MS Balance of State CoC is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Continuum of Care funding cycle! This funding will renew/fund projects that have end dates in 2018 and continue through 2019. Both renewals and reallocated projects must complete the application.
Our current membership year will end June 30, 2017. Current member agencies/individuals and potential new members must apply for membership for the period of July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. To apply/re-apply for membership, all agencies (current & new members) must complete our online CoC Membership Application.
The Southwest Regional Coalition meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 23rd.
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and The Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) will conduct public hearings to obtain input from citizens for the development of the 2017 Annual Action Plan.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) held a series of webinars for Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicants and providers, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients and sub-recipients, and Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids (HOPWA) grantees to educate participants about the requirements of the Equal Access Rule and Gender Identity Rule and how to ensure that projects operate in compliance with these rules. This webinar also provided "LGBT Language 101" training to aid participants in increasing their knowledge and skills in using appropriate, inclusive language with all clients they serve. Participants were introduced to HUD's Technical Assistance (TA) materials to aid their compliance efforts.
Data continues to be an important component of making progress towards the goal of ending homelessness. With this increased focus, HUD is working to provide more tools for communities to better assess the quality of their data and provide more data for both national and local data analyses. Your community will need to review the following deadlines and resources to prepare for the Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, System Performance Measures (SPM) report, new data quality reporting framework, and Annual Performance Report (APR) requirements.
The Mississippi Balance of State CoC (BoS), a group whose membership includes the majority of homeless service providers in Mississippi, plans to conduct a homeless census – also known as a Point in Time Count (PIT) – on January 23-27, 2017. The BoS’s target area includes all the state, excluding the Jackson Urbanized area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.