Enews 7-11-19: HUD Releases 2019 NOFA; Alcohol Tax Funds in Action

HUD releases 2019 CoC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), KS-505 publishes updated competition timeline

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its FY2019 CoC NOFA on July 3rd - a national competitive funding opportunity for Continuums of Care (CoC) working to end homelessness.  To view the FY2019 CoC NOFA, see HUD's website here. UCS acts as Johnson County's CoC lead agency (KS-505) and submits the application annually on behalf of local members in order to qualify for grant awards funding permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, homeless data management services and CoC planning.

In May, KS-505 opened the application process locally prior to HUD's official release of the opportunity to provide adequate time for any organization or agency committed to ending homelessness in Johnson County, KS to learn about and submit letters of intent to apply for CoC funding prior to the NOFA's release. Each year 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.

An updated timeline for the FY 2019 KS-505 CoC process is listed on UCS' website here along with links to HUD's website describing in greater depth its program components.

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

Alcohol Tax Funds in Action

Olathe Public Schools' Erik Erazo shared a picture from the last Guiding Good Choicessession of the school year.  This program for middle-school aged children and their parents is funded in part through Alcohol Tax Funds. Guiding Good Choices is a family strengthening program that provides education and training, and connects families with school and community resources. The program works with families to enhance parenting behaviors and skills, reduce child risk for early substance use initiation, and reduce adolescent problem behaviors.

UCS facilitates the Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County (DAC) which, on behalf of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners and nine cities, oversees the allocation of local Alcohol Tax Funds for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. Approximately 57,700 Johnson County residents benefited from programs funded in part by Alcohol Tax Funds in 2018.

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