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Continuum of Care Funding 2011. A Preview for Applicants July 28, 2011. Requires a local collaborative planning process CoC applies as a single body in Exhibit 1 Contracts are with individual agencies in Exhibits 2 (for now) 2011 NOFA expected by the end of August

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continuum of care funding 2011

Continuum of Care Funding 2011

A Preview for Applicants

July 28, 2011

continuum of care funding
Requires a local collaborative planning process
  • CoC applies as a single body in Exhibit 1
  • Contracts are with individual agencies in Exhibits 2 (for now)
  • 2011 NOFA expected by the end of August
  • Pre-HEARTH rules apply this year, but many HEARTH-related adjustments already issued
Continuum of Care Funding
pro rata formula need hold harmless need
Competitive Block Grant – Supportive Housing Program (SHP) and Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Programs
  • Formula need for Sonoma County + Santa Rosa + Petaluma = $903,607
  • Where renewing contracts for 1 year outstrips this amount, HUD will fund the higher amount as a Hold Harmless CoC. This amount is $1,137,934 in SHP awards
  • S+C contracts renewed based on Fair Market Rents, 89 units – about $1.3 million
  • Total package = approx. $2.5 million
Pro Rata(formula) Need /Hold Harmless Need
reallocation in hold harmless cocs
As a Hold Harmless CoC we can reallocate dollars if a project is not needed, or under-performing (Exhibit 1)
  • Analysis of homeless population since 2009 indicates a negative need for family transitional housing and shelter – the need is to place families in permanent housing
  • Discussion of re-purposing resources to address single individuals
  • System unmet need analysis incorporated into evaluations of renewal projects
Reallocation in Hold Harmless CoCs
permanent housing bonus
We can apply for a single bonus project, maximum $135,541
  • This is 15% of the PRN figure ($903,607)
  • Cannot mix with reallocated funds
  • Use for SHP or S+C
  • This year, HUD allows 1-year initial contract in SHP projects
Permanent Housing Bonus
highlights of 2011
Encouraging CoCs to strategically review HMIS needs to prepare for HEARTH reporting requirements
  • Suggestions there may be an HMIS set-aside for this purpose
  • Suggestions of a youth set-aside as well
  • Registration NOFA states HUD will adjust requirements to address homelessness in “extremely high need areas”
  • Logic Model eliminated
Highlights of 2011
local process 2011
NOFA will allow about 8 weeks to submit a 2-phase application
  • Applicants will have about 4-5 weeks to submit in e-snaps (electronic submission systems)
  • As soon as NOFA is released, a calendar of events and local RFP will be published
  • Local bidders conference for bonus project, technical assistance sessions
Local process 2011
prepare now
Sign up for a listserv at to receive HUD notices
  • Obtain a DUNS number by phone at 1-866-705-5711 or on line at - this takes 10 minutes
  • Register with the federal government’s Central Contractor Registry at - this can take 2 weeks
  • Set up an individual user profile on the “e-snaps” electronic application site,
  • Contact Jenny to get on local CoC listserv
Prepare now
permanent supportive housing bonus project
Permanent housing with supportive services for homeless families or individuals who are living with disabilities
  • Extra points for projects that serve chronically homeless individuals
  • To earn the bonus points, the project must serve 100% chronically homeless (CH)
  • CH clients must come directly from the street or shelter (not transitional housing)
Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus Project
eligible expenses psh bonus
Acquisition or rehabilitation ($1:$1 match, not renewable)
  • Leasing (no match required)
  • Housing operations ($1:$3 match)
  • Supportive services ($1:$4 match)
  • Rental assistance (S+C projects only)
Eligible expenses – PSH Bonus
other psh bonus project requirements
No more than 20% supportive services (case management)
  • 80% must be spent on housing expenses (any eligible expense other than supportive services)
  • Scored on Housing Emphasis
  • Must document leveraged resources of at least $2 for every $1 requested to be assured of funding
Other PSH Bonus Project Requirements
supportive housing program
Any private non-profit, public non-profit community mental health center, or entity of local government is eligible to apply
  • Initial contract can be 1, 2 or 3 years
  • Different levels of cash match required depending on expense
  • 5% of program expense allowed for administrative expense
Supportive Housing Program
shelter plus care program s c
Application is made only by a Housing Authority in partnership with one or more non-profit service provider Sponsors.
  • The Sonoma County Housing Authority manages all Shelter Plus Care programs by mutual agreement.
  • Rental assistance partnership:
    • The Housing Authority manages rental assistance
    • Service provider provides the services disabled residents need to remain stably housed.
Shelter Plus Care Program (S+C)
shelter plus care rules
Award is for the Fair Market Rent for a specific number of units. Can be:
    • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (portable)
    • Project-Based Rental Assistance (remains with a specific facility)
    • Sponsor-Based Rental Assistance (tied to the Sponsor)
  • Initial award minimum: 5 years (60 months)
  • After 5 years, the project is renewed annually for the current Fair Market Rent equivalent
  • Service providers must demonstrate a 100% “soft cash” match – delivery of the monetary equivalent of the rental assistance as in kind services
Shelter Plus Care Rules
shelter plus care notes
Award must be matched dollar for dollar (“soft cash”) with services funded through a non-McKinney-Vento source
  • Services must be committed to in writing, and delivery of services must be documented on an annual basis
  • On completion of the initial award, HUD allows renewal of all existing units and encourages consolidation of S+C awards.
Shelter Plus Care Notes
sample shelter plus care budget
This is a 5-year S+C budget based on the 2011 Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a 1-bedroom apartment in Sonoma County
  • Could use a combination of apartment sizes to maximize the dollars available
  • Rental assistance is provided at 30% of tenant income. Shelter Plus Care budgets are set up based on no income and rental assistance at 100% of FMR. As incomes rise, Housing Authority can use to expand the number of people housed
  • Housing Authority can use up to 8% for administrative expense
Sample Shelter Plus Care Budget
important resources
HUD’s Homeless Resource Exchange Newly redesigned site integrates IDIS and HDX info, easier to get to Virtual Help Desk, make requests for technical assistance, calendar, listserv sign-up
  • Direct link to e-snaps portal from HRE home page (lower left of screen)
  • E-snaps Portal:
  • E-snaps training site:
Important Resources
contact information

Jenny Helbraun Abramson, Coordinator

Sonoma County Continuum of Care

(707) 824-2852

[email protected]

Contact Information