LAST UPDATED: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Please click the link below to access the CoC Application for the Program Year 2019-2020.
*Both renewals and reallocated projects must complete the application. The application deadline is Monday, July 16, 2018 at 5:00PM.
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MS Balance of State CoC is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Continuum of Care funding cycle. This funding will renew/fund projects that have end dates in 2018 and continue through 2019.
MS Balance of State CoC will conduct an analysis of its existing projects to determine the extent to which each project addresses the goals of:
- End chronic homelessness
- Ending homelessness among households with children by 2020
- End youth homelessness by 2020
- End veteran homelessness
MS Balance of State CoC may reduce and/or eliminate funds for renewal projects to develop new projects through the reallocation of those funds. Projects that are underperforming, obsolete, or ineffective may be reduced or eliminated. Projects applying for funding are subject to a review that will be conducted which may include surveying community partners and/or site visits.
New projects can only be:
- New permanent supportive housing projects that will serve 100% chronically homeless families and individuals (Dedicated PLUS)
- New rapid re-housing projects that will serve homeless individuals and families coming directly from the streets or emergency shelters, and includes persons fleeing domestic violence situations and other persons meeting the criteria of paragraph (4) of the definition of homelessness. This includes unaccompanied youth.
- Joint transitional housing (TH) and permanent housing-rapid rehousing (PH-RRH) component projects that will serve homeless individuals and families including those fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking (see NOFA for further details).
- Dedicated HMIS project (for the HMIS Lead only)
- Supportive Services project to develop or operate a centralized or coordinated assessment system.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR FUNDING
To be considered for funding, applicants must have at least 1 year of data in the MS Balance of State AWARDS HMIS or if providing services to victims of domestic violence, then participation is with non-identifying information in a comparable database. Also, all CoC application submissions must be in conformity to the CoC’s system-wide written program standards (click to view the standards).
DV FUNDING BONUS: HUD has made funds available through a Domestic Violence bonus for new projects. There is 10% of PPRN available for up to 3 new projects in this grant cycle. This includes funds for rapid re-housing projects and supportive service projects providing coordinated entry and for eligible activities that the Secretary determines are critical in order to assist survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The CoC may create up to 3 of the following type of new projects:
- PH-RRH projects,
- Joint TH and PH-RRH component projects,
- or SSO projects for coordinated entry (SSO-CE)
REGULAR BONUS FUNDING: HUD has also made funds available through a bonus for new projects. The CoC is eligible to apply for up to 6 percent of its Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN). The CoC may create one of the following type of new projects:
- Joint TH and PH-RRH;
- HMIS (dedicated) and;
TERMS FOR FUNDING
HUD will allow new projects to request funding for terms of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 15 years. Projects requesting leasing may only request up to 3 years. Project-based or sponsor-based rental assistance may request up to a 15-year term. New projects requesting capital costs (new constructions, acquisition, or rehabilitation) will be for 3 or 5 years. New projects must request at Fair Market Rent (FMR) rates. Renewals may request less than the Fair Market Rent Rate.
- Ending homelessness for all persons. To end homelessness, CoCs should identify, engage, and effectively serve all persons experiencing homelessness.
- 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.
- Strategically allocating and using resources. Using cost, performance, and outcome data, CoCs should improve how resources are utilized to end homelessness.
- Use a Housing First approach. Housing First prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing and doe
A separate application must be completed for each project, with the following attachments:
- Most recent APR
- Most recent A-133 Audit or certified Financial Statements
- Copy of 501© (3) documentation
- Copy of BoS Membership Certificate indicating HMIS compliance
- Copy of Agency Code of Conduct (for agencies currently HUD funded)
Applications can be:
- **New & Preferred: submitted online via the CoC FY18 Project Application Submission
- mailed to MS Balance of State, ATTN: CoC Coordinator, P.O. Box 24147, Jackson, MS 39225
- hand delivered to MUTEH, 201 West Capitol Street, Suite 800, Jackson, MS 39201
- faxed to (866) 551-0916
- e-mailed to the CoC Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: This application is to only ensure that projects meet the minimal threshold requirements of the CoC. If the application meets the minimal requirement the applicant will be given permission to enter their application in Esnaps for rating and review. Applicant agencies must enter their accepted project in the e-snaps electronic grants management system prior to being ranked for funding. Applicants will receive written notice that their project has been accepted and will be ranked as part of the CoC Consolidated Application, or that their application has been denied and the reason for denial.
- CoC Written Program Standards (rev. 6-2017)
- Continuum of Care Interim Rule , Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 147, 24 CFR Part 578 (Published July 31, 2012)
- FY 2018 CoC Program NOFA
- FY 2018 CoC Competition NOFA: What’s New, Changes, and Highlights
- 2018 CoC Competition Process
- CoC Application Appeals Process