2011 June Newsletter

Issue: 10 June/2011
In This Edition

2010 MCoC’s HUD Competition Score
Agency Spotlight: On the Road to Recovery
Individual Spotlight: Dennis Schwartz
HUD Clarifies 2011 Plans for Homeless Assistance Programs

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
Porter Street Apartments

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

A Look at MCoC’s Past 3 NOFA Scores
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. 

Scoring Category Total Possible Score 2008* 2009 2010
CoC Housing, Structure, and Services (14) 14 11.25 11 12
Homeless Needs and Data Collection (24) 26 16.25 20.75 21.25
CoC Strategic Planning (16) 22 14.5 18.5 20.5
CoC Performance (28) 32 23.25 22.25 20.5
Emphasis on Housing Activities (18) 6 8.5 4.5 4.5
Total 100 73.75 77 78.75
National Average 75.42 78.5 75.42

 

In 2009, HUD altered each categories total possible score from 2008.  The numbers in the parenthesis under the “Total Possible Score” column indicate the maximum score for each category in 2008.  From 2008 to 2009, Emphasis on Housing Activities was de-emphasized (the total possible score decreased from 18 to 6).  The 12 points from that category were distributed to CoC Strategic Planning (+6), CoC Performance (+4) and Homeless Needs and Data Collection (+2).  As the maximum scores possible for the respective categories have changed, accurate comparisons between all three years should be done as a percentage for points out of the total possible score for each category, which has been done in the chart below.

Scoring Category 2008* 2009 2010 Average
CoC Housing, Structure, and Services 80% 79% 86% 82%
Homeless Needs and Data Collection 68% 80% 82% 77%
CoC Strategic Planning 91% 84% 93% 89%
CoC Performance 83% 70% 64% 72%
Emphasis on Housing Activities 47% 75% 75% 67%
Average 74% 77% 79%

 

The MCoC has excelled consistently with its strategic planning, scoring in the mid 80s to low 90s.  The MCoC has done well, this year particularly, with its housing, structure, and services.  The MCoC has improved, quite significantly, in its homeless needs and data collection.  Overall, the MCoC has done well in those three categories over the past 3 competitions.

The MCoC has struggled with its emphasis on housing activities, but has been OK over the past 2 years, scoring 75% of the total possible points in both years.  The category that MCoC could use the most improvement is the CoC performance category, which has declined consecutively over the past 3 competitions.  To better understand what the CoC Performance category means, HUD provides a more detailed explanation.  In summary, HUD awards points for that category based on the following:

  • Whether the CoC completed action steps in previous competition and met or exceeded proposed achievements (our performance measures);
  • Whether the CoC has increased permanent housing beds for chronically homeless and has reduced chronic homelessness;
  • Whether participants in transitional housing programs are moving out of the program into permanent housing situations;
  • Whether participants in permanent housing programs are maintaining permanent housing over 6 months;
  • Whether participants in CoC-funded (non-HMIS) programs left their program with employment and gained access to mainstream programs;
  • Whether new construction and rehabilitation projects have policies and practices to hire low and very-low income employees and subcontractors; and,
  • Whether the CoC has incorporated energy-efficiency measures in housing facilities.

This year, based on the Point-in-Time Count and the current status of the MCoC performance measures, which are reported out at every General Assembly meeting, the MCoC has seen a reduction in chronically homeless individuals from last year and the MCoC is exceeding 2 out of its 3 performance measures.  Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the MCoC will improve its score in this category for next year’s competition.

Overall, the MCoC is performing very well and is improving consistently from year-to-year. For more information, please visit the news page on our website: 2010 MCoC Competition Score.

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MCoC Spotlight
Agency Spotlight
On the Road to Recovery
 

On the Road to Recovery (ORTR) is a Peer Support Agency (PSA) that is committed to proving a safe environment, respecting the dignity of their members to carry out their individual plans for recovery.  ORTR organizes and provides peer support activities every day of the week for disenfranchised individuals, the homeless, and individuals and families in crisis.

Members of ORTR are provided with support from the ORTR community to encourage thinking about their mental and physical well being.  Using a process of introspection, members determine their own goals that will lead them to developing their Individual Wellness Plan.  Some of the peer groups that meet at ORTR are Community Gathering, Gathering Self-Esteem, Social Gathering, WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Peer Support Values, Managing Stress, The Art of Self Respect, and Exercise.  A full list, including descriptions of each group and when they meet, can be found on ORTR’s website here: http://www.otrtr.org/groups.html .

Recently, ORTR opened their new Derry center (shown above).   With this new addition, ORTR now has a center in Manchester and Derry.

For more information about On the Road to Recovery, please visit their website at the following link: http://www.otrtr.org.

Thank you, On the Road to Recovery, for your continued support and participation in the Manchester Continuum of Care!

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Individual Spotlight
Dennis Schwartz, Program Director, Helping Hands Outreach Ministries

As the Program Director for Helping Hand’s Transitional Housing program, Dennis Schwartz is charged with overseeing the operations of their facility.  In addition to managing the facility, Dennis interviews and evaluates prospective clients for entry into their program. Once entered, Dennis provides case management for each client.  If there was ever an “all-in-one” housing program director, it would be Dennis!

Roughly 5 years ago, when the Homeless Management Information System was still being learned by many, Dennis became involved in the MCoC.  He joined the many and various agencies and individuals in the monthly meetings.

When Dennis is not overseeing the program, he enjoys going to the movies and reading a good book.

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

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HUD Clarifies FY2011 Plans

Recently, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) provided clarification on its plans for FY2011, now that the FY2011 budget process has ended.  The announcement provided some key information on how HUD will operate additional ESG funding, the Continuum of Care Competition and HEATH Act implementation, regulations, and housing vouchers. 

The most notable news for Continuums of Care is that HUD will not be implementing the HEARTH Act, which includes the new Continuum of Care program, for FY2011, due to a lack of appropriated funds.  The NOFA Competition, and everything else will remain the same as last year.  Funding for new projects will likely be lower than last year.  In addition, HUD appears to be looking to begin the NOFA competition between mid-July and late-August.

HUD has received an increase of $65 million for the implementation of the Emergency Solutions Grant program (formerly the Emergency Shelter Grant).  The additional money is intended to be utilized for homeless prevention and rapid re-housing activities.  However, HUD does not currently have regulations in effect for the new ESG program.  Therefore, HUD will allocate $160 million immediately, and will allocate the additional $65 million once the new ESG regulations are in effect.  HUD expects the new ESG regulations, which are in a review process currently, to be approved and become effective later this year.

All other regulations concerning homeless assistance programs will remain the same for FY2011 at this current time.  The only two regulations HUD is currently having reviewed and is expected to go in effect sometime this year are the new ESG regulations and the new definition of homelessness.  Once the rules do go into effect, HUD will provide a clear timeline on when those regulations will go into affect, and will provide technical assistance as well.

Lastly, HUD received funding to pay for 7,000 additioanl HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers.  However, HUD did not receive funding for 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers as it had requested.

You can find the full announcement on our news page here: HUD 2011 Program Clarifications

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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.