If a project receives funding through the CoC Program and another federal program that requires that all participants have a serious mental illness to be eligible for services, how would the CoC prioritize under this circumstance?

Date Published: March 2015

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HUD is encouraging recipients of CoC Program-funded PSH to follow the order of priority outlined in the Prioritization Notice, as adopted by the CoC, while also considering the goals and any identified target populations served by the project. CoC Program-funded PSH that is targeted to specific subpopulations should follow the order of priority under Sections III.A. or III.B. of the Prioritization Notice to the extent persons within that subpopulation meets the criteria.

For example, Project Home is a PSH project with dedicated beds that also receives funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pay for supportive services in conjunction with CoC Program-funded PSH that targets persons with a serious mental illness. The HHS funding requires that all participants that receive assistance have a serious mental illness. On the CoC’s single prioritized waiting list there are five chronically homeless households that would meet the first tier under the order of priority for dedicated beds (i.e., longest history of homelessness and most severe service needs); however, none of them have a serious mental illness. Project HOME would not be required to serve these households even though they are higher priority within the CoC overall; instead, Project Home would prioritize the chronically homeless person with a serious mental illness that has the longest history of homelessness and most severe service needs among all other eligible persons with a mental illness within a CoC.

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