FY 2017 Continuum of Care Program Competition Funding Announcement
Today HUD announced over $2 billion to more than 7,300 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and Guam. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.
The FY 2017 NOFA included several new concepts that will give recipients more flexibility when designing their projects. First HUD allowed a new project type – Joint Transitional Housing – Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (Joint TH & PH-RRH) to better serve individuals and families. Numerous project applicants took advantage of this new opportunity – 83 new projects were awarded as Joint TH & PH-RRH. Another unique feature of this year’s NOFA was project applicant’s ability to expand existing eligible renewal projects that will increase the number of units in the project or allow the recipient to serve additional persons. Finally, applicants could classify their new and renewal projects as DedicatedPLUS, which allows more flexibility in serving people with high needs.
HUD strongly encouraged local applicants to prioritize their funding request very carefully, using a mix of performance data and local needs. In addition, applicants were encouraged to submit projects that were based on research-driven approaches and supported the nation’s goals to prevent and end homelessness. As a result, CoCs reallocated over $90 million in renewal funding from lower performing projects in order to apply for new housing projects; between reallocation and Bonus projects, HUD is awarding $120 million in new projects, including critical investments in permanent supportive housing (PSH) and rapid re-housing (RRH).
Ultimately, the awards made today will help us make progress toward the goal of ending homelessness.
Adjustments to Funding
The conditional awards for renewal projects may be different than what was requested in the project application.
- Projects were reviewed to ensure that they were consistent with the approved Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) and CoC Program interim rule.
- Projects that straddled the Tier 1 and Tier 2 funding line, may have been conditionally awarded up to the amount of funding that falls within Tier 1.
HUD made Fair Market Rent (FMR) adjustments to the awards. HUD uses the FMRs that were in effect at the time applications were due, which means that FY 2017 FMRs will be used for these awards.
HUD has not made awards to CoCs in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Awards for those CoCs will be in the final funding announcement in the spring. Debriefings will be available after the final funding announcement. Also, as a reminder, Denied or Decreased Funding Appeals must be submitted within 45 days of the final funding announcement. Please see Section X of the FY 2017 NOFA for the FY 2017 CoC Competition for more information on appeals.
If you have questions or require more specific information, please submit a question to the e-snaps HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal or contact your local HUD CPD field office. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.