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):
EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ERAP) FUNDING
Solano County is pleased to announce that Catholic Charities will be administering $13.3 million in ERAP funds to Solano County Residents.
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) is a federal initiative that primarily covers rental arrears for low-income households with the goal of allowing those households to remain in their current homes. The program may also cover utility arrears, housing stability case management, and a limited amount of prospective rental assistance. The program is intended to benefit renters who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Please consult this general flyer to learn more about available resources and application instructions.
EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND (ESG CV 2)
Solano County is pleased to announce that Mission Samoa, SHELTER, Inc., and City of Vallejo were awarded $3,387,100 in Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus (ESG-CV 2) funds on April 22, 2021.
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.
Housing First Solano is a coalition of service providers in Solano County working together to end homelessness.
Funding Opportunity for Homeless Service Providers
HUD CoC NOFO Technical Assistance Workshop and Local Competition Materials
On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (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 27 to begin your project applications in e-snaps. Renewal project applications are due in e-snaps on Friday, September 17, by 12pm PST.
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 Friday, September 17, by 12pm PST.
As per page 5 of the local competition handbook, to obtain a PRESTO account and further instructions to apply for a new project, you must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for funding to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 3rd, 2021 at 12pm PST. The LOI can completed through the submission of this Google Form. Otherwise, it must indicate 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, please contact email@example.com.
Lived Experience Advisory Committee - Call for Applicants
The Housing First Solano CoC is seeking individuals with lived experience of homelessness to serve on our new
Lived Experience Advisory Committee (LEAC)
We are seeking people with past or current lived experience of homelessness with ties to Solano County to serve on the LEAC.
The LEAC will meet at least quarterly and the CoC plans to provide stipends for committee members.
Anyone interested in applying can fill out this LEAC Member Application (Aplicación en español) or go to the "Who We Are" page and scroll down to submit via this website.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Invitation to Join the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care
Dear Community Members,
We invite anyone working to address homelessness and housing in Solano County to 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:
Join Our Mailing List - Sign Up Online
Email Us at email@example.com
And visit us online: http://www.housingfirstsolano.org/
The CoC also provides regular updates on funding opportunities. Please stayed tuned for information on a Housing First Solano HUD CoC New Project Technical Assistance Workshop in the Spring of 2021. If you're interested in submitting a new project application during the 2021 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, nonprofits, 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
2021 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. To learn more about how to get involved, please visit the volunteer registration portal. Community members are also encouraged to:
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
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.
Housing First Solano works to end homelessness by:
We invite community members to join the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care in preventing and ending homelessness in Solano County!
WHAT WE DO
Housing First Solano CoC/CAP Solano JPA
Participant Grievance Policy and
Call for Grievance Advisory Committee Members
The Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (CoC)/CAP Solano JPA Participant Grievance Policy applies to all participants in housing and homeless service programs funded by the CAP Solano JPA and/or the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (HFS CoC). This policy provides participants with the right to grieve any situation where they are denied housing or services by a program. This covers denials of housing or services because of rule violations, non-compliance with program requirements, or not meeting program eligibility.
We are seeking applicants to serve on a Grievance Advisory Committee with the representation of homeless and housing service providers, people with lived experience of homelessness, and HFS, JPA, and Tripartite Advisory Board members.
If you are interested, submit this Grievance Advisory Committee Application to email@example.com
Please note that during the current state of emergency in California, community meetings will be held by phone and video conference only unless otherwise stated.