Date Published: March 2015Print ShareThis
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:
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:
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.
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.