Resources for Persons Homeless in Somerville and Arlington

All individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in Somerville and Arlington are encouraged to receive an assessment through the Somerville and Arlington Coordinated Entry program. Nine housing programs, as well as housing search and case management services participate in Coordinated Entry. Participating housing programs and services now receive referrals only from among clients who have been assessed through Coordinated Entry and prioritized based on level of vulnerability and type of need.  Any person with a tie to Somerville or Arlington who is currently experiencing homelessness is eligible to complete an assessment. Assessment is offered on a walk-in basis at the Somerville Homeless Coalition, One Davis Square Monday through Friday. Call (617) 623-6600 for more information.

Somerville-Arlington Continuum of Care (CoC)

The Somerville-Arlington Continuum of Care (CoC) is the local organization that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless individuals and families. Meetings of the CoC are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CoC meetings are open to the public. To receive email updates about CoC meetings including meeting agendas, or if you have questions about CoC agency services, please call or send email to:

CoC Lead Agency

City of Somerville
Contact: Heidi Burbidge
(617) 625-6600 x2587
[email protected]

CoC Homeless Management
Information Services (HMIS)
Lead Agency

Somerville Homeless Coalition
Contact: Lisa Davidson
(617) 623-6111
[email protected]

 

  • Resources for Homeless Individuals & Families

  • Local Agencies with HUD McKinney Funding

  • Funding Notices & Applications

  • CoC Policies and HUD Reports

  • CoC Meetings

FY16 CoC Awards Summary

Agency and Project Name

Program Type*

Renewal Amount

Somerville Homeless Coalition - Better Homes 2
PH
$457,800
Somerville Homeless Coalition - Cross Street Housing
PH
$5,341
Somerville Homeless Coalition - Shelter Plus Care
PH
$151,219
Somerville Homeless Coalition - Sobriety and Stability II
PH
$256,371
Somerville Homeless Coalition - Better Homes
PH
$183,742
Somerville Homeless Coalition - Sobriety and Stability
PH
$148,629
Somerville Homeless Coalition - Coordinated Entry
SSO
$100,605
Wayside - ShortStop
TH
$240,315
Just a Start - Next Step
TH
$23,540
Heading Home - Stepping Stones
PH
$57,745
Heading Home - Better Homes 3
PH
$149,196
Housing Corp of Arlington - 20 Westminster
PH
$147,869
 
Total
$1,922,372
 
*Program Types:
    PH: Permanent Housing
    TH: Transitional Housing
    SSO: Supportive Services Only

 

FY16 ESG Awards Summary

Agency and Project Name

Program Type*

Renewal Amount

CASPAR Inc. - Emergency Service Center ES $21,000
Catholic Charities - Emergency Shelter for Women ES  $11,626
Respond Inc. - Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence ES
RRH
$30,900
Somerville Homeless Coalition - Adult and Family Shelters ES
RRH
Prevention
HMIS
$124,517
 
Total
$188,043
 
*Program Types:
    ES: Emergency Shelter
    RRH: Rapid Re-Housing
    HMIS: Homeless Management
    Information System  
 

 

2018 Documents

2018 Updates

9/14/2018

Today we posted new 2018 CoC NOFA application documents to the list of 2018 documents above that you can link to, to read or download. They now include the Somerville-Arlington CoC’s Draft 2018 NOFA Consolidated Application, the Somerville-Arlington CoC Priority Listing, and each Project Application submitted by the Somerville-Arlington CoC’s applicant agencies. The list of 2018 Documents that have been posted during the completion also includes a link to the CoC 2018 Project Rank Order, the CoC Rating Process and Ranking Plan, the CoC Competition Calendar, and the Letter of Intent Form for New Projects.

8/31/2018

The 2018 Somerville-Arlington CoC NOFA Competition Project Ranking has been posted above in the list of 2018 Documents.  The 2018 CoC Project Rating Process and Ranking Plan that was adopted by the CoC at the August 21st, 2018 meeting was posted there yesterday. The full CoC Application and Priority Listing will be sent out by email and posted here on the website in September.

