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CONTINUUM OF CARE GRANT 101 1. 2 The final rule maintains these four categories.  (1) Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate.

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3 The final rule maintains these four categories.  (1) Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who resided in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation and who is exiting an institution where he or she temporarily resided;  (2) individuals and families who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence;  (3) unaccompanied youth and families with children and youth who are defined as homeless under other federal statutes who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition; and  (4) individuals and families who are fleeing, or are attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member. HUD’S CURRENT DEFINITION OF HOMELESSNESS 3

4  HUD's homeless assistance programs are categorized as either formula (non-competitive) and competitive. HUD awards the Continuum of Care Program and other competitive funds via a national competition through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). HUD awards Emergency Solutions Grants by formula to states and local governments.  CoC Program funds may be used under five program components: permanent housing (PH), transitional housing (TH), supportive services only (SSO), HMIS, and, for HUD designated High Performing Communities (HPCs), homelessness prevention. Administrative costs, and HMIS costs for contributing data, are eligible for all components. WHAT THE COC GRANT IS 4

5  Promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness  Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and State and local government to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness  Promote access to, and effective utilization of, mainstream programs  Optimize self-sufficiency among people experiencing homelessness COC GRANT INTENDED OUTCOMES 5

6  Permanent housing  Permanent supportive housing (PSH)  Rapid re-housing (RRH)  Transitional housing  Supportive services only  Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)  Prevention (limited to HPCs)*  CoC planning costs  UFA costs  Rental assistance Short-term Medium-term *Newly eligible under CoC Grant: WHAT IT IS: CONTINUUM OF CARE GRANT 6

7  CoC planning costs*  UFA costs*  Acquisition  Rehabilitation  New construction  Leasing  Operating  Supportive services  HMIS  Project administration  Rental assistance  Tenant-based  Sponsor-based  Project-based  Length  Short-term  Medium-term  Long-term  *: Newly eligible ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES 7

8  HUD Requires tracking specific information for the grant. These are defined and regulated by HUD.  Direct input into HMIS is required for the grant. Our HMIS software is ClientTrack.  Data input into HMIS is used to track client outcomes, project effectiveness, and inform CoC decisions.  HUD uses HMIS data to measure CoC progress and to advocate for funds to Congress (AHAR). COC GRANT DATA TRACKING 8

9  Not less than 30% of funding nationwide must be used for permanent housing for homeless individuals with disabilities and homeless families with a disabled adult or a minor head of household if no adult is present in the household  Not less than 10% of funds nationwide must be used for permanent housing for families with children COC GRANT SET ASIDES 9

10  HUD is not funding existing or new SSO (Support Service Only)  HUD is not funding new Transitional Housing  HUD is encouraging the following:  Projects that focus on housing the chronically homeless  Projects that focus on families AND rapid re-housing  Reallocation of funding within your CoC to high-performing projects  New permanent supportive housing projects  Housing First projects  Coordinated Access  Planning Grants COC GRANT SHIFT IN ELIGIBILITY 10

11  Strategic Resource Allocation. Each CoC must comprehensively review all existing projects within its geographic area, using CoC-approved scoring criteria and selection priorities, to determine the extent to which each project is still necessary and addresses the listed policy priorities in the FY Funding Notice. Funds for projects that are determined to be underperforming, obsolete, or ineffective should be reallocated to new projects that are based on proven or promising models. POTENTIAL REALLOCATION FOR INDY 11

12  Rapid re-housing projects  Additional permanent housing AND permanent supportive housing for individuals and families  Coordinated Access  Planning grants for the collaborative applicant only  Housing First permanent housing projects *Based on noted gaps in current homeless service area and eligibility of project to receive CoC funding. POTENTIAL REALLOCATION PROJECTS NEEDED: NEW PROJECTS FOR INDY* 12

13  HMIS is required by HUD  all proposed participants will be eligible for the project component type;  the proposed activities are eligible under the CoC Program interim rule;  each project narrative is fully responsive to the question being asked and that it meets all of the criteria for that question included in the detailed instructions;  the data provided in various parts of the project application are consistent; and  all required attachments contain accurate and complete information, and that they contain a current date. REALLOCATION PROJECTS NEW APPLICANTS 13

14 Threshold Criteria for New Projects:  Applicant is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit or a local unit of government.  Programs must meet all HUD eligibility activities, provide at least the minimum HUD-required cash, in-kind match, and leveraging requirements, and be ready to proceed with HUD requirements.  Applicant must have the organizational capacity to implement a new project in alignment with all HUD standards and cannot have a history of findings or unresolved issues with HUD, the State or the City that raise concerns about agency performance.  Project must be consistent with the Blueprint 2.0 Plan.  Project must demonstrate the community’s unmet need for the project with, but not limited to Housing Inventory Chart (HIC), Point in Time Count (PIT), and research data.  Project must have strategic alignment with Indianapolis Continuum of Care (CoC) and other goals pursuant to the NOFA. REALLOCATION PROJECTS NEW APPLICANTS 14

15 Threshold Criteria for New Projects:  To apply for consideration for a New Funding project, a project must meet the threshold criteria listed below. If the New Project believes that all thresholds are met, an application must be completed and submitted by May 5, 2015 to the Program Application and Technical Assistance Committee of the CoC (via email to) The application is attached to this document. The New Projects funding process contains two separate activities: Application and a Community Review Process. Any required attachments must be included with the application for the Project to be REALLOCATION PROJECTS NEW APPLICANTS 15

