FY 19 CoC Program Competition:
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

NOFA Deadlines

Final HUD Consolidated Application submission deadline: September 30, 2019

ESNAPS Renewal Projects

Submission Deadline: July 29, 2019

FINAL EDITS Deadline: August 28, 2019

CARES will complete all ESNAPS applications for all UFA communities

All Renewal Project Applications are due in ESNAPS July 29th,  then CARES will review applications and send back proposed edits.   Agencies must submit any changes to their renewal project applications in ESNAPS no later than August 28th.

ESNAPS New Projects

Submission Deadline: August 16, 2019

FINAL EDITS Deadline: August 28, 2019

CARES will complete all ESNAPS applications for all UFA communities

All New Project Applications are due in ESNAPS August 16th.  Please work with CARES if you have any questions about your applications prior to this date. Agencies must submit any changes to their new project applications in ESNAPS no later than August 28th.

All applicants are encouraged to read the NOFA.
The FY 2019 CoC Program Competition is administered under the CoC Program interim rule (24 CFR part 578)
and covers the application and award process for the FY 2019 CoC Program funds.

Project Applications Available in Esnaps

NOFA Summary

Summary

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program (24 CFR part 578) is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

Approximately $2.3 billion is available in this FY 2019 CoC Program Competition NOFA.  The following are the policy priorities emphasized for FY 2019.

  1. Ending homelessness for all persons.
  2. Creating a systemic response to homelessness.
  3. Strategically allocating and using resources.
  4. Using an Evidence-Based Approach.
  5. Increasing employment.
  6. Providing Flexibility for Housing First with Service Participation Requirements.

A brief summary of important topics from the NOFA are listed to the left

2019 Policy Priorities (see pages 7-8 of the NOFA):

In each year’s NOFA, HUD emphasizes specific policy priorities. Below are the policy priorities emphasized for 2019. NOFA/Rank & Review Committees may want to consider these policy priorities when finalizing creation of their Bonus Project Applications.

  1. 1. Ending homelessness for all persons. To end homelessness, CoCs should identify, engage, and effectively serve all persons experiencing homelessness. CoCs should: measure their performance based on local data that consider the challenges faced by all subpopulations; have a comprehensive outreach strategy in place to identify and continuously engage all unsheltered individuals and families; use local data to determine the characteristics of individuals and families with the highest needs and long experiences of unsheltered homelessness to develop housing and supportive services tailored to their needs; use the reallocation process to create new projects that improve their overall performance and better respond to their needs.
  2. Creating a systemic response to homelessness. CoCs should be using system performance measures such as the average length of homeless episodes, rates of return to homelessness, and rates of exit to permanent housing destinations to determine how effectively they are serving people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, CoCs should use their Coordinated Entry process to promote participant choice, coordinate homeless assistance and mainstream housing and services to ensure people experiencing homelessness receive assistance quickly, and make homelessness assistance open, inclusive, and transparent.
  3. Strategically allocating and using resources. Using cost, performance, and outcome data, CoCs should improve how resources are utilized to end homelessness. CoCs should review project quality, performance, and cost effectiveness. HUD also encourages CoCs to maximize the use of mainstream and other community-based resources when serving persons experiencing homelessness. CoCs should also work to develop partnerships to help CoC Program participants sustainably exit permanent supportive housing, such as through partnerships with Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and other government, faith-based, and nonprofit resources.
  4. Using an Evidence-Based Approach. CoCs should prioritize projects that employ strong use of data and evidence, including the cost-effectiveness and impact of homelessness programs on positive housing outcomes, recovery, self-sufficiency, and reducing homelessness.
  5. Increasing employment. CoCs and CoC-funded projects should work with local employment agencies and employers to prioritize training and employment opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. CoC’s should also promote partnerships with public and private organizations that promote employment.
  6. Providing Flexibility for Housing First with Service Participation Requirements.  While CoCs should continue commitment to unconditional acceptance of individuals into housing, projects may allow service participation requirements once a person has been stably housed to promote important outcomes (e.g., employment, increased income, reduced substance use, and strengthened social connection). CoCs will not be penalized for requiring service participation after people have been stabilized in housing.

Tiering:

HUD requires CoCs to tier projects (excluding Planning and UFA Projects). See your community’s NOFA page for specific funding and tiering amounts.

    • Tier 1 is equal to 100 percent of the combined Annual Renewal Amounts for all projects eligible for renewal for the first time plus 94 percent of the combined Annual Renewal Amounts for all other projects eligible for renewal.
    • Tier 2 is the remaining 5 percent of the Annual Renewal Demand PLUS the amount of Bonus Funding being requested.
    • The amount of funds available for Bonus is six percent of the ARD.
    • The DV Bonus is included within tiering. If a project application designated as DV Bonus is conditionally selected by HUD with DV Bonus funds, HUD will remove the ranked DV Bonus project from the New Project Listing and all other project applications ranked below the DV Bonus project will slide up one rank position.