As always if you know of people who would like to receive email updates of these postings and notices of CoC provider meetings, please have them contact us.

8/3/2018

The September 18 CoC meeting will now be held on September 11.

7/26/2018

The Somerville-Arlington Continuum of Care (CoC) is seeking applications for new projects as part of the FY2018 HUD Continuum of Care competition. Below are the two categories of eligible new project types being made available by HUD with funding limits designated for this CoC, followed by a timeline and process. 

Mentioned below are the Letter of Intent Form, and CoC Competition Calendar.

The first step will be to submit a letter of intent by Aug. 3rd at 12 p.m.

Prospective applicants should carefully review the HUD Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), CoC New Project Application Detailed Instructions, and all related resources posted here on the HUD Exchange: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/e-snaps/fy-2018-coc-program-nofa-c...

Providers are strongly encouraged to submit applications for new projects. The CoC will offer technical assistance by the CoC planning consultants to help answer questions. 

New Bonus: up to $127,765

  1. Permanent housing - permanent supportive housing (PH-PSH) 
  2. Permanent housing - rapid rehousing (PH-RRH) 
  3. Joint TH and PH-RRH component projects
  4. Dedicated HMIS projects
  5. Supportive services only (SSO-CE) to develop or operate a centralized or coordinated assessment system

Carefully review the NOFA, especially Section V A.3(a)(3) for details on the Bonus categories.

New Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus: up to $212,942

HUD is making available up to $50 million nationally for this new funding opportunity, the DV Bonus, to serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking who meet the definition of homeless in paragraph (4) of 24 CFR 578.3. 

The following types of projects may be submitted:

  • Rapid Re-housing (PH-RRH)
  • Joint TH and PH-RRH
  • SSO projects for Coordinated Entry (SSO-CE) to implement policies, procedures and practices that equip the CoC’s coordinated entry to better meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Carefully review the NOFA, especially Sections II B.3, II B.10(e), and V A.3(a)(4) for details on the DV Bonus.

NOTE: Providers requesting DV Bonus funds who are selected by the CoC to submit full applications will be expected to work with the CoC and its planning consultants to help provide information on the estimated numbers of DV survivors in the CoC, unmet needs, and the like as part of the completion of the overall CoC Application. These are additional questions that the CoC must complete when it applies for DV Bonus projects.

6/29/2018

The CoC 2018 CoC NOFA Consolidated Application is now available. PDF copies of both the NOFA (released June 20, 2018) and the NOFA application (released June 28, 2018) are available here and here.

Also, for all agencies, we strongly encourage any provider (whether currently funded through the CoC or not) to contact the CoC indicating if you are interested in submitting a new application in 2018. We will be issuing an invitation to submit concept papers in July.

6/21/2018

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been released and is due September 18, 2018. You can access the NOFA here. Agencies who wish to participate in the Somerville-Arlington NOFA application who are not already receiving information about how to do so can contact Heidi Burbidge, Housing Programs Coordinator at the City of Somerville ([email protected]). New project proposals are welcome for consideration.

5/23/2018

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development 2018 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will be released soon. Agencies who provide permanent housing, transitional housing, rapid-rehousing, and supportive services in Somerville and Arlington to individuals and households who are experiencing homelessness are invited to participate in the application process for HUD funding. For more information and to be placed on the email listserv to receive updates, please contact Heidi Burbidge, Housing Programs Coordinator, OSPCD Housing Division at (617) 625-6600 x2587 or by email at [email protected].

2/18/2018

The Somerville-Arlington Continuum of Care (CoC) was awarded $1,921,026 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the 2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Grant awards will help provide permanent supportive housing and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families. People in Somerville and Arlington who are experiencing homelessness can access these housing programs through a Coordinated Entry system with a “no wrong door” approach that will address their particular needs and prioritize persons who are most vulnerable and have had the longest length of homelessness. This funding award from HUD will also expand the CoC’s capacity for data management through the homelessness management information system (HMIS) and planning funds to support ongoing CoC efforts. Click here to view the City's press release on the award.

