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The annual CoC NOFO application has been released for FY23. We are requesting all NEW Project Applications be submitted by July 28th, 2023, by 5:00pm. Once preapplications are submitted the Ranking and Review Committee will review applications and either accept, reject, or ask an agency/individual to make modifications to their projects on August 1stAll accepted projects will complete the final application in the e-snaps system by August 28th, 2023, by 5:00pm. The Ranking and Review Committee will then score projects based on criteria in the NOFO and community needs and rank them from highest to lowest. In addition to reviewing and scoring project applications the SCCoC team will be completing a consolidated application as well so please be sure to adhere to all deadlines as they are released. 


All accepted renewal and new projects will be announced by September 13, 2023, via the CoC listserv and website. All FY2023 CoC NOFO materials will be posted on the CoC website at www.summitcoc.org for your review.


Any agencies/individuals who plan to apply for these funds should be sure to review the SCCoC Membership Policy Membership-Policy.docx (live.com) to ensure eligibility. Please be sure to read though the preapplication and the NOFO attached prior to submitting a project application. If you have any additional questions after reading though the NOFO, please feel free to reach out to me.  



New Projects. (See section III.B.3.e for more information on New Project applications.)


(1) New PH-PSH projects must serve one of the following:

(a) persons eligible to be served by DedicatedPLUS projects as described in section

I.B.2.b.(7) of this NOFO in which case all units funded by the project must be used to

serve program participants who meet the qualifications for DedicatedPLUS; or

(b) persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness [see 24 CFR 578.3 definition of

Chronically Homeless] at the time they initially enroll in the project.


(2) New PH-RRH, Joint TH/PH-RRH, and SSO-CE projects must serve persons who qualify

as homeless under paragraphs (1), (2), or (4) of 24 CFR 578.3, Section 103(b) of the

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, or persons who qualify as homeless under

paragraph (3) of 24 CFR 578.3 if the CoC is approved to serve persons in paragraph (3).


(3) New DV Bonus projects (RRH, Joint TH/PH-RRH, and SSO-CE) must serve survivors of

domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking who qualify as homeless under

paragraph (1) or (4) of 24 CFR 578.3 or Section 103(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless

Assistance Act. Additionally, these projects may serve survivors of domestic violence, dating

violence, sexual assault, and stalking who qualify as homeless under paragraph (3) of 24

CFR 578.3 if the CoC is approved to serve persons in paragraph (3).



HUD Homeless Policy Priorities


(1) Ending homelessness for all persons. In 2022, the United States Interagency Council on

Homelessness (USICH) presented All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End

Homelessness to the President and Congress. The plan is built around six pillars: three

foundations—equity, data and evidence, and collaboration—and three solutions—housing

and supports, crisis response, and prevention. The work funded through this NOFO will

support the actions and strategies proposed within the pillars. To end homelessness, CoCs

should identify, engage, and effectively serve all persons experiencing homelessness. CoCs

should measure their performance based on local data that consider the challenges faced by

all subpopulations experiencing homelessness in the geographic area (e.g., veterans, youth,

families, those experiencing chronic homelessness, and people with disabilities, including

those living with HIV/AIDS). CoCs should partner with housing, health care, and supportive

services providers to expand housing options, such as permanent supportive housing,

housing subsidies, and rapid rehousing. Additionally, CoCs should use local data to

determine the characteristics of individuals and families with the highest needs and longest

experiences of homelessness to develop housing and supportive services tailored to their



(2) Use a Housing First approach. Housing First prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization

in permanent housing and does not have service participation requirements or preconditions.

CoC Program funded projects should help individuals and families move quickly into

permanent housing, and CoCs should measure and help projects reduce the length of time

people experience homelessness. Additionally, CoCs should engage landlords and property

owners to identify housing units available for rapid rehousing and permanent supportive

housing participants, remove barriers to entry, and adopt client-centered service methods.

HUD encourages CoCs to assess how well Housing First approaches are being implemented


(3) Reducing Unsheltered Homelessness. In recent years, the number of people experiencing

unsheltered homelessness has risen significantly, including a rising number of encampments

in many communities across the country. People living unsheltered have extremely high rates

of physical and mental illness and substance use disorders. CoCs should explore all available

resources, including CoC and ESG funded assistance, housing subsidies, and supportive

services to provide permanent housing options for people who are unsheltered. CoCs should

work with law enforcement and their state and local governments to eliminate policies and

practices that criminalize homelessness.


