Continuum of Care (CoC)
In 1995, HUD began requiring communities to submit one application for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. This streamlined the application process, and encouraged the coordination of housing and support services for agencies providing direct homeless services, and placed emphasis on the development of local CoCs. The CoC is defined as “the local planning body that coordinates housing and support services funding for homeless families and individuals.” In 2009, President Obama introduced the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. This Act amended and reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act with substantial changes. In August 2012, HUD issued the Interim Rule which provided regulations for how the HEARTH Act of 2009 would be managed and administered.
The Purpose and Activities of the CoC are to:
The CoC’s Primary Responsibilities are:
The Program Components of the CoC Competitive Grant Program are:
Project Review, Score, and Ranking Procedures, including Reallocation
The ERA followed standard evaluation guidelines as listed in our Howard County Government, Continuum of Care Policies & Procedures, Effective October 2015. These have been posted on our website since January 2016. Page eight through 10 outlines the process the ERA utilizes to review, rank, reject or reallocate both renewals and any new projects including BONUS.
In order to review outcomes based on these criteria (page 10) the ERA used a Score Card that reviewed APR data (directly from ServicePoint) as well as HUD’s standards (“pass/fail” elements). All Project Applications were scored, ranked based on score then accepted/rejected/reallocated, and then placed into one of the two tiers, as HUD requires. Below is a copy of the Score Card that was used for all Projects reviewed by the ERA.
Posting of FY 2016 Project Selections, Ranking, and CoC Application
This year Howard County’s HUD approved Annual Renewal Demand (the amount we are allowed to ask for) is $762,534.00, with 93% of that in Tier 1 and 7% in Tier 2 (per the NOFA). The ERA met on 8/25/16 to review, rank and tier each project in the 2016 CoC Competition. The ERA decided:
ERA’s Final 2016 Ranking/Decision:
The following are all sections for the Continuum of Care 2016 Application (click the name to open as a pdf):
2. McKinney I
3. McKinney IV
4. McKinney III
5. McKinney II
6. Project Revive – new
7. Finally Home Howard County – BONUS
Public Comment period will be open from 9/2/16 through 9/7/16, at which time the application will be submitted through County government for approval by the County Executive and then submitted to HUD by or before 9/14/16, 7:59 PM. Any comments, edits or input can be provided via phone, email, fax, or in person to: Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager, Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, Office of Community Partnerships, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046. Phone: 410-313-5971 (direct). FAX: 410-313-6424
If you have questions related to the Continuum of Care program, contact: Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email email@example.com.
Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager
Continuum of Care Program
Office of Community Partnerships
Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046
If you are experiencing homelessness or an immediate housing crisis, please contact Grassroots Crisis Intervention 24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: 410-531-6677 (voice/relay).
Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing Project:
Local Application for Renewal and New Projects for Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing Projects for individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness.
The Howard County Office of Community Partnerships is seeking Local Applications for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program for Permanent Supportive Housing Projects for individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness. All applicants for both renewal and new projects are required to submit applications. There is a separate application for each renewal project and for any new projects. Funding for new projects (created through BONUS or Reallocation) will be based on information prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for FFY17. All data in renewal applications must be sourced directly from HMIS/ServicePoint.
Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 to: Michelle Hippert, CoC Manager, DCRS
Each Project Application must be submitted:
It is highly recommended to refer to HUD-issued guidance as agencies prepare and apply for 2017 CoC funds. https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/e-snaps/fy-2017-coc-program-nofa-coc-program-competition/
Project Applications must be submitted to:
Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager
Continuum of Care (CoC) Program
Office of Community Partnerships
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21046
Please call (410-313-5971) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Emergency Food and Shelter Program Application
Howard County just received notification of available funding in the amount of $27,909 under the State Set-Aside Allocation for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Phase 34. Attached is a Public Notice that will be published in the Howard County Times on July 13, 2017, regarding this Phase 34 available funding for Howard County Maryland.
Attached is a zip file of the entire application package for Phase 34. This includes the application, manuals, timelines, eligible activities and required attachments for applying. Applications are due to the Department of Community Resources and Services by Friday July 28, 2017, by 5:00 PM. No late applications will be accepted. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the Local Board and submitted through the national website before August 8, 2017.
Eligible Activities for Local Recipient Organizations include the following; see attachments for full description including required backup documentation:
Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) FY2017
All DHR grants for homeless services were due to the CoC Lead Agency by Friday April 8, 2016. All applications were submitted by Howard County Government by DHR’s deadline. The following were the grants, amounts and uses submitted and awarded, to date, for FY2017:
Questions? Contact Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager, at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email@example.com.
Link to DHR: http://dhr.maryland.gov/bureau-of-homeless-services/
FFY2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Application & Project Applications
On June 28, 2016, HUD opened the FY2016 Continuum of Care Application. All elements of the application were due to HUD by September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT. There were two main components of this application and both were completed in the federal reporting site, e-snaps.
The Evaluation and Resource Allocation (ERA) Committee of the Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency reviewed and ranked the FFY2016 Project Applications, in accordance with the FFY2016 NOFA, on August 25, 2016. Agencies which submitted Renewal Project Applications and BONUS Project Applications were notified on August 26, 2016 of Project status, ranking and whether the Project Application would be submitted by the Collaborative Applicant. The final rankings are listed on the Continuum of Care page.
Housing for All
The Office of Community Partnerships’ Continuum of Care Program is facilitating a Howard County, Maryland Plan to End Homelessness update, to be named, Housing for All. Housing for All will be Howard County's new 5-year plan to end and prevent homelessness in Howard County. Housing for All is being developed with input from Federal, State, and Howard County Departments and Offices as well as community advocates, faith community members, and experts in the field of ending homelessness. A series of community events began with an Executive Roundtable in September 2016 and was followed by an October 2016 Community Planning Day. Events and activities will culminate in an updated plan slated to be adopted by June 2017.
Housing For All Planning Meeting
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Roger Carter Community Center
Housing for All Presentation
If you have questions related to Housing for All process, please contact Kathleen Swanson at 410-313-5953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Community Resources and Services
Office of Community Partnerships
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300,
Columbia, Maryland 21046
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