Federal Funding to End Homelessness
In Chicago’s collaborative effort to end homelessness has a Continuum of Care (CoC), which is a local planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) works with CoCs to provide funding for homeless assistance programs. For the past three years, All Chicago was chosen by Chicago’s CoC to administer our city’s annual evaluation and application process for HUD funding.
HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availablity (NOFA) Update
On Wednesday, June 29th the HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was posted. Please refer below under the FY2016 HUD CoC Program Competition for updates and next steps.
HUD Funding Source
HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) homeless assistance programs serve as the largest single source of funding for homeless services in Chicago; and in 2014 Chicago received more than $59 million from HUD to support 165 programs for homeless individuals and families. HUD awards homeless assistance grants through an annual application process known as the CoC Program Competition.
Each year, on behalf of the Chicago Continuum of Care, All Chicago submits a lengthy application to HUD for the CoC program funding. Included in this application is Chicago’s priority list for distributing the annual CoC funding. In order for a program to receive CoC funding, it must appear on Chicago’s CoC priority list.
For agencies applying for HUD CoC funding in Chicago, the CoC Program Competition process has two parts – the local evaluation process and the submission of the HUD Project Application:
Part 1: The Evaluation Process
Prior to the release of the CoC Program Competition Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) by HUD, Chicago performs its own evaluation of renewal and new projects through two simultaneous processes. These processes are established by the Chicago Continuum of Care Board of Directors and managed by All Chicago.
Renewal Projects: For renewal projects, agencies complete and submit the evaluation instrument, which is a tool used to evaluate each program. Evaluation instruments are then reviewed to ensure the project is operating in compliance with HUD and local standards.
New Projects: For new projects, agencies complete a separate application process consisting of a letter of interest (LOI) and an application (if applicable).
Part 2: Submission of HUD Application
Once HUD releases the CoC Program Competition NOFA, agencies are required to submit a Program Application for each program, through HUD’s electronic application system e-snaps.
HUD CoC Program Competition Process
FY2017 HUD CoC Program Competition – Evaluation Instrument
The FY17 HUD CoC Program Competition will begin on January 31, 2017 with the release of the local 2017 Evaluation Instrument for renewal CoC program funding recipients. The following resources are made available to assist agencies in completing the 2017 Evaluation Instrument.
2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation – Beginner Training Slides (PDF)
2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation – Survey Gizmo Technical Assistance Training
2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation – Advanced Webinar Training Slides (PDF)
2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation – Advanced Webinar Training Recording
FY2016 HUD CoC Program Competition
In April 2016, notification of the FY2016 HUD CoC Program Registration was released. All Chicago completed and submitted the CoC Application Registration on behalf of the Chicago CoC on May 10, 2016. HUD released the FY2016 Grants Inventory Worksheet (GIW) on May 13, 2016 which is needed to ensure the FY2016 Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) is calculated accurately. As the Collaborative Applicant, All Chicago is required to submit the final GIW to HUD. Before submission, HUD CoC Program Providers confirmed the GIW information via SurveyGizmo by May 19, 2016. All Chicago conducted the GIW Confirmation webinar to help assist providers complete this information. Please see the information below regarding the GIW process and resources for HUD CoC Program Providers.
HUD released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY2016 CoC Programs Competition on June 29, 2016.
All Chicago developed the FY2016 NOFA Highlights, which discusses new and special considerations for the FY2016 CoC Program Competition.
Chicago CoC Ranking Policies FY16
All Chicago announced the FY2016 Chicago CoC Ranking Policies on August 30, 2016. An email communication was sent to all the HUD CoC grantees regarding this announcement. For additional information, please click on the information below.
Chicago FY2016 CoC Application and Project Priority Listing
All Chicago announced on September 13, 2016 the availability of the FY2016 CoC Application and Project Priority Listing for public review. On September 14, 2016, All Chicago successfully submitted the FY2016 CoC Application and Project Priority Listing. Please click below to view the final documents for the FY2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) funding competition.
Chicago Local Evaluation Process:
In preparation for the FY2017 HUD CoC Program Competition, All Chicago will be providing the following trainings to assist agencies that are required to complete the 2017 NOFA Evaluation Instrument. Please register for one of the following trainings.
Webinar Training (Advanced): This training will be tailored to those who have submitted Evaluations in the past and who just need an overview of the 2017 process, including changes for this year. This training will be on Thursday, February 2nd, 10:00am-11:30am. We will try to limit this to one hour, with additional time for Q & A. Please go here to register: http://bit.ly/2017EIWebinarTraining
In-Person Training (Beginner): This training will be tailored to those who have less experience submitting an Evaluation and who would like more detail on the submission process, including details on how to utilize SurveyGizmo.com for submission. Space will be limited so we ask that you send only those that will be completing the Evaluation on behalf of your agency and limit attendance to one person per agency, if possible. This training will be on Wednesday, February 1st, 9:00am-11:30am at All Chicago (651 W Washington Blvd). Please go here to register for the in-person training: http://bit.ly/2017EIBeginnerTraining.
Useful HUD CoC Program Recipient Resources
Annual Progress Report (APR): HUD requires all HUD projects ending on or after June 1, 2011 to submit an APR in e-snaps on an annual basis. HUD provides several resources on its HUD Exchange website.
e-snaps - Homeless Assistance Application and Grants Management System: HUD provides frequently updated information, guides, tools and webinars about e-snaps on its HUD Exchange webpage.
HUD Exchange: The HUD Exchange is your online one-stop shop for information and resources on assisting people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. HUD provides a variety of regularly updated resources on their HUD Exchange Continuum of Care (CoC) Program webpage. This page includes CoC program training materials, user guides, news updates, FAQs, research, and online courses.
Chicago Program Models Chart: The Chicago Program Models Chart, which was revised and approved by the Chicago Planning Council on Homelessness on December 17, 2014, describes each program model considered to be in alignment with Chicago's Plan to End Homelessness. The Chart is used for local funding purposes, including Chicago's HUD CoC Program Competition process.
2017 Housing Inventory Count & Point-in-Time Count
Each year, Chicago completes a Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) in an effort count individuals, beds and units for those experiencing homelessness. This year, Chicago will conduct its count on January 26, 2017. All Chicago held the 2017 HIC Webinar training on January 19th along with in-person trainings. To view the webinar, please click on the link below.
2017 Housing Inventory Count Survey - PDF - Please note all HIC submissions must be made via online at the link below
All HIC submissions must be made by 5pm on January 30, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your agency must participate in the PIT Sheltered Count - please contact Christine Riley at Christine.Riley@cityofchicago.org for information on packets.
For information on the HMIS PIT Sheltered Count - please contact the HMIS team at email@example.com.
Please review the following information regarding the 2016 HIC & PIT conducted on January 26, 2016.