2018 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (CoC NOFA)

Background

The CoC Program (24 CFR Part 578) is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

Each year the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), signifying the beginning of a funding competition among approximately 450 Continuums of Care (CoC), the community stakeholder groups that guide local responses to homelessness.  The 2018 CoC NOFA was released on June 20, 2018, opening the competition making available approximately $2.1 billion nationally to serve people experiencing homelessness.  The information in the NOFA sets forth the competition rules and processes for 2018. 

Before the application is submitted to HUD, the CoC is required to hold a local competition to determine which projects will be included in the consolidated application, along with their relative priority.  The results of the local competition dictate which projects the CoC will seek to fund.  Additional information about project application requirements and standards will be available at the upcoming TA Workshop.
 

Available Funding for our CoC

HUD has not yet released or confirmed Preliminary Pro Rate Need (PPRN) or Annual Renewal Demand amounts. However, we expect that the eligible application amounts for the Santa Barbara County CoC will be approximately as follows:

  • CoC's estimated Annual Renewal Demand: $1,684,716
  • Estimated Tier 1 (94% of Annual Renewal Demand): $1,538,633
  • Estimated Tier 2 (remainder of Annual Renewal Demand + Bonus amount): $202,247.96
  • Estimated DV Bonus amount (10% of Preliminary Pro Rata Need or a minimum of $50,000, whichever is greater, or maximum of $5 million, whichever is less): $168,608
  • Estimated CoC Planning amount (3% of Final Pro Rata Need or $1,250,000, whichever is less): $50,583
  • Planning grants are not ranked again in 2018
    Bonus funding is available for application by new projects.

    Eligible New Projects

Domestic violence (DV) Bonus

  • Due to up to $50 million set aside in the FY2018 HUD Appropriations Act, CoCs will be able to apply for a DV Bonus for Rapid Rehousing projects, Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing Component projects.
  • A CoC may apply for one of each of the following types of projects:
  • A CoC can only submit one project application for each of the project types above.  If a CoC submits more than one project application for each project type, HUD will only consider the highest ranked project that passes eligibility and quality threshold review for the DV Bonus and will consider any other project for funding as a regular bonus project.
  • A CoC may apply to expand an existing renewal project that is not dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to dedicate additional units, beds, persons served, or services provided to existing program participants to this population.

Eligible Types of New Projects created through reallocation and/or bonus

  • Permanent housing-Permanent Supportive Housing projects that meet the requirements of DedicatedPLUS or where 100% of the beds are dedicated to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness, as defined in 24 CFR 578.3.
  • Permanent housing-Rapid Rehousing projects that will serve homeless individuals and families, including unaccompanied youth.
  • Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing component projects to better serve homeless individuals and families, including individuals or families fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, who meet the following criteria:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION for Project Applicants

  • DUNS/SAM Registration.  All project applicants must have a DUNS number and an active SAM registration.  **NEW THIS YEAR** SAM registration requires additional steps this year, and applicants should begin their registration process immediately.
  • Codes of Conduct. All applicants must have a current HUD-approved Code of Conduct.  Be sure to review the Code of Conduct for HUD Grant Programs page on HUD's website to ensure your organization is listed (which means you have submitted an approved Code of Conduct).  If you do not see your organization on the list, be sure to attach a current and complete Code of Conduct to your Project Applicant Profile in e-snaps.
  • Housing First. Any housing project application that indicates it will use a Housing First approach, that is awarded FY 2018 CoC Program funds will be required to operate as a Housing First project.

Resources

Technical Assistance Workshop Handouts

FY 2018 Final TA Handbook Eligible Costs Handbook
FY 2018 Local Process Handbook How to complete the HUD Form 2880
FY 2018 SB NOFA Summary List of Eligible Renewal Projects
FY 2018 New project Line item Budget New Project Budget handbook
FY 2018 NOFA Timeline DUNS Number and SAM Instructions
FY 2018 Submission Checklist Acronyms List