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What is new in FY 2017 CoC Competition New Project application?

Date Published: August 2017

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  • HUD Forms and Certifications: HUD has built the following forms directly into the e-snaps project application: HUD-2880: Applicant Disclosure Report; HUD-50070: Certification of a Drug Free Workplace; Lobby Certification; and SF-LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. To accommodate project applicants with more than one project, HUD has also built the HUD-2880 into the project applicant profile so that project applicants only need to fill out the majority of the form’s fields once.
     
  • Joint Transitional Housing (TH) and Rapid Re-Housing (PH-RRH) Component Project:CoCs will be able to use the permanent housing bonus or reallocation to create new “Joint TH and PH-RRH” component projects in e-snaps. The Joint TH and PH-RRH component type is chosen by the project applicant on Screen 3A, Project Detail. A Joint TH and PH-RRH component project combines the two components, transitional housing and rapid re-housing, into a single project to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness. These projects will provide low-barrier, temporary housing while individuals and families quickly move to permanent housing with a seamless program design. For more information, see Section III.A.3.h. of the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA.
     
  • DedicatedPLUS Project: CoCs will be able to create new and renewal PSH projects that are DedicatedPLUS. A Dedicated PLUS project is a permanent supportive housing (PH-PSH) project where the entire project will serve individuals and families that meet one of the following criteria:
     
    1. experiencing chronic homelessness as defined in 24 CFR 578.3;
       
    2. residing in a transitional housing project that will be eliminated and meets the definition of chronically homeless in effect at the time in which the individual or family entered the transitional housing project;
       
    3. residing in a place not meant for human habitation, emergency shelter, or safe haven; but the individuals or families experiencing chronic homelessness as defined at 24 CFR 578.3 had been admitted and enrolled in a permanent housing project within the last year and were unable to maintain a housing placement;
       
    4. residing in transitional housing funded by a Joint TH and PH-RRH component project and who were experiencing chronic homelessness as defined at 24 CFR 578.3 prior to entering the project;
       
    5. residing and has resided in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or emergency shelter for at least 12 months in the last three years, but has not done so on four separate occasions; or
       
    6. receiving assistance through a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded homeless assistance program and met one of the above criteria at initial intake to the VA’s homeless assistance system.

    DedicatedPLUS projects may choose to dedicate some of their beds to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness. For new PSH applications, the DedicatedPlus designation will be chosen on Screen 3B, Project Description. For renewal PSH applications, the DedicatedPlus designation will be chosen on Screen 3C, DedicatedPlus. For more information see Section III.A.3.d. of the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA.
     
  • Expansion Projects: In FY 2017, if an applicant applies for an expansion of an existing CoC Program-funded project through the permanent housing bonus or reallocation process, and both projects are conditionally selected for funding by HUD, HUD will consolidate the grants into a single grant agreement that adopts the renewing project’s program operating year. Project applicants taking advantage of this process must identify the existing renewal grant that the new expansion project is expanding on Screen 3C in e-snaps. Previously, a project that intended to add funds to add additional participants, units, services, etc., would complete the expansion form in the new project application and if awarded funds would operate two grant agreements for the single project and perhaps request a grant agreement consolidation later.

    Because of this change, it is critical that project applicants applying for expansion projects to expand existing CoC Program funded renewal projects follow the detailed instructions for the project application. This means the project applicant must:
     
    1. provide the eligible renewal grant PIN number (first 6 numbers of grant number) and project name that the project applicant requests to expand on the new project application;
       
    2. clearly indicate how the new project application will expand units, beds, services, persons served, or in the case of HMIS projects, how the current HMIS grant activities will be expanded for the CoC’s geographic area; and
       
    3. ensure the funding request for the new expansion project is within the funding parameters allowed under the reallocation process or permanent housing bonus.

There is nothing in this new policy that prohibits CoCs from expanding a project that is currently receiving money from another funding source–which is a second type of eligible expansion. These new project applicants will still complete Screen 3C, Expansion. However, if the project is receiving funding from a source other than CoC Program funding, HUD is not requiring the project to follow the above instruction because there is no CoC Program renewal grant to expand.


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