Welcome to the New Bedford Homeless Service Provider Network website!
The City of New Bedford coordinates a comprehensive response to homelessness using a “Continuum of Care” approach through its Homeless Service Provider Network [HSPN].
The HSPN meets regularly to address the most pressing issues around the complexity of homelessness and works toward ensuring every individual and every family has access to appropriate, sustainable safe, decent and affordable housing.
If you are interested in working toward this end, join with us and check out the work the HSPN is doing in New Bedford.
The HSPN is committed to the concept that each person is entitled to live in dignity and is focused on the elimination of homelessness in New Bedford.
The City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development [DPHCD] issued a Continuum of Care [CoC] Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2017 applications for funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The RFP notice included an application for both new projects (including those created as a result of a reallocation process) and for renewal projects to be used for existing CoC permanent supportive housing and CoC rapid rehousing programs. Please contact Jennifer Clarke, Deputy Director DPHCD at Jennifer.Clarke@newbedford-ma.gov with any questions.
The City of New Bedford has conducted its annual “Point In Time” [PIT] count that creates a census of those individuals and families experiencing homelessness within the city, both sheltered and unsheltered. This is a big operation and requires a lot of effort and many hands. The results from the 2017 PIT, initially presented at the HSPN April 20, 2017 meeting, are now available here: 2017 PIT PRESENTATION.
On April 11, 2017, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Registration Notice was released through the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Similar to previous years, in FY2017 HUD will require each CoC Collaborative Applicant to register in advance of applying for funding available through the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition. The City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development is the designated Collaborative Applicant and is responsible for completing this step that leads up to the CoC Program Competition NOFA. The City will notify CoC Grantees when this step is completed. You can find the entire FY2017 CoC Program Registration Notice here.
The City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development has released the new StreetSheet.2017 and has made it available through this website. Check it out through the RESOURCES page at STREETSHEETS.
The City of New Bedford’s HSPN held its final meeting of 2016 and capped it off with a retrospective of the work of the membership over the past year. A copy of the powerpoint presentation is available here, so take a look and consider joining the HSPN in 2017. Membership forms for the new year are also now available at this link and on the Membership page.