HUD Announces the Results of the 2019 NOFA Application for Continuum of Care
On January 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced the results of the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Application for the Continuum of Care (CoC) nationwide. Arizona Department of Housing is pleased to share that all of the renewal projects for the Arizona Balance of State CoC ranked in Tier 1 have been funded for the 2019 HUD CoC Operating Year. In addition, two Rapid Rehousing Domestic Violence Bonus Projects submitted by the organizations Against Abuse (Pinal County) and Kingman Aid to Abused People (Mohave County) have been funded, as well as a Permanent Housing project submitted by Community Bridges (Gila County). This is very good news for the Arizona Balance of State CoC and the Department is pleased we are able to expand our coverage both geographically and programmatically moving into this funding year
Cornerstone Mission partners with ADOH to bring direct support services to homeless individuals in La Paz County
Cornerstone Mission, located in La Paz County, is an organization who works to remove barriers for homeless individuals and assist them in achieving housing stability and self-sufficiency, and partners with Arizona Department of Housing to bring direct support services to homeless individuals. LaPaz County is a rural county with limited homeless services in comparison to urban areas of the state.
In March 2019, a family who had recently relocated to Parker, Arizona from California was hit with an unexpected medical emergency when their son was hospitalized in Phoenix for over 2 months. The father, James, maintained his employment during this time, and his employer was supportive, but the reduction in James’ work hours while their son was hospitalized created a negative financial impact on the family and they eventually lost their housing.
A local community organization made a referral to Cornerstone Mission who was able to engage the family. Through case management, barriers were identified along with support to assist this family with Rapid Re-Housing Services provided through Arizona Department of Housing. The family is now housing stable, and self-sufficient.
“Thanks to all the partners that bring their time and treasure to assist homeless individuals to attain housing,” said Melanie Windecker, Administrator, Cornerstone Mission. “This family just needed a helping hand to overcome barriers.”
Let's Make Everyone Count!
National Street and Shelter Point in Time Count
Arizona’s Balance of State Continuum of Care (AZBoSCoC), administered by the Arizona Department of Housing, is conducting the annual Point in Time (PIT) count January 21-26, 2020 and we are hopeful you are part of this annual effort. Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires every Continuum of Care across the nation to conduct an annual count in their geographic area of homeless individuals and families who are unsheltered. This count is combined with data provided by shelters to ultimately provide a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness in our communities within a specific time period.
Results of the 2020 Point in Time Count will be available later this year.
Housing Matters | Winter 2020