FY 2016 CoC Program Competition - Deadline Reminder

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FY 2016 CoC Program Competition - Deadline Reminder

There are 23 days remaining until the application submission deadline for the FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The FY 2016 CoC Consolidated Applications, that includes the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are due Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by 7:59:59 PM EDT. CoCs should allow ample time to complete the FY 2016 CoC Consolidated Applications, and not wait until the last minute to submit the CoC Consolidated Applications in e-snaps to HUD. HUD strongly recommends that Collaborative Applicants submit their applications at least 24 to 48 hours before the deadline. See Section VI. Application and Submission Information of the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA for application submission and timely receipt requirements for the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition.

FY 2015 Denied or Decrease Funding Appeals

HUD continues to address the FY 2015 denied or decreased funding appeals that were submitted by the 45-day deadline noted in Section X.D. of the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA. Questions have been submitted to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal about how to address projects that have an appeal pending at HUD. HUD is providing the following guidance:
  • Denied Funding Appeals – CoCs must not rank projects pending a denied funding appeal on their CoC Priority Listing at this time.
  • Reduced Funding Appeals – project applicants should submit renewal projects based on HUD’s actual award amount, not the amount that they requested, or that is under appeal.
In both types of appeals mentioned, if HUD does reverse its initial denial or reduction of funding, HUD will notify both the project applicant and Collaborative Applicant via email. The email will include any adjustments to the CoC’s Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) amount and any adjustments to the CoC’s available amount for the permanent housing bonus and the Collaborative Applicant’s amount available for CoC planning costs. Any reversals made based on the denied or decreased funding decision will be provided by Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

FY 2016 CoC-PHA Crosswalk Report Now Available

The FY 2016 CoC-PHA Crosswalk Report has been posted to the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange.

Listserv Communications

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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 portal 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 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2016 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.

Public Comment: Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity


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The Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force wants to hear about your experience with mental health and substance use disorder treatment services. How have parity protections affected you? What are your suggestions for improving awareness of parity protections and monitoring health plans' compliance with parity?
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The comment period is open until Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

President Obama created the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force to ensure that Americans understand parity protections and receive the mental health and substance use disorder insurance coverage and treatment they need. After a long history of mental health and substance use disorders being treated differently by health plans—with more limited benefits—parity protections are meant to ensure fairness and that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are comparable to other medical benefits.

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CoC Competition Focus: Ending Family Homelessness

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CoC Competition Focus: Ending Family Homelessness

In our most recent SNAPS In Focus message on ending family homelessness, we described specific steps communities can take and interventions communities can use to end family homelessness. Our FY 2016 NOFA policy priority to end family homelessness emphasizes the importance of quickly housing families using rapid re-housing. While most families can benefit from rapid re-housing, some families need additional support and a community needs to be able to assess when a family might need other types of assistance and then be able to provide it.
This Competition Focus message provides information and resources to help Continuums of Care (CoCs) and stakeholders understand the FY 2016 policy priority ending family homelessness.

Developing an Appropriate Crisis Response System

Many families experiencing homelessness have young children and CoCs grapple with how to make their crisis response system, emergency shelters in particular, developmentally appropriate, safe, and healthy for young children. CoCs can use the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters from our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create shelter facilities that are safe and developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in five areas: Health and Safety, Wellness and Development, Workforce Standards and Training, Programming, and Food and Nutrition.
Many families, including families with young children, experience homelessness as a result of domestic violence or have a history of domestic violence. These families have experienced trauma and it is imperative that the CoC’s crisis response system is designed to serve homeless families fleeing domestic violence by protecting their privacy and safety and to prevent further trauma.
Trauma-informed practices that are sensitive to the lived experience of all people presenting for services need to be incorporated into every aspect of the crisis response system, including the coordinated entry process. For example, the assessment tool and process should not re-traumatize the individual or family, must inform the person up-front about how the information will be used, and must allow them the option to refuse to answer questions or choose not to disclose personal information.
The coordinated entry process must also include protocols to ensure the safety of all individuals and families seeking assistance, and these protocols must specifically address how individuals and families fleeing domestic violence will have safe and confidential access to the coordinated entry process along with safe and secure referrals to appropriate housing and services. Further, the process must include procedures for how referrals will be made to victim service providers that are not participating in the coordinated entry process. CoCs should work with victim service providers in their community to determine the most appropriate procedures to implement. For additional guidance, please review the HUD published FAQs on Coordinated Entry and Victim Service Providers.

Assessing a Family’s Needs and Making Appropriate Referrals

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) published a Family Connection tool detailing actions for federal, state, and local agencies can take to end family homelessness. One key area of action is developing a coordinated entry system that helps CoCs identify families needing assistance and quickly helps families with the appropriate housing assistance. The Coordinated Entry Policy Brief describes the qualities of an effective coordinated entry system and how CoCs can prioritize certain populations.
To help us understand what interventions are most effective in housing families and preventing returns to homelessness, HUD commissioned the Family Options Study that measured different housing interventions in 12 communities. The Family Options Study found both the cost effectiveness of rapid re-housing relative to transitional housing and the effectiveness of permanent housing subsidies for keeping families housed. To end family homelessness, communities must be able to provide permanent housing subsidies, permanent supportive housing, and rapid re-housing for families. CoCs should use their coordinated entry processes to determine which of these housing options is most appropriate for each family.

