The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) is an independently funded, non-profit organization whose mission includes the prevention and ending of homelessness in the seven county, Metro Denver Region by facilitating, integrating and tracking cooperative, community-wide and regional systems of care for people who have become homeless, but seek to live in a stable home and maximize self-sufficiency.
2013 CoC NOFA Information
Dear Continuum of Care Stakeholders:
The 2013 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Notice of Available Funds (NOFA) for Continuum of Care (CoC) has been released which initiates our local process to ensure successful submission to HUD by February 3, 2014. It is important that interested applicants read the 2013 HUD NOFA announcement PRIOR to the December 9th MDHI NOFA applicant training.
According to 2013 HUD CoC NOFA (page 5): “The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house the homeless while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by the homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.”
Highlights in the 2013 HUD NOFA include:
- No new dollars in addition to existing renewal amount
- The Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) may be reduced by 5%
- (MDHI CoC ARD $16,483,664 – $824,183 (5%) = $15,659,481 (anticipated 2013 ARD)
- Increased emphasis on addressing chronic homelessness among individuals, youth and families which includes opportunities for reallocation of renewal projects into permanent supportive housing (PSH) and/or rapid re-housing projects
- Expectation that eighty percent (80%) of CoC program participants exiting PSH and transitional housing (TH) move into permanent housing
- Target most in need, which includes prioritizing turnover units within currently funded PSH projects
- Increased percentage of all CoC projects: participant leavers obtained mainstream benefits (56%); leavers with income other than employment (54%)
MDHI CoC Competition highlights:
- All new and renewal applicants will be required to attend the NOFA training on December 9th at 9:00 a.m. at Mile High United Way, 2505 18th Street, Denver, Colorado 80211
- Renewal and new project applicants will upload project applications into WizeHive electronic system
- New projects will be considered but not guaranteed to be funded
- MDHI stakeholders recommended that 50% of PSH turnover units be set aside for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing chronic homelessness. The HUD NOFA recommends that 85% of turnover units be targeted for these populations. The CoC is recommending that through development of a centralized list and formal coordinated entry system, referrals be received by PSH projects to fill PSH turnover units
- NOFA grant recipients will be invited to make a presentation to the NOFA review committee on January 7, 2014, to answer committee questions
- NOFA Grant Fees of .004% will be collected upon HUD announcement of Tier 1 and Tier 2 awards. Grantees will not be required to submit a fee at time of the 2013 project application
- An appeals process has been approved by the MDHI Board of Directors for the 2013 NOFA (see link)
MDHI is committed to a transparent and fair process in determining allocation of limited CoC NOFA resources. Our collective efforts will be reflected in the MDHI NOFA consolidated application, which will be scored by HUD and determine if our Continuum of Care will be eligible for a CoC planning grant as well as funding for any projects in Tier 2.
We recognize that the time-frame is tight and some of the changes in the 2013 NOFA will increase national competition for limited resources. We look forward to working with stakeholders across the seven county area to ensure we submit a quality application to best address the needs of our citizens.
Thank you for your continued efforts and commitment to preventing and ending homelessness.
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