FY2019 Continuum of Care Program NOFA Announcement

FY2019 Continuum of Care Program NOFA Announcement

FY2019 CoC Program NOFA Released


As Collaborative Applicant for the Northern Panhandle Continuum of Care (NPCoC), the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless is announcing the release of the FY2019 Continuum of Care Program Competition (CoC Program Competition) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


A complete copy of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which governs the competition can be found at https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5842/fy-2019-coc-program-nofa/. Interested parties should read this NOFA in its entirety in conjunction with the CoC Program interim rule (24 CFR part 578) in order to ensure a comprehensive understanding of and compliance with all CoC Program requirements. In consideration of the policy priorities established in this NOFA, and in conjunction with local priorities, this funding is currently used in the NPCoC for projects which provide centralized intake and assessment of people who are homeless, permanent housing for people with disabilities, and local CoC planning duties.


Renewal /Current CoC Funded Projects

Based on existing NPCoC project reviews, two renewal projects currently exist. After an initial review of renewal projects based on performance and local priorities, the CoC has determined through an objective scoring process that the renewal projects will be submitted in the FY2019 CoC application to HUD. Both renewal projects have been determined to be high performing and do not qualify for reallocation during the FY2019 competition. As indicated in the NPCoC Memorandum of Understanding, all previously funded renewal projects in good standing will be given priority in the review and rank process. The ranking and review committee will officially rank the renewals in late August/early September.


Opportunity for New Bonus Projects

In FY2019, HUD has made funding available for new bonus projects to the NPCoC. In order to apply for bonus funding, all new projects must submit a full project application in accordance with this NOFA (see deadlines below) in esnaps no later than August 16, 2019. To fully adhere to and implement responsibilities listed in the NPCoC Community Strategic Plan to End Homelessness and the NPCoC Memorandum of Understanding, which includes maintaining CoC-wide matching practices, new project applicants will agree to receive funds as a sub-recipient of the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless in the event new funding is approved through HUD. This decision was made with guidance from the Technical Assistance Center and in conjunction with HUD’s preferences. Please note, all new applicants must undergo a ranking and review after a determination that threshold requirements have been met.


Internal CoC Competition Deadlines

In adherence to provisions at 24 CFR 578.9, the NPCoC is implementing the following internal competition deadlines for the FY2019 Competition process. These deadlines are intended to meet the standards outlined in Section VI.G.1.b. of the FY2019 NOFA.


NPCoC Local Competition Deadlines:

1.     All NPCoC project applications are required to be submitted in full on esnaps at www.hud.gov/esnaps.com no later than August 16, 2019.

2.    The NPCoC will notify all project applicants who submitted their project applications to the NPCoC by the August 16 deadline, in writing and outside of esnaps, whether their project application(s) will be accepted and ranked on the CoC Priority Listing, rejected, or reduced by the CoC no later than August 30, 2019.

3.      All parts of the FY2019 CoC Program Competition Application for the NPCoC will be made publicly available on the Collaborative Applicant’s website three business days prior to the full application submission by the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless, in order to meet the FY2019 application deadline.

4.       The FY2019 CoC Program application, including the Consolidated Application, Project Priority Listing, and Project Applications will be submitted to HUD via esnaps no later than September 30, 2019.