16 Rapid re-housing projects  Rapid Re-housing is a model of housing assistance that is designed to assist the homeless, with or without disabilities, move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing. Rapid re-housing assistance is time-limited, individualized, and flexible, and is designed to complement and enhance homeless system performance and the performance of other homeless projects. While it can be used for any homeless person, preliminary evidence indicates that it can be particularly effective for households with children.  CoCs may create new rapid re-housing projects for homeless households with children who enter directly from the streets or emergency shelters. Rapid re-housing projects created through reallocation may include in part or whole, victims of domestic violence; however, these participants must meet all other criteria for this type of housing (i.e., household with children who enter directly from the streets or emergency shelter). Persons coming from transitional housing projects are not eligible.  CoCs may apply for new projects created through reallocation for rapid re- housing to serve homeless households with children. REALLOCATION PROJECTS RAPID REHOUSING 16

17 Additional permanent housing AND permanent supportive housing for individuals and families new permanent supportive housing projects created through reallocation where all beds will be dedicated for use by the chronically homeless as defined in 24 CFR 578.3; and/or  CoCs will be able to apply for new projects created through reallocation for permanent supportive housing (PSH) that propose to exclusively serve the chronically homeless–which includes individuals and households with children–as defined in 24 CFR 578.3, as part of its comprehensive strategy to end chronic homelessness. Chronically homeless and permanent supportive housing are defined in 24 CFR 578.3. Consistent with the interim rule, the chronically homeless includes individuals and families who have a qualifying disabling condition who have been homeless and living in a place not meant for human habitation, emergency shelter, or safe haven for 1 year continuously or over a period of four occasions in the past 3 years. It is important to point out that persons in transitional housing are not considered to be chronically homeless even if they met the criteria prior to entering the transitional housing program.  The chronically homeless should be given priority for non-dedicated PSH beds as vacancies become available through turnover. PSH renewal projects serving specific disabled subpopulations (e.g., persons with mental illness or persons with substance abuse issues) must continue to serve those groups, as required in the current grant agreement. However, the chronically homeless within the specified subpopulation should be prioritized for entry.  Housing First is a model of housing assistance that is offered without preconditions (such as sobriety or a minimum income threshold) or service participation requirements, and rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing are primary goals. Research shows that it is effective for the chronically homeless with mental health and substance abuse disorders, resulting in fewer inpatient stays and less expensive interventions than other approaches. Permanent Supportive Housing projects should use a Housing First approach in the design of the program. REALLOCATION PROJECTS PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING/HOUSING FIRST 17

18  HUD recognizes that transitional housing can be an effective tool in many communities for addressing the needs of specific subpopulations–such as homeless youth, domestic violence survivors, and the homeless with substance abuse issues.  Recent research shows that transitional housing is generally more expensive than other housing models serving similar populations  more service-intensive than most homeless households need  criteria for entry into many transitional housing programs are so rigorous that transitional housing beds are under-utilized because homeless households cannot overcome the barriers to entry.  HUD is strongly encouraging CoCs and recipients to carefully review the transitional housing models within the geographic area. HUDS POSITION ON TRANSITIONAL HOUSING 18

19 The CoC Interim Rule includes specific requirements for CoCs to be designated a High Performing Community:  Homeless persons are actively encouraged to participate in services available in the geographic area.  Bed coverage and service volume coverage captured in HMIS is at least 80% of entire service area.  Mean length of homelessness in a community is either less than 20 days or reduced by at least 10% compared to the prior year.  Of persons leaving homelessness, fewer than 5% of all persons become homeless again in 2 years or the number of persons becoming homeless again in 2 years is reduced by at least 20%. WHAT IS A HIGH PERFORMING COMMUNITY (HPC) 19

20 High Performing Community designation continued:  For those CoCs serving homeless families with children and youth defined as homeless under other Federal statutes (category 3), that 95% of those homeless families did not become homeless again within a 2 year period of termination of assistance.  That 85% of those families achieved permanent housing for at least 2 years following termination of assistance.  The designation of a High Performing community shall be effective only for one year WHAT IS A HIGH PERFORMING COMMUNITY (HPC) 20

21  On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act or 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including consolidating HUD's competitive grant programs and changing HUD's definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness.  Old Definition: A homeless person is an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence or has a primary night time residence that is  A publicly supervised or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);  An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or  A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping place for human beings. CHANGES: COC GRANT PRE-2009 21

22 The HEARTH Act consolidated Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care program, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation SRO program into a single grant program known as the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. Grant awards under ‘legacy’ grant programs are still in place until the end of the initial grant award date and the resources for those programs are still relevant. CHANGES: COC GRANT PRE-2009 SHP:  Permanent housing (PSH only)  Transitional housing  Supportive services only  Safe havens  Innovative supportive housing  HMIS S+C  Permanent housing (PSH only)  Tenant-based  Sponsor-based  Project-based  SRO-based 22

23  Supportive Housing Program  Acquisition  Rehabilitation  New construction  Leasing  Operating  Supportive services  HMIS  Project administration  Shelter + Care  Rental assistance  Tenant-based  Sponsor- based  Project-based  SRO  Length  Long-term ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES 23

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