On July 28, 2014, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued a notice “strongly encouraging” Continuums of Care (CoCs) to establish priorities for serving various categories of chronically homeless people in CoC Program-funded permanent supportive housing (PSH).
The goal of Notice CPD-14-12 is to ensure that homeless individuals and families with the most severe service needs receive priority. The Notice establishes an order of priority that HUD strongly encourages CoCs to adopt and incorporate into their written standards and coordinated assessment systems. If CoCs adopt the suggested priorities, then they can require recipients of CoC Program-funded PSH to follow the order of priority.
The Notice states that there are two significant ways CoCs can work toward ending chronic homelessness using their existing CoC program-funded PSH.
One way is to prioritize non-dedicated PSH units for chronically homeless people by giving them admissions preference.
The other way is to increase the number of CoC Program-funded PSH units dedicated to chronically homeless people.
When a project’s grant agreement dedicates PSH units to chronically homeless people, only they may be served, unless no other client in the CoC programs meets the definition of chronically homelessness. A CoC may increase the number of units dedicated to chronically homeless people when a non-dedicated recipient requests a grant agreement amendment to dedicate units.
HUD defines people who have severe service needs to be those who either have a history of frequently using crisis services such as emergency rooms, psychiatric facilities, and jails, or who have significant health or behavioral challenges or functional impairments requiring a high level of support in order to maintain permanent housing.
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