The Middlesex County Continuum of Care (CoC) has issued a Notice
of Intent for applicants interested in applying for 2017 HUD Continuum of Care
(CoC) funding. Applications are due by Friday, June 9th at 2:00PM.
For more information, including Technical Assistance, please consult the below
Notice of Intent.
All Middlesex County Community Agencies
From: Melissa Bellamy,
Middlesex County Continuum of Care 2017 Local Application Process
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Middlesex County
Continuum of Care, a local planning committee charged with the responsibility
of reducing the incidence of homelessness in Middlesex County, has begun the
process for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2017
Continuum of Care Application.
In preparation for
submission of the CoC application for HUD funding, the Middlesex County
Continuum of Care Technical Review Committee is now accepting applications from
all agencies interested in applying for funding to support both NEW and RENEWAL
projects through the Middlesex County Continuum of Care process.
Projects may apply for
renewal funding if the program was awarded funds for any CoC Program, SHP or
S+C grants in a preceding competition where the program expires in calendar
year 2018. Please note, projects that renewed in FY 2016 cannot request
more funding than was awarded in their FY 2016 grant, and projects that
submitted applications in the FY 2016 CoC Competition that were not awarded
funds in the recent announcement cannot submit a renewal application.
The HUD Continuum of
Care program provides funding to programs serving homeless individuals and
families in the community that are in accordance with the goals of:
1. Ending Veteran Homelessness – HUD encourages
CoCs to prioritize veterans to the extent possible, in existing permanent
housing programs with a focus on those veterans not eligible for VA funded
housing or services. In addition, CoCs should coordinate with the local
VA and VA funded programs to ensure access and opportunities for all homeless
2. Ending Chronic Homelessness – HUD encourages
communities to increase the number of units dedicated and prioritized for the
3. Ending Family Homelessness – HUD encourages
communities to increase availability of rapid re-housing opportunities for
4. Ending Youth Homelessness – HUD encourages
communities to work closely with youth service providers to identify the unique
need of homeless youth and increase resources and programs available to address
their housing and service needs.
For the FY 2017 CoC
Competition, HUD identified the following funding priorities which will inform
its evaluation of CoCs and project efforts toward ending homelessness for all
a systemic response to homelessness – CoCs should use CoC Program
performance measures such as the average length of homeless episodes,
rates of return to homelessness, and other factors that determine the
effectiveness of serving people experiencing homelessness.
Additionally, CoCs should be doing everything they can to create and use
an effective Coordinated Entry process, promote participant choice,
coordinate homeless assistance and mainstream housing service providers to
ensure people experiencing homelessness receive assistance quickly that
results in obtaining and maintaining housing, and make the delivery of
homeless assistance open, inclusive, and transparent.
allocating and using resources – HUD calls for communities to critically
evaluate all funding requests to ensure effective resource
allocation. This process must include a comprehensive project
review, evaluation of project use of mainstream resources, leveraging
additional community-based resources through partnerships, and reviewing
the efficacy of transitional housing.
a Housing First Approach – HUD encourages CoCs and CoC-funded projects to
adopt a Housing First Approach which prioritizes getting homeless persons
into permanent housing quickly and wrapping the needed services around
them. Housing First approaches include low barriers to program
entry, removal of barriers for program retention, client centered services
based on goals developed by the household, and prioritizing those
households who are most in need. A system level Housing First approach
should also include use of a centralized/coordinated assessment process
and an inclusive decision-making structure for system development.
In accordance with the
FY 2017 HUD funding priorities, the Middlesex County Continuum of Care will
consider the following types of proposals for new project application in the FY
1. Permanent Supportive Housing projects that
will primarily serve chronically homeless individuals and/or families,
including unaccompanied youth. This may include funding for acquisition,
rehabilitation, new construction, rental assistance, leasing, services, or
operating dollars. Projects may also request up to 7% in administrative
2. Rapid Re-Housing for homeless individuals
and/or families, including unaccompanied youth. Rapid rehousing projects
may serve homeless households who do not have a disabling condition.
Programs will need to serve only those living on the streets or in emergency
shelter as well as those fleeing domestic violence. Rapid Re-Housing
projects may request short-term (1-3 months) or medium-term (3-24 months)
rental assistance, service funding and up to 7% in administrative funding.
3. Joint TH and RRH Component projects, which
will combine Transitional Housing (TH) and Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH) into a
single project to serve individuals and/or families experiencing homelessness.
4. Supportive Services Only Projects for
Coordinated Entry. Projects may request supportive services and up to 7%
in administrative funding to support communitywide centralized/coordinated
5. HMIS. Projects may request funding for
the costs associated with the HMIS that must be carried out by the CoC HMIS
For more details on
the HUD funding priorities applicants are strongly encouraged to review the
FY2017 CoC Registration which may be found at www.hudexchange.info. For additional information on the Middlesex
County CoC local selection process please see the links below. For information on the characteristics
of persons who are homeless in Middlesex County in order to customize your
consideration of HUD priorities to the needs present in Middlesex County, and
to provide documented support of need for your application, please consult the
Middlesex County HMIS administrator and local Point in Time data.
Agencies interested in
applying for funding must submit a completed application by 2:00 pm, Friday,
original with all HMIS reports and attachments and 5 copies without
attachments) may be submitted by mail or in person to: Harriet Slonim, Middlesex
County Division of Housing, County Administration Building, 75 Bayard Street,
2nd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 by the above deadline. A PDF file of the
application should also be emailed to email@example.com by the same deadline date and time.
A Technical Assistance
Conference Call will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 2:00 pm. It is mandatory for all new applicants and all
agencies in attendance will receive additional points on their application
score, so all renewal applicants are also encouraged to participate. The
toll-free call-in number is 1-800-356-8278 with access code 206811.
Agencies submitting an
application may be required to participate in program presentations before the
CoC Technical Review committee.