The Dayton-Kettering-Montgomery County Continuum of Care (CoC) will receive 29 grant awards totaling $9,475,557 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the 2017 Continuum of Care Competition.
According to HUD’s award announcement, HUD strongly encouraged state and local planning organizations called Continuums of Care (CoC) to prioritize their funding request very carefully, using a mix of performance data and local needs. CoCs were encouraged to use research and evidence-based practices when determining which projects to include in their applications. “These Continuum of Care program grants are a great example of communities embracing the strongest practices and transforming how they respond to homelessness,” said Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.”
Most of the local CoC funding will go to 16 permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs – programs that provide safe, affordable housing with supportive services to disabled homeless persons. Combined, these PSH programs provide supportive housing to more than 1,000 formerly homeless households annually. In 2016, 3,509 households in Montgomery County spent at least one night in shelter or living unsheltered.
Organizations receiving funding include: City of Dayton, Daybreak, Eastway, Homefull, Miami Valley Housing Opportunities, Montgomery County, PLACES, and St. Vincent de Paul. Montgomery County will receive funding for a CoC Planning Grant and for operating costs associated with the CoC’s Homeless Management Information System and Coordinated Entry System.
Echoing the local effort to move to a Collective Impact model of providing service, Matthew Doherty concluded his remarks on HUD’s CoC award announcement by stating that, “these Continuum of Care program funds are also not the whole answer for people experiencing homelessness. While stable housing is essential for success, it is not the stopping point for people. Stable housing is the platform from where people can address the challenges they face, from where they can pursue their goals for themselves and their families, and from where they can see and seize new opportunities. To turn the platform that housing can provide into a true springboard to success, we need all parts of our communities to come together – business and civic leaders, schools and employers, faith communities and non-profit partners – to collectively own the challenge, to find our roles and chances to contribute, and to work together to make sure all of our neighbors can pursue their goals.”