Housing Solutions Board



The Housing Solutions Board (HSB) was first conceived in 2006 as part of the community’s 10 Year Plan to end homelessness based on HUD recommendations. The HSB acts as the Calhoun County Homeless Coalition’s initial and final authority as it represents the broad interests of all stakeholders whose goal is to create self-sufficient individuals and families.

The HSB has been studying options to refine and improve its capacity and ability to be more accountable, transparent and ensure alignment with the rules and objectives as identified by HUD and based on the HEARTH Act of 2009.

HUD AWARD CALHOUN COUNTY-FY 2016 Continuum of Care Program Funding:
HUD announced awarding $1.95 billion to more than 7,600 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

MI-514 Battle Creek/Calhoun County CoC (full application click here) Posted 9/2016
CLASS CoCR $60,899
Coc Planning Project 2016 CoC $14,453
HHAP renewal 2016 CoCR $33,020
HMIS Project CoC $40,000
Life Recovery Program CoCR $88,330
Women and families In New Life Program CoCR $68,654
MI-514 Total : $305,356


HUD 2017 Application and Supporting Documents: Posted 9/26/2017
(Click title for pdf)

HUD CoC 2017 Project Listing and Ranking
MI-514 – Battle Creek/Calhoun County CoC

A sub-committee of the Housing Solutions Board made up of 3 members met with each applicant organization and used the Ranking Tool and Matrix to determine the priority listing for the CoC Projects.The Housing Solutions Board met on Friday, September 8, to listen to final presentations by each organization, deliberate and rank Projects submitted for the 2017 CoC Application.

We are pleased to inform you that on September 8, 2017, the Housing Solutions Board voted to include the following Projects in the Calhoun County Consolidated Application for HUD funding FY2017.

Summit Pointe
RANK 1: SP-PSH (Permanent Supportive Housing) (New Project) $60,899
RANK 2: HMIS Project; MI0541L5F141600 (Renewal) $40,000
RANK 5: HHAP; MI0245L5F141609 (Renewal) $33,020
Total Grant Award:         $133,919

The Haven of Rest Ministries
RANK 3: Women/Families in New Life Program; MI0247L5F141608 (Renewal) $68,654
RANK 4: Life Recovery Program; MI0246L5F141609 (Renewal) $88,330
RANK 6: Bonus Project: PSH (New Project $29,667
Total Grant Award:         $186,651


Interested in joining the Battle Creek/Calhoun County Continuum of Care? Read the attached letter.
Potential new members must apply for membership to the FY2017 CoC Program by June 5, 2017.  See if your organization qualifies for CoC Funding from HUD: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/coc-program-eligibility-requirements/
To apply for Membership, all new agencies must complete the attached form 


FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition:

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) establishes the funding criteria for the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. HUD is making available approximately $2 billion in Fiscal Year 2017 for the CoC Program. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

The FY 2017 CoC Program Competition opened on July 14, 2017. The competition will close on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT.

FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability:  FY-2017-CoC-Program-Competition-NOFA


Chair, Matt Lynn-Director of Community Impact, United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo
Chair-Elect, Dan Rippinger-Director of Facilities, Summit Pointe
Secretary, Nicole DuPont-TCC Operations Lead, Summit Pointe
Treasurer, Jessica Edel Harrelson-Executive Director, SAFE Place
Chris Lussier-Community Development Manager, City of Battle Creek
Alisa Parker-Attorney, Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Tiyanna Payne-HCHV Supervisor, Veterans Affairs
Lee Talmage-Executive Director, Battle Creek Housing Commission
Denise Washington, Executive Director, SHARE Center
TBD, The Haven of Rest Ministries

Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity
Battle Creek Housing Commission
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Calhoun Intermediate School District
City of Battle Creek Community Development
Charitable Union
Community Action Agency
Fair Housing Center of SW Michigan
Haven of Rest Ministries
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Medallion Management, Inc.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
PRS of Michigan Inc
SAFE Place
Salvation Army
SHARE Center
Southwest Michigan Development Corporation
Summit Pointe / Summit Pointe Housing
The Ark
United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
Veteran’s Affairs
Volunteers of America


  • Housing Solutions Board meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 10am at Summit Pointe, 140 West Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI.
  • Homeless Coalition meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12pm at The United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, 34 West Jackson Street, Battle Creek, MI.
  • HMIS User/ Data Quality workgroup meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am at The SHARE Center, 120 Grove Street, Battle Creek, MI.
  • IST workgroup meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 11am at The SHARE Center, 120 Grove Street, Battle Creek, MI.
  • Veteran’s Resource workgroup meets monthly, please contact Vicky Clark at vc2@summitpointe.org

Project Homeless Connect – Veteran’s Stand Down
Friday, October 20, 2017 from 9am to 1pm
Full Blast Sports Complex

June, no minutes -working meeting for ESG