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Federal Funding to End Homelessness

Federal Funding to End Homelessness

As part of Chicago’s collaborative effort to end homelessness, Chicago 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

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition on July 14, 2017. The Application due date is September 28, 2017. After reviewing the NOFA, All Chicago created a highlights document. For more information on upcoming deadlines, please review our CoC Program Competition calendar.

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 $64 million from HUD to support 161 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 Project Application for each program, through HUD’s electronic application system e-snaps.            

HUD CoC Program Competition Process

FY2017 HUD CoC Program Competition – Local Evaluation Instrument

The FY17 HUD CoC Program Competition began on January 31, 2017 with the release of the local 2017 Evaluation Instrument for renewal CoC program funding recipients. The following resources were made available to assist agencies in completing the 2017 Evaluation Instrument.

2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation Instruction Manual
2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation Project Component (PDF)
2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation Agency Component (PDF)

Other Resources
2017 HUD CoC Competition Evaluation Scoring Guide and FAQ
2017 Evaluation Report Guide
2017 Evaluation Report – ART Instructions
2017 Recapture Spreadsheet
2017 Finance Review Guide

In preparation for the FY2017 HUD CoC Program local evaluation Competition, All Chicago provided trainings to assist agencies that are required to complete the 2017 NOFA Evaluation Instrument. 

FY2017 HUD CoC Program Competition

On April 24, 2017, All Chicago submitted the Chicago CoC's program Registration in e-Snaps. All Chicago confirmed the Registration on May 30. HUD requires each CoC's Collaborative Applicant to register in advance of applying for funding through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 CoC Program Competition. You can find the entire FY 2017 CoC Program Registration Notice here. HUD released the FY2017 Grants Inventory Worksheet (GIW) on April 13, 2017, which was the next step in the CoC Program Competition. The GIW submission ensures that the FY2017 Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) is calculated accurately. All Chicago submitted the GIW on behalf of the Chicago CoC in early May, 2017.

Please see the information below regarding the GIW process and resources for HUD CoC Program Providers.

SSO or Housing Project Decision Tool

Rental Assistance Budget Worksheet

GIW Confirmation Webinar Video

GIW Instruction Manual

Final FY 2017 Grant Inventory Worksheet

FY 2016 HUD CoC Program Competition

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.  

All Chicago developed the FY2016 NOFA Highlights, which discusses new and special considerations for the FY2016 CoC Program Competition. Please click below to view the final documents  for the FY2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) funding competition.

IL-510 CoC Application FY2016 
IL-510 Project Priority Listing FY2016

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. 

FY16 Chicago CoC Ranking Policies & Final Project Ranking Listing 
FY16 HEARTH FOTG: Project Ranking Committee Minutes 

For further information on the FY2016 HUD CoC Program Competition, please visit the Archives section.

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 to count individuals, beds and units for those experiencing homelessness. This year, Chicago conducted its count on January 26, 2017. All Chicago held the 2017 HIC Webinar training on January 19th along with in-person trainings. All Chicago will submit the HIC/PIT data via the HUD Exchange by May 1, 2017. All Chicago and DFSS will provide reports on these processes after submission.

2017 Housing Inventory Count - Coming soon!
2017 Point-in-Time Count Report - Coming soon!
2017 Housing Inventory Count Report -Coming soon!

Please review the following information regarding the 2016 HIC & PIT conducted on January 26, 2016.

2016 Housing Inventory Count
2016 Point-in-Time Count Report