Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

In preparation for the final submission of an application for funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Morris County Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health & Youth Services is accepting Notices of Intent from all agencies interested in applying for funding through the county’s continuum of care process aimed at reducing homelessness in the county.

All agencies interested in applying for such funding for new and renewal projects must submit an electronic copy of the Notice of Intent by 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, to Shelia Carter, Morris County Human Services Coordinator, at [email protected]

While Morris County anticipates $121,691 will be available for new projects this year based on 2010 funding levels, the final amount has yet to be determined, Carter said.

Eligible activities include Supportive Housing Programs, Shelter Plus Care, Section 8Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy and Permanent Housing Projects, according to Carter.

Agencies interested in applying for funds must meet certain threshold requirements in order to be considered for funding. For an agency, the threshold requirements are:

1. A DUNS number.
2. A current CCR registration.
3. The ability to participate in the Homeless Management Information System.
4. Experience in serving the homeless or operating a project as specified in the form.
5. Meeting meet HUD mandated timelines for project implementation and operation.

New project threshold requirements are:

1. The project must provide permanent housing. Requests for service funding will not be considered due to HUD restrictions on Bonus funds.
2. The project must serve eligible homeless populations – individuals and/or families in which the head of household has a disabling condition.
3. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to provide services funded through alternative sources.
4. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to leverage additional resources and funds not less than 50 percent of the request.

All applicants must present their proposals at a mandatory meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., in the ground floor conference room of the Morris County Department of Human Services, 340 West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township.

For further information, please contact Shelia Carter at (973) 285-6851. Information related to eligible activities is also available at www.hudhre.info.

The Morris County Comprehensive Emergency Assistance/Continuum of Care is a planning subcommittee of the Human Services Advisory Council charged with the responsibility of reducing the incidence of homelessness in Morris County.