These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
“HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets.”
Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness added, “Continuums of Care are critical leaders in the work to end homelessness nationwide. When communities marshal these–and other local, state, private, and philanthropic resources–behind the strongest housing-first practices, we see important progress in our collective goal to end homelessness in America.”
The FY 2017 Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) included several new concepts that will give recipients more flexibility when designing their projects. First, HUD allowed a new project type – Joint Transitional Housing – Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (Joint TH & PH-RRH) to better serve individuals and families. Numerous project applicants took advantage of this new opportunity – 83 new projects were awarded as Joint TH & PH-RRH. Another unique feature of this year’s NOFA was project applicant’s ability to expand existing eligible renewal projects that will increase the number of units in the project or allow the recipient to serve additional persons. Finally, applicants could classify their new and renewal projects as DedicatedPLUS, which allows more flexibility in serving people with high needs.
HUD strongly encouraged local applicants to prioritize their funding request very carefully, using a mix of performance data and local needs. In addition, HUD encouraged applicants to submit projects based on research-driven approaches and supported the nation’s goals to prevent and end homelessness.
As a result, CoCs reallocated over $90 million in renewal funding from lower performing projects in order to apply for new housing projects; between reallocation and Bonus projects, HUD is awarding $120 million in new projects, including critical investments in permanent supportive housing (PSH) and rapid re-housing (RRH).
The awards made will help CoCs and local communities make progress toward the goal of ending homelessness.
NJCounts 2018, the annual statewide count of the homeless across New Jersey is scheduled to take place on January 24, 2018.