Alliance releases applications for Continuum of Care funding

June 1, 2021

The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County invites New Bonus Project applications, New Domestic Violence Bonus Project applications, and Renewal Project applications in advance of the 2021 Continuum of Care funding competition.  

Alliance Applications are available in the "Attachments" section below: 

  • Alliance Renewal Project Application (Due Friday, June 18th at 5pm)
  • Alliance New Regular Bonus/DV Bonus Project Application (Due Friday, June 25th at 5pm)

Alliance Applications are completed in a Microsoft Word document and submitted by email to nofa@suburbancook.org with attachments as described in the instructions included on the last page of each application.   

KEY DATES

  • Training for New and Renewal Project applications will be held on Tuesday, June 8th from 9:00am to 11:00am via GoToMeeting.  
  • Alliance Renewal Project applications are due Friday, June 18th at 5:00pm.  
  • Alliance New Bonus Project applications (Regular and DV Bonus) are due Friday, June 25th at 5:00pm.
  • New Project applicants will be required to do an oral presentation via Zoom on Thursday, July 15th. The Alliance will contact applicants to schedule a time for the presentation.  

These and other dates and times are included on the updated Timeline available in the "Attachments" section below. Note that times are subject to change and will be updated on this webpage.    

Projects will also complete the HUD Project Application within e-snaps by a deadline that the Alliance will set after HUD releases the Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Applicants should check this webpage for updates and stay tuned for emails with more information.   

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

PROJECT RANKING TOOLS

New and Renewal Project applications will be evaluated by a Project Review Panel according to criteria shown in the 2021 Project Ranking Tools adopted by the Alliance Board of Directors on Friday, May 28, 2021. The Project Ranking Tools are available in the "Attachments" section below: 

  • 2021 Renewal Project Ranking Tool
  • 2021 New Project Written Application Ranking Tool
  • 2021 New Project Oral Presentation Ranking Tool 

Renewal projects need to make sure their budgets and unit configurations match those shown in the FY2021 Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW). The CoC program funding request must match the Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW). The GIW and GIW instructions are available in the "Attachments" section below. 

NEW PROJECTS 

Regular Bonus Funding 

The Alliance is seeking applications for: 

Note: HUD recommends that TH-RRH project's budget for twice as many rapid re-housing (RRH) units as transitional housing (TH) units so that at any given time, a resident may choose to move from TH to RRH and a unit will likely be available to do so.

Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus Funding 

Communities across the U.S. can compete for $52 million of bonus funding to serve survivors of domestic violence. Although we are awaiting more details in the soon to be released NOFA from HUD, we anticipate that new and existing providers in suburban Cook County can apply for over $1 million of the $52 million to create or expand the following projects to serve survivors of domestic violence: 

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Transition Grants

Although the HUD NOFA has not been released, we anticipate that 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 or Transitional Housing - Rapid Re-Housing Joint Component) using the transition grant process of the NOFA. Transition Grants require the consent of the Continuum of Care.

Transition Grant applicants need to complete the Alliance New Project Application (available in the "Attachments" section below) and the HUD project application within e-snaps. Last year's renewal application/s need to be attached to the HUD project application within e-snaps.

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

Consolidation

Although the HUD NOFA has not been released, we anticipate that renewal project applicants can consolidate 2-4 eligible renewal projects of the same component type (e.g. combining two Permanent Supportive Housing projects into one project). Prior to beginning the consolidation process in the HUD 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 will be available once the NOFA is released. Only one Alliance Renewal Project application (available in the "Attachments" section below) must be submitted for a consolidated grant.

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. 101 or Katie Spoden at katie@suburbancook.org or 708-240-9533. 

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