FY2021 Continuum of Care Program Competition
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the NOFO (Notice of Funding Opportunity) for FY 2021 funds for the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program (CoC Application). The Continuum of Care NOFO is an online application which will be coordinated by Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS) on behalf of the Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness. Please view our application process timeline below.
- August 18, 2021: HUD Released FY2021 CoC Program Competition
- November 16, 2021: FY2021 CoC Program Competition submission deadline
FY21 COC LOCAL COMPETITION KEY DATES
- Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – FY2021 CoC Application Information and Planning Meeting
Place: Virtual via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89369789579)
Purpose: Discuss FY2021 CoC Application changes, project review procedures, potential new projects, review and ranking criteria. Applicants interested in submitting a CoC Project application in the FY2021 Competition, interested Coalition Board and General members can and should attend.
- Friday, October 1, 2021 – Draft applications for new projects due via email to ACDS (These applications will be entered into Esnaps by ACDS staff and returned to you for final submission)
- Friday, October 8, 2021 – All Final New and Renewal applications due via email to ACDS (including all match letters)
- Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – (tentative) Ranking and Review committee
- Friday, October 29, 2021 – Notification of Project Applications selected for submission in FY2021 Competition
FY21 COC LOCAL COMPETITION OVERVIEW
Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS), on behalf of Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness, the Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis Continuum of Care (the Anne Arundel County CoC), invites applications under HUD’s FY 2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program for renewal, new, and bonus projects at this time.
This local competition for projects serving Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis is in accordance with the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2021 Continuum of Care Program (2021 CoC Competition) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The NOFO for 2021 CoC Competition is an online application which will be coordinated by ACDS. The complete application includes the Consolidated CoC Application for the Anne Arundel County CoC. ACDS, on behalf of the AA CoC, will submit one collaborative “Continuum of Care Application” as well as all New and Renewal Project Applications.
FY21 HUD COC FUNDING AMOUNTS
HUD will continue to require CoC projects to be ranked in two (2) tiers. Projects ranked in Tier 1 will be conditionally selected provided the project applications pass both eligibility and quality threshold review. Tier 2 is the difference between Tier 1 and the CoC’s ARD plus any amount available for CoC Bonus projects (not including DV Bonus Project). This does not include funds made available for CoC Planning.
- The Anne Arundel County CoC ARD is $2,389,940.
- The Anne Arundel County Tier I is $2,389,940.
- The Anne Arundel County CoC can apply for a CoC bonus project award up to $119,497.
- The Anne Arundel County CoC can apply for a Domestic Violence (DV) bonus project award up to $287,023.
FY21 COC REALLOCATION POLICY
Any CoC grantee interested in voluntarily reallocating funding to better reach the goal of ending homelessness is encouraged to create a new project that will better achieve that goal is encouraged to talk with ACDS staff as soon as possible. Low performing projects may be reallocated through the process of review and ranking procedures per the MD-503 Anne Arundel County CoC Reallocation Policy, available here.
FY21 COC RESOURCES
Information about the FY2021 Continuum of Care Application is available on HUD’s website at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/e-snaps/fy-2021-coc-program-nofa-coc-program-competition/. It is important that you review and understand the FY2021 CoC NOFO and the changes so we can build the best application together.
Please feel free to contact Heather Donahue, CoC Planning and Grants Manager, at (410) 222-3958 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have regarding the FY2021 NOFO.
FY21 COC NEW PROJECT APPLICATION: APPLY NOW!
The FY21 CoC New Project Application is available at the link here. The application and required attachments are due Friday, October 1, 2021 at 4pm via email to Heather Donahue, CoC Planning and Grants Manager, at email@example.com. Please note the FY21 CoC New Project Applications is for new projects only and FY21 CoC Renewal Projects will complete a separate application.
FY21 COC RANKING/REVIEW CRITERIA
The ranking and review criteria for the FY 2021 Continuum of Care Competition is available here for new projects and here for renewal (existing) projects. These scoring tools are used to rank and review new and renewal applications, respectively. Please refer to these tools to see how project applications will be scored and how points are awarded in the competition. A ranking and review committee comprised of CoC Board Members will use this ranking and review criteria to evaluate all FY21 CoC applications and will use the scoring tools to determine project ranking.
Maryland Homelessness Solutions Program (HSP) Funding
The Maryland Homelessness Solutions Program (HSP) provides federal and state funding to CoCs to support homeless shelters and homeless services programs across the State of Maryland. The main funding priorities are: Outreach, Emergency Shelter, and Housing Stabilization services. It is a competitive process open to all provider organizations within the CoC. To apply, complete the application linked here. Please read the provider application and accompanying guidance carefully to avoid any errors.
We are also excited to announce that there is new, competitive Youth Homelessness funding available through the HSP program to serve unaccompanied homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness. Existing and new projects are both encouraged to apply. There is approximately $1 million available statewide for this initiative. To apply for youth homelessness funding, please complete the application linked here.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact Heather Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funding opportunity for Maryland Homelessness Solutions Program 2021 is closed and will reopen in Spring 2022.Available Downloads: