Earlier today, Secretary Julián Castro announced $355 million to more than 1,200 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This funding includes $725,424 to support 7 local homeless housing and service programs in Mississippi. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Obama Administration’s efforts to end homelessness and build upon the $1.6 billion in funding HUD awarded through a first round of funding in March.
2016 PIT Count: Today is the day!
The 2016 Point-In-Time Count is happening all this week January 25th-29th across the Balance of State. The reference period for the count will be January 25th @ 12AM until January 26th @ 12AM. The MS Balance of State CoC wants to adequately supply all volunteers with sufficient resources to have a successful and thorough count. Surveys & forms, links, videos, and … Continue reading 2016 PIT Count: Today is the day!
PRESS RELEASE: State Homeless Agencies Plan Annual Homeless Census 2016
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 25-29, 2016. The BoS’s target area includes all of the state, excluding the Jackson Urbanized area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
VIDEO: Register Now for the 2016 PIT
The MS Balance of State consists of 71 of Mississippi's 82 counties. And we're charged to count them all. It's a tough task, but were up to the challenge. WILL YOU JOIN US?
HUD Reports Homelessness Continues to Decline Nationally
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest national one-night estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. The results are based on HUD’s Point-in-Time (PIT) estimates, which seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January each year. HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress found that there has been an overall 11% decrease and 26% drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when President Obama launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
#EndVetHomelessness: Unsheltered Encampment Survey
Do you know of any homeless encampments in or around your local area? We would like for to provide us with the whereabouts of all the encampments you or your agency peers are aware of. To submit this information to the BoS, fill out the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/h8IaxtUuzg.
NOW AVAILABLE: 2016-17 CoC Application
MS Balance of State CoC is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Continuum of Care funding cycle. It is estimated that $3,226,170 will be available for funding both reallocated and renewal projects. This funding will renew/fund projects that have end dates in 2016 and continue through 2017. Both renewals and reallocated projects must complete the application. The application deadline is Monday, October 19, 2015.
NOW AVAILABLE: FY 2015 CoC Program NOFA
This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) establishes the funding criteria for the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. HUD is making available approximately $1.89 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 for the CoC Program.
NOW AVAILABLE: Statewide Homeless Resource Directory (Version 2.0)
The MS Balance of State has prepared a Statewide Homeless Resource Directory to assist agencies and individuals in the search for resources on the behalf of the homeless and impoverished community of Mississippi. The Directory is available for online viewing OR PDF Download.
Welcome to the NEW MS Balance of State CoC Website!
Welcome to our new CoC website! Here you will find information concerning the news, events, & processes of the Mississippi Balance of State Continuum of Care (MSBoS CoC).