2011 August Newsletter

Issue: 12 Aug/2011
In This Edition

Summer Point-in-Time Count: Basic Results

Agency Spotlight: MVAP/GMAP

Individual Spotlight: Christopher Emerson

SuperNOFA: Preparing for the Funding Notice

What’s New in the MCoC?

Click on any one of the following housing projects to receive more information:

85/87 Laurel Street

335 Somerville Street

Lowell Street Housing

Valley and Belmont

If your agency is developing or has recently developed housing for the homeless, please email [email protected] to have it listed on our website!

Summer Point-in-Time Count

On June 29th, 2011, with Nina Foucheux, of Granite United Way, leading volunteers and outreach workers, familiar faces and new friends, the Manchester conducted its first ever summer Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.  Through Nina’s leadership, Manchester was able to gather important information that will help in providing much needed services to homeless persons and families by tracking seasonal trends in homelessness. 

The full report is still being generated; however, the basic results are available.  The following are some results from the latest PIT Count.  The first number for each category is the result from the summer PIT Count.  The second number for each category, in parenthesis, is the difference between the 2011 winter PIT Count and the 2011 summer PIT Count, where a + sign indicates an increase and a – sign indicates a decrease:

Total Homeless

347 (-3)

Total Homeless Single Adults

221 (+2)

Total Homeless Families (w/children)

47 (-7)

Total Homeless Persons in Families (w/children)

126 (-5)

Total Sheltered Homeless

261 (-10)

Total Unsheltered Homeless

86 (+7)

Total Homeless Veterans

27 (even)

The full report will be released soon.  Please check the MCoC’s Research and Reports page often.  For questions, please email [email protected].

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MCoC Spotlight
Agency Spotlight
MVAP/GMAP

The Merrimack Valley Assistant Program/Greater Manchester AIDS Project (MVAP/GMAP) provides support and assistance to persons infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. MVAP/GMAP does this by encouraging a high quality of life through direct assistance, advocacy, and education, promoting safer practices through education and prevention activities in the local and regional communities, counteracting myths and stereotypes about HIV/AIDS, increasing and diversifying the network of HIV related service providers in the communities we serve and taking an active role in affecting local, state and national policies on civil rights, discrimination, HIV/AIDS prevention, education, research, and direct care.MVAP/GMAP provides case management to their clients. Becoming a client of MVAP/ GMAP typically begins with a telephone call or drop-in visit. The case managers are the first point of contact for all clients. Together, the client and case manager will develop a service plan based on client-identified goals.

TIn certain cases, MVAP/GMAP case managers will meet clients at hospitals, medical offices, or at the client’s home. During the intake process, the case manager and the client will have the opportunity to discuss issues concerning the client’s health, financial resources, insurance, housing, mental health, and support systems. The MVAP/GMAP case manager works with their clients to address any areas of concern that they might have, answer any questions, and provide support.

For more information, check out the MVAP/GMAP website: http://www.mvap.org/.

 

Thank you, MVAP/GMAP, for your continued support and participation in the Manchester Continuum of Care!

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Individual Spotlight
Christopher Emerson, Operations Manager, Manchester Homeless Services Center

On July 1st, Christopher Emerson began serving his new position as Operations Manager of the Manchester Homeless Services Center.  Although still new to the position, Chris is underway in managing the operations at the Center to ensure a smoothly functioning system where the homeless can escape the elements during the day, receive a decent lunch, avail themselves of services from area agencies, take a shower and do some laundry. 

Chris’ first task, however, is to be the host for guests, service providers, volunteers, visitors and staff of the Center while maintaining a safe, hospitable and well-structured environment.  Through his work with the Center’s Management Team, he collaborates with service providers, seeking to coordinate the Center’s various visions into a coherent plan for program improvement. 

Previously, Chris was a pastor for fifteen years at the First Congregational Church, until 2008 when he became heavily involved in downtown life, leading Manchester Urban Ministry, serving on the boards of the United Way and New Horizons, chairing the Bean Foundation, serving as President of the Greater Manchester Clergy Organizing Project and serving as Chaplain of the Manchester Fire Department.  Also, during the 1990’s, Chris attended some of the very first meetings of the MCoC.

“I am delighted to be back working in the city I love,” Chris said. “My 2.5 years managing ServiceLink of Merrimack County provided me with valuable experience and expertise which I wish to utilize to benefit Manchester’s Homeless Services Center.” 

On his days off, Chris enjoys being outside on the trails of NH, at the beach, with friends, or working up inspiration for the essays that he posts on his website.

Thank you, Christopher Emerson, for your continued support and participation in the Manchester Continuum of Care!

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SuperNOFA: Preparing for Renewals and Some New Funding

It’s that time of year – no, not when “back-to-school” promotional ads swarm television commercials – when the US Department of Housing and Urban Development releases its annual SuperNOFA for McKinney-Vento homeless assistance funds.Within the past several years, HUD has primarily funded project renewals. Manchester renewal projects are currently receiving $1,073,557 for 17 projects ranging from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Street Outreach,to transitional and permanent supportive housing programs.For a list of the 17 projects and funding amounts, please see the following link: 2010 Projects and Funding ListThe Manchester Continuum of Care (MC0C) scores well in this nationally competitive application process. Over the past two years, new funding has been awarded because of the success of MCoC’s programs. This funding averaged $96,000, or 9.35% of the MCoC’s total award (renewals + new funding). Also over the past two years, this new funding has been allocated, by HUD, to permanent supportive housing projects only.

Susan Howland, Director of Homeless Services for the City of Manchester/Granite United Way takes the lead in the NOFA application process with the assistance of the resource development team. She says, ”I am confident that Manchester will score well again this year. We have worked very hard together to ensure we are meeting the five HUD national objectives and have brought our score up tremendously over the past two years.”

For a break down of the MCoC’s latest scores, see one of our previous posts here: 2010 MCoC Competition Score Released

While new funding has been available in the past two SuperNOFAs, with the federal budget for FY2012 under a scalpel in appropriations committees currently, HUD may decide to limit or skip new funding for this year’s NOFA. More information will be available once the NOFA is released, which should happen within the next month. Once it is released, more specific information will be sent out via email to MCoC members.

For more information, see the MCoC Research and Reports page, or visit HUD’s Homeless Resource Exchange (HUDHRE) website at www.hudhre.info.

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Last month, HUD released each Continuum of Care’s score from the national competition program for 2010. For the 3rd consecutive year, the MCoC has increased its score, which is nothing short of amazing! These scores represent the MCoC’s overall performance and are based on several categories: CoC Housing, Services, and Structure, Homeless Needs and Data Collection, CoC Strategic Planning, CoC Performance, and Emphasis on Housing Activities. The following is a more in-depth look at the MCoC’s scores over the past 3 years, including what areas the MCoC has excelled in, and where the MCoC could use improvement.