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FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Government Agencies
for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Community Planning and Development

Deadline Date:

09/18/18 8:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $2,500 to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for a broad range of activities to prevent homelessness and rehouse those in need. Project applications must be submitted no less than 30 days before the September 18 deadline to the continuum of care agency. Applicants are advised that registrations required to apply may take up to four weeks to complete.

Program Description:

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program (24 CFR part 578) 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, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, 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.

Local Competition Deadlines:

24 CFR 578.9 require CoCs to design, operate, and follow a collaborative process for the development of an application in response to a NOFA issued by HUD. As part of this collaborative process, CoCs should implement internal competition deadlines and notification processes to ensure transparency and fairness at the local level.

HUD's Homeless Policy and Program Priorities:

Policy Priorities:

This section provides additional context regarding the selection criteria found in Section VII.B of this NOFA and is included here to help applicants better understand how the selection criteria support the goal of ending homelessness:

1. Ending homelessness for all persons. To end homelessness, CoCs should identify, engage, and effectively serve all persons experiencing homelessness. CoCs should measure their performance based on local data that consider the challenges faced by all subpopulations experiencing homelessness in the geographic area (e.g., veterans, youth, families, or those experiencing chronic homelessness). CoCs should have a comprehensive outreach strategy in place to identify and continuously engage all unsheltered individuals and families. Additionally, CoCs should use local data to determine the characteristics of individuals and families with the highest needs and longest experiences of homelessness to develop housing and supportive services tailored to their needs. Finally, CoCs should use the reallocation process to create new projects that improve their overall performance and better respond to their needs.

2. Creating a systemic response to homelessness. CoCs should be using system performance measures such as the average length of homeless episodes, rates of return to homelessness, and rates of exit to permanent housing destinations to determine how effectively they are serving people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, CoCs should use their Coordinated Entry process to promote participant choice, coordinate homeless assistance and mainstream housing and services to ensure people experiencing homelessness receive assistance quickly, and make homelessness assistance open, inclusive, and transparent.

3. Strategically allocating and using resources. Using cost, performance, and outcome data, CoCs should improve how resources are utilized to end homelessness. CoCs should review project quality, performance, and cost effectiveness. HUD also encourages CoCs to maximize the use of mainstream and other community-based resources when serving persons experiencing homelessness. CoCs should also work to develop partnerships with Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to work toward helping CoC Program participants exit permanent supportive housing through Housing Choice Vouchers and other available housing options Finally, CoCs should review all projects eligible for renewal in FY 2018 to determine their effectiveness in serving people experiencing homelessness, including cost-effectiveness.

4. Use a Housing First approach. Housing First prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing and does not have service participation requirements or preconditions. CoC Program funded projects should help individuals and families move quickly into permanent housing, and the CoC should measure and help projects reduce the length of time people experience homelessness. Additionally, CoCs should engage landlords and property owners, remove barriers to entry, and adopt client-centered service methods.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162568

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 8,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
-Award Floor: $2,500

Term of Contract:

The initial grant term for new project applications may be 1- year, 2-years, 3-years, 4-years, 5-years, or 15-years. However, exceptions may apply. See Pages 23-24 of the Announcement Module document in Supporting Documents below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

HUD does not award grants to individuals. HUD will also not evaluate applications from ineligible applicants.

Eligible project applicants for the CoC Program Competition 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, without limitation or exclusion. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Pre-Application Information:

Approximately $2.1 billion is available in this FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA, including up to $50 million available for Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus projects.

Project Applications: All project applications are required to be submitted to the CoC no later than 30 days before the application deadline of September 18, 2018. CoCs that fail to establish a deadline for project applications that is no later than 30 days before the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition application deadline of September 18, 2018 will receive 0 points under Section VII.B.2.d of this NOFA.

CoC Notification to Project Applicants: The CoC notified, in writing and outside of e-snaps, all project applicants who submitted their project applications to the CoC by the CoC-established deadline whether their project application(s) will be accepted and ranked on the CoC Priority Listing, rejected, or reduced by the CoC no later than 15 days of the FY 2018 application deadline. Where a project application is being rejected or reduced, the CoC must indicate the reason(s) for the rejection or reduction. CoCs that fail to provide rejection notification to a project applicant that submitted its project application no later than 15 days before the application deadline will receive 0 points under in Section VII.B.2.d of this NOFA.

All applicants for financial assistance must have an active unique entity identifier (currently a DUNS number), and have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application. Getting a DUNS number and completing SAM registration can take up to four weeks; therefore, applicants should start this process or check their status early.

Registration with is required for submission of applications via Applicants must also have a DUNS number in order to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications to HUD for the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is 8:00 PM Eastern time on September 18, 2018.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants must apply using HUD’s e-SNAPs application system:

Questions regarding specific program requirements should be directed to the local HUD CPD field office, a directory of which can be found at:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming