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2017 CoC Competition Report

Update on the 2017 CoC Funding Competition

The 2017 CoC funding competition is in the homestretch! Washtenaw County receives approximately $5.5 million in CoC funding annually in permanent housing funds. The 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was released on Friday, July 14, 2017 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Washtenaw County CoC has the opportunity to apply for $5,566,884 in renewal funding, which is called the Annual Renewal Demand (ARD). Renewal projects include permanent housing funds, including permanent supportive housing (PSH) and Rapid Rehousing (RRH), as well as a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) project. The CoC also has the opportunity to apply for a Planning Grant in the amount of $167, 007 to support the CoC lead agency staffing and CoC planning activities. The NOFA also announced the opportunity for CoC’s to apply for new or expansion projects for 6% of the ARD, or $334, 013 for Washtenaw County. New in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition, HUD will allow project applicants to apply for a new expansion project under the reallocation process or permanent housing bonus in order to expand existing eligible renewal projects that will increase the number of units in the project, or allow the recipient to serve additional persons.

 

For all renewal project and new project applications, HUD requires that the local CoC Board ensure the review and ranking/selection of each project. This process is completed each year by the Funding Review Team (FRT), a standing subcommittee of the CoC. The CoC Board then approves final funding recommendations and ranking.

 

For renewal projects, the ranking/selection process was shared in March 2017 with renewal applications. Renewal applicants received a training prior to their renewal project submissions due April 26, 2017. More information on renewal project process & timeline can be found here. Submissions were then reviewed, scored, and ranked by the Funding Review Team and submitted for CoC final approval.

 

For new projects, the CoC posted publically a letter of interest and application submission process available here. Interested parties were to submit a letter of interest by 8/1/2017 and then a full application due 8/21 for review, scoring, and funding recommendation by the Funding Review Team.

 

The CoC 2017 Competition Report: Ranking, Project Priority Listing, and New Project Applications details the review and ranking process, use of objective criteria, review findings and recommendations for project improvement, as well as FRT funding and ranking recommendations. The report and its contents, including funding recommendations and ranking, were approved by the CoC Board on September 13, 2017. We welcome you to read this document to learn about what will be submitted for the Washtenaw County 2017 CoC Funding Competition next week.

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