Continuum of Care

As the lead CoC agency for San Antonio and Bexar County, we collaborate,
study and listen in order to guide community-wide planning efforts addressing homelessness in our area.

Continuum of Care Program Grant

SARAH is designated by the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the Continuum of Care (CoC) Lead Agency for San Antonio/Bexar County. The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness.
 
To learn more about the CoC Program, click here.

CoC Policies and Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

Service Providers: For any technical assistance needed, please contact the following:

·  For technical assistance regarding CoC, ESG Annual, and ESG-CV please contact Jennifer Serna, Program Analyst I at jenniferserna@sarahomeless.org or complete the SARAH Technical Assistance Office Hour Sign-Up form here.

·  For technical assistance regarding ESG-CV and YHDP, please contact Madeline Carrola, Program Analyst II at madelinecarrola@sarahomeles.org or complete the SARAH Technical Assistance Office Hour Sign-Up form here.

Funding Competitions and Archives

Current CoC Funding Competition Details

FY2020 CoC NOFA Funding Competition

Details coming soon.
Contact Information: Madeline Carrola, Program Analyst II

madelinecarrola@sarahomeless.org

Archives: 2016 – 2019 SARAH CoC
NOFA Submission & Policies
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2017
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What is Homelink?

Homelink is San Antonio and Bexar County’s local Coordinated Entry System – a uniform, community-wide approach to connect persons who are literally homeless to housing resources. This page is for homeless service providers who enter data into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and assist clients with housing. If you are experiencing homelessness and need resources, please click here.

Informational Homelink Pamphlet
for Agencies/Organizations
Want to be a homelink
network partner
or access point?

For Organizations or Agencies Interested in Homelink

If you’d like to learn more about how your agency/organization can partner with SARAH to begin conducting assessments, accept housing referrals through Homelink, or learn how to become a Homelink Access Point, we offer a Homelink Orientation Training. We ask that a supervisor from an interested agency fill out this Google form before registering for this training. For any other inquiries, please email CE@sarahomeless.org.

homelink orientation request google form for supervisors
New Homelink Notification & Referral Process

This new referral process is a refined version of the previous that utilizes the Google Sheets format for easy Notification of Availability requests, tracking, and follow-up. This Notification of Availability and Referral process, coupled with the new Priority Pool Policy, enables referral requests any business day filled within two business days. Hence, we can help more clients much faster!

Click Here to Submit a Referral

Other Partner Resources

We will post resources for our Continuum of Care (CoC) partners that you can use when helping your clients. If you are experiencing homelessness, please visit our Access to Housing page or visit www.SACRD.org

Eviction Prevention Toolkit

SARAH’s Housing Strategies Workgroup has created a toolkit to help rental housing providers and case managers prevent evictions for their tenants and clients. Housing Strategies Workgroup Eviction Prevention Toolkit (Updated 7/29/2020)

SARAH Homeless Diversion Pilot

Flex funding has been allocated from SARAH to assist Homelink Hubs and Network Partners in helping their clients that are experiencing homelessness to find safe housing solutions.

To have access to these diversion funds, partners must work at an Homelink Hub or be an Homelink Network Partner, complete a diversion training and assessment to become a Certified Diversion Specialist, and perform diversion/problem-solving conversations with all clients accessing Homelink.

Click here to learn more about Diversion

Move-On Preference Program

The Move-On Preference Program is a permanent housing solution program for agencies to assist and seamlessly transition participants currently housed through Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) into subsidized housing with SAHA.

*SARAH will only accept vouchers from housing providers. If you are experiencing homelessness, please click here to view resources and learn how to enroll in Homelink*

Guidance for Partner Agencies & Housing Providers

Who is eligible?

