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Public Hearing on Proposed HUD Consolidated Plan – 2014 Action Plan

Posted March 13, 2014

The State of Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on its proposed HUD Consolidated Plan 2014 Action Plan on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM in the Calvin Coolidge room, at One National Life Drive, Deane C. Davis Building, sixth floor, Montpelier, Vermont.

The plan constitutes the State’s application for, and outlines priorities for use of approximately $10 million in Federal funding provided annually to the State for the Community Development Block Grants (CBDG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The goals of the plan are to provide decent housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for Vermont’s citizens.

Written comments on the proposed plan will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 and should be addressed to:

Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Department of Housing & Community Development, One National Life Drive, Deane C. Davis Building, sixth floor, Montpelier, VT  05620-0501, or emailed to arthur.hamlin@state.vt.us.

The proposed plan is available on the ACCD website at www.accd.vermont.gov and upon request from the DHCD located at the address above during regular business hours.

The hearing room is handicapped accessible. Accommodations for persons with disabilities, and interpreters to meet the needs of non-english speaking persons will be made available upon request. Requests should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828-3211; TTY#1-800-253-0191, or in writing to the address above by Monday, March 24, 2014.

The draft 2014 Action Plan and more information can be found online here.

 



Emergency Solutions Grant Program: Survey to Inform Annual Plan

Posted January 28, 2014

The Vermont Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, administered by the State Office of Economic Opportunity, provides a blend of state and federal (HUD) funding in all regions of the state for homeless shelters as well as non-profit programs engaged in work to prevent homelessness.  The purpose of the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program is to help individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.  The vision is for Vermonters, especially vulnerable populations, live in safe and affordable housing.

The State of Vermont, as part of its annual HUD consolidated plan, submits an annual action plan for the Emergency Solutions Grant program describing the program standards, process for making subawards, and performance standards.  The Office of Economic Opportunity seeks consultation from community providers in determining priorities and development performance measures.  Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/38WSLVY.   The Information from the survey will be used to inform the annual action plan.

The Office of Economic Opportunity seeks input from all stakeholders within both Vermont Continua of Care regarding:

•  Allocation of Funding – priorities for funding (within activities eligible under ESG) and populations to be served, including justification for these priorities.

•  Performance Standards

The Office of Economic Opportunity recognizes there may be differences between state goals and local needs, and that communities meet different priorities with different resources.  There are also different perspectives in the approach to ending homelessness.  The Emergency Solutions Grant program occurs within the national context (http://www.usich.gov/opening_doors/ ) and state context (http://humanservices.vermont.gov/boards-committees/vermont-council-on-homelessness/vermont-council-on-homelessness-plan-to-end-homelessness/view ) to support work at the local level.

For information about the 2013 ESG Program:  http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/pdf/oeo/ESG_Final_Report.pdf

As mentioned in the previous post, the State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development will conduct a public hearing in preparation for developing its 2014 Action Plan for the HUD Consolidated Plan for 2010-2015.  This hearing is Friday, February 7, 2014.  More information about the hearing is here.

 



February 7: DHCD Public Hearing on 2014 Action Plan for HUD Consolidated Plan

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The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development will conduct a public hearing in preparation for developing its 2014 Action Plan for the HUD Consolidated Plan for 2010-2015, to hear views about the State’s housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs and development of proposed activities, and review past performance related to its HUD Consolidated Plan.  The plan constitutes the State’s application for, and outlines priorities for use of approximately $10 million in Federal funding provided annually to the State for the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).

The goals of the plan are to provide decent housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for Vermont’s citizens. The plan is available on the Department’s website here.

The date of the hearing is Friday, February 7, 2014, 3:30pm – 4:00pm in the Calvin Coolidge Room, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier.  The hearing room is handicapped accessible.  Accommodations for persons with disabilities, and interpreters to meet the needs of non-English speaking persons will be made available upon request.  Requests should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828- 3211; TTY# l-800-253-0191 , or in writing to Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Vermont DHCD, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620 by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

 



OEO Training Forum Friday, April 11th 2014

Posted July 12, 2013

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)  is setting up its first statewide anti-poverty training for the Community Action Programs including weatherization and Housing (ESG) grantees for Friday, April 11th 2014.

