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Request for Proposal for ERA FAQ’s

1.What qualifies as an allowable expense under ERA Admin/ERA Funding? 
Regarding allowable expenses under ERA Admin/ERA Funding, you can find detailed information at this link:

2.Is the deadline for RFP submission on October 13th at 5 pm strict?
Yes, the deadline for RFP submission on October 13th at 5 pm is firm. Given the ERA program's sunset date of September 2025, there is a pressing need for partner selection. 

3.If an organization is interested in applying for more than one program component, should separate proposals be submitted?
If an organization is interested in applying for more than one program component, it is up to the discretion of the organization whether to submit separate proposals for each component or to combine them into a single proposal. If they choose to submit one proposal covering multiple program components, they should ensure that the proposal is organized into sections that specifically address each component outlined in the RFP.

4.Will this ERA restructure include utility and/or internet assistance?
As of now, the new ERA restructuring does not include utility and/or internet assistance. However, it is possible that this may change in the future.

5.Can my organization use an existing case management team for the ERA Case management component?
Given the significant demand for case management services within our community, the case management component under the ERA structure is dedicated to establishing a new case management team to expand access to supportive services. As a result, ERA funding will not be used to fund an existing case management program. 

MACCH Annual Recognition Event
Beginning in 2015, MACCH annually recognizes our members and partners who are dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness locally.  During this prestigious event, MACCH presents awards commemorating the hard work and dedication of staff, agencies, and volunteers striving to prevent and end homelessness and celebrates our collective, continuum-wide successes.  

2017 Recognition Event award recipients are as follows:
- Inspiring Practices: Douglas County Housing Authority
- Volunteer of the Year: Ron Hernandez, Moving Veterans Forward
                                      Brandy Gustoff, Omaha Home for Boys
- Community Partner of the Year: Gary Hankins, Community Alliance
- Servant Leadership: Mike Saklar, Siena/Francis House (retired)

View our 2017 Recognition Event photo album!

2016 Award Recipients:
- Inspiring Practices: MACCH Homeless Review Team (HRT)
- Volunteer of the Year: Dan Brabec, Stephen Center
- Community Partner of the Year: Together, Inc.
- Servant Leadership: Jeannette Winkler, The Salvation Army

2015 Award Recipients:
- Inspiring Practices: SOAR Project, Community Alliance
- Volunteer of the Year: Dave Harvey, Heartland Family Service
- Community Partner of the Year: Project Everlast, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
- Lifetime Achievement: Del Bomberger, Stephen Center

MACCH News Releases
"MACCH to conduct annual Point-In-Time count of homeless" (Jan. 11, 2019)

MACCH and our Partners in the News

"Lincoln sees homeless population reduced by half since 2012" AP (May 14, 2018)
"Editorial: A local, federal effort to provide more help for homeless" Omaha World Herald (January 19, 2018)
"Several Omaha area agencies aiding homeless get an increase in HUD grant money" Omaha World Herald (January 15, 2018)
"Memorial remembers homeless people who died in Bluffs" The Daily Nonpareil (December 22, 2017)
"Omaha Metro shelters honor the homeless who have died" WOWT (December 21, 2017)
"'Homelessness doesn’t have to look a certain way': Portrait project during Creighton event puts faces, stories to a community often unseen" Omaha World-Herald (April 10, 2017)
"Volunteers comb Omaha metro area to count the homeless"  Omaha World-Herald (January 26, 2017)
"Counting the homeless"  KETV (January 24, 2017)
"The man across the table"  Omaha World-Herald (June 5, 2016)
"Shift in federal funding for homeless comes with good and bad news for Omaha"  Omaha World-Herald 
(May 23, 2016)
"Federal program awards $1.4 million to aid area's homeless"  The Daily Nonpareil (May 18, 2016)
"Homeless teens in Omaha part of national study led by UNL"  KETV (April 14, 2016)
"Community leaders address veteran homelessness"  WOWT (March 30, 2016)
"Elected officials to meet with landlords, aim to end veteran homelessness"  KETV (March 28, 2016)
"$6 million grant aims to help Nebraska fight homelessness"  Omaha World-Herald (March 14, 2016)
"3 students organize benefit, silent auction to benefit area homeless"  Omaha World-Herald (February 12, 2016)
"Scouring counties and counting the homeless who won't come in from the cold"  Omaha World-Herald (January 29, 2016)
"Winter proves hard times for the homeless"  Omaha News (November 30, 2015)

MACCH Partner Agency Stories

Bethlehem House
Catholic Charities
Community Alliance
Completely Kids
Douglas County Housing Authority
Family Housing Advisory Services
Heartland Family Service
Jacob's Place
Micah House
Nebraska AIDS Project
Open Door Mission
Salvation Army
Salvation Army's Housing Programs
Siena/Francis House
Stephen Center
Visiting Nurse Association
Youth Emergency Services

Our Blog

About the CoC: PIT Counts and the Data We Track - February 2024
About the CoC: Our Role in Preventing Homelessness - January 2024
Warming Centers and Surviving the Dangers of Being Unhoused - December 2023
Support MACCH Street Outreach - Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2023
Acknowledging the Link Between Trauma & Homelessness - November 2023
Unpacking Racial Disparities and Homelessness - October 2023
Advocating and Speaking Out for Our Neighbors - September 2023
Are You Experiencing Homelessness? Learn More About Our Access Points - August 2023
Your Voice Matters - July 2023
Breaking the Silence for our Neighbors - June 2023
Homelessness is beginning with the youth
MACCH implements federally mandated Coordinated Entry System - July 2018
Unsheltered homeless people face challenges during summer - June 2018
The arts empower and support the homeless - April 2018
Combating the stereotype of being homeless - November 2017
Raising awareness about homelessness 
Omaha Gives! supports the Omaha homeless community
MACCH works to end veteran homelessness
There's No Place Like Home for First Time Homeowners - August 2015
Zero:2016 and Ending Veteran Homelessness
Street Outreach