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FY 2015 Geo Codes Claimed and Un-claimed

Date Published: March 2015

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Description

Each CoC Collaborative Applicant must review its claimed geography as a part of the FY 2015 CoC Program Registration. Although the FY 2015 CoC Program Registration process is not available yet, HUD wants to ensure CoCs and the designated Collaborative Applicant have accounted for all of the geographic codes located within each CoCs defined geographic area. This must be done due to several factors:

  • Additions and deletions to the universe of eligible geography from year to year. These changes are directly related to changes in the eligibility of the metropolitan cities, urban counties, and all other counties for the CDBG entitlement grants. In 2015 there were 2 deletions and 12 additions of metropolitan city, urban county, or other counties geographic codes.
     
  • CoCs merging in 2015 need to ensure that the geographic codes from mergers are properly transferred to the newly merged designated CoC.
     
  • CoCs adding previously unclaimed geography need to ensure that the proper geographic code(s) is added.
     
  • New CoCs need to add their new geographic codes.
     
  • CoCs losing geography to another CoC need to delete the appropriate geographic codes.

In addition, HUD has determined that some CoCs are not currently capturing all of the geographic codes within their designated geographic area. Therefore, some CoCs are not taking full advantage of the Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) available which can directly affect the amount of CoC Planning funds, and if designated as a Unified Funding Agency (UFA) the amount of UFA Costs, the Collaborative Applicant can apply for in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition.

To aid CoCs in preparing for and accurately verifying their FY 2015 CoC Program Registration section on CoC geography, HUD has prepared a tool to help CoCs review the current “claimed“ geographic codes that will carry forward by HUD from the previous year’s CoC Program Registration. This includes identifying new additions and deletions to the universe of geography and HUD recognized 2015 mergers. The tool has two tabs:

  • The Geo Comparison is a list of CoCs with the geographic codes claimed in FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015. The column listing FY 2015 are the geographic codes that will carry forward from the previous year’s CoC Registration Process and will not be “set” until the Collaborative Applicant submits and then approves its FY 2015 CoC Program Registration during the time period prescribed by HUD once the FY 2015 CoC Program Registration Notice is posted.
     
  • The Unclaimed Geo is a list of unclaimed geographic codes located within the States and U.S. Territories. Not all States or U.S. Territories appear on this second tab.

HUD encourages all CoCs and their Collaborative Applicants to review the information contained in this tool to ensure they are accurately capturing all geographic codes, and associated PPRN, within their defined geographic area. 

As a reminder, for all geographic codes claimed in CoC geographic areas, HUD expects that the planning process, services, housing, outreach, etc. as well as Housing Inventory Count, Point-in-Time Count, and Annual Homelessness Assessment Report data encompasses the entire CoC geographic area.

Mergers

The window for seeking HUD recognition of CoC mergers will remain open until the time period noted in the FY 2015 CoC Program Registration Notice, which has not been posted yet. Once the FY 2015 CoC Program Registration Notice is available, please carefully review the information provided, including information regarding CoC mergers and any deadlines for merging listed. HUD encourages CoC to consider the mergers in the interest of building better CoC collaborative applications.

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