December 9, 2015 - Quarterly Consortium and Policy and Advisory (PAC) Meeting Minutes
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Request for Proposals for the 2015 Continuum of Care Competition
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium is currently soliciting pre-applications for permanent supportive housing projects for homeless individuals and families. Eligible projects include:
Funding will come from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is available at https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Revised-FY-2015-CoC-Program-NOFA.pdf. Information on the CoC Program can be found at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/. Funds can be used for new construction, rehabilitation, operating and leasing.
Be sure to carefully read the description for this funding program before completing an application. Supportive Service expenses should be extremely limited and Supportive Service only applications are not eligible for submission. The pre-application form can be found at www.housingforthehomeless.org
The South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium was created in 2001 to help unify the people who provide services to the homeless. Throughout the years the Consortium has identified gaps and created programs and services that make it easier for people to make it on their own. Since its initiation, the Consortium has received millions in federal funding to provide development, operations and supportive services to a variety of homeless programs across the state.
The National Human Services Data Conference (NHSDC) is an excellent conference in regards to HMIS, please see the agenda link below for more information.
The NHSDC 2015 Fall Conference will be held at the Hilton Miami Downtown from October 22-23, 2015, in Miami, FL. The conference will open at 8:00 am on Thursday, October 22nd, and end at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 23rd.
Some of the Conference sessions are:
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2015 Statewide Point in Time Homeless Count that was conducted on Jan. 27, 2015, revealed that 1,036 individuals were homeless in South Dakota. This number represents a 17 percent increase from the 2014 count of 885 individuals. Sixty-one percent were adults over the age of 24; 26 percent were children under 18; and 13 percent were adults 18 to 24 years of age. Eighty-seven percent were sheltered on the night of the count, either in emergency shelter, transitional housing or motels being paid for by a non-profit. Thirteen percent were unsheltered on the night of the count. Unsheltered includes the street, vehicles, or places not meant for human habitation.
The Point in Time Homeless Count was conducted by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers. The statewide, one-day count was a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness.
To further define the snapshot of homelessness of the 1,036 counted in January, 17 percent were veterans, 81 percent were individuals, 17 percent were households with children and two percent were unaccompanied children.
To establish strategic goals and objectives to address homelessness in South Dakota, the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium has drafted a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. SDHHC is currently asking for the public’s review and comments with community meetings being held during July.
The Draft of the Ten-Year Plan, information on location and dates for scheduled public meetings as well as detailed data on the Homeless Count results can be found on homeless website at www.housingforthehomeless.org.
For Immediate Release: For More Information:
June 24, 2015 Lisa Bondy, SDHHC Coordinator, 773-3445