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The HEARTH Act Changes to HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs. Norm Suchar March 2010 COSCDA Conference. HEARTH Act Enacted May 20, 2009 Changes HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs First significant reauthorization since 1992. Overview. Major Changes

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The HEARTH Act Changes to HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs

Norm Suchar

March 2010

COSCDA Conference


HEARTH Act

Enacted May 20, 2009

Changes HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs

First significant reauthorization since 1992

Overview


Major Changes

More Administrative Funding

Emphasizes

Prevention

Rapid Re-Housing

Chronic homelessness

Focus on Outcomes

Rural Option

Overview


Timeline

Most changes take effect in the NOFA released in Spring/Summer 2011

Regulations Spring, Summer, or Fall 2010

Public comment period

Some changes phased in over several years

Overview


Formula and Competitive Funding

Formula (ESG) 10%

Formula (ESG) 20%

Competitive (CoC) 90%

Competitive (CoC) 80%


Changes to the ESG (Formula) Program


New ESG = Old ESG + HPRP

Roughly the same amount of funding for emergency shelters

New funding for homelessness prevention and Rapid Re-Housing similar to HUD’s HPRP

Another way to look at ESG changes


Continuum of Care (competitive) Program


Continuum of Care (competitive) Application


Continuum of Care (matching funds)


Projects that serve families cannot refuse to serve families because of the age of the children (i.e. must serve families with adolescent children)

Projects must identify person who will be responsible for coordinating child’s education

Additional Requirements


HMIS is here to stay!

HMIS


Incentives


Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

HUD

Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

HUD

Unified Funding Agency

Unified Funding Agencies


A Collaborative Applicant could apply to become a Unified Funding Agency (UFA) or HUD could designate a Collaborative Applicant as a UFA

UFAs would be responsible for ensuring audits and appropriate fiscal controls

UFAs would be eligible for up to 3% of a communities award for administrative expenses (on top of the 3% that a collaborative applicant could receive)

Unified Funding Agencies


Rural Areas


Rural area defined as—

Being located in a rural state (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wyoming);

Being a CoC with no Metropolitan Statistical Areas; or

Being in a CoC with only a rural part of an MSA included in the boundary (HUD will provide more specific definitions later)

Rural Areas


Definition of Homelessness/Eligibility


Bigger capital grants

Non-competitive renewals for PSH

15-year contracts subject to funding for project-based PSH

All Permanent Housing Activities are adjusted for inflation at renewal

Additional Changes


What Does It All Mean???


More Administrative Funding

Emphasizes

Prevention

Rapid Re-Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronic Homelessness

Focus on Outcomes

Rural Options

Major Changes


HEARTH Allows up to—

3 percent for Collaborative Applicant

3 percent for Unified Funding Agency

7.5 percent for ESG

10 percent for CoC Project Sponsors

Comes out of the same funding as for programs

More Administrative Funding


Models for Administering ESG/CoC

City/County/State led

Non-profit led

Funder (e.g. United Way)

Dedicated Entity (Community Shelter Board)

Public/Private

Collaborative Applicant/UFA Options


Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

HUD

Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

HUD

Unified Funding Agency

Unified Funding Agencies


More responsive to project sponsors

Align funding resources

Align reporting and requirements

Why Unified Funding Agency?


This is a chance to fix things that don’t work!

Who is part of the CoC

Should you consolidate CoCs

Better integrate ESG/CoC/TYP

Fresh Start


New Focus: Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing

?

Old ESG

HPRP

HPRP

New ESG


Rapid Re-Housing for families with children

Permanent Supportive Housing for individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness.

CoC Incentives


New Measures

Length of Stay

Recidivism

Newly Homeless

Can you measure these?

Can you manage for these?

Can you influence these?

Performance


Who will be the Collaborative Applicant? Are they ready?

Can we perform? HMIS ready?

Which HPRP programs will continue?

Ten Year Plan

Get Ready


Norm Suchar

Senior Policy Analyst

National Alliance to End Homelessness

nsuchar@naeh.org

www.endhomelessness.org

Contact


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