2017 HUD Continuum Competition Information

The FY 2017 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The NOFA has dropped!  Please read the NOFA and all linked materials completely. Check this post for updates. The 2017 NOFA and Continuum Internal Timeline are linked at the bottom of this post.

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT

 The electronic application in e-snaps will be available on or after next Tuesday, July 18, 2017. HUD strongly encourages CoCs, Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, and stakeholders to:
  • Carefully and thoroughly read the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA to understand the information; and
  • Begin to plan local competitions based on information, new and changed from the previous Competition, provided in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA.

Additionally, so that CoCs know their maximum award amounts, including amounts for planning and Permanent Housing Bonus, HUD has posted the Estimated Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) Report that includes each CoC’s Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN), estimated ARD, CoC Planning, and Permanent Housing Bonus amounts.

What’s New and Special Considerations for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition

The list below highlights some important information about what has changed, what is new, and special considerations that CoCs should make while planning for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive and additional details are located in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA. A full list of new, changed, and highlighted information can be found on the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page.

  • Tier 1 is 94 percent of the CoC’s ARD amount.
  • The amount available for the Permanent Housing Bonus is 6 percent of the CoC’s Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN).
  • Renewal project applicants may submit their renewal project applications with no changes. We strongly encourage you wait to access e-snaps to complete your renewal project application until the FY 2017 Renewal Project Application Detailed Instructions are posted on the HUD Exchange so you can determine if you want to take advantage of this new function.
  • HUD has made several changes to the eligibility requirements for permanent housing, permanent supportive housing, and rapid rehousing. Applicants should carefully read the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA regarding these changes.
  • Most of the mandatory HUD form attachments have been moved to e-snaps as fillable forms that only require a checkbox certification with the project applicant’s authorized representative information. The only HUD required form that remains an attachment is the HUD-2991, Certification of Consistency with the Consolidated Plan, and it must be attached by the Collaborative Applicant to the FY 2017 CoC Priority Listing.
  • Tier 2 project-level scoring has been revised to include only three criteria – CoC Application score, ranked position of the project application in Tier 2, and the project application’s commitment to Housing First. The type of project has been removed as a Tier 2 scoring criteria.
  • System Performance Measurement information will be largely scored on data submitted by the CoC to the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX), although CoCs will be required to attach the FY 2017 Competition Report to their CoC Application in e-snaps.
  • The local ranking process continues to be crucial to making the CoC Program as effective as possible. CoCs should use objective, performance-based criteria to rate projects and should consider both the need to serve particular populations of people experiencing homelessness (for example, survivors of domestic violence, youth, and persons with substance use disorders) and the effectiveness of their projects in reducing homelessness.
  • All applicants must have a current HUD-approved Code of Conduct. Most organizations’ Codes of Conduct were removed from HUD’s website in early 2017, as they did not meet the requirements of 2 CFR part 200, and the organizations were notified by another HUD office that a new Code of Conduct must be submitted. Be sure to review the Code of Conduct for HUD Grant Programs page on HUD’s website to ensure your organization is listed which means you have submitted an approved Code of Conduct. If you do not see your organization on the list, be sure to attach a current and complete Code of Conduct to your Project Applicant Profile in e-snaps.

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.

If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.

If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox, please contact info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.


During the competition, it is critical that questions are submitted to the correct Ask A Question (AAQ) portal.

Questions pertaining to the CoC Program Competition should be submitted to the e-snaps portal. These questions include e-snaps technical issues; questions about the NOFA, CoC Application, CoC Priority Listings, or Project Applications; and questions about grant awards, agreements, or amendments.

To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PMEastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2017 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT.

Click here to view 2017 NOFA

Click here to view 2017 Continuum Internal Timeline

Click here for 2017 priority listing.

Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Resources for Survivors

By Che Hatter

During my AmeriCorps training, we had a Cardboard Connect workshop to highlight the difficulty of navigating homelessness in many different scenarios. If you are unfamiliar, Cardboard Connect is a simulation facilitated by One Roof that provides each participant with a random card describing a particular homelessness situation. The participant must go through the simulation to collect three things: a source of income, three meals, and a safe place to sleep. The scenario I chose was for a young stay-at-home wife with an abusive spouse. By the conclusion of Cardboard Connect, I couldn’t find a job because I had no previous work experience. I ended up finding only two meals that day. Because I had no money of my own, I could not rent an apartment and since my spouse cut me off from my relatives and friends, there were no support networks for me to contact. All of the shelters filled their beds for the day meaning I had two options, neither of them safe: sleep outside or live with my spouse.

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And while conversations about supporting survivors to leave their abusers have been more prevalent, we are missing an important tangible issue. Where can these individuals and families go to escape intimate partner violence? Isolation and creating dependence are common abuse tactics. Meaning even if someone desperately wants to leave their abusive relationship, doing so could mean living on the streets. For many – and women, in particular – domestic violence is the primary cause of their homelessness. Without appropriate shelter and resources, victims of domestic violence who leave their abusers may simply be trading danger at home for danger on the streets. Additionally, abusive relationships are prone to escalation and many end up dying at the hands of their partners before finding the opportunity to escape. So far in 2016, domestic violence has resulted in 15 homicides in our community.

We cannot have a significant conversation about ending domestic violence if were are unwilling to talk about available resources and homelessness. One Roof is proud to partner with several agencies providing services to individuals fleeing domestic violence. The YWCA Central Alabama provides a range of services for domestic violence survivors, including confidential shelter for women and children. SafeHouse of Shelby County works to empower survivors to prevent further abuse by providing emergency and transitional housing. One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center is an upcoming collaborative organization that will provide free and confidential services to remove the barriers to reporting and seeking help. These organizations do substantial work in providing safe havens for survivors. However, there is still a pressing need for affordable housing in our community. We cannot expect to empower survivors or end the cycle of abuse, if we are unwilling to provide the necessary tools to create accessible, safe, and sustainable living outside of domestic violence.

If you are experiencing a domestic violence situation and need help, please call the Crisis Hotline at 205-322-4878.


Che is an AmeriCorps member currently serving with One Roof through the YWCA Central Alabama’s Building Communities, Bettering Lives Program.

2016 HUD Continuum Competition Priority Listing and Completed Application

Per HUD rules, this is the complete Collaborative Application for FY 2016 funds. The application will be proofed once more tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13, 2016, but no substantive changes will be made. The complete Collaborative Application which includes all attachments and the Priority Listing, will be submitted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

click here to view 2016 project priority listing

click here to view 2016 completed application 



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