Bonus and Reallocated funding (see pages 13, 26-30, 34-37 of the NOFA):

Bonus and Reallocated funding is available for the below eligible project types.

    • Permanent Supportive Housing that is Dedicated PLUS (see page 16) OR has 100% of beds dedicated to persons experiencing chronic homelessness.
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing
    • HMIS (or a comparable DV Database)
    • Support Service Only – Coordinated Entry

 

The amount of funding to create new projects through reallocation will depend on the amount of current project funds returned to the CoC. HUD highly recommends CoCs pursue reallocation in order to ensure CoC-funded projects are addressing the most pressing community needs, are high performing, and are not returning funding to HUD. For more information regarding reallocation, please review your community’s Rank and Review Process, listed on your community’s Rank and Review page.

DV Bonus (see pages 7, 11-12, of the NOFA):

Again this year an additional bonus opportunity is available for projects to serve survivors of Domestic Violence. $50 million is available nationwide. See your community’s NOFA page for specific DV Bonus funding amounts. Below are the eligible project types.

    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing
    • Support Service Only – Coordinated Entry

A CoC can only submit one project application for an SSO-CE project. However, a CoC may apply for any number of RRH and Joint TH-RRH projects provided that each application is for at least $25,000. A CoC may also apply to expand an existing renewal project, including one that was previously funded with DV Bonus funding. DV Bonus funding may be used to expand an existing renewal project that is not dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence, so long as the DV Bonus funds for expansion are solely for additional units, beds, or services dedicated to persons eligible to be served with DV Bonus funding. To be eligible for a DV Bonsu project, a CoC must demonstrate the project will use trauma-informed, victim-centered approaches.

Expansion:

Again this year, HUD is allowing renewal project applicants to submit a new project application to expand its current operations by adding units, beds, persons served, services provided to existing program participants, or in the case of HMIS, increase the current HMIS activities within the CoC’s geographic area. Expansion grants can utilize Bonus Funding, reallocation dollars or DV Bonus Funding. DV Bonus funds can only be used to expand an existing renewal project if the expansion project is dedicated to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. For the new expansion project to be selected for conditional award the renewal project application must also be selected for conditional award. For projects that are expanding their current CoC Program-funded project, project applicants will be required to submit three project applications:

(1) the renewal project application that will be expanded; and

(2) a new project application with just the expansion information; and

(3) a renewal project application that incorporates the renewal and new expansion activities and the combined budget line items for the renewal and the new expansion.

Transition Grants (see pages 20-21 of the NOFA):

A Transition Grant is a grant that allows agencies to change component types. For example, a Transitional Housing Project may request to change to a Permanent Housing Project. To create a Transition Grant, the CoC must wholly eliminate one or more projects and use those funds to create the single, new transition grant.

    • No more than 50% of each transition grant may be used for costs of eligible activities of the program component originally funded.
    • Transition grants in this competition are eligible for renewal in subsequent fiscal years for eligible activities of the new program component.
    • To be eligible to receive a transition grant, the renewal project applicant must have the consent of its Continuum of Care.
    • Transition grants must meet quality thresholds for new project applications (see pages 34-39).

Consolidated Projects (see pages 8-9 of the NOFA):

Eligible renewal projects will have the ability to consolidate projects during the application process. Applicants should consult with the local HUD field office to confirm eligibility for consolidation.

    • To be eligible for consolidation, projects must be operated by the same agency and for the same project component type.
    • No funds recaptured from prior years will be awarded.
    • To apply for a consolidated grant, applicants must submit separate renewal project applications for each of the grants that are proposed to be consolidated, and an application for the new consolidated grant with the combined budget and information of all grants proposed for consolidation.
    • Project applications for the grants that are proposed to be consolidated will be ranked, and if all those grants are selected, HUD will award the single consolidated grant.

Clarification Regarding Eligibility of Youth Under this NOFA (see pages 12-13 of the NOFA):

This NOFA takes special care to clarify youth eligibility for programs funding through this NOFA. Specifically, youth aged 24 and under must not be required to provide third-party documentation that they meet the homeless definition as a condition for receiving services. Additionally, any youth-serving provider funded under this NOFA may serve unaccompanied youth aged 24 and under (or families headed by youth aged 24 and under) who have an unsafe primary nighttime residence and no safe alternative to that residence. These youth-related requirements supersede any conflicting requirements under this NOFA or the CoC Program rule. Any youth-serving provider funded under this NOFA may serve unaccompanied youth aged 24 and under (or families headed by youth aged 24 and under) who have an unsafe primary nighttime residence and no safe alternative to that residence.

