|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.
KS-505 FY2016 CoC Collaborative Application and Rank & Review Priorities posted for review September 8
The Johnson County CoC has posted the KS-505 Collaborative Application for the FY2016 competition. The application is posted prior to being submitted for the community’s review. The application, along with all attachments and the rank and review’s priority ranking, can be accessed here.
KS-505 FY2016 CoC Rank and Review Committee scoring results August 25, 2016
UCS acts as Johnson County’s Continuum of Care on Homelessness (CoC) lead agency and is responsible for facilitating the annual CoC Rank and Review process.
The Johnson County CoC Rank and Review Committee and Board have released KS-505’s FY2016 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) NOFA Rank and Review results for this year’s competition. To review the full results, please click here.
The committee met Tuesday August 23rd for three hours to discuss the nine renewal applications and the one bonus project application. Using a scoring sheet approved by CoC Board members, committee members scored project applications on program type, program focus, community responsiveness and coordination, and objective performance measures related to housing stability, income sufficiency, bed utilization and fiscal responsibility. KS-505’s annual renewal demand (the amount needed to fully fund all existing projects or ARD) was $657,737 with a possible bonus project of $32,799. Tier One projects were limited to up to 93% of the CoC’s ARD or $611,695. All renewal dollars above $611,695 and bonus projects were required to be placed in Tier Two.
KS-505 CoC lead staff deeply appreciate the many volunteer hours of reading, scoring and thoughtful discussion and debate that all five Rank and Review Committee members gave to this process and without which the process could not have been completed. Thank you.
Please direct any questions about the process and/or results to Valorie Carson, email@example.com or call 913-438-4764.
FY 2016 CoC NOFA Rank and Review Process
Since publishing the release of the FY 2016 HUD CoC notice of funding availability on July 7th, the KS-505 CoC’s Board developed and approved a rank and review scoring process including objective performance measures related to housing stability, income sufficiency, bed utilization and fiscal responsibility. The deadline for submitting renewal and new projects for consideration was August 10, with nine projects submitted for renewal and one new project. Each project applicant was required to submit a RR committee cover sheet including performance related data and their Housing First practices. To view the cover sheet and related score sheet used by RR Committee members, click on the link in the resources section of this page.
HUD’s FY 2016 Continuum of Care on Homelessness’ Competition released June 29
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 and submits the application annually on behalf of local members. In FY 2015, $675,000 was awarded to members of Johnson County’s CoC to support 10 programs. The FY 2016 CoC application is due September 14, 2016 to HUD. To view the notice, click Homelessness in Johnson County 2016 Point In Time Count. For more information, please contact Valorie Carson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUD Announces Final FY2015 Awards to Address Homelessness
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced its final awards for the 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) grants. Johnson County’s award was $675,358, and included a new rapid re-housing grant for those experiencing both homelessness and domestic violence, a new HMIS lead agency grant to support expanded data reporting requirements by the CoC, and a planning grant to build the CoC’s governance capacity. This year’s award was almost $90,000 more than that of 2014, and in an extremely competitive grant year, this increase reflects the hard work and innovation of local organizations serving those who are experiencing homelessness in Johnson County. Congratulations to all! For more details on awardees, click here.
Homelessness 2016 Point-in-Time Count
Each year, the Johnson County Continuum of Care on Homelessness counts the number of persons experiencing homelessness in the county over one night to better understand their characteristics and immediate needs.
2016’s count was conducted on Wednesday January 27, 2016 and reflected the number of persons who slept overnight in emergency shelter, transitional housing having come from emergency shelter, or in places not meant for human habitation (e.g. on the streets, in their car, in abandoned building, in temporary camps) the evening of Tuesday January 26 into Wednesday morning the 27. Understanding who experiences homelessness locally assists housing and service providers plan for appropriate services and supports to assist households regain safe and stable housing.
Johnson County CoC members and volunteers collected data between Wednesday January 27 and Friday January 29. Results can be viewed in here.
2015 CoC Collaborative Application Posted for Review 11.16.2015
In 2015, the KS-505 CoC will be submitting an application to HUD for $693,082 in grants to support local housing and supportive services for those experiencing homelessness. The collaborative application, which describes the CoC, its members and accomplishments in the past year, can be viewed here. KS-505’s collaborative application will be submitted to HUD on or before Friday November 20.
2015 Rank & Review Committee’s Results Posted 11.03.2015
KS-505’s Rank and Review Committee has posted its final rankings for HUD’s FY 2015 CoC competition. In 2015, 9 renewal project applications, one new project application and one new permanent housing bonus will be included in KS-505’s CoC final collaborative application. The report can be viewed here.
Homelessness 2015 Point-in-Time Count
Each year, the Johnson County Continuum of Care on Homelessness counts the number of persons experiencing homelessness in the county over one night to better understand their characteristics and immediate needs. In 2014, 86% of persons identified as homeless in Johnson County were in households that included children under the age of 18 years.
This year’s count was conducted on Wednesday January 28, 2015 and reflected the number of persons who slept overnight in emergency shelter, transitional housing having come from emergency shelter, or in places not meant for human habitation (e.g. on the streets, in their car, in abandoned building, in temporary camps) the evening of Tuesday January 27 into Wednesday morning the 28. Understanding who experiences homelessness locally assists housing and service providers plan for appropriate services and supports to assist households regain safe and stable housing.
Human Service Fund
The Human Service Fund is a pool of general tax dollars from local municipalities and County government that provides financial support to area non-profit agency programs that help avoid, defer, or reduce costs that would otherwise be incurred by city or County governments. Initiated by County Commissioners in 1980, cities joined the partnership in 1990. For 2016, $301,965 was awarded to 13 agency programs which provide safety net services to Johnson County residents. UCS provides local governments with a structured accountable system through which non-profit agencies competitively apply for and access funds to serve Johnson County residents.
The 2017 Request for Proposal will be released on May 13, 2016. Approximately $309,000 is anticipated to be awarded in 2016 grants. For more information about the Human Service Fund, including the 2017 funding priorities, click here. Applicants not receiving a 2016 HSF grant, should contact Marya Schott, UCS Community Initiatives Director, before submitting an application. To receive the 2017 HSF Request for Proposal and grant application, contact Marya.
Raising Awareness about Poverty and Homelessness
United Community Services is continually reviewing both quantitative and qualitative data about local and regional conditions to better understand how poverty and homelessness impact the quality of life in Johnson County and the Kansas City region. The data is then used to create fact sheets, reports, and presentations on local conditions to raise awareness and advocate for a community response to assure that people have the opportunity to live safe, healthy and productive lives. Staff Contact: Julie Brewer