Date Published: November 2017
Prioritizing Eligible Households
HUD included the option of DedicatedPLUS in the FY 2017 CoC Program NOFA to provide CoCs with more flexibility to serve vulnerable populations and to more effectively and more immediately address the needs of persons experiencing chronic homelessness, at risk of experiencing chronic homelessness, or who were chronically homeless prior to being housed and who have recently become homeless again. In general, households that meet any of the criteria in Section III.A.3.d. of the FY 2017 CoC Program NOFA may be served in any order established by the CoC, though the CoC must be incorporate any orders of priority into their written standards for prioritizing assistance in PSH. When making changes to their written standards, HUD encourages CoCs to continue adopting prioritization standards based on the length of time a potential program participant resided on the streets, in an emergency shelter, or in a safe haven along with the severity of their service needs.
For dedicated PSH beds–as defined in Section III.A.3.b of the FY 2017 CoC Program NOFA–CoCs must follow existing CoC written standards for prioritizing assistance for persons experiencing chronic homelessness in those beds (i.e., if the CoC has adopted the orders of priority in Notice CPD-16-11, the recipient will be required to fill these dedicated beds consistent with section III.A of that Notice).
Prioritizing in DedicatedPLUS Projects When There Are No Eligible Households
Consistent with HUD's expectations for recipients of dedicated permanent supportive housing (PSH) projects, recipients of DedicatedPLUS projects will be expected to exercise due diligence when conducting outreach and assessment to locate and engage eligible households as outlined in Section III.A.3.d. of the FY 2017 CoC Program NOFA. HUD recognizes that some persons might require significant engagement and contacts prior to their entering or re-entering housing and recipients are not required to keep units vacant indefinitely while waiting for an identified eligible individual or family to accept an offer of PSH. However, please note that street outreach providers are expected to continue to make attempts to engage those persons that have been resistant to accepting an offer of PSH and recipients of DedicatedPLUS projects should be following a Housing First approach to the maximum extent practicable.
At the point in which a vacancy occurs, if there are no eligible households identified who are ready to accept assistance, recipients should consider the following:
The recipient of DedicatedPLUS PSH projects must maintain records to document efforts to locate persons meeting the eligibility criteria in Section III.A.3.d of the FY 2017 CoC Program NOFA. Ideally, the CoC should have comprehensive and high-quality data on all households that are currently presenting for assistance within the CoC that is informed by a comprehensive outreach strategy. To justify serving a non-eligible household, a recipient of DedicatedPLUS projects must have documentation from the CoC that demonstrates that outreach is occurring regularly and that the CoC is making reasonable efforts to locate and identify all persons experiencing homelessness within the community.