The Maine Continuum of Care is pleased to announce this Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Fiscal Year 2019 CoC NOFA Competition!

The Maine Continuum of Care (MCOC) invites interested eligible agencies, including agencies that have not previously received CoC grants, to apply for funding to create housing and related services for those experiencing homelessness in Maine.

This summary provides highlights of some of the important information in the FY 2019 CoC NOFA, but it is not intended to be exhaustive or complete. All potential applicants must read the full NOFA and all HUD and esnaps guidance for additional details.

Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Continuum of Care Program Competition

Announcement Type: Initial

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6000-N-25

Primary CFDA Number: 14.267

Due Date for Applications: Full CoC Level Application Due 9/30/2019.

All Maine Continuum of Care New and Renewal Project Level Applications are due in esnaps no later than 8/30/2019 to allow time for review, scoring and ranking.

The full NOFA announcement and additional information is available at:

https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/e-snaps/fy-2019-coc-program-nofa-coc-program-competition/#nofa-and-notices

Applicants are required to complete and submit their applicationsvia esnaps. More information about esnaps, including detailed instructions and guidance can be found on the e-snaps page.

Training and Resources: The CoC Program interim rule (24 CFR part 578 published July 31, 2012 at 77 CFR 45422), training materials, detailed instructions, and program resources are available via the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/

The HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ). HUD Exchange AAQ is accessible 24 hours each day at https://www.hudexchange.info/program-support/my-question/  for questions regarding regulatory or programmatic requirements, or access to/functionality of esnaps. Always check the FAQ list first to see if your question has already been addressed.

HUD Homeless Assistance Mailing List: If you have not already done so, we encourage you to subscribe to relevant HUD Mailing Lists by visiting:https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/

For Further Information: Questions regarding Maine CoC specific requirements should be directed to MaineHousing at gro.g1563919532nisuo1563919532henia1563919532m@kse1563919532dpleh1563919532coc1563919532 . This notice and other MCOC related information will be posted on the www.MaineHomelessPlanning.org website. MCOC encourages all interested parties to subscribe to this site to receive notices of any new posts.

Available Funds: HUD is again using the Tier 1, Tier 2 funding methodology but with one minor adjustment for 2019. Tier 1 is now equal to 100% of the Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) amount for the CoC’s first time Renewals and 94% of ARD of all other eligible renewal grants. For Maine, our 2019 total ARD is $12,373,012 and our total Tier 1 amount $11,636,633. Our Tier 2 amount is the difference between the Tier 1 amount and the CoC’s total ARD, $736,379 plus a 5% ARD Bonus of $618,651 for one or more eligible New Projects that meet the project eligibility and threshold requirements established by HUD in the NOFA. In addition, there is a DV Bonus of $566,367 and Planning Grant funding of $371,190 (only the Collaborative Applicant may apply for Planning Grant funds).

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are identified in Section V.A. of the NOFA.

Eligible Costs: 24 CFR 578.37 through 578.63 identify the eligible costs for which funding may be requested under the CoC Program. HUD will reject any requests for ineligible costs.

Local Competition Deadlines: HUD Requires that all Project Applications must be submitted to the CoC no later than 30 days before the CoC Application deadline of September 30, 2019. The CoC must notify all Project Applicants no later than 15 days before the final FY 2019 CoC Application deadline whether their Project Applications will be accepted and ranked, rejected, or reduced as part of the CoC Consolidated Application submission.

For Maine: All project applications (both new and renewal) must be submit in esnaps no later than August 30, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of the MCoC Scoring and Ranking results no later than September 13, 2019.

Please note that MCOC is requiring each Applicant, both New and Renewal, to also submit letters documenting Match Funding commitments and a Self-Certification statement regarding the financial feasibility of the Project. These additional documents are not part of the esnaps application and must be emailed separately to gro.g1563919532nisuo1563919532henia1563919532m@stt1563919532ibbit1563919532s1563919532

MCOC Request for Renewal Project Applications: Renewal Projects will be reviewed based on annual Monitoring results and any new information found in their 2019 Renewal Application.

