The term “homelessness” conjures up a variety of images and experiences. Even for those who work year round to assist households to regain and sustain stable housing, the term has multiple meanings. The experience of homelessness results in significant barriers and challenges for adults and children, both now and in the future. Johnson County’s Continuum of Care on Homelessness is a collaboration of public and private service providers committed to quickly and effectively responding to housing crises in order to end homelessness among local residents.
Since its inception, United Community Services has addressed issues related to poverty through program activities that raise awareness, plan collaboratively and mobilize resources.
KS-505 Johnson County Continuum of Care on Homelessness
UCS is the lead agency for the KS-505 Johnson County Continuum of Care on Homelessness or CoC, a community collaboration that seeks to improve the community’s response to poverty and homelessness. The CoC is made up of both private and public organizations and agencies who either serve those who are currently homeless or those who are most at risk. Together, with private and public resources, the members of the CoC work to create a comprehensive safety net for those who are homeless or facing homelessness that provides shelter and assists them to regain stable housing. The CoC meets the 4th Wednesday of each month except December.
On an annual basis, UCS submits a consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of the CoC for housing and supportive services programs. Staff contact is Valorie Carson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
A timeline of activities and meetings can be found here.