Overview

FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition NOFA

 

·         Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6100-N-25

·         CFDA Number: 14.267

IMPORTANT PROJECT APPLICATION DATES & DEADLINES:

·         August 18, 2017 – Project Draft Applications submitted to CoC via PDF for ranking

·         September 8, 2017 - Project Applications due to CoC via eSnaps and PDF

·         September 15, 2017 – Project Applications notified of inclusion in CoC Collaborative Application

·         September 22, 2017 – Final Project Application edits submitted in eSnaps and PDF to CoC

·         September 28, 2017 – Appeals to HUD if application rejected by CoC.

 

HUD CoC Consolidated Application Deadline: September 28, 2017 @ 6:59 PM.

 

Note: Project Applications must be submitted by the Project deadlines NOT the Consolidated Application deadline.

 

Highlights of the 2017 CoC NOFA:

·         About $2 billion is available for the FY17 CoC Program NOFA. This funding may not be sufficient to fund all anticipated renewals.

·         HUD will continue to rely on CoCs to rank all projects, except CoC planning, and is requiring placing projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 1 is equal to the greater of the combined amount of Annual Renewal Amount (ARA) for all permanent housing and HMIS projects eligible for renewal up to

$1,000,000 or 94 percent of the CoC’s FY 2017 Annual Renewal Demand (ARD).

·         Project Applicants must abide by the CoC deadline, meet HUD eligibility criteria, request eligible activities (listed under 24 CFR, part 578), adequately answer all questions, and attach all required documents to be considered eligible for funding.

·         The CoC is required to rank projects in order of priority and identify projects rejected. Planning projects will not be ranked. Ranking is based on capacity, priorities, and performance. Reallocation should be strongly considered for underperforming projects. Projects with outstanding HUD audit findings, history of ineligible participants, evidence of untimely expenditures, or financial management concerns, may be eliminated from competition.

·         Renewal projects requesting RA may request a per-unit amount less than FMR based on actual rent costs and cannot request more than 100% FMR.

·         Bonus projects can be created up to 6% of CoC FPRN for:

o   New PSH serving 100% chronic homeless or meeting Dedicated PLUS criteria;

o   New RRH serving persons coming from streets, ES, fleeing DV situations or meeting criteria in paragraph 4 of definition of homeless; residing in joint TH-PH-RRH program, and receiving services from VA funded homeless assistance programs and meet other previous criteria at intake; and

o   New joint TH & PH-RRH.

o   Anticipated bonus amount: $110,669

 

·         New reallocation projects may include:

o   New PSH serving 100% chronic homeless or meeting Dedicated PLUS criteria;

o   New SSO for Coordinated Entry;

o   New RRH serving individuals and families who enter from ES, streets, fleeing domestic violence, residing in joint TH-PH-RRH program, and receiving services from VA funded homeless assistance programs and meet other previous criteria at intake;

o   New joint TH & PH-RRH

o   New HMIS for the costs of 24 CFR 578.37 carried out by HMIS Lead.

·         Expansion projects can be requested under the bonus or reallocation in order to expand existing units in a project or serve additional persons, or in the case of HMIS, grant activities will be expanded within CoC and fits into the funding parameters of bonus or reallocation.

 

Important links:

·         Competition page: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/e-snaps/fy-2017-coc-program-nofa- coc-program-competition/

·         The entire 2017 NOFA can be found at: https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5419/fy-2017- coc-program-nofa/ and on a link at the CoC website home page,

·         HUD Ask A Questions (AAQ): www.hudexchange.info/get-assistance/.

 

Eligible Project Applicants: Eligible project applicants are nonprofit organizations, States, local governments, and instrumentalities of State and local governments, and public housing agencies, as such term is defined in 24 CFR 5.100. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be sub-recipients of grant funds. Furthermore, to be eligible for funding applicants must meet all HUD statutory, regulatory and threshold requirements.

 

 HUD’s Homeless Policy and Program Priorities:

1.       Ending homelessness for all persons.

a.       Identify, engage, and effectively serve all persons experiencing homelessness.

b.       Measure performance based on data taking into account the challenges faced by all subpopulations experiencing homelessness in the geographic area.

c.       Comprehensive outreach strategy in place to identify and engage.

d.       Use data to understand the population and develop services tailored to their needs.

e.       Use the reallocation process to create new projects that improve the overall performance and better respond to the needs of person who are homeless.

2.       Create a systemic response to homelessness.

a.       Use system performance measures (SPMs) to determine how effectively they are serving people experiencing homelessness.

b.       Use Coordinated Entry to promote participant choice, coordinate services, ensure rapid access, and make homelessness assistance open, inclusive, and transparent.

3.       Strategically allocating and using resources.

a.       Use cost, performance, and outcome data to improve resources allocation to end homelessness.

b.       Review project quality, performance, and cost effectiveness.

 

c.       Maximize the use of mainstream and other community-based resources.

d.       Review all projects eligible for renewal in FY 2017 to determine their effectiveness in serving people experiencing homelessness as well as their cost effectiveness.

4.       Use a Housing First approach.

a.       Prioritize rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing.

b.       Does NOT have service participation requirements or preconditions.

c.       Projects should help individuals and families move quickly into permanent housing.

d.       Measure to help projects reduce the length of time people experience homelessness.

e.       Engage landlords and property owners.

f.        Remove barriers to entry.

g.       Adopt client-centered service methods.

 

Project Application Attachment Checklist:

□    Project Application, charts, narratives and attachments

□    SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance

□    SF-424 Supplement, Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunities

□    Documentation of Applicant and Sub-Recipient Eligibility

□    Applicant Certifications

□    HUD 2880, Applicant/Recipient Disclosure/Update Report (dated 5/1/17-9/28/17)

□    Applicant Code of Conduct

□    HUD 50070, Certification of Drug Free Workplace (dated 5/1/17-9/28/17)