Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless

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Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless (FCCH) is comprised of individuals, government agencies, faith-based organizations, nonprofit and community-based organizations that share a common concern for the needs of Frederick County’s residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Coalition works to evaluate the needs of our County’s residents who are homeless, advocates for resources, and coordinates services to meet these needs.

In addition, the Coalition serves as Frederick County's Continuum of Care and as the Local Management Board for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program.  The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors that includes executives from direct shelter services, as well as others representing groups or organizations.

Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless
ICO United Way of Frederick County
PO Box 307, Frederick, MD  21705

About FCCH

As described by United States Government's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), “The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.”

Each community's Continuum of Care has a governing body and a Collaborative Applicant.  In Frederick County, the governing body is the Frederick County Coalition of the Homeless and the Collaborative Applicant is the City of Frederick's Department of Housing and Human Services.

Periodically, funding is available by HUD and through the Continuum of Care.  This page will list current funding opportunities and deadlines.

To:    All Frederick County Community Agencies
From:    Ken Oldham, Chair
Re:    Call for Notices of Intent for the 2021 Frederick County Continuum of Care Competition

Date:    Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless, Frederick County’s designated Continuum of Care (CoC) has begun the process for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2021 CoC Application.

Through the FY2021 HUD CoC Competition, the Frederick County CoC is eligible to apply for a total of $626,016 for new and renewal projects that work towards the goal of ending homelessness. 

Additional information regarding the competition and CoC program regulations can be reviewed in the FY2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and the CoC Interim Rules which are linked below:

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335322

https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/2033/hearth-coc-program-interim-rule/

To ensure that all funding allocated to Frederick County is applied for, the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless Grants Committee is accepting Notices of Intent (NOI) from any agency interested in applying for funding to support new and existing projects through the Frederick County CoC process. New funding may be made available through reallocation of existing monies or new bonus funding. Applicants who have not previously received CoC funding are encouraged to apply. 

Specifications for eligible project submissions are outlined on the following page. Please make sure to review all information before submitting a Notice of Intent. 

The Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless (CoC) has adopted the following priorities which will inform its evaluation of project efforts toward ending homelessness for all populations.

1.    Using a Housing First Approach – The CoC has established a funding preference for projects which operate with a Housing First Approach which prioritizes getting homeless persons into permanent housing quickly and wrapping needed services around them. A Housing First approach includes low barriers to program entry, removal of barriers for program retention, client centered services based on goals developed by the household and prioritizing those households who are most in need. A system level Housing First approach also includes use of a centralized/coordinated assessment process and an inclusive decision-making structure for system development.

2.    Creating a systemic response to homelessness – The CoC will use performance measures such as the average length of homeless episodes, rates of return to homelessness, and other factors that determine the effectiveness of projects serving people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the CoC is working to create and use an effective Coordinated Entry process, promote participant choice, coordinate homeless assistance and mainstream housing service providers to ensure people experiencing homelessness receive assistance quickly that results in obtaining and maintaining housing, making the delivery of homeless assistance open, inclusive, and transparent.

3.    Strategically allocating and using resources – The CoC will critically evaluate all funding requests to ensure effective resource allocation. This process must include a comprehensive project review, evaluation of project use of mainstream resources, leveraging additional community-based resources through partnerships, and reviewing the efficacy of transitional housing.

New project proposals may request funding for the following types of activities:

•    Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) projects that will primarily serve chronically homeless individuals and/or families, including unaccompanied youth. This may include funding for acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, rental assistance, leasing, services, or operating dollars. Projects may also request up to 7% in administrative funds.

•    Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) for homeless individuals and/or families, including unaccompanied youth. Rapid rehousing projects may serve homeless households who do not have a disabling condition. Programs will need to serve only those living on the streets or in emergency shelter or those fleeing domestic violence. Rapid Re-Housing projects may request short-term (1-3 months) or medium-term (3-24 months) rental assistance, service funding and up to 7% in administrative funding.

•    Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing Component projects, which will combine Transitional Housing (TH) and Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH) into a single project to serve individuals and/or families experiencing homelessness.

•    Supportive Services Only Projects for Coordinated Entry. Projects may request supportive services and up to 7% in administrative funding to support communitywide centralized/coordinated assessment process. 

•    HMIS. Projects may request funding for the costs associated with the HMIS user fees. This activity will only be considered as a project component, not as an independent project proposal.

•    NOTE - there is bonus funding set aside for the housing of Domestic Violence (corrected 9/17/21 -- a previous version said "disabled veterans").

The Notice of Intent Form can be accessed by clicking here.

Agencies interested in applying for funding:

Must submit a completed Notice of Intent to the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless Grants Committee by no later than 11:59pm on Friday, October 1st, 2021. In addition, agencies submitting a Notice of Intent may be required to participate in a question-and-answer session before the Grants Committee.
 
