HUD Continuum of Care Competition
Each year, HUD announces their Notice of Funding Availability for the Continuum of Care grant competition. The CoC Grant is a nationally competitive process, providing funding to designated homeless continuums of care for Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, HMIS, Coordinated Entry, and CoC Planning activities. The Continuum of Care is responsible for review of all new and renewal project applications and scoring them according to performance and alignment with community priorities and HUD goals as outlined in the HEARTH Act and Opening Doors. In the FY 2016 Competition, the Tri-HIC CoC was able to apply for up to $648,502 in funds based on the HUD Annual Renewal Demand and, plus an additional $32,838 in bonus funds that are awarded based on overall CoC Collaborative Application Score in addition to project type and housing first priorities, and $19,703 for CoC Planning. Programs are evaluated using a CoC approved scoring process.
You can view the FY16 NOFA here: https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5068/fy-2016-coc-program-nofa/
Organizations interested in applying for new Continuum of Care funds must have attended a minimum of 75% of Tri-HIC meetings during the last calendar year and 75% of CoC Grant Committee meetings for the previous competition cycle. Please direct any questions to Cecelia Peers, Continuum of Care Administrator.
CoC Program Funding Goals
Provide adequate funding for programs that are effective in ending homelessness and preventing it from recurring
Encourage reduction in barriers to services and housing, including prioritization of those who are the most vulnerable and lease likely to access services
Serve populations with specific needs and increased barriers to housing including: veterans, chronically homeless, youth and families, and victims of domestic violence
Create cost-effective interventions that seek to enhance system-wide performance by reducing the length of time homeless, increase income and benefits, increase housing placement and retention, and leverage community resources and funding