HUD provided full funding to all 2017 Somerville-Arlington project requests as a part of the Consolidated Application.

2017 Documents

2017 Updates

9/28/2017

The Somerville-Arlington CoC final 2017 NOFA Consolidated Application was submitted today. A link to the application document that was submitted is included in the bulleted list of 2017 Documents above. The final Somerville-Arlington CoC Priority Listing was also submitted today. No changes were made to the Priority Listing since it was posted on 9/25/17.

9/25/2017

Today we have added new CoC application documents to the list of 2017 documents that are posted above. The documents that you can link to, to read or download, now include:  the Somerville-Arlington CoC’s draft 2017 NOFA Consolidated Application, the Somerville-Arlington CoC Priority Listing, and each Final Project Application submitted by the Somerville-Arlington CoC’s applicant agencies. The list of 2017 Documents above also includes a link to the CoC’s Rating Process and Ranking Plan with the final, CoC approved version, which was posted on 8/16/2017.

9/20/2017

All project applications that were submitted by the August 29th deadline to the Somerville-Arlington CoC for inclusion on the FY 2017 CoC Priority Listing as part of the CoC Consolidated Application have been accepted and ranked.

 
Attached please find Ranking for Priority Listing with the projects as ranked and assigned to Tier 1 and Tier 2. All renewal projects have been placed in Tier 1.
 
Also included in the 2017 Documents listed above is the ranking plan that was used by the ranking committee, with ranking criteria and thresholds. This plan was approved by the CoC at the August 15, 2017 meeting and previously posted here. Draft project applications for all projects included in the priority listing can also be found in the list of 2017 Documents above.

8/16/2017

On 8/15/17, the Somerville-Arlington CoC voted to approve the CoC’s 2017 Ranking Plan for projects applying for the 2017 HUD CoC NOFA. Please find the full Rating Process and Proposed Ranking Plan, with Rating Tool posted in the 2017 documents above.

8/8/2017

Funding for new Somerville-Arlington CoC projects will be available during the 2017 NOFA application process. We expect that there will be the following available for new projects:

  • Reallocation - up to $158,881
  • Permanent Housing Bonus - $106,470

We encourage agencies to apply for this funding, especially the reallocation funds. Please consider how your agency might apply for and use this funding to strengthen our CoC.

Here are some more details about priorities, schedule, and instructions about submitting an application for reallocation and bonus funds.

The CoC especially encourages applications for the following project types:

  • HMIS dedicated projects (new reallocation only)
  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) projects
  • Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) programs
  • Other allowable projects are the new Joint TH/RRH component, which is also welcome
  • Note: SSO-CE (allowable under new reallocation) was funded last year so is not being solicited

All new projects must participate in Coordinated Entry.

Here you will find instructions for agencies to submit a “concept paper,” a brief summary (a few sentences) of the new project with a budget that includes just basic line items and match. These concept papers are due August 18th, 2017.

Technical Assistance for project applications will be available after the full CoC meeting this Tuesday, August 15th at the Massachusetts Bay Veteran’s Center at 2 North Street. The full CoC meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Additional guidance is available from the following 2017 NOFA webinar resources.  We encourage each interested agency to review these:

Please contact Heidi Burbidge, Housing Programs Coordinator, City of Somerville Housing Division at (617) 625-6600 x2587 or [email protected] if you have questions or would like to discuss any of this information or applications that you are considering.

8/1/2017

The FY 2017 CoC Application Detailed Instructions are now posted on the HUD Exchange.

