Connecticut Balance of State 2011 New Funding Announcement

The Connecticut Balance of State has announced that it’s accepting applications for new supportive housing projects to be funded through the 2011 HUD McKinney Vento Competition.

****Deadline extended to Wednesday August 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm****

To All Interested Parties,

The CT Balance of State Continuum of Care is seeking applications for new permanent supportive housing projects to be funded through the 2011 HUD McKinney Vento Competition. The BOS CoC expects to have approximately $575,000 available for new project applications (pending the award of funds by HUD).


The CT Balance of State Steering Committee has established the following requirements and priorities for new Permanent Supportive Housing applications for 2011 HUD McKinney Continuum of Care funds.

Applications and Exhibit 1 information forms are due to ctbos@csh.org  by
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 5pm.

•         Eligible applicants:  Nonprofit organizations or government agencies

•         Eligible activities/projects for the Bonus Funds:

o   All projects must be Permanent Supportive Housing under the Supportive Housing Program (SHP).
o   Projects must be for 1 year terms and can request funds for operating or leasing and supportive services. 
o   No more than 20% of the program expense budget can be for supportive services funds.  (Remove 5% admin for calculation.)
o   Development projects must be in construction or have a ground-breaking date.

•         Eligible localities:

o   Projects must be located within the BOS Regions of the State.  This includes all the cities and towns in the counties of Hartford (except the City of Hartford), Litchfield, New Haven (except the City of New Haven), New London, Windham, Tolland, Middlesex and City of Danbury.  (This includes all towns and cities in these counties except as noted.)

•         Eligible populations:

o   Disabilities:  All projects must serve individuals or families who experience one or more of the following disabling conditions: Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS, Physical or Developmental Disabilities.

o   The only persons to be served are those who come from the streets, emergency shelters, safe havens, or transitional housing (if originally from streets or shelters).

o   At least 25% of units must be reserved for chronically homeless single adults or families with children (see definition below).

The HUD definition of chronic homelessness includes singles adults and families with dependent children who have a disabled head of household AND have been homeless for 1 year or longer or had four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.  Persons living in transitional housing are not considered chronically homeless.

 •         Priorities:

o   Bonus points will be awarded for projects that serve 100% chronically homeless singles and/or families.

o   Bonus points will be awarded for projects that request funding only for housing activities, e.g., leasing and operating funds, (not supportive services funds).

o   Bonus points will be awarded for projects that dedicate 25% of their units to Veterans.

o   Bonus points will be awarded for projects that effectively leverage mainstream housing resources (such as NSP, HOME, VASH, state funds, etc).

o   Bonus points will be awarded for areas where the percentage of grants received are lower than the percentage of pro rata need brought by that jurisdiction to the BOS (currently New Haven, Windham and Tolland Counties and New Britain).

o   $73,490 is reserved for Danbury if they submit a viable project for this amount of funds.

•         HMIS and PIT Homeless Count participation: Projects must agree to enter client data into the CT HMIS and participate in the annual homeless counts in the BOS regions.

•         Match and Leveraging: Applications must meet HUD’s cash match requirements and have at least two times the amount of the HUD funding request in leveraging.

Application Form for new project applications

Info for Exhibit 1 - required for all applicants that do not currently have renewal applications for the BOS CoC.
Applicants will be scored on project quality, successful prior experience with HUD McKinney grants or other similar programs, cost effectiveness, leveraging, timeliness of project start up, and ability to provide services to ensure eligible participants are receiving appropriate supports.

If you have questions, please contact Liz Isaacs at episaf@comcast.net or Suzanne Wagner at suzanne.wagner@earthlink.net.

The CT BOS Steering Committee

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