Category Archives: HUD CoC Grant aka “NOFA”

CoC Grant Information (NOFA)

Preparation for the upcoming FY 2020 CoC Grant Competition

In preparation for the upcoming FY 2020 CoC Grant/Program Competition, members of the Western Virginia Continuum of Care (CoC) are encouraged to review the eligibility requirements for applicants and project funding.

  • Eligible Project Applicant: As stated in last year’s FY2019 CoC NOFA, “Eligible project applicants for the CoC Program Competition are found at 24 CFR 578.15 and include nonprofit organizations, states, local governments, and instrumentalities of state and local governments. Public housing agencies, as such term is defined in 24 CFR 5.100, are eligible without limitation or exclusion. Tribes, tribal housing authorities, and for-profit 25 of 81 entities are ineligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds.”
  • Eligible Projects for Funding:  While we have not received word on what the new projects will be eligible for funding this year, the new projects that were eligible for funding last year included: Permanent Housing (including rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing), Transitional Housing, Supportive Services Only (specifically for a centralized or coordinated assessment), HMIS projects that can only be carried out by the HMIS Lead, and projects for the Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus. 

Any CoC organization interested in submitting a project application under this year’s Collaborative Application will need to obtain a DUNS Number, SAM Number, and e-snaps login, if they do not have these components already.  The process for obtaining these numbers and login access can take up to four weeks. And all these components in place in order to submit a project application.

  • DUNS Number: www.dnb.com or call 1-800-700-2733. The process of obtaining a DUNS Number is free of charge and should take less than 15 minutes. You can find more information here.
  • SAM Number: www.SAM.gov to register or update your organization. You will need to create a user account before registering or updating your organization. The SAM will ask you for the North American Industry Classification System or NAICS (pronounced “naykes”) code that best describes your industry. Please enter NAICS code 624229, “Other Community Housing Services.” You can find more information here.
  • E-snaps: https://esnaps.hud.gov/grantium/frontOffice.jsf for registering. E-snaps is the platform for completing and submitting the project grant applications for the CoC Collaborative Application. For more informational instruction for E-snaps, visit https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/e-snaps/.

Presently, there is no information on when the FY2020 CoC NOFA will be released, but anticipate it should become available in the coming weeks. Information will be sent out as soon as it becomes available.

Please contact our Grant Coordinator, Emily McCarty, at EMcCarty@harrisonburgrha.com, if you have any questions.

Notice of FY2019 Funding Decision

After reviewing project applications, the CoC’s funding priority list for the FY2019 NOFA Competition is complete. There were 3 applications for renewal projects, 1 application for a new project, and 1 application for an expansion project. The priority list is included below for your review. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Vine Adowei, CoC Coordinator, at vadowei@harrisonburgrha.com.

FY 2019 NOFA Guides

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the FY 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) competition on July 3, 2019. The NOFA competition is for nonprofit organizations, local governments, and instrumentalities of state and local governments within the Western VA-513 jurisdiction, who have a project that fits the criteria established by HUD. All eligible entities are welcome and encouraged to apply for the competition.

To aid in the application process, I have included HUD’s detailed instructions and guides for applicants based on their respective projects:

New Projects:

Renewal Projects:

E-Snaps:

Housing First:

FY2019 CoC Grant NOFA – Request for Project Applications

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the FY 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) competition. 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 homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

This announcement serves as a formal solicitation for new and renewal project applications to be considered for funding.  A timeline guiding the grant application process for our CoC is available on this page. This timeline has a very swift turnaround due to HUD statutory regulations placed upon each CoC during the competition process, so please review with care. Embedded in the timeline document are links to the FY2019 NOFA document, as well as a user guide for e-snaps, the platform in which projects are submitted.  These documents are also attached below.  Not ALL guidance for the 2019 Competition has been released by HUD as of yet.  Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

The types of new projects that are eligible for funding include: Permanent Housing (including rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing), Transitional Housing, Supportive Services Only (specifically for a centralized or coordinated assessment), HMIS projects that can only be carried out by the HMIS Lead, and projects for the Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus.  Further information can be found within the NOFA document (see enclosed).  Nonprofit organizations, local governments, and instrumentalities of state and local governments within the Western VA-513 jurisdiction, who have a project that fits the new project or DV Bonus criteria, are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

For interested agencies, HRHA will be hosting a CoC NOFA Information Session Conference Call for any interested participants on July 25 at 10 a.m.  To call in and participate, please use the following number and access code: 

  • Conference Call Number: 605-313-5147  |  Access Code: 539210.

All agencies who intend to apply for new or renewal funding are to send an email to me indicating your agency name, type of proposed project(s), and an appropriate contact person for the application process by COB July 26.

ALL PROJECT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN E-SNAPS BY AUGUST 23, 2019. An exported PDF of the application must also be submitted by August 23, 2019, to the CoC Coordinator, Vine Adowei, at vadowei@harrisonburgrha.com.

FY 2019 CoC NOFA

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) establishes the funding criteria for the FY 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. HUD is making available approximately $2.3 billion in Fiscal Year 2019 for the CoC Program. 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 homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

The FY 2019 CoC Program Competition opened on July 3, 2019, and applications are due Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM EDT.

https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5842/fy-2019-coc-program-nofa/

Preparing for the Upcoming CoC Grant

In preparation for the upcoming FY 2019 CoC Grant application cycle, I wanted to send out information on obtaining a DUNS Number, SAM Number, and e-snaps login. Any organization interested in submitting a project application under the CoC grant will need to have all these components in place in order before submission. The process for obtaining these can take up to four weeks.

· DUNS Number: www.dnb.com or call 1-800-700-2733. The process of obtaining a DUNS Number is free of charge and should take less than 15 minutes. See enclosed attachment for more information.

· SAM Number: www.SAM.gov to register or update your organization. You will need to create a user account before registering or updating your organization. The SAM will ask you for the North American Industry Classification System or NAICS (pronounced “naykes”) code that best describes your industry. Please enter NCAIS code 624229, “Other Community Housing Services.” See enclosed attachment for more information.

· E-snaps: https://esnaps.hud.gov/grantium/frontOffice.jsf for registering. E-snaps is the platform for completing and submitting the project grant applications for the CoC Collaborative Application. For more informational instruction for E-snaps, visit https://www.hudexchange.info/…/instructions-for-updating-t…/.

We are still waiting for the CoC NOFA to be released, but anticipate it should become available before the end of June. Information will be sent out as soon as it becomes available.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Emily McCarty
Community Development & Grant Coordinator
Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority
143 Reservoir Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
P.O. Box 1071, Harrisonburg, VA 22803
540.437.9545 | EMcCarty@harrisonburgrha.com