Ensuring all Appropriate Housing Interventions are Available to Families

Previous CoC NOFAs and the current FY 2016 NOFA have allowed and encouraged CoCs to strategically use funds available by creating new projects through reallocation. Many CoCs reallocated funds to create new rapid re-housing projects for families with children as part of the FY 2015 Competition and those projects will begin coming online in the coming months. We are excited about the number of families for which these projects will end their homelessness. For those CoCs that did not reallocate in the FY 2015 Competition, or who continue to have low-performing projects, we continue to encourage you to consider using the reallocation process in the FY 2016 Competition to create rapid re-housing for families with children. For CoCs that created new rapid re-housing projects in previous competitions, or for those that are considering doing so in the FY 2016 Competition, the Rapid Re-Housing Brief gives a thorough overview of the rapid re-housing intervention, including core program components and considerations when implementing those projects.
Rapid re-housing is an effective housing intervention for most families because services in rapid re-housing are tailored to meet each family’s diverse needs. This includes providing access to wrap around mainstream services needed by the family. It can also be an effective way to end homelessness for victims of domestic violence as described in the webinar, Rapid Re-Housing with DV Survivors: Approaches that Work, published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) from their 2014 Conference.
For some families, permanent supportive housing or a permanent housing subsidy are more appropriate interventions. HUD encourages CoCs to work with local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and has published Resources for PHA and CoC Collaboration to End Family Homelessness. Many PHAs have established preferences for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and these resources can help you determine how to establish one in your community.

Providing Wrap-Around Services

While the provision of housing will end a family’s occasion of homelessness, the provision of services is often necessary to help families maintain their housing. There are several mainstream programs administered by our federal partners that can be particularly important to connect families to, including Medicaid, behavioral health supports, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), domestic violence supports, Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), Head Start and Early Head Start, Healthy Start, and the Federal Home Visiting Program.
For example, the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides subsidized child-care services and helps improve the quality of those services. These services can support children’s development and allow family members to pursue employment or educational opportunities, which ultimately increase the housing stability of the entire family.
Head Start (and Early Head Start) serves children from birth to age five, pregnant women, and their families. The children of families experiencing homelessness are categorically eligible for Head Start and are identified and prioritized for enrollment. Children and their families receive services related to nutrition, developmental, medical, and dental screenings, immunizations, mental health and social services referrals, family engagement, and sometimes transportation.
The Federal Home Visiting and Healthy Start programs can provide prenatal and postpartum programs, parenting skill-building, child care, and other supportive services. February’s Opportunities for CoC Partnerships with Home Visiting Programs detailed these programs and provided information on how to incorporate them into CoC projects, possibly as match funds.
Finally, CoCs can connect families fleeing domestic violence to case managers and advocates funded through HHS’s Family Violence Prevention Programs or Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Violence Against Women. Many communities have resources that can assist victims of crime financially. Those programs are funded through the DOJ’s Office of Victims of Crime. CoCs looking to connect families experiencing homelessness and fleeing domestic violence to appropriate services should contact their state coalition for referrals to local victim service providers in their area.
Finally, in a previous SNAPS Weekly Focus message, we’ve discussed the important role that philanthropy can play in helping communities end homelessness and it is important to think about the local philanthropic resources that may be available within your community to end homelessness. These resources, combined with other state and local resources, can help provide a comprehensive package of wrap around supportive services to families with children to help make homelessness amongst families rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
Providing services to both the adults and the children, in what is known as the Two Generation approach, helps families to thrive. A child’s development is linked to the well-being of the adults in their lives, and children thrive when those adults thrive; likewise, parents can concentrate on employment or education when children are safe and doing well.
The resources and tools listed are just a few examples of those that are available for CoCs, recipients, and other stakeholders to use when developing projects and systems to combat family homelessness. We will continue to highlight additional resources as they become available.
As always, we thank you for your tremendous commitment to ending homelessness.
Norm Suchar and Ebony Rankin
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS)


Download this CoC Competition Focus: Ending Family Homelessness.

Special Alert! New HUD Funding Opportunity - Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Funding Opportunity is Now Open!

Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). Under the program, up to ten communities (at least four rural) will be awarded a total of $33 million to design and implement a coordinated community response to ending youth homelessness. 

The deadline for submission is November 30.

In order to end youth homelessness, every community must build a coordinated community response, in which a full range of programs and interventions are aligned into an effective system that is managed across community programs. The YHDP builds upon the USICH vision of a coordinated community response released in September 2015 by providing resources to the chosen communities to design and implement this approach.

To learn more about the NOFA, read our blog.

Register for our webinar on September 15 to hear strategies for success in responding to the NOFA.

Coordinated Community Response to Prevent and End Homelessness

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