While the Application is not required to be submitted in esnaps until August 30, 2019, MCOC requests that each Renewal Applicant provide the following information to gro.g1563919532nisuo1563919532henia1563919532m@stt1563919532ibbit1563919532s1563919532 for each eligible Renewal Project listed under their agency on the 2019 Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) found at: https://files.hudexchange.info/reports/published/CoC_GIW_CoC_ME-500-2019_ME_2019_20190506.xlsx , no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday August 6, 2019:

  1. Does your agency intend to Renew the Grant(s)?
    1. If NO, will the funds be available for Reallocation?
  2. Does your agency intend to Expand the Grant(s)?
    1. If yes, please see the New Project section, below.
  3. Does your agency intend to Transition the Grant(s)?
    1. If yes, please see New Project section, below.
  4. Does your agency intend to Consolidate 2 or more Grants?
    1. If yes, please indicate which Grants.

MCOC Request for New Project Applications, Expansion Applications, and Transition Applications: New, Expansion, and Transition Project proposals will be reviewed based primarily on their 2019 Project Applications submitted via esnaps no later than August 30, 2019. However, in order to better plan and coordinate resources, MCOC requests that all agencies intending to submit a New, Expansion, or Transition Project Application provide the following information to gro.g1563919532nisuo1563919532henia1563919532m@stt1563919532ibbit1563919532s1563919532 for each Project, no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday August 6, 2019:

1. Description of the proposed new/expansion/transition activities, services, staffing or capacity. Please include specific figures of current and proposed eligible activities.

2. Description of the community’s need for the proposed activities.

3. Description of the target population to be served.

4. Description of your agency’s understanding of or experience working with the population you are proposing to serve.

5. Description of how the project activities will assist clients to access mainstream resources, increase incomes, rapidly access safe, affordable housing that meets their needs, and maximize their ability to live independently.

6. If the proposal includes development of new housing, describe the type, size, number, and location(s) of the housing units.

CoC Program Implementation. The following list highlights important information and concepts. This is not an exhaustive list of considerations or requirements. All applicants and CoC stakeholders should carefully review 24 CFR part 578, the FY 2019 CoC NOFA, and other HUD instructions and guidance for comprehensive information.

   HUD’s Homeless Policy Priorities

  • Ending homelessness for all persons.
  • Create a systemic response to homelessness.
  • Strategically allocating and using resources.
  • Using an Evidence-Based approach.
  • Increasing employment.
  • Providing Flexibility for Housing First with Service Participation Requirements
  1. Performance-Based Decisions: CoCs cannot receive grants for new projects, other than through reallocation, unless the CoC competitively ranks projects based on how they improve system performance; HUD is increasing the share of the CoC score that is based on performance criteria; and HUD will prioritize funding for CoCs that have demonstrated the ability to reallocate resources to higher performing projects.
    1. New Projects: New Projects can be created though Reallocation or CoC Bonus funding. They can be Permanent Housing-Permanent Supportive Housing (PH-PSH), Permanent Housing-Rapid Re-Housing (PH-RRH), Joint Transitional and Permanent Housing – Rapid-Rehousing (TH & PH-RRH), Dedicated HMIS, or Supportive Services Only for Coordinated Entry (SSO-CE).
    1. Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus. In the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition, a CoC may apply for DV Bonus funding for one or more Permanent Housing-Rapid Re-Housing (PH-RRH) projects, Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing – Rapid Re-Housing (TH/PH-RRH) component projects and/or Supportive Services Only for Coordinated Entry (SSO-CE) projects.
    1. Transition Grants. A Transition Grant allows an agency with an eligible renewal grant that is being eliminated through reallocation to apply to transition that grant from one project type to another over the course of a one year term.
    1.  Expansion Project. The process by which an eligible renewal project applicant submits a new project application to expand its current operations by adding units, beds, persons served, services provided to existing program participants, or in the case of HMIS, increase the current HMIS grant activities within the CoC’s geographic area.
    1.  Consolidated Project. Eligible renewal project applicants will have the ability to consolidate two or more eligible renewal projects (but no more than four projects) into one project application during the application process.

Project Application Scoring/Ranking criteria:

Please refer to the “MCOC FY19 Scoring Criteria and Ranking Procedures” document which will be posted on the www.mainehomelessplanning.org website as soon as they are finalized and approved.  

