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1 Georgia Department of Community Affairs Georgia BoS Continuum of Care 2013 Renewal Applicant Meeting Webinar: December 12, 2013 / 10:00 A.M. To access Webinar, please register at: (upon registration, you will receive call-in & log-in information)

2 Overview of Continuum of Care (CoC) Program & Renewal Project Applications

3 DISCLAIMER This is a GENERAL overview of the CoC Program and Application (for eligible projects to be scored and ranked under Georgia’s BoS CoC competition). Applicants are responsible for reading the NOFA, regulations, and other related information on HUD’s OneCPD web site ( to see program and eligibility requirements.

4 2013 Balance of State CoC Process: Submission to HUD Two Steps / Two Application documents ▪Review Application (CoC Review Team) ▪HUD Application in E-SNAPS Review Applications – emailed to DCA (with attachments) Renewals must be scored and ranked (funding may be limited and some projects may fall below funding line) Short time frame for Review Applications: ▪Dec. 11, 2013 = Notice of Intent due ▪Dec. 20, 2013 = 1 complete copy of application package due Review Application APR (from E-Snaps) HUD Monitoring docs

5 2013 Balance of State CoC Process: Submission to HUD HUD Application in E-SNAPS ▪Electronic (required) – project applications must be submitted to CoC in E-SNAPS Renewals will NOT be able to just update applications from last year DCA submits the CoC Application (formerly known as Exhibit 1) and all Project Applications electronically to HUD HUD Application in E-SNAPS : ▪Dec. 30, 2013 = Must be submitted to CoC

6 HEARTH Act Changes May 20, 2009 – Reauthorization of HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs. August 31, 2012 – Continuum of Care Interim Rule in effect Program Requirements changed... ▪Definitions and eligibility changed ▪Requirements to collaborate with McKinney Education Liaison at the program level ▪Agencies that serve families cannot discriminate against families based on age or gender of their children or composition of their family HUD is evaluating Continuums of Care on their ability to: ▪Reduce the number of people entering homelessness, reduce the length of time people stay homeless, reduce the number of people that return to homelessness

7 CoC Program Funding Requirements “HUD will reject all requests for funds for ineligible costs.” GIW lists HUD Verified budget amounts (prior to any reallocation or grant reduction consideration) Leasing Costs (see § 578.49 for full guidance) Supportive Services (see § 578.53 for full guidance) Operating Costs (see § 578.55 for full guidance) HMIS (see § 578.57 for full guidance) Project Administration (see § 578.59 for full guidance) Relocation (see § 578.61 for full guidance) Indirect Costs (see § 578.63 for full guidance) Please see full CoC Interim Regulations at: rule/ rule/

8 Eligible Operating Costs Under the section 578.55 of the CoC Program interim rule, the following costs, when used to pay the costs of the day-to-day operation of transitional and permanent housing in a single structure or individual housing unit are eligible operating costs: 1) The maintenance and repair of housing, 2) Property taxes and insurance, 3) Scheduled payments to a reserve for replacement of major systems of the housing (provided that the payments must be based on the useful life of the system and expected replacement cost), 4) Building security for a structure where more than 50% of the units or area is paid for with grant funds, 5) Electricity, gas, and water, 6) Furniture, 7) Equipment. Additionally, as set forth in section 578.59(a), the staff and overhead costs directly related to carrying out these activities are also eligible operating costs. Therefore, if you have staffing costs directly related to carrying out any of the 7 eligible costs listed above you should keep them in the operating budget line item in your FY2012 project application.

9 2013 Project Ranking Process Renewing Projects will first receive (and must pass) a threshold review and will then be ranked (separate from the PHB) according to the scoring criteria to be distributed (soon). Renewing PH projects that are not operational, are significantly under-utilizing grant &/or to not have either a pending or HUD-Approved transfer, must also submit a review application for the CoC Scoring Committee, and may be subject to reallocation based on under-performance. Higher scoring projects will be ranked as Tier 1 projects, and lower scoring projects representing the bottom $700,471 in funds requested will, generally, be ranked as Tier 2 projects.

10 2013 Project Ranking Process (continued) Please review HUD’s NOFA for priorities, funding criteria, & how each CoC will be scored overall. Tier 1 (ARD) - projects expected to receive notice of Conditional Funding within 45 days of application deadline (2/3/14). HUD will score FY 2013/FY 2014 CoC Applications in accordance w/criteria set forth in Section VII.A of this NOFA. – HUD will announce any Conditional Awards (new projects created through reallocation, CoC planning funds, and Tier 2 renewals) after scoring is complete, depending on availability of funding, and in accordance with NOFA. A CoC must score high enough to be awarded new projects.