7/24/2017

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 28,2017 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Agencies who provide permanent housing, transitional housing, rapid-rehousing, and supportive services in Somerville and Arlington to individuals and households who are experiencing homelessness are invited to participate in the application process for HUD funding. To receive information about the Somerville-Arlington CoC application process, please email Heidi Burbidge, Housing Programs Coordinator at the City of Somerville ([email protected]). If you are interested in receiving updates directly from HUD you can also register for the HUD Exchange mailing list at https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/.

6/12/2017

A NOFA prep meeting will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Somerville Homeless Coalition, One Davis Square, Somerville. Please contact Heidi Burbidge, Housing Programs Coordinator, City of Somerville at (617) 625-6600 x2587, [email protected] for more information.

6/12/2017

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development 2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will be released soon. Agencies who provide permanent housing, transitional housing, rapid-rehousing, and supportive services in Somerville and Arlington to individuals and households who are experiencing homelessness are invited to participate in the application process for HUD funding.

2016 Documents

 

Somerville-Arlington CoC Policies

HUD Reports

HUD requires that each CoC across the country conduct a count of all sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness in the CoC area. This census is called the Point-in-Time Count and is done through the night and into the morning on the last Wednesday of January every year, weather permitting.  In 2017, the PIT Count was held on January 25-26th. “Sheltered” includes those in emergency, transitional, and safe haven housing (although Somerville-Arlington does not have safe haven housing at this time).

If you are interested in volunteering for the next PIT Count in Somerville and Arlington, or if you would like to receive notices with information, please provide your email address or phone number here.

Point-in-Time Count (PIC) Reports

PIT - Sheltered and Unsheltered Count - 2017

PIT - Sheltered and Unsheltered Count - Veterans - 2017

PIT - Sheltered and Unsheltered Count - Youth - 2017

Housing Inventory Count (HIC) Reports

Housing Inventory Count (HIC) Reports include both McKinney-Vento funded programs as well as other programs that provide beds to persons who are homeless. Beds within our CoC area that are counted in the HIC include emergency housing beds, transitional housing beds, and permanent housing beds.

Utilization rates for the Housing Inventory Count are tied to the Point-in-Time Count data.

HIC - Coverage Summary - Emergency Shelter (ES) - 2017

HIC - Coverage Summary - Permanent Housing (PH) - 2017

HIC - Coverage Summary - Transitional Housing (TH) - 2017

HIC - Inventory List with Utilization Rate - 2017

HIC - Subpopulations Summary - 2017

HIC - Total Summary for MA-517 - 2017

More Information

FY17 Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) Change Form MA-517

Methodology for MA-517 - 2017

PIT and HIC Submission Screenshot - 2017

Guidance for Homelessness Assistance Projects

Meetings of the CoC are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CoC meetings are open to the public.

Previous Meetings

Date

Location

Minutes

Jan 15, 2019 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center  
Dec 18, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center  
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 13, 2018
Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center
Please note: This meeting will be held 1 wk. early, in advance of Thanksgiving week.
 
Oct 16, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center (Pending)
Sep 18, 2018
Sep 11, 2018
Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center
Please note: This meeting will be held 1 wk. early to prepare for submission of the CoC NOFA application.
(Pending)
Aug 21, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center (Pending)
Jul 17, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Jun 19, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center (Pending)
May 15, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Apr 17, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Mar 20, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Feb 20, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Jan 23, 2018 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Dec 19, 2017 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Nov 22, 2017 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center (Pending)
Oct 17, 2017 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Sep 19, 2017 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Aug 15, 2017 Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center Minutes
Jul 18, 2017 165 Broadway, Somerville, MA Minutes
Jun 20, 2017 Somerville Homeless Coalition Minutes
May 16, 2017 Somerville Homeless Coalition Minutes

Apr 18, 2017

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Mar 21, 2017

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Feb 21, 2017

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Jan 17, 2017

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Nov 15, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Oct 18, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Sep 20, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Aug 23, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Jul 19, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Jun 21, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

May 17, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Apr 19, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes

Mar 15, 2016

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Minutes