November 13, 2019
The mission to eliminate homelessness in Champaign County continues as the Champaign County Continuum of Service Providers to the Homeless (CSPH) seeks over $700,000 in federal funding. The opportunity for funding comes at the end of Federal Fiscal Year 2018 for the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), which establishes the funding criteria for programs supported by the CSPH.
As a consortium of more than 25 non-profit and government agencies, faith-based organizations, and businesses committed to ending homelessness in Champaign County, including C-U @ Home, Cunningham Children’s Home, Courage Connection, and the RPC, CSPH seeks a total of $724,413 to support seven projects:
- Shelter Plus Care I
- Shelter Plus Care III
- Permanent Supportive Housing Physical Disabilities
- Permanent Supportive Housing for Individuals
- The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) – The HMIS system supports the community in coordinating services effectively and by facilitating required data collection and performance monitoring; CSPH uses HMIS to make informed decisions and to track the need in our community.
- Centralized Intake for Homeless
- Continuum of Care Planning
Over half of funds that the CSPH is seeking will support existing projects that provide subsidized rent to nearly 50 households annually and a new project that is anticipated to serve at least an additional 14 households. The projects listed above that were selected for funding are reflective of the needs in Champaign County, as identified by the full CSPH board.
The NOFA Workgroup, a part of the CSPH, along with other CSPH members and affiliates, worked together to develop a comprehensive NOFA Application. The group put in over 50 hours of work preparing the Consolidated Application, Priority Listing, and Project applications.
“These funds are crucial in supporting programs that help those most in need here in Champaign County,” says CSPH Coordinator Thomas Bates. “People who benefit from these programs include those who have experienced crises resulting in homelessness—the kinds of crises that could affect any one of us at any time.”
New members for CSPH are welcomed, including agencies, faith-based groups, businesses, and interested community members searching for rewarding volunteer opportunities. The Continuum meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 3pm at the Vineyard Church in Urbana (1500 N. Lincoln Avenue). Those interested in joining can contact Thomas Bates, CSPH Coordinator, at 217-328-3313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Champaign County Continuum of Service Providers to the Homeless seeks to reduce homelessness in Champaign County through the provision of accessible, supportive services that are client‐centered and by enhancing access via coordinated and/or centralized intake, providing a comprehensive continuum of housing services, engaging the community and business community, and improving the regulatory environment (local, state/federal).