‘This is a real problem across the board. Making sure that every kid has a safe, happy, healthy place to be raised? Yeah. We’re not quite there.’NICHOLE HEYER, YOUTH HOMELESSNESS…
HUD’s Equal Access rules ensures that all individuals – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – have equal access to HUD’s Department of Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, shelters, benefits, services and accommodations. Here is a terrific YouTube video and accompanying training slide deck on Equal Access requirements and strategies to provide all individuals who interact with CoC funded agencies with a safe, healthy, inclusive, affirming and discrimination-free environment.
The Montana CoC Coalition posted the 2021 CoC Consolidated Application to the website today. This complies with the HUD requirement to post the application publicly two-days prior to the November 16th deadline. If you have any comments or feedback, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montana Continuum of Care Coalition Board of Directors voted on 10/29/2021 to accept all applications that were submitted for 2021 and approved the following final project rankings. No applications were rejected or reduced.
53% of renewal project scoring is based upon HUD’s System Performance Measures (SysPM) and using actual data from the most recent, fully completed Annual Performance Report. Another 40% of the scoring uses other objective scoring criteria with the remaining being subjective narratives related to how a project meets a need identified in a local Needs and Gaps Assessment.
80% of a new project’s score comes directly from answers provided in the HUD eSNAPS project application and 20% from MT CoC supplemental application questions.
About The Montana Continuum of Care Coalition
Working to end homelessness in Montana through effective leadership and collaboration
As a Continuum of Care (CoC) Coalition, we are responsible for local, regional, and statewide coordination of housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) lists four essential components of a Continuum of Care:
Outreach and Assessment to determine needs of the homeless population
Emergency Shelter (ES) as a safe alternative for individuals and families
Transitional Housing (TH) w/supportive services for successful permanent housing
Permanent Housing (PH) and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to help individuals and families remain housed.
In addition to coordinating a statewide housing and service system, we provide outreach, engagement, assessment, and prevention strategies across twelve districts in Montana.
Our primary functions include an annual analysis of needs and services available in Montana, participating in the Consolidated Plan within the CoC geographic area, and consulting, reporting, and evaluation for The Emergency Solutions Grant.
MTCoC also facilitates a collaborative process for HUD grant applications, maintains HUD HMIS systems to collect and report homelessness data, and establishes priorities for funding projects while measuring overall performance of this system.
Find more on HMIS Guidelines here.
Montana CoC Districts
Our partners and participants include:
non-profit homeless assistance providers
non-profit victim service providers
city, county, and state government agencies
public housing agencies
school districts and universities
mental health agencies and hospitals
affordable housing developers
organizations serving veterans
currently and formerly homeless individuals
The Montana Continuum of Care Coalition considers digital accessibility vital in today’s landscape. As we continue the construction of this new website, we will strive to ensure that our platform is navigable, actionable and consumable by people with varying physical and cognitive impairments. We are striving to set forth a clear plan to achieve and maintain digital accessibility. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our website, electronic documents, services and materials meet accessibility standards throughout the year.
If you feel that this platform or other CoC communications are not meeting standards or can be improved, please let us know. If you need a document in a different accessible format, please email: email@example.com.