CARES Resources

Webinars

NOFA Summary: HUD Priorities & the Consolidated Application

DV Bonus

New Project (Bonus & Reallocation)

New Opportunities for Renewing Projects

ESNAPS Refresher - Setting-up a Renewal Project

ESNAPS Refresher - Setting-up a New Project

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HUD Resources

Below are additional resources which provide information on the FY19 NOFA and application process.

FY2019 Continuum of Care NOFA

Esnaps

Esnaps User Resources

Esnaps FAQs

Renewal Project Detailed Instructions – Coming Soon

New Project Detailed Instructions – Coming Soon

HUD Ask A Question

(Please note, CARES is unable to recover Esnaps logins/passwords. Please utilize the “Forgot your password” link on the Esnaps homepage to reset.)

CoC Public Posting

Public Posting:

CoC’s must demonstrate transparency in the local CoC competition results. Specifically, CoC’s must post on their website, at least 2 days before the application submission deadline, all parts of the CoC Consolidated Application, including the CoC Application with attachments and the CoC Priority Listing with all project applications accepted and ranked, or rejected, and notify community members and key stakeholders that the CoC Consolidation Application is available.

In order to exceed this requirement, CARES will begin posting the CoC Application August 16th. Every subsequent Friday until submission deadline (September 30th), CARES will be posting an updated version of the application by 3:00pm. CoC community members are encouraged to review and provide comments to CARES by emailing planning_team@caresny.org.

 

Rank and Review Process:

CoC’s must demonstrate the existence of a coordinated, inclusive, and outcome-oriented community process for the solicitation, objective review, ranking, and selection of project applications, and process by which renewal projects are reviewed for performance and compliance. These projects are noted within the Priority Listing and CoC Project Ranking/Tiering.

 

Documents Publicly Posted:

Within each tab on the left, you will find the following public postings:

  1. CoC Consolidated Application: The Consolidated Application provides information about the CoC planning body, governance structure, overall performance, and the strategic planning process. This part of the application is scored and will determine the order in which CoCs are funded.
  2. CoC Priority Listing: The Priority Listing provides the ranking of all renewal, bonus, and DV applications being submitted through the CoC.
  3. CoC Project Descriptions: Project Descriptions detail the housing and/or services provided through each project application, including both renewals and new applications.
  4. CoC Project Ranking/Tiering: The CoC Project Ranking/Tiering lists the ranking for each project application being submitted through the CoC. This ranking corresponds with the ranking listed on the Priority Listing.

Southern Tier Entry to Programs & Services (STEPS)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Albany County Coalition on Homelessness (ACCH)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Schenectady County Homeless Services Planning Board (HSPB)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Southern Tier Homeless Coalition (STHC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Rensselaer County Homeless Services Collaborative (RCHSC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Columbia Greene Housing Coalition (CGHC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Franklin Essex Housing Coalition (FEHC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Points North Housing Coalition (PNHC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Saratoga-North Country Continuum of Care (SNC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Rockland County Continuum of Care (RCCC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Ulster County Continuum of Care (UCCC)
CoC Project Applications

CoC Application Public Posting

CoC Consolidated Application: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Priority Listing: Public Posting of Submission

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CoC Project Descriptions

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Rank and Review 2019

CoC’s must demonstrate the CoC uses an objective ranking and selection process for all projects (new and renewal) that is made publicly available to potential project applicants. CoC’s are required to have a documented and transparent process on how the community ranks and reviews project applications. Within each tab on the left, you will find the Rank and Review Process and associated Rank and Review tools (for both Renewal and New Projects).

Southern Tier Entry to Programs & Services (STEPS)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 501 Rank and Review Process

2019 NY 501 Rank and Review Part 1 TOOL

2019 NY 501 Rank and Review Part 2 TOOL        Due 7.12.19 to Samantha Barnaby

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                              Release Date:       7.15.19

2019 NY 501 New Project RFP         Due Date:            8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus Project RFP                      Release Date:      7.15.19

2019 NY 501 DV Bonus RFP             Due Date:            8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

Albany County Coalition on Homelessness (ACCH)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 503 Rank and Review Process

2019 NY 503 Rank and Review Part 1 Checklist

2019 NY 503 Rank and Review Part 1 TOOL    Completed

2019 NY 503 Rank and Review Part 2 TOOL    Completed

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                       Release Date:     7.17.19

New Project RFP                       Due Date:           8.06.19 to Maggie Watson