Individuals and families currently in PSH
Have been housed stably for 12+ months
Have no outstanding debt to SAHA and meet criminal background requirements
Income below 30% Area Median Income (AMI)
Referring agency can provide 90 days of After Care to ensure successful transition

How to apply

1. Obtain the Move-On Referral Packet from your housing provider and fill in all required information.
2. Send completed referral packets to CE@sarahomeless.org.
3. After pre-approval by SARAH, Pre-Eligibility Case Worker will send the eligibility packet via Docusign.
4. Once received, the client will be scheduled for an eligibility appointment. A voucher will be issued as long as all documentation is present.
5. SAHA will see clients on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Contact Information

CE@sarahomeless.org

Family Referral Program

The Family Referral Program is a collaboration between the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) and SARAH to help agencies transition literally homeless families into Project-Based Vouchers (PBV). Service providers or case workers can apply on behalf of their client(s) that are currently experiencing homelessness and displaying a level of self-sufficiency that would not require case management to maintain their housing.

*SARAH will only accept vouchers from housing providers. If you are experiencing homelessness, please click here to view resources and learn how to enroll in Homelink*

Guidance for Partner Agencies & Landlords

Who is eligible?

– Individuals or families experiencing homelessness
– Have no outstanding debt to SAHA and meet criminal background requirements
– Income between 30-50% of Area Median Income (AMI)

Who is prioritized?

– Families with longer lengths of homelessness
– Survivors of Domestic Violence
– Families with an open Child Protective Services (CPS) case

Program Requirements

Requirements of Referring Agencies for NEED TYPE 1:
– Must provide the family with transition assistance, including deposit, first month’s rent, and furniture assistance
– Must conduct one site visit with the family in housing to discuss community resources that might be beneficial to the family
– Conduct follow-up after transitioning for a minimum of 90 days

Requirements of Referring Agencies for NEED TYPE 2:
– Assist family with complete and accurate application
– Conduct self-sufficiency assessment

How to apply

1. Obtain the Family Referral Packet from your housing provider and fill in all required information.
2. Send completed referral packets to CE@sarahomeless.org.
3. After pre-approval by SARAH, Pre-Eligibility Case Worker will send the eligibility packet via Docusign.
4. Once received, the client will be scheduled for an eligibility appointment. A voucher will be issued as long as all documentation is present.
5. SAHA will see clients on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Contact Information

CE@sarahomeless.org

PLACE Program

The Provider Liability Assurance for Community Empowerment, or PLACE, is a program established in collaboration with the City of San Antonio to offset the risk assumed by housing agencies and rental housing providers. The funds from this assurance program are designed to assist landlords and agencies in housing high-barrier clients such as displaced persons, homeless veterans, or chronically homeless individuals.

*Please note that this application must come from a service provider or agency. If you are experiencing homelessness, please click here to view resources and learn how to enroll in Homelink*

Guidance for Partner Agencies & Landlords

Who is eligible?

Housing agencies and rental housing providers with potential clients/residents that have broken leases, evictions, criminal history, little or not enough credit or income to qualify for housing without the assistance of agencies

PLACE Program facts

– Guarantees that apartment damages will be covered if they occur
– Covers holding fees and pays damages up to $1,500
– Does not provide upfront payment like risk fees, administrative fees, or security deposits
– Does not include rent; does not move in clients before required inspection date
– Agencies can obtain funding from this program by enrolling their agency in this program. If they are approved, their staff will have the ability to request these funds on behalf of their clients that are seeking housing.
– Funding will be set aside for approved clients, which can be accessed once/if the funding is needed.

How to apply

1. Download and complete the PLACE Agency Application form and return the signed application to CE@sarahomeless.org. Mandatory requirements for agencies are outlined in this form; agencies will receive scanned and approved copy confirming participation in the PLACE program.

2. Download and complete the Client Enrollment form, send to CE@sarahomeless.org

3. Complete and return the Client Release of Information form to CE@sarahomeless.org

*4. Only if applicable: complete and submit the Request for Funds form if the property manager reports the need to ‘hold’ a unit for client based on housing inspection delay prior to ‘move-in’, or if landlord reports damages to unit upon client ‘move-out’

How will housing providers/landlords receive PLACE funding?

The Request for Funds will be submitted once all pertinent information (W-9
from property manager, move-in inspection, pictures, invoices, etc.) has been
received to support the damage claim.

Documentation from the housing authority stating the date of inspection will
suffice for the holding fee. The damage reimbursement will be approved by
SARAH and property managers will receive checks for damages within 3-5
business days.

Contact Information

CE@sarahomeless.org