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MSU OWC Partnership

Posted by lnickles on June 25, 2014

Michigan State University (MSU) and Out Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition (OWC) have formed a partnership.  Read more details here: MSU OWC Partnership

FY2013 – FY2014 CoC Program Competition: FY2013 Tier 1 New & Tier 2 New and Renewal Projects

Posted by lnickles on

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a second round of grants totaling $140 million to nearly 900 local homeless assistance programs across the country. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program (CoC), the funding announced today will ensure additional permanent housing and transitional housing renewal projects are able to continue operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness. Also included in this announcement are 436 new projects aimed to provide permanent supportive housing for persons experiencing chronic homelessness and to rapidly re-house families with children that are living on the streets or in emergency shelter. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

This year, Continuums of Care were asked to make strategic and hard decisions in order to implement a required 5 percent cut as a result of sequestration. The selection criteria included in the FY2013 – FY2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA allowed HUD to fund all eligible new permanent housing projects requested in Tier 1 and Tier 2, as well as fund permanent housing and transitional housing renewal projects requested in Tier 2. Unfortunately, however, more than 300 otherwise eligible HMIS, Supportive Services Only, Planning and UFA project applications were not awarded funds in this competition.

What is promising is that in spite of the tough budgetary decisions CoCs were forced to make, most CoCs chose to reallocate funds to create new projects following best-practice models that serve those homeless persons most in need which will help communities increase progress towards achieving the goals of Opening Doors.

“Communities all across the country are changing their approach to reducing homelessness and now is not the time to retreat from doing what we know works”, said Donovan.  “Investing in proven strategies such as Rapid Re-housing and Housing First help to break the cycle of homelessness as we’ve known it in these communities.”

More information can be found here:  FY2013 – FY2014 CoC Program Competition: FY2013 Tier 1 New & Tier 2 New and Renewal Projects

University of Michigan-Dearborn SOAR Program Announcement

Posted by lnickles on June 19, 2014

The University of Michigan-Dearborn SOAR program provides academic, financial, and personal support for returning adult learners facing socioeconomic challenges. The program has a limited number of spots still available for fall enrollment and is still accepting applications and interviewing prospective students.

If you know a client, community college student, or co-worker who has a strong desire to earn their four year degree, some college credit, is over age 25, or if under age 25, a parent or returned from military service – they may be a candidate for specialized admission to UM-Dearborn and supportive services from SOAR.

Further information on the SOAR program can be found here:
SOAR Flyer 2014

HCV Program at Lincoln Park Lofts

Posted by lnickles on June 18, 2014


Would you benefit from affordable, high quality rental housing with supportive services?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) administered by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) may be able to help. The HCV program is a federally funded rental subsidy program that assists persons with paying their rent.

MSHDA’s Project-Based Voucher Program is partnering with Lincoln Park Lofts, LDHA/LP, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and Property Consultants Associates to make rental subsidies available at Lincoln Park Lofts located at 1583 East Fort Street, Lincoln Park, Michigan. There will be fourteen (14) supportive housing units available: 5/1BR, 7/2BR and 2/3BR units; this will include at least one unit with mobility/hearing/visual features.

Further information on eligibility and the application process can be found here:  Wayne County HCV Announcement