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Notice CPD-22-02: Continuum of Care Program Registration

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Date Published: January 2022

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This Notice supersedes Notice CPD-18-03.

This Notice reestablishes the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program registration requirements for Collaborative Applicants, including Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs). 24 CFR part 578 governs the CoC program, authorized by Subtitle C of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (the Act; 42 U.S.C. 11381-11389). For each Fiscal Year (FY), HUD requires each CoC’s designated Collaborative Applicant to register in advance of applying for funding available under the FY CoC Program Competition. Collaborative Applicants must complete their registration using e-snaps, a web-based portal accessible at https://esnaps.hud.gov/.

This Notice provides Collaborative Applicants, including Indian Tribes and TDHEs, with the information necessary to register a CoC in preparation for the annual FY CoC Program Competition and to claim geography, including Indian Tribes’ formula areas. This Notice is being published in the CoC Competition webpage and all future revisions of this Notice will also be published there. This Notice also announces that resources concerning the CoC Program Registration process will be hosted in the CoC Competition webpage instead of the HUD Exchange and replaces the HUD Exchange Ask a Question platform with a HUD mailbox address to which questions must be submitted.

The registration process only applies to Collaborative Applicants that will register to submit the annual CoC Consolidated Application for CoC Program funds. The registration process does not apply to project applicants or private individuals as HUD does not provide funding to private individuals and all project applications must be submitted by the Collaborative Applicant to HUD during the CoC Program Competition as described in the appropriate FY CoC Program Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Private individuals should not attempt to complete the CoC Program Registration forms or apply for funds under the CoC Program Competition.

Collaborative Applicants of a newly formed CoC and Collaborative Applicants for CoCs that have changes from the previous year’s CoC Program Competition (e.g., change in Collaborative Applicant, CoCs merged, geographic code changes) must complete the registrations forms to have access to the Consolidated Application in the FY CoC Program Competition. If the CoC has no changes from the previous year’s CoC Program Competition and the Collaborative Applicant chooses not to complete the registration forms, HUD will move the previous year’s CoC Program Registration information forward with no changes. Additionally, if a CoC has no expiring renewal projects, will not request Unified Funding Agency (UFA) or High Performing Community (HPC) designation or funding for new projects, and does not intend to apply for CoC planning costs in the FY CoC Program Competition, it does not need to complete the registration forms. See Section V of this Notice for detailed information regarding submission of the registration forms in e-snaps. The CoC Program Competition period begins when HUD publishes the FY CoC Program Competition NOFO and ends when HUD issues the final funding announcement for that FY’s conditionally awarded funds.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260, approved December 27, 2020), amended title IV of the Act by adding Section 435 (42 U.S.C. 11389) to allow Indian Tribes and TDHEs to be Collaborative Applicants, eligible entities, or subrecipients of the CoC Program. Additionally, title IV, Section 401 of the Act (42 U.S.C. 11360) was amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021to incorporate formula areas to the list of geographic areas that may be served by the CoC program and to define the terms formula area and Indian Tribe. The statutory change gives formula area the same meaning as in the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program at 24 CFR 1000.302, or any successor regulation, and it gives the term Indian Tribe the same meaning as in Section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA; 25 USC 4103). HUD intends to revise existing CoC Program regulations in the future to incorporate this statutory change. In the meantime, however, this Notice outlines the requirements for Indian Tribes, TDHEs, or other eligible organizations to register and claim formula areas as a newly formed CoC or for existing CoCs to claim formula areas where an Indian Tribe, TDHE, or other eligible organization intends to apply for projects located in a formula area through an existing CoC.

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