HUD Issues NOFAs to Support Initiatives to End Homelessness

Specialized Housing & Services for Victims of Human Trafficking and Foster Youth Independence Initiative Among HUD Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued important Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) that issue funds that support the agency’s initiatives.

Below is a list of current and open NOFAs, along with 2019 NOFAs that have already closed.  These NOFAs share information about how to learn more about and apply for each funding opportunity. They show the variety of funding opportunities that HUD has made available in 2019.

Mainstream Voucher Program – This NOFA is due September 5, 2019 (this date is likely to close to submit an application but the information below may still be of interest for future planning.)

The NOFA offers $150 million in new “Mainstream,” or “811,” housing vouchers for non-elderly people with disabilities. The Mainstream Voucher Program  incentivizes public housing authorities (PHA) to form partnerships with Continuums of Care (CoCs) and to target housing assistance to specific populations. These specific targeted populations include people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of becoming homeless, or have previously experienced homelessness and are currently clients in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project.

Click here for more information about the NOFA.

Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking NOFA – This NOFA is due on October 30, 2019
The Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking program offers $13,500,000 through HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC.)  The NOFA promotes collaboration between Continuums of Care (CoCs) funded by HUD and organizations funded by DOJ to address the housing and service needs of victims of human trafficking. This NOFA promotes trauma-informed, victim-centered services, including in tribal areas.

Click here for more information about this NOFA.

Foster Youth Independence (FYI) Initiative
The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) is a new initiative targeting housing assistance and supportive services to young people with a child welfare history who are at-risk-of or experiencing homelessness. FYI offers a new opportunity for local public housing authorities (PHAs) that do not participate in HUD’s Family Unification Program (FUP) to request Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPV), a tenant-based housing voucher, for eligible young people ages 18-24.

Click here for the HUD Notice and here for more information.

CoC Program NOFA – This NOFA is due on September 30, 2019.
As many of you who participate in your local Continuum of Care already know, HUD has posted the 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFA. The programs funded by this NOFA continue to be the most important tools for building local systems that identify everyone who becomes homeless, keep them safe, and help them get back into housing quickly.

Click here for more details about the NOFA.

The 2019 NOFAs that have already closed that may be of interest for future planning efforts around ending homelessness in your local community include:

HMIS Capacity Building NOFA

This NOFA closed in January 2019 and provided $5 million in one-time funding to help communities improve their CoC’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS.) Improvements can mean different things for different communities. Click here to learn more.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) NOFA

Through his NOFA which closed in April 2019, HUD selected up to 25 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Click here to learn more.


This NOFA which closed in August 2019 offered funding for approximately 5,000 New HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers. These vouchers are administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing and supportive services. Click here for more information.

The theme of the July 24, 2019 Congressional Reception was Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities. The Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign, spearheaded by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), is designed to address the needs of renters and low-income households in our communities.

This year’s Federal Policy Priorities included the following key areas: Housing and Services and Affordable Homes.

As we continue to work in New Jersey to ensure that housing is a right, housing is health care, and housing creates healthy communities, funding available through HUD NOFAs can help accomplish the goal of ending homelessness.