Chittenden County Homeless Alliance (Separate HUD Continuum of Care)
The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and government who support our vision of a safe, decent, affordable, stable home for every person and family in Chittenden County. Our mission is to end homelessness in Chittenden County by being a forum for gathering information, building consensus, coordinating efforts, and advocating the end of homelessness through prevention, early intervention, and remediation. To effectuate our mission and achieve our vision, the Alliance:
1. Holds four meetings of the full Continuum of Care and actively seeks new members at least annually;
2. Gathers and disseminates information about the incidence, prevalence, and current and emerging causes of homelessness including conducting an annual Point in Time count;
3. Identifies and prioritizes solutions to homelessness including “bricks and mortar,” economic, legal, and social service and program impediments;
4. Develops and advocates government, programmatic, and legal policies that further the Alliance‘s vision;
5. Establishes and follows written standards for providing CoC assistance, in consultation with the recipient of Emergency Solutions Grants program funds.
6. Marshals federal, state, and local government and other resources to further our mission;
7. Coordinates our efforts with the Balance of State Continuum of Care as appropriate; and
8. Moves its agenda forward through annual and multi-year planning including establishing performance goals and measuring and monitoring progress toward these goals;
9. Evaluates all CoC and ESG funded programs and effectuates change as needed;
10. Develops a written process for Board selection and reviews that process at least every five years; and
11. Designates and operates a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) at a minimum to meet HUD HMIS requirements.
The City of Burlington is currently the Collaborative Applicant with the local Continuum of Care (Homeless Alliance) and administers the annual Notice of Funding Availability Application for the Continuum. HUD recently released the Notice of Funding Availability and for more information you can read the FY-2016-CoC-Program-NOFA here.
Chittenden County Homeless Alliance (Chittenden CoC) released a Notice of Funding Availability and received 11 eligible applications. Of those applications, 8 are renewal projects, 2 are new projects and one is a bonus project. On August 3, the Chittenden Application Ranking Committee met to review, score, rank and recommend funding for the Alliance. The criteria used included the following performance measures: bed utilization rates; % of participants entering with status of literal homeless; % of adult participants who increased income; % who exited to permanent housing; % who remained in permanent housing after 6+ months; % accessing one or more mainstream services; timely submission of APRs and timely drawdowns from LOCCs. These performance measures are in addition to scoring by type of project with a focus on serving chronic homeless, use of coordinated entry and the CoC’s HMIS. Their recommendations are noted here.
On August 4, the Steering Committee of the Alliance met and reviewed the Committee’s
recommendations. The Steering Committee maintained a commitment to rank and fund projects based on scoring/performance and recommended changes in the proposed funding. The spreadsheet that explains the vote on Tier 1 and Tier 2 projects is here.
Applicants have until August 19 to appeal the decision and state their case at the September 1 Steering Committee meeting.
Please note that a draft of this year’s Chittenden County Homeless Alliance’s Collaborative Application and final Project Priority Ranking and Funding Amounts are now available.
If you have any comments or suggested changes, please send them no later than Monday, September 12 by 10 AM to firstname.lastname@example.org
The timeline for entire application process can be found here.
Contact: Erin Ahearn (Co-Chair)
Agency: Safe Harbor Clinic (CHC)
Address: 184 South Winooski Avenue Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 860-4310 ext. 8481
Contact: Margaret Bozik (Co-Chair)
Agency: Champlain Housing Trust
Address: 88 King Street Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 861-7370
Meeting: First Thursday of each month from 9-10:30am
Location: Champlain Housing Trust 88 King Street, Burlington, VT
Burlington Housing Authority
Champlain Housing Trust
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
Community Health Center of Burlington
COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter)
Lund Family Center
Spectrum Youth Services
STEPS to End Domestic Violence
Vermont Housing Finance Agency