Notices of Intent are to be submitted as PDF by electronic mail to the following:

Elizabeth Day: bday@frederickcountygives.org and Ed Hinde: edhinde@gmail.com

Email Ed Hinde at edhinde@gmail.comwith any questions regarding the 2021 Frederick County CoC Notice of Intent process.

The CoC Grants Committee will begin reviewing submitted Letters of Intent beginning the week of October 4th, with ranking of same Letters of Intent beginning the week of October 11th. 

Recommendations by the CoC Grants Committee will be submitted for approval by the full CoC Board of Directors at the Board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 27th, beginning at 2pm Eastern time. The public is welcome to attend. Final approved Letters of Intent will be posted online at least two days prior to the final application submitted to HUD via Esnaps by the deadline of November 16.

Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless' Board of Directors is comprised of leadership from service providers, community funders, representatives from local government and members of the community.

Executive Committee

Ken Oldham, Chair
United Way of Frederick County

Peter Brehm, Vice Chair
The Frederick Center

Ken Allread, Immediate Past Chair
Advocates for Homeless Families

Nick Brown
Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs

Betsy Day
Community Foundation of Frederick County

Board of Directors

Ken Allread, Immediate Past Chair
Advocates for Homeless Families

Kenneth Argot
Salvation Army

Shannon Aleshire
Mental Health Association of Frederick County

Sister Martha Beadouin
Seton Center

Peter Brehm
The Frederick Center

Nick Brown
Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs

Ramenta Cottrell
City of Frederick Department of Human & Human Services

Betsy Day
Community Foundation of Frederick County

Sarah Drennan
Frederick County Health Department, Local Behavioral Health Authority

Arnold Farlow
Frederick Rescue Mission

Kerri-Ann Henson
Frederick County Public Schools

Inga James
Heartly House

Christine Kay
Frederick County Government, Citizen Services Division

Mary Ellen Mitchell
Housing Frederick

Sean Nicholson
Solid Ground

Ken Oldham
United Way of Frederick County

Jennifer Saltzman
Maryland Legal Aid

Shirley Shores
BEACON

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SHIP of Frederick County

The work of the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless is possible with the knowledge, skills and experience from the community's outstanding service providers.  The below list is a sampling of providers in Frederick County.  This list changes often; all providers are welcomed to participate in the coalition's work.  In fact, we'll be more effective with each provider's input.

Advocates for Homeless Families
The Salvation Army
Frederick County Housing and Community Development
Frederick County Public Schools
City of Frederick Police Department
Frederick Rescue Mission
Faith House
Frederick Community Action Agency
Mental Health Management Agency
Friends for Neighborhood Progress
Community Foundation of Frederick County
Goodwill
Mental Health Association
United Way of Frederick County
Habitat for Humanity

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church
Frederick County Department of Aging
On Our Own
Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County
St. John’s Roman Catholic Church
Gale Recovery
Interfaith Housing Alliance
St John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Potomac Case Management
Calvary/Centennial United Methodist Church Co-op Parish
Health Care is a Human Right
Frederick County Executive
Peace & Social Justice Ministry
The Frederick Center

In many respects Frederick County, Maryland is quite fortunate. Both the unemployment and poverty rates for Frederick County are lower than the rates for Maryland and the United States.  And yet, homelessness still exists. The Coalition believes that any level of homelessness is unacceptable in Frederick County, and we are dedicated our efforts to ending it.

Under the leadership of Todd Johnson, FCCH Chairperson (2012-2015), the FCCH initiated the strategic planning process in 2013 by establishing a Strategic Planning Committee that was empowered to develop a strategic plan with regular reports back to the entire membership of the FCCH. Betsy Day, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Frederick County agreed to serve as the chairperson of the FCCH Strategic Planning Committee.

As part of the strategic planning process, the FCCH Strategic Planning Committee undertook an extensive asset mapping process and worked to catalog all services, programs, and resources that are available for homeless individuals and families. Central to the Strategic Plan is the a system of care (known as the “Continuum of Care”) which starts at one end of the continuum with homelessness prevention and outreach services, then moves to emergency shelter followed by transitional housing, and finally to permanent housing or permanent supportive housing. Supportive services like case management are provided along the “continuum” and help people to move from one resource to the next as they work towards self-sufficiency.

The 2015 Strategic Plan can be found here.

United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) provides this webpage to Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless (FCCH) as a complimentary service to the Frederick County community, those struggling with homelessness and those at risk of or emerging from homelessness.

UWFC's role is to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Frederick County community.  The fight to end homelessness is a major community challenge and is directly aligned with United Way's mission. 

However, FCCH is independent of United Way.  While United Way is fully invested in ending homelessness, the responsibility for the content of this webpage, as well as FCCH's independent decisions, activities, endorsements and/or responsiveness lies, without exception, exclusively with FCCH and its leadership.

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