The Housing and Urban Development Dept. sets the registration deadline to compete for FY 2015 Continuum of Care funding – the leading source of funds for the nation’s homeless programs.
(Deadline: May 18)
HUD expects to offer $1.89 billion in funding this fiscal year, which is $100 million more than in FY 2014. The CoC solicitation is expected to be released about 30 to 45 days after the registration deadline.
CoC funding assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness by providing the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing. The ultimate goal is long-term stability.
The agency doesn’t use Grants.gov for its online submissions, but has its own system, e-snaps.
The program accepts applications from “applicants” and “collaborative applicants.” Applicants can apply for project funding, while collaborative applicants can apply for planning grants. The current notice is only for collaborative applicant registrations.
Sections outline process
The registration notice is divided into five sections:
- Section I provides background information on the CoC Program, including information about funding limitations for FY 2015.
- Section II contains key terms used throughout the notice and the registration process.
- Section III provides detailed information on completing the CoC registration process in e-snaps.
- Section IV provides information about policies being implemented for the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition and certain requirements that all applicants should consider.
- Section V provides registration resources to help collaborative applicants to successfully complete the registration process and to prepare for submission.
As applicants prepare for the FY 2015 competition, HUD strongly recommends referring to the CoC Program interim rule in conjunction with the current notice.
Those seeking resources on the CoC program and registration process.
Changes, priorities are offered
A significant change this year is that collaborative applicants can now request up to 10% of their awards for administrative costs. The upcoming CoC solicitation will provide additional guidance on applying for the administrative funding.
The registration information include the six funding priorities for the upcoming CoC competition beginning on page 27. These are: (1) using strategic resource allocation; (2) ending chronic homelessness; (3) ending family homelessness; (4) ending youth homelessness; (5) ending veteran homelessness; and (6) using a housing first approach. Additionally, the solicitation provides details on implementing these priorities in programs beginning on page 30.
Applicants with questions may contact the HUD CPD field office serving their area listed. Staff can provide clarifications on the registration and upcoming solicitation process, but can assist in preparing the proposals.