Alliance Releases Applications for Continuum of Care Funding

Posted: June 3, 2019

Alliance Releases Applications for Continuum of Care Funding

The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County invites new bonus and reallocation Project Applications, Domestic Violence Bonus applications, and Renewal Project Applications in advance of the 2019 Continuum of Care competition.

Alliance applications are available here:

Alliance Applications are completed in an Adobe PDF form where you can save your work and come back to the form before submitting it. These Alliance Applications are submitted by email to nofa@suburbancook.org with attachments as described in the instructions on the last page of the forms.

Key dates:

  • The training for new and renewal project applications will be held on Friday, June 14, 10:00-12:00 pm at the Alliance offices, 4415 Harrison Street, Suite 306, Hillside.
  • Renewal application project reallocation budgets are due Monday, June 17th.
  • Alliance renewal applications are due Monday, June 24th at 5:00 pm.  
  • Alliance new project applications (bonus or reallocation) are due Tuesday, July 2nd at 5:00 pm.
  • New projects will be required to do an oral presentation on July 17th. The Alliance will contact to schedule a time for the presentation.
  • These and other dates and times are included on the updated Timeline.

Projects will also complete the HUD Project Application within e-snaps by a deadline that the Alliance will set after HUD releases the Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The deadline may be on the same date as the deadline for the Alliance Application or later. Applicants should check the Alliance NOFA web page for updates once the NOFA is released. 

Projects must submit both the HUD Project Application in e-snaps and the Alliance Application with attachments by their respective deadlines to be considered for funding. 

Tutorials on the e-snaps system are available at: https://www.hudexchange.info/e-snaps/.  

New and renewal applications will be evaluated by a Project Review Panel according to criteria shown in the 2019 Ranking Forms adopted by the Alliance board of directors. These ranking forms are available here:

Renewal projects need to make sure their budgets and unit configurations match those shown in the 2019 Grant Inventory Worksheet. The CoC program funding request must match the Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW), minus any funds being cut for reallocation.

NEW PROJECTS

HUD may allow suburban Cook County to request bonus project or reallocation funding to support applications for:

The amounts available for bonus and reallocation projects have not yet been announced but will be announced when HUD releases the NOFA.

Suburban Cook County's strategic plan indicates a need for:

  • Permanent Supportive Housing for individuals (non-veterans) experiencing chronic homelessness in the south suburbs
  • Rapid re-housing and TH-RRH programs in the west and northern suburbs for all populations (individuals, families, youth).  

Rapid re-housing is often used as a medium-term subsidy for individuals, families, or youth with moderate needs.

The Transitional Housing-Rapid Re-housing joint component project combines Transitional Housing (TH) and Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) into a single program. This project type allows an agency to own or lease low barrier TH units, into which a homeless family or individual can move quickly, allowing time to conduct an apartment search, for the participant to sign a lease, and move into an apartment which will be supported with RRH short- or medium-term rental assistance.

Note: HUD recommends that projects have twice as much RRH as TH so that at any given time, a resident may choose to move from transitional housing to RRH and a resource will likely be available to do so.

All projects will be required to fill units through the Alliance’s Coordinated Entry system.

DV BONUS FUNDING

Communities across the country can compete for $50 million of bonus funding to serve victims of domestic violence.  Although we are awaiting more details in the soon to be released NOFA from HUD, we anticipate that new and existing providers in suburban Cook County can apply for over $1 million of the $50 million to create or expand Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) or Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Re-Housing (TH/RRH) to serve victims of domestic violence.

Multiple providers can be awarded separate grants, but we can only rank one project of each category above.  For example, HUD may fund both a RRH project and a RRH/TH joint project, but it will not fund 2 RRH projects.

Applicants considering TH-RRH should review this resource from Safe Housing Partnerships for guidance.

Additional options for existing projects

Transition Grants

Although the HUD NOFA has not been released, we anticipate that providers can transition a renewal grant of one component (e.g. Transitional Housing) to a new project of another component type (e.g. Rapid Re-Housing or Transitional Housing-Rapid Re-housing joint component) using the transition grant process of the NOFA.  Transition grants require the consent of the CoC.

Transition grant applicants need to complete the Alliance New Project Application form and the HUD project application within esnaps.  Last year's renewal application/s need to be attached to the project application within esnaps.

If your organization is considering using this process, please contact Jennifer Hill or Kurt Runge from the Alliance using the contact info below for guidance on how to proceed.

Consolidation

Although the HUD NOFA has not been released, we anticipate that renewal project applicants can consolidate 2-4 eligible renewal projects of the same component type (e.g. combining two Permanent Supportive Housing into one project). Prior to beginning the consolidation process in the project application, the applicant should consult the local HUD field office to ensure the projects are eligible to be consolidated through this process.

To apply for a consolidated grant, applicants must submit separate renewal HUD project applications for each of the grants that are proposed to be consolidated, and a HUD project application for the new consolidated grant with the combined budget and information on all grants proposed for consolidation.  More information will be available once the NOFA is released. Only one Alliance renewal application for the consolidated grant must be submitted.

For questions about the Continuum of Care application process in suburban Cook County, contact Jennifer Hill at jennifer@suburbancook.org or 708-236-3261 ext. 1# or Kurt Runge at kurt@suburbancook.org or 708-236-3261 ext 8#.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to read more about the Continuum of Care competition at HUD’s Continuum of Care Program website.