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FY 2017 Lowell Continuum of Care Program Application and Priority Listing

Lowell Continuum of Care 


The Lowell Continuum of Care (CoC) is an umbrella organization whose members provide services to the homeless, with a goal of ultimately eliminating homelessness with assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Nonprofit organizations in Lowell that are members of the CoC are working to provide services to help increase the self-sufficiency of homeless persons and those with issues of mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence and disabilities that are at-risk of homelessness. The CoC continues to implement a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which has been installed at five homeless provider locations. Data is collected annually to create a Housing Gaps Analysis Chart that is used by the community to determine the unmet need for emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and permanent housing sites for homeless persons. Lowell's CoC is funded through HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act programs.

View the City of Lowell Partnership for Change: Action Plan to End Homelessness (PDF) to learn more about the City's commitment, along with many dedicated partners, to end homelessness in our community.

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a local planning coalition that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals.

The CoC is a coordinated and comprehensive strategic organizational structure with members that represent
  • Community Leaders
  • Housing and Service Providers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Other Interested Residents and System Participants
  • Public Housing Authorities
The CoC has the ultimate goal of ending homelessness with assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
 

                                       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

                                                                Community Planning and Development
                        Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care
                                                                                  Program Competition
                                                                                        FR-6100-N-25


                                                                          City of Lowell, Massachusetts
               LOCAL RENEWAL AND NEW HOUSING PROJECT FUNDING AVAILABILITY NOTIFICATION


Pursuant to theFY2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Continuum of Care (CoC), the City of Lowell on behalf of the Lowell CoC is seeking a request for applications for 2 New Permanent Housing Projects either for a Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Rapid Rehousing project (TH-RRH) or a Rapid Rehousing (RRH) project for unaccompanied homeless youth. Funding for projects in the FY2017 CoC competition is limited.  New housing projects must follow a Housing First model, participate in the CoC’s Coordinated Entry System and make the maximum use of mainstream resources for supportive services, educational and employment supports. Application and supporting documentation will be available for download below or by contacting Linda King at
lking@lowellma.gov.  

                                                                            APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 12:00 p.m. EST, Friday, August 11, 2017

 and submitted by email to Linda King at lking@lowellma.gov
 

LOCAL FUNDING AVAILABILITY
- Lowell CoC Local Renewal Application
- RFP Reallocation Funds for New Permanent Housing Project for Unaccompanied Youth, and
- RFP New HUD Housing Bonus, Permanent Housing Project for Unaccompanied Youth.
PLEASE NOTE:  Agencies may apply for both permanent housing project opportunities using separate RFP forms.  Renewals must submit separate local applications for each CoC project that they may have.

APPLICATION RESOURCES

 1.  CoC PROGRAM COMPETITION MATERIALS/Training and Resources
- Project applicants that can refer to the following materials when completing applications, they can be accessed via the HUD exchange.
- Notice of Funding Availability for the 2017 Continuum of Care Program Competition FR-6100-N-25 
- Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) ACT / CoC Program Interim Rule  
 

2. FEDERAL STRATEGIC PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS AND HEARTH INTERIM RULE
- "Opening Doors" the federal strategic plan to end homelessness can be found here 
- You may also Ask Policy or Reporting System Question on HUD Exchange website:
 
3. PERMANENT HOUSING RESOURCES
New Joint Component Project Type United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: Quick Analysis
- New Joint Component Project Type: HUD Exchange
- HUD Rapid Rehousing Brief
  
   

FY 2017 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

 
FY 2017 Local Renewal and New Housing Project Funding Availability Notification
FY 2017 Priority Placement for the 2017 Continuum of Care Program Competitive Application  

 

 

 

COC

Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Hud Notice of Funding Announcement Notification


Pursuant to the FY2016 Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFA) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Continuum of Care (CoC), the City of Lowell on behalf of the Lowell CoC is seeking a request for applications for New Permanent Housing Projects either for Permanent Supportive (PSH) or Rapid Rehousing (RRH) projects.

Funding for new permanent housing projects in the FY2015 CoC competition is limited. New permanent housing projects must follow a Housing First model, participate in the design and implementation of the CoC's Coordinated Access System and makes maximum use of mainstream resources for supportive services.

View the FY2016 CoC Program NOFA (PDF)
.

Local Funding Opportunities


Permanent Housing Bonus Application


The Lowell CoC is seeking applications for CoC New Housing Bonus Funds for permanent housing that includes both permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing project. HUD announced that the permanent housing bonus will be up to 5% of the CoC's Final Pro Rata Need. For Lowell that amount is approximately $60,000.

View the New Permanent Housing Bonus Application (PDF).

Transitional Housing Reallocation Application


The Lowell CoC is seeking applications from existing Lowell Continuum of Care Transitional Housing (TH) projects wishing to voluntarily reallocate existing TH funds to either a permanent supportive housing or rapid re-housing project the following two forms must be completed:

New Bonus Housing Types


CoCs may create new projects through the permanent housing bonus up to 5% of the CoC's FPRN for the following types of new projects:
  • CoCs may create new permanent supportive housing projects that will serve 100% chronically homeless individuals and families.
  • CoCs may create new rapid rehousing projects that will serve homeless individuals and families coming directly from the streets or emergency shelters, and include persons fleeing domestic violence situations and other persons meeting the criteria of paragraph (4) of the definition of homelessness.

Applications Due


Reallocation plans and New Housing Bonus Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Friday, July 29, 2016 and should be sent by email to Linda King.

Scoring Applications


An Independent Scoring Committee will rate and review New Housing Bonus Projects, Reallocation Plans and Renewal Applicant Performance Evaluations for submission as part of the Lowell CoC FY2016 application. Final decisions regarding all awards will be made by HUD via the national competition. For more information on the Lowell CoC's policies and procedures for rating and review of application please see Lowell MA-508 CoC Rating and Review Procedures 2016 (PDF).