2017 Application Materials Released

May 30, 2017

The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County invites new bonus Project Applications, new Reallocation Projects, and Renewal Project Applications in advance of the 2017 Continuum of Care competition.

Alliance applications are available here:

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. In particular, remember to press the Submit button on the Alliance application form, as described.

The deadline for Alliance renewal applications is Wednesday, June 14th at 5:00 pm.  

The deadline for Alliance new project applications (bonus or reallocation) is Thursday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm.  A Letter of Intent is not required in 2017.

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). The deadline may be on the same date as the deadline for the Alliance Application or at a later date. Applicants should check the Alliance NOFA web page for updates once the NOFA is released. Projects must submit both the HUD Project Application in e-snaps and the Alliance Application with attachments by their respective deadlines in order to be considered for funding. Tutorials on the e-snaps system are available at: https://www.hudexchange.info/e-snaps/.  

The training for new and renewal project applications will be held on Thursday, June 8, 1:00-3:00 pm at the Alliance offices, 4415 Harrison Street, Suite 306, Hillside.

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

New and renewal applications will be evaluated by a Project Review Panel according to criteria shown in the 2017 Ranking Forms adopted by the Alliance board of directors. These ranking forms are available here:

Renewal projects need to make sure their budgets and unit configurations match those shown in the 2017 Grant Inventory Worksheet. The CoC program funding request must match the Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW), minus any funds being cut for reallocation.

NEW PROJECTS

New Project applicants will need to make a presentation to the Project Review Panel when it meets on July 7. The Alliance will contact applicants to schedule the time of their presentations.

HUD may allow suburban Cook County to request bonus project funding to support applications for permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs primarily for chronically homeless, rapid re-housing (RRH) programs, TH/RRH dual component projects as described in the 2017 CoC Registration Notice, an HMIS project expansion, or a Coordinated Entry SSO project expansion.

New project applications will also be accepted for reallocated funds. Reallocation projects can be for permanent supportive housing (PSH) primarily for chronically homeless, for rapid re-housing (RRH), or for TH/RRH dual component projects as described in the 2017 CoC Registration Notice. The amounts available for bonus and reallocation projects have not yet been announced.

Suburban Cook County's local needs analysis indicates a need for more permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness and for additional rapid re-housing programs.  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.

The TH/RRH dual component project type is a new opportunity that will be further described in the NOFA when released. By combining Transitional Housing (TH) and Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) into a single program, this project type may possibly allow an agency to own or lease a number of TH units, into which a homeless family or individual can move quickly, allowing time to conduct an apartment search, for the participant to sign a lease, and move into that apartment which will be supported with RRH short- or medium-term rental assistance. The project will need to work closely with the Alliance’s Coordinated Entry system.

 

For questions about the Continuum of Care application process in suburban Cook County, contact Jennifer Hill at jennifer@suburbancook.org or 708-236-3261 x1#.

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