Monthly Archives: February 2018

Defining Chronic Homelessness

In 2016, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), finalized a rule that defines what chronic homelessness means. The following information is copied directly from HUD documents:

A ‘‘chronically homeless’’ individual is defined to mean a homeless individual with a disability who lives either in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter, or in an institutional care facility if the individual has been living in the facility for fewer than 90 days and had been living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter immediately before entering the institutional care facility. In order to meet the ‘‘chronically homeless’’ definition, the individual also must have been living as described above continuously for at least 12 months, or on at least four separate occasions in the last 3 years, where the combined occasions total a length of time of at least 12 months. Each period separating the occasions must include at least 7 nights of living in a situation other than a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, or in a safe haven. Chronically homeless families are families with adult heads of household who meet the definition of a chronically homeless individual. If there is no adult in the family, the family would still be considered chronically homeless if a minor head of household meets all the criteria of a chronically homeless individual. A chronically homeless family includes those whose composition has fluctuated while the head of household has been homeless.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) provides very detailed information of the changes on its Website.

Community Partnership Fund open to Applications from Nonprofits

Metro Social Services (MSS) is overseeing Metro government’s Community Performance Funds (CPF) in the area of Financial Security.  Nonprofits are invited to participate in this competitive process with innovative program proposals to address prevention of low-income family housing loss or displacement.

Click the link for detailed CPF Solicitation Information including the following deadlines:

  1. Call for proposals released – February 7, 2018
  2. Pre-application technical assistance workshop:  At Metro Social Services, 2:00 pm on Friday, February 23, 2018.
  3. Intent to Apply –  Email a statement of your intent to apply with partners named and requested grant  amount anticipated to by Wednesday February 28, 2018. 
  4. Submission deadline:  All complete proposals must be submitted by March 23, 2018 at 4:00pm.
  5. Project Presentations – Week of March 29, 2018, depending on the number of proposals.
  6. Evaluation Committee review of proposals – April 2018
  7. Announcement of awards and submission of selected proposals to Mayor’s Office and Department of Finance – April 2018
  8. Metro Council consideration of budget including CPF funding – May/June 2018
  9. Award start date:  CPF departmental Coordinators complete contracts with those receiving grants – July 2018

MSS released the following information:

Financial Security – CPF – Application Information

Announcement of Community Performance Funding (CPF) for Priority Area Financial Security:

Funding is available for non-profits for preventing low-income family housing loss or displacement.

Metropolitan Social Services is coordinating the Financial Security CPF.  Details of requirements and important dates are contained in the CPF Financial Security solicitation available online.

Projects funded under this category will have a specific plan, strategy, and intervention that show promise to result in a measurable change in the problem, or in factors causing the problem, during the grant period.  Examples include implementing an innovative strategy, a promising practice or an evidence-based practice that has been shown to positively address housing loss prevention.

Funding Objectives:  Priority will be given to proposals that focus on preventing housing loss among low-income families with household incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)

Client Eligibility:

  • Families with children
  • Families unstably housed, such as those temporarily living with friends or family, those experiencing an unmanageable rent increase, and those facing eviction, none who have alternative housing resources.
  • Other families in situations defined by the applicant agency if they meet the intent of the grant.

Other CPF Priority Areas and Coordinating Departments include:

Community Health – Metropolitan Public Health Department

Domestic Violence – Metropolitan Office of Family Safety

Youth Violence – Davidson County Juvenile Court

Literacy – Nashville Public Library