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Home4Good RFP Offers Funding for Programs Addressing Homelessness

August 13, 2018, PHENND

Homes4Good RFP offers funding for programs addressing homelessness

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a new funding opportunity for homeless service providers throughout Pennsylvania in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA). The $4.5 Million initiative, labeled “Home4Good”, will provide much needed funding to projects, programs, or activities that focus on the following goals:

1. Prevent homelessness: Assist households at risk for homelessness by maintaining their current housing or divert them to alternative, safe options 2. Solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness 3. Address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth: Projects, programs, or activities determined to be critically needed by the Philadelphia CoC

The highlight of this grant is that the eligible uses for the funding are very flexible. This will allow for organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover. Please find all the eligible activities one can apply for in the RFP. The grant award is based on population. It is anticipated that Philadelphia will be awarded between $700,00 to $1.5 Million.

To be considered for funding in Philadelphia, a homeless service organization must submit a proposal to the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, the Collaborative Applicant for the Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) by August 24th.

Applicants are to use the Home4Good RFP format for their submission. The Philadelphia CoC will review the project proposal submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and the extent to which they address needs in the community. The CoC will submit a packet of ranked proposals to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review no later than September 28th.

Awards will be announced on December 17th.

Based on the CoC’s most recent needs assessment and understanding of system-wide needs, the following have been identified as priorities to fill housing and service gaps in Philadelphia’s homeless assistance system:

1. Assistance at various parts of the homeless assistance system to divert people from emergency shelter, the street, or places not meant for human habitation, including: * people facing eviction * people in emergency and temporary housing program who need financial support to pay rental and utility arrears or security deposits to transition to permanent housing * people re-entering the community from the criminal justice system * people with complex medical problems * youth exiting child welfare care without stable housing 2. Programs to serve the unique circumstances and needs of youth experiencing homelessness. 3. Coordinated Entry infrastructure to expand and support access to the Coordinate Entry system (youth access, mobile assessors, etc) 4. Rehabilitation / Renovation of affordable housing units

Please click here for more information about this opportunity.

Please click here to access the Home4Good Request for Proposals, frequently asked questions, and PowerPoint presentation.

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