Additional information related to MCOC in general and this NOFA competition in particular will be posted on the www.mainehomelessplanning.org website. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to subscribe to this site in order to receive automatic notifications whenever new information is posted there.

MCOC meets regularly on the third Thursday of each month from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at several group locations and via teleconferencing for those not able to attend at one of the group sites. Please see the Agendas posted prior to each meeting for more details. Meetings are open and we welcome participation by anyone with an interest in helping us work toward ending and preventing homelessness in the state of Maine.  

MCOC also includes a number of committees that focus on particular aspects of the work we do. These include the Project Committee, HMIS & Data Committee, Resource Committee, Youth Action Board, Homeless Veteran’s Action Committee, and many others. If you have an interest in a specific topic or population, please consider joining a committee, even if you are not able to attend the full MCOC meetings.

MCOC Meeting 7-18-19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday July 18, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at 3 group sites and via GoToMeeting. Please see the Agenda for details. Other links here will bring you to additional information and documents that we will be discussing at the meeting.

VAWA Presentation Slides

As promised, the slides from the Regions I & II Violence Against Women Act presentation are attached.

During the training, there was a question about domestic violence and mandatory reporting. The best course of action to take is to consult your supervisor to ensure that you follow your agency guidelines and/or professional requirements with regards to mandatory reporting.

Thank you for your participation in Maine CoC Resource Committee trainings!

Norm Maze, Resource Committee Co-Chair

FY19 CoC NOFA Announcment

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The FY 2019 CoC Program Competition is Now Open The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. Additional resources are available on the e-snaps page on the HUD Exchange. The CoC Application, CoC Priority Listing, and Project Applications will be available the week of July 8, 2019 in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants and project applicants will be able to access the applications to review, update, and enter information that is required for the application process.  Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM EDT Project Applicants Returning project applicants can choose to import the FY 2018 renewal project application responses; however, this must be requested during your registration of the Renewal Funding Opportunity in e-snaps and is only available if you submitted a renewal project application in last year’s FY 2018 CoC Program Competition. Imported responses should be carefully reviewed to ensure accuracy and that the information is a true representation of the project activities.

  First-time renewal projects must complete the entire renewal project application.
  New project applications must be completed in full and in line with the new project application components permitted in this year’s competition
  CoC planning and UFA Costs applications will only be reviewed if submitted by the CoC’s designated Collaborative Applicant identified in the CoC Applicant Profile in e-snaps.
  Dedicated HMIS projects, renewal and new, can only be submitted by the CoC’s designated HMIS Lead as identified in the CoC Applicant Profile in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants The CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing with all project applications accepted and ranked or rejected are separate submissions in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants must submit both parts of the CoC Consolidated Application by the application submission deadline for HUD to consider the CoC Consolidated Application to be complete.

  The CoC Competition Report, and instructions on how to access the report, that includes data reported in the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) is available for use by Collaborative Applicants to complete portions of the FY 2019 CoC Application. What’s New for the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition The list below highlights some important information regarding new concepts CoCs should consider while planning for the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive and additional details are in the NOFA. Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Renewals. Many of the YHDP projects awarded in FY 2016 are due for first-time renewal in the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition. See Section II.B.6 of the NOFA for additional details.

  Expansion Projects. The application submission process for renewal projects that want to submit a new expansion project has changed.  See Section III.C.2.j of the NOFA for additional details.

  Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus Projects. There is another up to $50 million available for new DV Bonus projects (Section III.B.2.c of the NOFA) and many of the DV Bonus projects awarded in last year’s FY 2018 CoC Program Competition are eligible for renewal.

  CoC Bonus. The CoC Bonus is calculated differently in FY 2019. As stated in Section III.C.2.c of the NOFA, “…CoC is eligible to apply for up to 5 percent of its Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN), or 25 percent of the CoC’s Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) minus its Annual Renewal Demand (ARD), whichever is greater. To be eligible to receive a bonus project, a CoC must demonstrate that it ranks projects based on how they improve system performance as outlined in Section VII.B.1.a of this NOFA. The available amount per CoC can be found on the CoC Estimated ARD Report on the HUD Exchange.