DV Bonus Project RFP              Release Date:      7.17.19

DV Bonus Project RFP              Due Date:           8.06.19 to Maggie Watson

Schenectady County Homeless Services Planning Board (HSPB)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 507 Rank and Review Process 

2019 NY 507 Rank and Review Part 1 Checklist

2019 NY 507 Rank and Review TOOL

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                              Release Date:      7.15.19

2019 NY 507 New Project RFP         Due Date:           8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus Project RFP                      Release Date:      7.15.19

2019 NY 507 DV Bonus RFP             Due Date:           8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

Southern Tier Homeless Coalition (STHC)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 511 Renewal Projects RFP

2019 NY 511 Evaluation Process Instructions

2019 NY 511 Renewal Project TOOL

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

2019 NY 511 New Project TOOL

2019 NY 511 New Project RFP         Due Date:           TBD to Rebecca Rathmell

2019 NY 511 DV Bonus RFP             Due Date:           TBD to Rebecca Rathmell

Rensselaer County Homeless Services Collaborative (RCHSC)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 512 Rank Review Application Part 1 TOOL

2019 NY 512 Rank and Review Process

2019 NY 512 Rank Review Part I Checklist

Rank and Review Part II                       Release & Due Dates:     TBD

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                       Release Date:     TBD

New Project RFP                       Due Date:           TBD to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus Project RFP              Release Date:      TBD

DV Bonus Project RFP              Due Date:           TBD to Samantha Barnaby

Columbia Greene Housing Coalition (CGHC)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 519 Rank & Review Process

2019 NY 519 Rank Review Part 1 Checklist

2019 NY 519 Rank and Review Part 1 TOOL

2019 NY 519 Rank and Review Part 2 TOOL       Due 7.18.19 to Samantha Barnaby

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                                Release Date:     7.15.19

2019 NY 519 New Project RFP           Due Date:           8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus RFP                                    Release Date:     7.15.19

2019 NY 519 DV Bonus RFP              Due Date:           8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

Franklin Essex Housing Coalition (FEHC)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 520 Rank and Review Part 1 Process

2019 NY 520 Rank and Review Part 1 Checklist

2019 NY 520 Rank and Review Part 1 TOOL

2019 NY 520 Rank and Review Part 2 TOOL

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                             Release Date:       7.15.19

2019 NY 520 New Project RFP       Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus Project RFP                    Release Date:        7.15.19

2019 NY 520 DV Bonus RFP           Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

Points North Housing Coalition (PNHC)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 522 Rank and Review Process

2019 NY 522 Rank and Review Checklist

2019 NY 522 Rank and Review Part 1 TOOL

2019 NY 522 Rank and Review Part 2 TOOL

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                           Release Date:       7.15.19

2019 NY 522 New Project RFP     Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus Project RFP                  Release Date:        7.15.19

2019 NY 522 DV Bonus RFP         Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

Saratoga-North Country Continuum of Care (SNC)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 523 Rank and Review Part 1 TOOL

2019 NY 523 Rank and Review Part 2 TOOL    Due 7.18.19 to Samantha Barnaby

2019 NY 523 Rank and Review Process

2019 NY 523 Rank and Review Checklist

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                           Release Date:       7.15.19

2019 NY 523 New Project RFP     Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus Project RFP                  Release Date:        7.15.19

2019 NY 523 DV Bonus RFP         Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

Rockland County Continuum of Care (RCCC)
CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 606 Rank and Review TOOL

2019 NY 606 Rank and Review Process

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

New Project RFP                       Release Date:     7.15.19

New Project RFP                       Due Date:           8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

DV Bonus Project RFP              Release Date:      7.15.19

DV Bonus Project RFP              Due Date:            8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

Ulster County CoC Project Applications

RENEWAL PROJECTS

Rank & Review Documents
All currently funded projects that are looking to be funded again must complete Rank and Review.

2019 NY 608 Rank and Review Process

2019 NY 608 Rank and Review Part 2 Checklist

2019 NY 608 Rank and Review Part 2 TOOL    Due 7.24.19 to Samantha Barnaby

2019 NY 608 Rank and Review Part 3 TOOL

NEW PROJECTS

Requests for Proposals
Any project looking to be funded for the first time must complete the appropriate RFP.

2019 NY 608 New Project RFP    Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

2019 NY 608 DV Bonus RFP        Due Date:             8.06.19 to Samantha Barnaby

United Funding Agency (UFA) - 2019

Unified Funding Agency (UFA) means an eligible applicant selected by the Continuum of Care to apply for a grant for the entire Continuum, which has the capacity to carry out the duties in §578.11 (b), which is approved by HUD and to which HUD awards a grant. The Albany CoC was granted UFA status through CARES under the FY2017 funding cycle.