An advisory committee comprised of state staff and community partners is working on this training. They have set up a website (in progress) so you can monitor progress and provide them with feedback. Link to the website. You can return to this website over the following months to get updates and send in your ideas.

At the website you can:

OEO thanks you for providing feedback for the training forum!

 



Overview & Notice of SFY 2014 Emergency Solutions Grant Funding

Posted April 24, 2013

Attention ESG Grantees –

Please find attached the Funding Overview & Announcement for the 2014 Emergency Solutions Grant.

Applications are due no later than 4:00pm on Friday, May 17, 2013 by email (preferred) or mail.

The attached PDF contains the full announcement – overview, application, appendices and State of Vt standard attachments C & F; the word document includes only the application.

View PDF of ESG Funding Overview Announcement

Please contact Sarah Phillips, Community Services Office of Economic Opportunity, DCF with questions
 (802) 769-6405
sarah.phillips@state.vt.us 

 

 



Vermont Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program survey for stakeholders to inform annual plan

Posted February 28, 2013

Attention Emergency Solutions Grantees & Partners:

The Vermont Emergency Solutions Grant program, administered by the State Office of Economic Opportunity, provides a blend of state and federal (HUD) funding in all regions of the state for homeless shelters as well as non-profit programs engaged in work to prevent homelessness. The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grant program is to help individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. Our vision is that Vermonters, especially vulnerable populations, live in safe and affordable housing.  The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) has always valued consultation from community providers in determining priorities and development performance measures for the Emergency Solutions Grant program.

The Office of Economic Opportunity is seeking input from all stakeholders within both Vermont Continuum of Cares regarding:
• Allocation of Funding – priorities for funding (within activities eligible under ESG), including justification for these priorities.
 • Performance Standards

Please respond to the online survey by March 6th, 2013.  
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XTCP9FF

OEO recognizes there may be differences between state goals and local needs, and that communities meet different priorities with different resources. They also recognize that there are different perspectives in the approach to ending homelessness. The Emergency Solutions Grant program occurs within the national context (http://www.usich.gov/opening_doors/) and state context (http://humanservices.vermont.gov/boards-committees/vermont-council-on-homelessness/vermont-council-on-homelessness-plan-to-end-homelessness/view) to support work at the local level.

For information about the 2012 ESG Program:
http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/pdf/oeo/ESG_Final_Report.pdf

Please be in touch via email or phone with your questions, comments or thoughts.

Contact:

Paul Dragon
paul.dragon@state.vt.us
(802) 871-3398

Sarah Phillips
sarah.phillips@state.vt.us
(802) 769-6405

 



Public Hearing – 2013 Action Plan for HUD Consolidated Plan

Posted January 29, 2013

The State of Vermont’s Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development will conduct a public hearing in preparation of developing its 2013 Action Plan for the HUD Consolidated Plan for 2010-2015, to hear views about the State’s housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs and development of proposed activities, and review past performance related to its HUD Consolidated Plan. The plan constitutes the State’s application for, and outlines priorities for use of approximately $10 million in Federal funding provided annually to the State for the Community Development Block Grants (CBDG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).  The goals of the plan are to provide decent housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for Vermont’s citizens. The State’s Consolidated Plan is available on the Department’s website.

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Calvin Coolidge Room, Davis Building, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier – sixth floor. 

The hearing room is handicapped accessible.  Accommodations for persons with disabilities, and interpreters to meet the needs of non-english speaking persons will be made available upon request.  Requests should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828-3211; TTY#1-800-253-0191, or in writing to Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Vermont DEHCD, 1 National Life Drive, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT  05620 by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 5, 2013.

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