Enews 5-15-19: KS-505 FY2019 CoC Competition; Human Service Summit 2019

KS-505's FY 2019 Continuum of Care on Homelessness' Competition Public Notification for Proposals

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a national competitive funding opportunity to Continuums of Care (CoC) 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 2018, $684,000 was awarded to members of KS-505's CoC to support 7 programs in Johnson County offering permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, homeless data management services and CoC planning support.

In 2019, KS-505 is opening the application process locally prior to HUD's official release of the RFP to provide adequate time for any organization or agency committed to ending homelessness in Johnson County, KS to learn about and apply for CoC funding. The CoC accepts and considers proposals from organizations whether they have previously received funding or not and regardless of whether the CoC is applying for new funding.

To view a brief synopsis of the CoC program, CoC program components eligible for funding, and HUD's policy priorities please click here. In addition, the tentative timeline for the FY 2019 CoC process is listed and links to HUD's website describing in greater depth its program components.

KS-505's FY 2019 CoC Application timeline is based on HUD's preliminary communication that it plans to release the FY 2019 funding opportunity in May of 2019. If there is a significant shift in the RFP's release, the local application timeline may be modified to accommodate that change. Any changes to the timeline and HUD's release of the funding opportunity will be shared with the community as soon as they become available by email and on the UCS website.

For more information, please contact Valorie Carson, valoriec@ucsjoco.org.


Join UCS for the 2019 Human Service Summit - Health Starts at Home. Be a part of the community conversation of how having access to a safe, stable and affordable home impacts our health. This is a unique opportunity to come together with representatives from various community sectors who care deeply about Johnson County. Our community's economic vitality and sustainability are only as healthy as those who live and work here.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 P.M.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66212

The morning kicks off with Dr. Tiffany Manuel, PhD., President and CEO of TheCaseMade, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Manuel is a dynamic speaker, thought leader, and writer on the issues of community development, social change and cross-sector partnerships. She has worked to expand opportunity for low-income workers, families and communities through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. She is the primary architect of the Opportunity360 platform, with more than 100,000 users in the community development field, which remains the most comprehensive data platform for practitioners looking to advance systems change and population outcomes. Her published work includes: "You Don't Have to Live Here" - Why Housing Messages are Backfiring and 10 Things We Can Do About It.

The Summit includes a multi-sector panel moderated by Steve Kraske of KCUR. Panelists include:

  • Mary M. Beverly, MPH, Deputy Director, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
  • Tom Herzog, COO of Netsmart and member of Forward OP Steering Committee
  • Dr. Tiffany Manuel, PhD., President and CEO of TheCaseMade
  • Kirk McClure, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Planning, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
  • Laura Smith, City Administrator, Mission, & Lead Agency with MARC & Gladstone, MO on National League of Cities' First Suburbs Council Economic Development Pilot Project

During the session, attendees will participate in a solutions-focused discussion on how to create a response that aligns housing choice options with the economic development vision of the right mix of office, industry, retail, dining, entertainment, and education, infrastructure and support services. Home options need to reflect the different wage levels this employment mix represents.

This event is made possible with support from United Way of Greater Kansas City, REACH Healthcare Foundation, Kansas Health Foundation, University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration, Bob Kipp Endowment, Johnson County Community College Foundation, Fred and Carol Logan, and Maury and Angie Thompson.

To register and pay online, please click here.
Register today, seating is limited.

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