HUD Releases the Continuum of Care NOFA

June 29, 2018

HUD released the FY 2018 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  The Alliance is inviting new bonus project applications, new reallocation projects, and renewal project applications.  In addition, there are several new opportunities this year including:

  • Transition Grants: providers can transition an existing renewable component (e.g. Transitional Housing) to another component (e.g. Rapid Re-Housing)
  • Consolidation: Renewal project applicants can consolidate 2-4 eligible renewal projects (e.g. combining two Permanent Supportive Housing into one project)
  • Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus: New and existing providers can apply for up to $1,244,144 for new Rapid Re-Housing and Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Re-Housing that serve victims of domestic violence.

The deadline for renewal applications is Wednesday, August 1st at 5:00 pm.  The deadline for new project applications is Wednesday, August 8th at 5:00 pm.  A Letter of Intent is not required in 2018.

All applicants submit their HUD Project Application within esnaps by the Alliance deadline and need to submit an Alliance Application Form and attachments as described below.

A training for new  and renewal project applications will be held on July 20th from 1 - 3 pm at the Alliance offices, 4415 Harrison Street, Suite 306, Hillside.  This training will cover the application process and using the esnaps system.

Also new this year, renewal applications have a July 13th deadline to provide budgets with recapture amounts.  The recapture form can be found here.

These and other dates and times are included on the updated Timeline.

NEW PROJECTS

Organizations in suburban Cook County are able to request up to $746,469 in bonus funding or up to $500,000 in reallocation project funding to create new projects or expand existing projects using the following project types:

Local applicants may apply for all or part of that amount.

Rapid re-housing is often used as a medium-term subsidy for families or individuals with moderate needs, and it can also be used as a short-term bridge to permanent supportive housing for individuals with high barriers to housing.

Joint transitional housing/rapid re-housing provides a safe place for people to stay --  crisis housing (TH) -- with financial assistance and wrap around services to help participants move to permanent housing (RRH) as quickly as possible.  This intervention can serve a variety of populations, including people fleeing domestic violence or youth who are homeless.

DV BONUS FUNDING

Communities across the country can compete for $50 million of bonus funding to serve victims of domestic violence.  New and existing providers in suburban Cook County can apply for up to $1,244,144 of the $50 million to create or expand Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) or Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Re-Housing (TH/RRH) to serve victims of domestic violence.

Multiple providers can be awarded separate grants, but we can only rank one project of each category above.  For example, HUD may fund both a RRH project and a RRH/TH joint project up to a combined total of $1.2 million, but it will not fund 2 RRH projects.

APPLICATION PROCESS

New projects (Bonus, reallocation, and DV Bonus)

New project applicants complete both an Alliance new project application and a HUD Project Appllcation in esnaps.

The Alliance Applications are completed in an Adobe PDF form, where you can save your work and come back to the form before submitting it.  These Alliance Applications are submitted by email with attachments as described in the instructions on the last page of the form.  Remember to press the "Submit" button on the form, as described.

New Projects applicants will also complete and submit the HUD Project Application within esnaps by the August 8th deadline at 5pm.

New projects are required to do an oral presentation of their proposal to a review panel on August 21st, between 9am and 5pm at the Alliance office conference room 306.  The Alliance will contact you after August 8th to give more details and schedule your presentation.

Tutorials on the esnaps system are available at https://www.hudexchange.info/e-snaps/.

Projects that only submit the HUD Project Application in esnaps and not an Alliance Application, or vice versa, will not be considered.

Renewal Applications

Renewal Project Applicants complete both an Alliance renewal application and a HUD Project Application within esnaps by the August 1st deadline at 5pm.  The Alliance Applications are completed in an Adobe PDF form, where you can save your work and come back to the form before submitting it.  These Alliance Applications are submitted by email with attachments as described in the Instructions on the last page of the forms.  Remember to press the "Submit" button on the form, as described.

Tutorials on the esnaps system are available at https://hudexchange.info/e-snaps/.

Renewal projects need to make sure their budgets and unit configurations match those shown in the 2018 Grant Inventory Worksheet.  The CoC program funding request must match the Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW), minus any funds being cut for reallocation.

Renewal applications have a July 13th deadline to provide budgets with recapture amounts.  The recapture form to do so can be found here.

Transition Grants

Providers can transition a renewal grant of one component (e.g. Transitional Housing) to a new project of another component type (e.g. Rapid Re-Housing) using the transition grant process as described on page 8 and 20 of the NOFA.  Transition grants require the consent of the CoC.

Transition grant applicants need to complete the Alliance New Project Application form and the HUD project application within esnaps.  Last year's renewal application/s need to be attached to the project application within esnaps.

If your organization is considering using this process, please contact Jennifer Hill or Kurt Runge from the Alliance using the contact info below for guidance on how to proceed.

Consolidation

Renewal project applicants can consolidate 2-4 eligible renewal projects of the same component type (e.g. combining two Permanent Supportive Housing into one project) using the process described on page 9 and 31 of the NOFA.  Prior to beginning the consolidation process in the project application, the applicant should consult the local HUD field office to ensure the projects are eligible to be consolidated through this process.

To apply for a consolidated grant, applicants must submit separate renewal HUD project applications for each of the grants that are proposed to be consolidated, and a HUD project application for the new consolidated grant with the combined budget and information on all grants proposed for consolidation.  More information can be found on page 9 and 31 of the NOFA.  Only one Alliance renewal application for the consolidated grant must be submitted.

QUESTIONS

For questions about the Continuum of Care application process in suburban Cook County, contact Jennifer Hill at jennifer@suburbancook.org or 708-236-3261 ext. 1# or Kurt Runge at kurt@suburbancook.org or 708-236-3261 ext 8#.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to read more about the Continuum of Care competition at the HUD Continuum of Care Program website.