11 Threshold Factors Include, but are not limited to: Agency does not meet HUD’s criteria for eligibility Agency lacks adequate capacity to carry out grant Project proposes ineligible costs or activities* Project proposes to serve ineligible populations Project does not demonstrate required cash match or insufficient commitments for leveraging Severe Compliance or Performance Issues on current projects Project does not demonstrate adequate impact or cost effectiveness Other, as may be identifies by reviewing staff/team Also Failure to Obtain Certificate of Consistency (Local Approval) Renewal projects considered as having met some threshold requirements through previously approved grant applications unless information to the contrary is received.

12 Application Scoring

13 Balance of State CoC Scoring (As listed in 2013 GA BoS CoC Application Guidelines & Scoring Criteria) 1.Agency demonstrates capacity to carry out and implement project. 10 points 2.Utilization of grant funds – 5 points 3.Project utilization Units/Clients – 5 points 4.Project Match and Leveraging – within application, show match and leveraging information (showing sources) where there are commitment letters on file that are dated within 60 days of the CoC application deadline. The documentation does not have to be submitted for renewal projects, but it should be on file if listed. With the exception of Leasing, all projects must show 25% match. All projects must show at least some leverage, and CoC goal is 150% of amount requested for match & leveraging combined). - 11 points max available for each (22). 5.Housing Stability – 20 points 6.Program targets/serves persons who are chronically homeless – 10 points 7.Program targets/serves Veterans – 10 points

14 Balance of State CoC Scoring (As listed in 2013 GA BoS CoC Application Guidelines & Scoring Criteria) continued 8.Serving persons with special needs – 10 points 9. Employment Income – 10 points 10. Increased Income (all sources) – 10 points 11.Non Cash Mainstream Benefits – 10 points 12. Low number of persons exiting to streets, emergency shelters, or missing data – 10 points 13. HUD monitoring – 4 points 14. DCA monitoring – 4 points 15. Housing & Permanent Supportive Housing focus – bonus points by type of project. 16. Services that support housing – bonus points by type of project 17. Current project is voluntarily reallocating TH project for PSH to serve chronically homeless – bonus points 18. CoC participation – bonus points 19. HMIS data quality – bonus points

15 Matching/Leveraging Requirements (CoC Interim Regulations: § 578.73) During HUD’s Technical Submission in E-Snaps, will need to submit FORMAL documentation (list those in application) The recipient or subrecipient must match all grant funds, except for leasing funds, with no less than 25 percent of funds or in-kind contributions from other sources for eligible costs. Match must be for eligible activities within the same category ▪HMIS dollars are not eligible match for Supportive Service Costs Examples of Eligible Sources of Cash Match include: ▪Applicant/Project Sponsor’s own cash ▪Federal government grants/contracts (excluding CoC funds) ▪State and local government grants/contracts ▪Private grants or contributions

16 Matching/Leveraging Requirements continued Non-cash can include: Client fees In-kind donations Volunteer time Donated services Donated Property CoCs that have 100 percent participation in leveraging from all project applications (including only those communities that have commitment letter(s) on file that are dated within 60 days of the CoC application deadline) and that have at a minimum 150 percent leveraging will receive the maximum points.

17 Match/Leveraging Documentation Commitment Letters Looking for 100% of applicants to list match/leveraging in application – 150% is the goal Please remember, grants are disbursed on a reimbursement basis ONLY. Depending on financial history, audit records, and the IRS 990, agencies with only in-kind match, may not be determined as having capacity to administer the program.

18 Grant Requirements

19 2013 NOFA Performance Measures & HMIS Increased emphasis on performance CoC applications scored on performance: ▪Length of time participants stay in projects ▪Reduction in recidivism ▪Participants movement to and stability in permanent housing ▪Participant employment and income growth ▪Reduction in homelessness, family homelessness, chronic homelessness, etc. Increased emphasis on HMIS ▪Annual data should come directly out of HMIS **CoCs review Project and HMIS performance in HMIS

20 2013 NOFA Educational Assurances (see Project Application Instructions when it’s available) Project Applicants must demonstrate that project has established policies and practices consistent with the laws related to the provision of educational and related services to individuals & families experiencing homelessness; and Projects serving families must demonstrate in application that a staff person has been designated to ensure that children are enrolled in school and receiving educational services, as appropriate (can include early childhood programs such as Head Start, Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and McKinney-Vento education services); and Must address non-compliance (if applicable).

