Nov 042019

Wednesday, 10/30/2019:

Vermont Business Magazine Barbara Duffield, a national advocate on childhood homelessness, spoke Friday at the COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on the nationwide rise of family homelessness and negative impact that is having on children.


COTS Annual Meeting Honorees

Also, at the Annual Meeting, COTS recognized community members and businesses for their support this past year. The honorees include:

–        Leahy Leadership Award: Richard Williams of Moretown, the executive director of the Vermont State Housing Authority, was recognized with this advocacy honor for his tireless efforts to target scarce housing subsidies for those most in need. He has advocated for the policies to end family homelessness in Vermont, strongly supported the Vermont Rental Subsidy program, and helped maximize the federal VASH program in Vermont to move homeless veterans move off the streets and into permanent affordable housing. “I have colleagues in many parts of the country who work at places like COTS,” said Rita Markley, COTS executive director, “and I can assure you that it is a very rare thing indeed to have such an open-minded, generous and compassionate leader heading a statewide housing authority.”

Jul 242019

Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VT-500 Balance of State Continuum of Care)

FFY2019 HUD Continuum of Care Program – Notice of Funding Availability


The Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care (VT BoS CoC) is accepting proposal applications for projects to be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) as part of the FFY2019 CoC Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Community Planning and Development
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year 2019 Continuum of Care

FY19 NOFA Summary from Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)

Applications for projects to serve the VT BoS CoC geographic area (all counties in Vermont, except Chittenden) should address local housing and service needs, with a priority to serve vulnerable populations including individuals & families experiencing chronic homelessness, persons fleeing domestic violence, youth/young adults (18-24), families with children under 18, and Veterans.

Any and all eligible entities, including those that do not currently receive CoC Program funds, are encouraged to submit complete proposal applications (only one request per application) for any NEW and/or RENEWAL project with the following available funds:

  • $3,568,157; Existing CoC Projects – Renewal (currently funded FFY18 recipients)
  • TBD; New or Expansion Projects – Reallocation funding (any eligible entity)
  • $178,408; New or Expansion Projects – Bonus funding (any eligible entity)
  • $157,991; New or Expansion Projects – DV Bonus funding (any eligible entity)

The Full Request For Proposals (RFP) for the VT-BoS CoC 500, includes the RFP, Timeline, & Application for NEW & RENEWAL projects. 

Complete applications must be submitted electronically to the Vermont State Housing Authority (Andrea Hurley: before 4:00PM Friday, AUGUST 16, 2019.

Applications will be scored via the following:

More information on the CoC Program, HEARTH Act, the CoC Interim Rule and the NOFA is available on HUD’s website:

Additional information on the VT Coalition to End Homelessness (VT BoS CoC), FFY2019 CoC Program RFP, CoC Project Ranking Policy, CoC Project Scoring Tools (Renewal & New) is available at: