FY 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition NOFA – Revised


Per HUD:

A revised FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA has been posted to the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFA: CoC Program Competition page on the HUD Exchange.

Corrections, posted September 24, 2015, include corrections to internal citations throughout the NOFA and corrections to the date ranges for HUD forms such as the HUD-2880 and HUD-5007. All corrections are noted in red font and yellow highlights.

The corrections made to the NOFA will not extend the submission deadline, November 20, 2015, at 7:59:59 PM EST.


If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The AAQ accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2015 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST.

HUD Approved Presentation on 2014 HMIS Data Standards

The Pacific Region Technical Assistance (TA) Team is offering a HUD –approved presentation on the 2014 HMIS Data Standards entitled “2014 HMIS Data Standards: Pacific Region Overview”. This presentation will be offered twice virtually, via Go To Webinar and is intended for an audience that is interested in a high-level view of the 2014 HMIS Data Standards including HMIS Lead Organizations, HMIS staff, CoC leadership and CoC, ESG, PATH, RHY, HOPWA and VA grant recipients.

The 2014 HMIS Data Standards are the first to be released jointly by HUD, HHS and the VA that details the federal partnership on the data collection in HMIS.  The webinar will not be recorded so interested parties are encouraged to make the necessary arrangements to enable real-time participation. The webinar will include approximately an hour of presentation and a 30-minute question and answer session.

Session #1

Date: 8.26.2014
Time: 2:00-3:30 (PDT)

Session #2

Date: 9.2.2014
Time: 12:00-1:30 (PDT)

For the registration link, please check your email box for an invitation from 2-1-1 OC. If you did not receive an email, please contact the HMIS helpdesk to be added to our mailing list.


SNAPS Weekly Focus: What about Transitional Housing?

From HUD

“Over the last several years, better information has emerged about how different homeless service models really work, which has prompted a discussion about what we as a community might do to make sure that our housing and service programs reach as many people as possible with the best outcomes possible. We have started using words like efficient and effective to describe the promising practices such as Rapid Re-housing and Housing First. At times, the conversation can be uncomfortable. The decisions we need to make are hard. And of course having hard and uncomfortable discussions when we are experiencing budget cuts are all that much more difficult and uncomfortable. And at the center of many of these discussions at both the local and national levels has been the subject of transitional housing.

I get asked on a regular basis about HUD’s position on transitional housing. Some people think that HUD simply wants to get rid of this type of housing altogether. To those folks I often say this – HUD does not advocate the wholesale removal of one type of homeless resource in a community (like emergency shelter or transitional housing) with the replacement of another (like rapid re-housing). That would be short-sighted, and does not take into account the specific needs of communities. What HUD really wants is for communities to be strategic, to have the tough conversations, and really use their data to be sure that whatever programs they have in place to serve families and individuals experiencing homelessness are part of a larger system approach, and have the best outcomes possible.

Transitional housing is an eligible component of the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and can be a necessary part of a CoC’s homeless assistance portfolio.

However, it is time for CoCs to look at transitional housing programs with a critical eye – look at recent research, review each program’s eligibility criteria, analyze outcomes and occupancy rates, and make sure the services offered (and paid for) actually match the needs of people experiencing homelessness within the CoC. Many transitional housing programs may need to change their program design or serve a different population. For example, some may need to remove strict eligibility criteria that result in those families that really need intensive services being screened out (often resulting in low occupancy). In other cases, the best course of action is to reallocate the transitional housing program in favor of a more promising model.

For many years, using HUD funds for transitional housing was the only funding alternative for serving families and individuals that did not need permanent supportive housing. With rapid re-housing now eligible under both the CoC Program and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, there is an alternative and promising option for families with low-barriers that need shorter interventions. Rapid re-housing can be done with a lower cost per household – increasing the total number of households that can be served with the same amount of funding. If the majority of households served in your CoC’s transitional housing are families with lower barriers, you should consider reallocating those projects into new rapid re-housing projects for families.

Similarly, as CoCs move to a more direct Housing First approach, eligible households with disabilities that will need long-term assistance likely do not need an interim stay in transitional housing.  For example, a CoC that has a high number of people in transitional housing waiting for placement into permanent supportive housing should consider reallocating those transitional housing units into new permanent supportive housing.

We know that there are families and individuals who need more assistance than rapid re-housing offers but who do not qualify for permanent supportive housing. Transitional housing should be reserved for those populations that most need that type of intervention – programs that serve domestic violence survivors and youth and those that provide substance abuse treatment come to mind first – rather than being used either as a holding pattern for those that really need permanent supportive housing or those that need less intensive interventions.

As we move forward, I hope that we can continue the conversation about what interventions can have the most positive impact. Change is hard, and there are a lot of details that need to be discussed when approaching the question of transitional housing at both the national and local levels. But with open discussion, the use of data, and the commitment to systems change rather than a program-oriented approach we can ensure that homeless services dollars are used to the biggest possible benefit for those whom we all serve.

Below are some interesting readings on transitional housing to spark local discussion:

Don’t forget to check back to SNAPS Weekly Focus page over the coming weeks as we will continue to post related materials and TA products related to each weekly focus, as they become available.

As always, we thank you for your commitment to ending homelessness.

Ann Marie Oliva
Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

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SNAPS Weekly Focus: Collaborating to Combat Homelessness among Veterans

August 12, 2013

SNAPS Weekly Focus: Collaborating to Combat Homelessness among Veterans

Between 2010 and 2012, we saw an 18% decline in the number of homeless veterans, and we expect that we will see further decline in the 2013 PIT data. We all know that ending veterans homelessness requires intense collaboration at the national, state, and local levels. HUD (including multiple offices within HUD) works closely with our partners — the VA and the USICH — through an innovative relationship we call Solving Veterans Homelessness as One. Even though each agency has a very different operational and program structure, we have decided that on the issue of veterans homelessness, we would work around those differences to make collaborative decisions and recommendations to our leadership.

Read the entire article here:


Guest Blog: NN4Y Framework to End Youth Homelessness

August 7, 2013

Guest Blog: NN4Y Framework to End Youth Homelessness

Author: Darla Bardine, Policy Director, the National Network for Youth (NN4Y)

In light of the federal frameworks and collaborative strategies that have been published this year by federal agencies and U.S. Congress, the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) created a Comprehensive Framework to End Youth Homelessness.

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SNAPS Weekly Focus: Considering the Needs of Families and Youth

August 6, 2013

SNAPS Weekly Focus: Considering the Needs of Families and Youth

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the importance of prioritizing chronically homeless persons in your permanent supportive housing as a way to increase progress on meeting the first goal of Opening Doors. While ending chronic homelessness is a top priority for HUD, we have not forgotten about the Opening Doors goal of ending homelessness for families, children, and youth by 2020.

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SNAPS Weekly Focus: Leveraging Mainstream Services Funding

July 29, 2013

SNAPS Weekly Focus: Leveraging Mainstream Services Funding

Welcome to week four of SNAPS Weekly Focus! This week’s message discusses the need for communities to leverage mainstream resources while implementing their homeless assistance programs. It also provides examples of mainstream resources available to communities.

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2013 Draft HMIS Data Standards Released

2013 Draft HMIS Data Standards Released: Comments Due June 3, 2013

HUD has released the 2013 Draft HMIS Data Standards for public comment. Communities have 60 days to submit comments via the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on OneCPD.info.

To ask a question, please use the following instructions:

  • On the bottom of the page, underneath “Are You an Organization with HUD Policy, Program, or Reporting System Questions,” click on “Ask Your Question.”
  • Be sure to select the topic “Draft HMIS Data Standards Comments” when submitting your comment so that your comment is received.
  • Once the question is successfully submitted, you will receive an email confirmation.

HUD has developed a 2013 HMIS Data Standards Comment Template for use when commenting on the Data Standards. This is not required; those who use this template should open a question in the AAQ, select “Draft HMIS Data Standards Comments,” and attach the completed template to their question prior to submission.

HUD expects to publish the Final 2013 HMIS Data Standards Notice on HUD Clips later this year. Communities will be notified via listserv when they are published.

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