The presentation was for agencies applying for funding in the Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition.
The training covers the basics of the FY 2016 NOFA and guides project applicants through the process of submitting a project application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the e-snaps system.
As background from the National Alliance to End Homeless (the Alliance), last year with up to 15 percent of every CoC’s funds up for grabs, as a result about $124 million was reallocated as a result of the NOFA competition.
This year, HUD is still pushing for change and up to 7 percent of CoC funds must be placed in “Tier 2”. These funds could be cut. Maintaining or increasing funding will depend on how CoCs score on performance, resource allocation, strategic response, adhering to Housing First principles and ending homelessness among each of the sub-populations.
The Alliance has created a NOFA Score Estimating tool to help visualize and think strategically about the scoring criteria for the 2016 Continuum of Care NOFA. The first section outlines the scoring criteria for the Consolidated Application.
The second section illustrates the points available, as well as a community’s estimated points, in graphs. The third section illustrates how HUD will award points to projects in Tier 2. Communities can use this tool to discuss and understand the NOFA, but should read the NOFA and application in e-snaps carefully to better understand the criteria.
The major changes in this year’s NOFA include:
HUD has added a new policy priority: having a systemic response to homelessness. This includes using performance measures and creating a coordinated entry system.
Tier 1 funding is equal to 93 percent of a CoC’s Annual Renewal Demand (ARD). This is greater amount available in Tier 1 than last year.
There are a few differences in how HUD will score elements in the application. Reallocation and system performance will be worth more points this year. Specifically, CoCs are now required to report their system performance measures into HDX by August 1st and produce a report for HUD. This counts for 10 points in the CoC application.
HUD NOFA applications from Continuums of Care are due Wednesday, September 14, 2016.