Additional Guidance HUD has posted, or will post, additional guidance regarding the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition that includes, but is not limited to: Available Today: FY 2019 CoC Estimated ARD Report CoC Program Competition Report (HDX) PHA Crosswalk Available in the coming weeks: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Detailed Instructions and Navigational Guides CoC Application CoC Priority Listing Project Applications See the e-snaps: CoC Program Applications and Grants Management System and the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability pages on the HUD Exchange for a complete listing of information and guidance.

Questions If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition, submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” dropdown 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, submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC AAQ portal, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process. Listserv Notifications If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant for your CoC is not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link so the Collaborative Applicant can register to receive listserv messages as this is the only form HUD uses to communicate CoC Program information to the public: https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/.
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Statewide Homeless Council Meeting July 9, 2019

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 from 9:30 to 12:30 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta. We will be in the Boardroom this time. Please see the Agenda for details, including a call in number for those not able to attend in person. Other materials for the meeting are also shared, below.

SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)

 Recently held an event:

Outside the Box—Providing Mental Health Care to People Without Shelter.

To access the event recording, please click this link:
https://ahpnet.adobeconnect.com/purgzskabdhk/

To access the slides, please click this link: 
https://ahpnet.adobeconnect.com/pdv0wlilx6xy/

Additionally, if you would like to access a list of resources that were shared during the event, please click this link: https://ahpnet.adobeconnect.com/pdvh7jj8um4x/

Save the Date: Cross-System Partnerships to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness Webinar – July 8, 2019 – 1:30 PM EDT

Join HUD, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and representatives from Nashville, San Francisco, and Connecticut as they discuss their work across systems to prevent and end youth homelessness. The teams will talk about new and exciting partnerships between young people with experiences of homelessness, and people representing the homeless response system, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health systems. Come with your questions and an eagerness to engage in the conversation. The audience for this webinar is anyone who is looking to improve system collaboration to address and end youth homelessness, including: Youth with lived experience Leadership or staff from the Continuum of Care, child welfare, and juvenile justice Education liaisons Other partners in the effort to end youth homelessness Registration is not required. Simply join the webinar on July 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM EDT. For questions, please contact Jenn Yang gro.h1563919532sc@gn1563919532ay.re1563919532finne1563919532j1563919532.

Safety & Supports for Women Experiencing Homelessness & Mental &/or Substance Use Disorders

[Please note: This webinar is scheduled for the same time as the MCOC meeting but we thought some folks might still be interested in this info.]

Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)       Safety and Supports for Women Experiencing Homelessness and Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders   July 18, 2019 – 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. (ET)     “In order to effectively deliver housing and services to women, we must also respect, embody, and value the diversity among women experiencing homelessness. We need to have a collective response to the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural identities, economic and educational backgrounds, family composition, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and other experiences that women possess.”   – Amy Sawyer, Regional Coordinator, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness [i]  
  The second webinar of the People with Lived Experience Spotlight Series focuses on the unique experiences of women who’ve experienced homelessness. Research indicates that the causes and duration of this experience differ for men and women, highlighting the need to hear the voices of women to better shape homelessness and housing services and supports. Three women who have experienced homelessness will share their stories.   This Spotlight Series is intended to help practitioners, providers, and policymakers understand challenges faced by individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders who experience homelessness. The second webinar will:  Discuss the unique needs of women experiencing homelessness Offer an opportunity to engage with women who experienced homelessness as mothers and young adults Provide helpful strategies and practices for working with women experiencing homelessness Provide recommendations for policymakers and practitioners seeking to assist women experiencing homelessness
  Speakers include: Paula Buege, CPS, CPPS, Peer Specialist & Family/Consumer Advocate, RISE Wisconsin Carmen Duncan, M.S.W., Chief Coach and Founder, Mission Accomplished Transition Services Melissa Thurner, Recovery Advocate  Cathy Cave, of HHRN, will moderate the session.   Register for this webinar now!   Please share this announcement with other stakeholders in your community.   A certificate of attendance will be available to participants.   [i] Sawyer, A. (2016, June 16). Focusing on the strengths and needs of women will help end homelessness. Retrieved from https://www.usich.gov/news/focusing-on-the-needs-and-strengths-of-women-will-help-end-homelessness