(4) Improving System Performance. CoCs should be using system performance measures

(e.g., average length of homeless episodes, rates of return to homelessness, rates of exit to

permanent housing destinations) to determine how effectively they are serving people

experiencing homelessness. Additionally, CoCs should use their Coordinated Entry process

to promote participant choice, coordinate homeless assistance and mainstream housing, and

services to ensure people experiencing homelessness receive assistance quickly, and make

homelessness assistance open, inclusive, and transparent. CoCs should review all projects

eligible for renewal in FY 2023 to determine their effectiveness in serving people

experiencing homelessness, including cost-effectiveness. CoCs should also look for

opportunities to implement continuous quality improvement and other process improvement



(5) Partnering with Housing, Health, and Service Agencies. Using cost performance and

outcome data, CoCs should improve how all available resources are utilized to end

homelessness. HUD encourages CoCs to maximize the use of mainstream and other community-based resources when serving persons experiencing homelessness and should:


(a) Work closely with public and private healthcare organizations and assist program

participants to receive primary care, receive housing related services, and obtain medical

insurance to address healthcare needs. This includes developing close partnerships with

public health agencies to analyze data and design approaches that reduce homelessness,

improve the health of people experiencing homelessness, and prevent and address

disease outbreaks, including HIV/AIDS.


(b) Partner closely with PHAs and state and local housing organizations to utilize

coordinated entry, develop housing units, and provide housing subsidies to people

experiencing homelessness. These partnerships can also help CoC Program participants

exit permanent supportive housing through Housing Choice Vouchers and other

available housing options. CoCs and PHAs should especially work together to implement

targeted programs such as Emergency Housing Vouchers, HUD-VASH, Mainstream

Vouchers, Family Unification Program (FUP) Vouchers, and other housing voucher

programs targeted to people experiencing homelessness.


(c) Partner with local workforce development centers to improve employment



(d) Work with Tribal organizations to ensure that Tribal members can access CoC funded

assistance when a CoC’s geographic area borders a Tribal area.


(6) Racial Equity. In nearly every community, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color

are substantially over-represented in the homeless population. HUD is emphasizing system

and program changes to address racial equity within CoCs. Responses to preventing and

ending homelessness should address racial inequities to ensure successful outcomes for all

persons experiencing homelessness using proven approaches, such as: developing a

coordinated community response created in partnership with a racially diverse set of

stakeholders and people experiencing homelessness and partnering with organizations with

experience serving underserved populations. CoCs should review local policies, procedures,

and processes with attention to identifying barriers that result in racial disparities and taking

steps to eliminate barriers to improve racial equity and to address disparities.


(7) Improving Assistance to LGBTQ+ IndividualsDiscrimination on the basis of gender

identity or sexual orientation manifests differently for different individuals and often

overlaps with other forms of prohibited discrimination. CoCs should address the needs of

LGBTQ+, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals and families in

their planning processes. Additionally, when considering which projects to select in their

local competition to be included in their application to HUD, CoCs should ensure privacy,

respect, safety, and access regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation in projects.

CoCs should also consider partnering with organizations with expertise in serving LGBTQ+



(8) Persons with Lived ExperienceThe people who know best what solutions will

effectively end homelessness are those who are experiencing homelessness. HUD expects

CoCs to include people with lived homeless expertise and experience in their local planning

and decision-making process. People with lived experience should determine how local

policies may need to be revised and updated to improve the effectiveness of homelessness

assistance programs, including participating in planning and oversight activities, and

developing local competition processes. CoC leaders and stakeholders should prioritize

hiring people who have experienced homelessness in areas where their expertise is needed.


(9) Increasing Affordable Housing Supply. The lack of affordable housing is the main driver

of homelessness. CoCs play a critical role in educating local leaders and stakeholders about

the importance of increasing the supply of affordable housing and the specific consequences

of the continued lack of affordable housing. CoCs should be communicating with jurisdiction

leaders, including for the development of Consolidated Plans, about the harmful effects of

the lack of affordable housing, and they should engage local leaders about steps such as

zoning and land use reform that would increase the supply of affordable housing. This FY

2023 CoC NOFO awards points to CoCs that take steps to engage local leaders about

increasing affordable housing supply.