Continuum of Care
On November 9, 2012, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition. This year's NOFA includes several important changes, including:
Approximately $1.61 billion is available for the CoC Program. To ensure that CoCs have the opportunity to prioritize their projects locally in the event that HUD is not able to fund all renewals, HUD is requiring that CoCs rank projects within 2 tiers in FY2012. Tier 1 is equal to the CoC's Annual Renewal Demand approved in the Registration process, less 3.5 percent. Tier 2 is the amount between a CoC's Tier 1 and the CoC's FPRN (Final Pro-Rata Need) and any approved amounts for CoC planning and the Permanent Housing Bonus.
The FY2012 CoC Program Competition is the first funding competition to be administered under the CoC Program interim rule .
All CoCs will be allowed to reallocate funding from existing renewal projects to new project applications without decreasing the CoCs Annual Renewal Demand. Rental assistance projects formerly awarded under the Shelter Plus Care (S+C) will also be eligible for reallocation.
In accordance with Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness , HUD's priority is to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2015. In order to reach this national goal, HUD strongly encourages CoCs to include this priority as part of their local planning process and HUD must prioritize funding targeted to this population. In the FY2012 CoC Program competition, HUD's priority is the development of new permanent supportive housing projects that propose to serve 100 percent chronically homeless individuals and families, particularly those who have the longest history of homelessness. The Permanent Housing Bonus will be limited to projects that propose to exclusively serve chronically homeless individuals and families.
For more information related to the NOFA, visit this link: Important Items to Note in this Year's NOFA
HUD encourages applicants and other interested parties to read the CoC Program NOFA in its entirety. In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements for the CoC Program and competition, a review of the CoC NOFA should be completed in conjunction with a thorough review of the CoC Program interim rule .
The November 21, 2012 e-newsletter from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness provides the following impact of the HEARTH Act on the 2012 CoC NOFA:
HUD's recently released Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Continuum of Care program is a further indication of just how serious the federal government is about reaching the goals in Opening Doors. The Continuum of Care has always been a competitive grants program; and this NOFA essentially highlights the word "competitive" for Continuums this year. The NOFA makes it clear that communities cannot assume funding of all renewals and must therefore prioritize carefully. Because of the tight fiscal environment at all levels of government, all investments in ending homelessness must be smart investments. We cannot afford "business as usual" programming and practices if they are not getting the results needed to meet the goals in Opening Doors. The next step is taking a tough but necessary look at what's working and what could be modified for greater results in your community.
Because of the tight fiscal environment at all levels of government, all investments in ending homelessness must be smart investments. We cannot afford "business as usual" programming and practices if they are not getting the results needed to meet the goals in Opening Doors.