2018 CoC Application Due Dates; Human Service Summit Summary Report

HUD’s FY 2018 Continuum of Care on Homelessness’ Competition released June 20, due September 18, 2018

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases a competitive funding opportunity to Continuums of Care nationally working to end homelessness.  UCS acts as Johnson County’s CoC lead agency (KS-505) and submits the application annually on behalf of local members.  In FY 2017, $704,000 was awarded to members of KS-505’s CoC to support 10 programs in Johnson County offering permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and transitional housing in addition to data management services and planning support.

KS-505’s CoC application is open to any organization or agency working to prevent or end homelessness. Awards provide financial support for rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing for households experiencing homelessness in Johnson County KS. Each year the CoC accepts and considers proposals from organizations whether they have previously received CoC program funding or not and regardless of whether the CoC is applying for new funding.

The FY 2018 CoC application is due September 18, 2018 to HUD.  To view the full notice and learn more about applicant eligibility and requirements, click  https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5719/fy-2018-coc-program-nofa/ . Potential applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent by Wednesday July 11th to valoriec@ucsjoco.org. UCS will offer an informational and training session for all interested applicants on Thursday July 19, 2018 at UCS’ offices 12351 W 96th Terrace, Suite 200, Lenexa KS 66215. For more information, please contact Valorie Carson, via phone (913-438-4764) or email valoriec@ucsjoco.org.

A timeline of activities and meetings can be found here.

Summary Report Available for the 2018 Human Service Summit - Investing in Healthy Communities

More than 200 community members from across sectors including business, public safety, education, human services, government, faith community and funders gathered at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center to discuss what impacts our health and well-being. Johnson County's economic vitality and sustainability are only as healthy as those who live and work here. UCS shared its community collaboration efforts to create a Johnson County Health Equity Network.

The Summit focused on results and recommendations from a year-long planning process conducted by the Johnson County Health Equity Network's Leadership Team to identify priority populations in Johnson County experiencing health inequity. The Leadership Team shared at the Summit the lack of safe, stable, affordable housing in Johnson County impacts the health and well-being of many residents, especially low income and poor residents, residents on a fixed income, residents with mental health issues, people of color, the uninsured, and people experiencing homelessness.

A full summary report and link to the materials presented is now available. Within the summary report is a link to the Johnson County Health Equity's Call to Action opportunities.

UCS is seeking qualified candidates for Director of Education and Planning

United Community Services has an immediate opening for a Director of Education and Planning. After three years with UCS, Kathryn Evans Madden has chosen to take some time off to be home with her young daughter. UCS staff, board and stakeholders thank Kathryn for her wonderful service to the organization and community during her time with UCS. Kathryn helped lead a number of UCS initiatives, including our Poverty Project, Transitional-Age Youth Planning Project, Employment Planning Project and work around our Johnson County Health Equity Network.

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