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.
Homeless Grants Links
Here are just a few links for more information on ending and preventing homelessness in Ventura County:
- Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition
- Ventura County Together
- Ventura County Human Services Agency - Homeless Services
- City of Oxnard Commission on Homelessness
- City of Simi Valley Task Force on Homelessness
- Ventura Social Services Task Force
- United Way of Ventura County
- City of Ventura Homeless Services
Click on the links below to learn more about issues related to ending homelessness.
Including Youth in Homeless Counts
CA Homeless Youth Project Report - Hidden in Plain Sight: An Assessment of Youth Inclusion in Point-in-Time Counts of California’s Unsheltered Homeless Population
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. By improving policy, building capacity, and educating opinion leaders, the Alliance has become a leading voice on this issue.
Dept. of Veteran's Affairs - Services for Homeless Veterans
Learn about the Homeless Veterans Outreach Initiative, an unprecedented commitment to those who served our nation but lack safe, secure housing.