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​Charlotte-Mecklenburg Continuum of Care Request for Letter of Interest

8/26/2020

The Charlotte- Mecklenburg Continuum of Care (Coc) is charged by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to submit a community-wide application for Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg CoC is eligible to apply for $506,479. Agencies can now submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to express their interest in submitting a project application through this ESG funding competition.

Qualified agencies must serve residents of Mecklenburg County, utilize a Housing First Approach, be prepared to use or currently use the Homeless Management Information System to record client data, or participate in the CoC's Coordinated Entry system.


Eligible projects include:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Rapid Re-Housing assistance
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Homeless Management Information System (or comparable database if Domestic Violence Provider)
    *eligible activity only if in conjunction with another eligible activity


ESG funded projects are designed to:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Help operate emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless

Information about ESG activities and requirements can be found at HUD Exchange, Emergency Solutions Grant Program (https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/esg/).

Submission of a Letter of Interest does not constitute an application, nor does it constitute approval for funding by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg CoC or by NC DHHS.

Note: Contracts will be effective January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021


WHO CAN SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTEREST:

Agencies that:
  • Serve persons residing in Mecklenburg County
  • Have experience providing outreach, shelter and/or housing services to individuals or families experiencing homelessness
  • Utilize a Housing First approach. Housing First is a model of housing assistance that prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing that does not have service participation requirements or preconditions (such as sobriety or a minimum income threshold).
  • Are prepared to utilize or already utilize the Homeless Management Information System to record client level data (or comparable database if Domestic Violence Provider).
  • Have the infrastructure and capacity to process payments and reimbursements in accordance with NC DHHS guidelines
  • Are a local government and/or private nonprofit organizations that operate in Mecklenburg County

PROCESS:
  1. All interested agencies must submit LOI form and certification (pages 3-5 of this file).
  2. LOIs will be reviewed and evaluated in response to this announcement. Agencies will be notified if they were or were not recommended to submit a full application for funding consideration.
  3. Agencies recommended will receive an invitation via email to submit a full project application. Agencies that are not recommended will be provided a written explanation for the reason(s) for not being recommended.
  4. Agencies invited to apply must submit project applications to charmeckcoc@MeckNC.gov by 5pm on 9/24/2020 for review by the CoC’s Ranking Committee. Those recommended for funding will need to submit their final project applications to the State by 5pm on 10/16/2020.

LOI SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

All LOIs must be submitted electronically no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2020 to charmeckcoc@MeckNC.gov. LOIs submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Questions may be directed to Branden Lewis at Branden.Lewis@MeckNC.gov or by phone at 704-975-9177.


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