 2019 CoC Funding Competition. Housing First Solano CoC received $1,486,257 in CoC funding. A list of Solano agencies awarded CoC funding can be found here.
HUD's award announcement can be found here.
Housing First Solano 2019 Final Priority Listing
On September 11, 2019 the Housing First Solano Board met and approved the final priority listing for project applications recommended by the Review and Rank Panel. To view the approved list, click here.
Funding Opportunity for Homeless Service Programs: 2019 CoC NOFA Technical Assistance Workshop and Local Competition Materials
On Friday, July 26th, Housing First Solano CoC held an informational
Technical Assistance (TA) Workshop. This workshop provided attendees with an overview of the local application process, as well as instructions for completing the local and project applications.
The materials from the TA workshop, including the local competition materials and scoring tools are available here.
Renewal Project Applicants: please utilize guidance contained in the federal TA handbook on page 36 to begin your project applications in e-snaps. Renewal project applications are due in e-snaps on August 19th by 12pm.
New Project Applicants: please begin your new project applications for the local competition in PRESTO and for the federal application in e-snaps. New project applications are due in both PRESTO and e-snaps on August 19th by 12pm.
As per page 7 of the local competition handbook, to obtain a PRESTO account and further instructions, you must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for funding to firstname.lastname@example.org that indicates the agency name, project name, project type, and approximate funding request. PRESTO account login information and new project local competition instructions will be sent in response to the LOI. All applicants are strongly encouraged to access e-snaps as soon as possible.
If you have a specialized need and would like to receive this information or any of the TA workshop materials in another format, pleases contact Solano@homebaseccc.org.
Funding Opportunity for Homeless Service Programs: 2019 CoC NOFA and July 26th Technical Assistance Workshop
Dear Housing and Services Providers in Solano County,
On Wednesday, July 3rd, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition.
Please join us for the Housing First Solano mandatory informational Technical Assistance (TA) Workshop on Friday, July 26 from 1:30PM - 3:30PM. This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the local application process, as well as instructions for completing the local and project applications. All are welcome.
Technical Assistance Workshop
Friday, July 26, 2019
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Vallejo Room at the JFK Library
505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, CA
Information will be provided about renewal project applications as well as applications for new housing projects through reallocated and/or bonus funding. In addition, there is Domestic Violence Bonus Funding for interested applicants. We encourage all organizations interested in applying for CoC funding to attend, including organizations that have not previously received CoC funding.
The HFS CoC issues this Public Solicitation for new Project Applications. We encourage new agencies that do not currently receive CoC Program Funds, as well as current recipients, to consider applying for a new permanent supportive housing project, a new rapid re-housing project, and/or a new transitional housing/rapid re-housing hybrid project.
Housing First Solano estimates an award of approximately $1,425,556 in renewal funding through the CoC Program for housing and services for persons experiencing homelessness, as well as for some of the infrastructure to support our system of care. This year, for new projects, the CoC is eligible to apply for estimated Bonus funds of $71,278 and estimated Domestic Violence Bonus funds of $86,680.
Please find a brief summary of the 2019 Housing First Solano NOFA here. The Housing First Solano NOFA local process timeline can be found here.
If you have a specialized need and would like to receive this information in another format, pleases contact Solano@homebaseccc.org.
This Public Solicitation will be posted in virtual locations and distributed, including the following:
- Housing First Solano Continuum of Care Website
- CAP Solano JPA Website
- Jurisdictional Websites
- Continuum of Care Listserv
- Partner Listservs
Please forward this Public Solicitation to any interested parties, listservs, and public bulletin boards. Inquiries about this process may be directed to the staff of the Collaborative Applicant of the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care at Solano@homebaseccc.org.
Housing First Solano
Coordinated Entry Operator Request for Proposals (RFP)
March 18, 2019: The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coordinated Entry Operator is now available.
To apply, please carefully review the RFP and all other application documents below. Please submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by 5:00 PM PST, and submit a completed project application by Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by 12:00 PM PST.
Request for Proposals and Scoring Criteria
Appendix A: Sample Job Descriptions
Appendix B: Sample MOU
Map of Solano County
We are pleased to announce the awardees for the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding in the amount of $4.9 million
Emergency Shelter Funding ($3 million)
Shelter Solano - $3 million
Prevention/Diversion Services ($1 million)
Shelter Solano - $800,000
Community Action North Bay - $200,000
Youth Services ($671,624.54)
On the Move - $449,326
Vacaville Social Services Corporation - $222,298.54
We are pleased to announce the awardees for the California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) funding in the amount of $689,901.
