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FY2016 CoC NOFA Project Rankings

Posted on CoC HTH website and emailed via CoC HTH list serve on 8/24/16 to the full CoC membership, CoC Board, Ranking Team, and all current CoC Program applicants/recipients/ subrecipients.

On Tuesday, August 9, the Ranking Team of the VT Coalition to End Homelessness met to review all CoC project applications and determine the order of priority for submission to HUD as part of the FY2016 CoC NOFA. The VCEH Ranking Team determined project priority by using the pre-approved VCEH Project Ranking Policy & Ranking Tool, which included performance data (APR, VT HMIS-SPM outcomes), LOCCS draws, HUD and CoC priorities and other measures. Each project applicant was provided their priority number along with the reasons for the determination, and offered the opportunity to appeal their score/priority number. All project applicants have chosen not to appeal, therefore the FINAL Project Listing is as follows:

TIER 1 (CoC project funds up to $2,955,696; HUD retains discretion to defund/re-prioritize):
1. VSHA Shelter+Care/Statewide [16 partners, entire VT BoS CoC] $1,611,626
2. Brattleboro Housing Authority Shelter+Care [2 partners, So. Windham-only] $246,214
3. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 1-2 merged (Windham/Rutland/Windsor/Caledonia] $270,597
4. VSHA/NEKCA Youth Transitional Housing $57,005
5. VSHA/BCCH Transitional Housing [Chronic Substance Use only, Bennington] $56,064
6. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 3 [Washington/Lamoille/Franklin] $147,078
7. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 4 [6 partners/5 counties, New/FY15 PH Bonus] $415,845
8. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 5 [JGHS/Addison, NEW/Reallocated] $91,885
9. ICA CoC-Homeless Management Information System project #1 $30,572
10. ICA CoC-Homeless Management Information System project #2 $28,810

TIER 2 ($381,380; projects subjected to higher scoring criteria):
11. AHS/VCEH Coordinated Entry project [NEW/Reallocated, VT BoS CoC only] $222,472
12. VSHA/PVT S+C Housing 1st PH Bonus [NEW/CH only, Washington/Windsor/Windham] $158,908

TIER 3 (not included in HUD ranking process):
13. VSHA CoC Planning Project $95,345

Reallocated CoC projects:
 HOPE/CSAC Hill House Transitional Housing [Mental Health/Addison] $133,027
 VSHA/CMC Safe Haven [Mental Health/Orange] $113,736
 VSHA/PVT Shelter+Care Washington #2 [CH only, old PH Bonus] $28,325
 VSHA/TPHT Overlook Transitional Housing [INDIV & FAM, Windsor] $39,269

FY16 VT BoS CoC Projects – Priority Listing FINAL 8.15.16

*For information on the VCEH Ranking Policy & Tool and other VT Balance of State CoC activities please go to  “HUD Funding and Regulations” section of

**Additional guidance on this year’s FFY2016 HUD CoC NOFA competition and other HUD CoC Program information can be found at:

Report to Governor Shumlin From the Council on Pathways From Poverty

Yesterday, the Council on Pathways From Poverty delivered their annual report to the Governor. Below is an excerpt from a VT Digger article on the report, which highlights the need for affordable housing:

Advocates are backing a hotel occupancy fee to help the state tackle homelessness and affordable housing issues.

In the Pathways from Poverty Council’s annual report to the governor, delivered Thursday, advocates recommended imposing a $2 per night fee on hotel rooms that would go to supporting efforts to reduce homelessness.

The report highlighted affordable housing as “key to the well-being of Vermonters.” It was one of the four major focuses for the 30-member council’s report, along with education, administrative systems and economic security.

The council proposes that the state curb the housing affordability crisis by making new investments in permanent low-cost housing, providing more rental assistance and increasing supportive services.

“One of the challenges for advocates historically has been pointing out where there are problems and not always coming up with a funding solutions,” Chris Curtis, co-chair of the council, said Thursday.

The state has “an affordable housing crisis on its hands,” Curtis said, and the fee could make a big difference for the state in addressing that, including by moving away from the emergency housing motel voucher program.

Meanwhile, the fee would largely be shouldered by tourists, and is “less than the cost of a cup of coffee at many of these establishments,” he said.

Pathways member Erhard Mahnke, of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, emphasized the report’s call for investment in constructing affordable housing. The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board has been underfunded in recent years, and “the chickens are coming home to roost,” he said. “We have a protracted affordable housing crisis.”

Linda Ryan, co-chair council and executive director of Samaritan House, a shelter in St. Albans, said Thursday that funding is critical to efforts to end family homelessness, and other major anti-poverty goals of the administration.

“We’re not going to do that unless we can raise some revenue,” she said.

Housing affordability is a major barrier to low-income Vermonters, she said. “As everyone knows, the wages are low and the rents are high,” Ryan said.

To read more of the article, click here. To read the full 23-page report to the Governor, click here.