21 Certification of Consistency with Consolidated Plan Albany Brunswick Dalton Gainesville Hinesville Macon Rome Valdosta Warner Robins Cherokee County Clayton County Gwinnett County Henry County *All other cities and counties fall under the State’s Consolidated Planning jurisdiction. Local Consolidated Planning Jurisdiction will need to review project application to determine if proposed project is consistent with their Consolidated Plan. Con Plan jurisdictions within State’s CoC are:

22 Certificate of Consistency with Consolidated Plan CoC must submit certificate for all grantees in a jurisdiction combined in one form (and submits certifications in CoC Application) Renewal projects providing housing or services in a different county than last year need to let DCA know Tina will email local Consolidated Plan reps and cc Renewal Project Applicants Local jurisdictions need to review/approve all projects

23 State Executive Order 12372 The State of GA was no longer operating the clearinghouse. DCA’s guidance is to select “b” and then do not enter a date. The Notice is located at: clearinghouse clearinghouse *HUD’s detailed instructions on addressing the ‘State Executive Order 12372’ requirements within the Project Application will be located within the project applicant guide when it is available.

24 HMIS Participation Mandated by HUD through Continuum of Care Process All agencies participating in the Balance of State CoC must actively participate in Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) through use of Pathways COMPASS Data reported to HUD on an annual basis through Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) AHAR used by Congress to determine future funding levels Data used by Continuum and Statewide for planning

25 Georgia CoC HMIS Policy Enter all consenting clients into HMIS ▪Authorization for HMIS should be attempted for 100% ENROLL and DISCHARGE clients in a timely manner Comply with current privacy and security standards DCA staff monitor compliance with policy through: Site Visits System Utilization Reports Family Violence Agencies are to use and submit HUD APRs from the ALICE MIS The updated GA CoC HMIS Policy and CoC Data Standards can be found on DCA Website: hmis.asp hmis.asp

26 2013 CoC Application Process

27 CoC Application Process & Timeline December 11 th – Submit NOI December 12 th – Renewal Applicant Meeting December 20 th - Submit one (1) copy of complete application package. MUST be received at DCA (including APR & HUD monitoring) by 5:00 pm (for each renewal project). Can email, but call first if extremely large attachments (if scanned). December 30 th – Project Applications must be submitted to CoC within E-Snaps (a few days leeway) December 30 th (week of) – Renewal application packages mailed to Review Team DCA will contact Renewal Applicants with results of the review by January 17 th – CoC will contact applicants by this date with results of project scoring and ranking (DCA’s general review of project applications for budget errors will take place separately.) January 22 nd – All necessary corrections to applications must be complete and All Final Project Applications must be complete and re-submitted in E-SNAPS (No substantial changes can be made after project scoring/ranking) DCA submits Application to HUD by February 1 st Receive notice of conditional Tier 1 awards HUD announces results of Tier 2 Renewals (pending CoC score & funding available) HUD announces results of New awards (pending CoC score & funding available)

28 Review Application Packet (should include): Applications Due to DCA for Scoring on December 20 th (at DCA by 5:00 pm) to include ▪Review Application (for each project) ▪APR (as submitted in E-Snaps) ▪HUD Monitoring One copy of complete response MUST be received by December 20 th !!

29 Application Packet Emailed to DCA at: Or Mail to DCA at: Georgia Department of Community Affairs State Housing Trust Fund 60 Executive Park South, NE Atlanta, GA 30329 Atten: GA Balance of State Continuum of Care Application

30 2013 Balance of State CoC Process: E- SNAPS MUST complete and submit CoC Project Application electronically through E-SNAPS Read ALL directions: program-competition-resources/ program-competition-resources/ Questions should go to HUD through Virtual Help Desk (“Ask a Question”) -

31 Each 2013 Project Application should include (see NOFA p. 32) Project application charts, narratives, and attachments; SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance; SF-424 Supplement, Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunities for Applicants (non-profits only & survey is voluntary); Documentation of Applicant AND Subrecipient Eligibility; Applicant Certifications (also see NOFA pp. 22-23) HUD-2880, Applicant/Recipient Disclosure/Update Report must be attached for each project; SF-LLL – Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (if applicable); Applicant Code of Conduct (SEE NOFA); HUD-50070 – Certification of a Drug-free Workplace. *See notice for full list of requirements, certifications, & responsibilities.

32 Other HUD Requirements (begin p. 29 of NOFA) Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. Debarment and Suspension. Delinquent Federal Debts. Compliance with Fair Housing and Civil Rights. Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-income Persons (Section 3). Real Property Acquisition and Relocation. Conducting Business in Accordance with Core Values and Ethical Standards/Code of Conduct. Prohibition Against Lobbying Activities. Participation in HUD-Sponsored Program Evaluation. Environmental Requirements. Drug-Free Workplace. Safeguarding Resident/Client Files. Compliance with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 209-282) (Transparency Act), as amended.

33 QUESTIONS General CoC / Application submission questions … Tina Moore at (404) 327-6870 E-Snaps Assistance: E-SNAPS & CoC Program questions can be directed to HUD staff through the HUD HRE Virtual Helpdesk

34 RESOURCES 2013 Continuum of Care NOFA & CoC Competition page: coc-program-competition/ CoC Interim Regulations InterimRule_FormattedVersion.pdf OneCPD

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