Shelter, Inc. - $482,931
Community Action North Bay - $206,970
Continuum of Care Competition 2018
Thank you so much to all of you who participated in preparing this application and in this process. We appreciate all the hard work that the various stakeholders contributed to prepare for this NOFA and throughout this process, especially to the applicants and their staff who devoted extensive time to preparing and submitting funding applications over the course of the past several months.
2018 Final Priority Listing
On August 24, 2018, the Housing First Solano Board met and approved the Priority Listing for project applications recommended by the Review and Rank Panel. To view the approved list, click here.
Funding Opportunity for Homeless Service Programs: 2018 CoC NOFA and July 16th Technical Assistance Workshop
Dear Housing First Solano Continuum of Care and Community Partners,
On Wednesday, June 20, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition.
Please join us for the Housing First Solano mandatory informational Technical Assistance (TA) Workshop on Monday, July 16 from 1:30PM - 3:30PM. This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the local application process, as well as instructions for completing the local and project applications. All are welcome.
Technical Assistance (TA) Workshop
Monday, July 16, 2018
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Suisun City Council Chambers
701 Civic Center Boulevard, Suisun City, CA 94585
Please RSVP at email@example.com
Information will be provided about renewal project applications as well as applications for new housing projects through reallocated and/or bonus funding. In addition, there is new Domestic Violence Bonus Funding for interested applicants. We encourage all organizations interested in applying for CoC funding to attend, including organizations that have not previously received CoC funding.
In the previous cycle, Housing First Solano was awarded approximately $1,284,935 total in funding through the CoC Program for housing and services for persons experiencing homelessness, as well as for some of the infrastructure to support our system of care.
This year, for new projects, the CoC is eligible to apply for estimated Bonus funds of $77,336, estimated Domestic Violence Bonus funds of $84,718, and likely a significant amount of reallocation funds.
Please find a brief summary of the 2018 Housing First Solano NOFA for new project applicants here. The Housing First Solano NOFA local process timeline can be found here.
Please forward this Public Solicitation to any interesting parties, listservs, and public bulletin boards.
Inquiries about this process may be directed to the staff of the Collaborative Applicant of the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care at Solano@homebaseccc.org.
Final 2017 Continuum of Care Program Awards Announced
On January 11, 2018, HUD announced the final awards for the FY2017 CoC funding competition. This year's competition was very competitive locally and nationally. However, Housing First Solano secured a total of $1,284,935 for use within Solano County, which was awarded for 16 projects! Congratulations! The award renewed 12 projects and funded 3 new projects. This includes 13 permanent housing projects (2 new ones), renewal of our coordinated entry project funding, and a new coordinated entry expansion.
In addition to the project funding, HUD awarded $36,956 in planning grant funding which supports Housing First Solano’s organizing efforts.
The full awards list can be found here. HUD's official announcement is here.
Thank you to all the individuals and agencies that partnered with us to submit a strong application and who undertake the important work of effectively serving and housing homeless people year-round. We know this process can be long and arduous, and we appreciate your contributions and your dedication to serving the homeless in Solano County. Congratulations to all!
The Housing First Solano CoC
2017 Consolidated Application
The Consolidated Application for the 2017 Continuum of Care Competition is now available for review and comment. The application has two parts: the Continuum of Care Application, which discusses system performance for ending homelessness, and the Priority Listing, which ranks projects for funding. You can also view the materials on the Continuum of Care Competition page.
2017 Final Priority Listing
On September 6, 2017 the Housing First Solano Board met and approved the Priority Listing for project applications recommended by the Review and Rank Panel. To view the approved list, click here.
2017 Application Materials
The application materials for New and Renewal projects in the 2017 Continuum of Care Competition can be accessed on the Continuum of Care Competition page.
Technical Assistance Workshop
A mandatory technical assistance workshop for all new and renewal project applicants will be held on:
Wednesday, July 26
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Suisun City Council Chambers
701 Civic Center Blvd.
Suisun City, CA 94585.
In this year's competition, Housing First Solano expects to have approximately $70,000 available for new permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and transitional housing/rapid rehousing hybrid projects.
The TA workshop will outline the competition and provide project application requirements. Failure to attend the TA Workshop may result in your project being excluded from the competition. All projects, including new project applicants who have not received HUD funding the past, are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop and apply for grant funding.
2017 Continuum of Care Competition NOFA Summary Now Available
A summary of the 2017 Continuum of Care Competition NOFA is now available. This document highlights important dates, requirements, and differences from last year's NOFA.
You can view the summary here.
2017 Continuum of Care Competition is Now Available
On July 14, 2017 HUD released the 2017 Notice of Funding Availability for the Continuum of Care Program. Housing First Solano Staff are working to summarize the NOFA, but in the interim you can view the NOFA and related materials here.
Stay tuned for future announcements regarding the application process.
Please note that during the current state of emergency in California, community meetings will be held by phone and videoconference only unless otherwise stated.