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 2018-2019 state budget creates the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) Block Grants, which will provide $500 million in one-time funding to enable local governments to respond to homelessness. The Solano County CoC will receive approximately $4.9 million in funds from this grant to help address the unsheltered homelessness crisis in the County.
At minimum, 5% of the funds Solano County receives must be spent on youth related programs and activities. We are holding a community stakeholder meeting to present new ideas and gather stakeholder input on suggestions for how to best utilize HEAP 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 Solano Continuum of Care.
Community Stakeholder Meeting
Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00am to 11:00am
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 HEAP in advance of the meeting please visit the HEAP 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 19, 2018
Dear Community Members,
It is with great excitement that we invite you to join the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (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/
Housing First Solano will be tackling several initiatives this year, including further development of the Coordinated Entry System that launched in December 2017. Coordinated Entry is a community process through which the region is streamlining access to housing and supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Community members are encouraged to join the upcoming CoC Board Meeting on March 28, 2018 and the next CoC General Membership Meeting on April 25, 2018.
The CoC also provides regular updates on funding opportunities and grant writing workshops!
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.
We hope to hear from you soon!
The Housing First Solano CoC
2017 Point-in-Time Count Released
The results of the 2017 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.
Housing First Solano works to end homelessness by:
Housing First Solano is a coalition of service providers in Solano County working together to end homelessness. Housing First Solano members
Requests for Proposals: Partnership Healthplan of California
The Community Action Partnership of Solano, Joint Powers Authority (CAP Solano JPA) is pleased to announce the award of a $4,863,964 Local Housing Innovation Grant from the Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC).
The Housing Innovation Grant will support implementation of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Forward Together Five-Year Regional Strategic Plan, as well as the development of additional Permanent Supportive Housing units, short and/or medium-term housing assistance, and wrap around supportive services for Solano County's most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Please find the PHC Press Release here. Please stay tuned for further information regarding the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP).
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.
December 20, 2016
HUD has released the funding awards for the 2016 Continuum of Care Competition. Solano County received $1,288,063 in funding for permanent supportive housing programs. For a full breakdown of funding, click here. For additional information, visit our Continuum of Care Competition page.
All meetings at Suisun City Council Chambers located at 701 Civic Center Boulevard, Suisun City, CA 94585 unless otherwise noted.
November 28, 2018: Housing First Solano Board Meeting from 11:30AM - 12:30PM
December 12, 2018: Housing First Solano General Membership Meeting from 10:00AM-11:30AM