COVID-19 UPDATE

The need arose and you responded—with heartfelt thanks to you for your ongoing efforts to ensure that amid a national health crisis our state’s most vulnerable citizens were in safe, decent, and affordable housing to help prevent the spread of COVID. We still have much work to do as we continue our efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases among persons or families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance. With your partnership, the dark days of this pandemic will become a little brighter.

2021 COC NOFA Competition

This page will be updated with 2021 competition information when it becomes available.

Continuum of Care (CoC)

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The program quickly re-houses homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation they have experienced, promotes access to mainstream resources and programs, and works towards self-sufficiency opportunities. If you would like additional information about the CoC program, you may email ARCH’s Homelessness Programs Department at info@archconnection.org

HUD released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 CoC Program Competition on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. We encourage you to read the full 
Notice for more detailed information. Key dates and events related to the Alabama Balance of State CoC competition are listed at the end of this notice.

The Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care has designated the Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless (ARCH) to serve as the Collaborative Applicant. In this role, ARCH manages the Balance of State CoC application process and submits all required CoC documents to HUD. ARCH is also responsible for coordinating and monitoring CoC grant projects.

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) serves as a formal solicitation for new and renewal project applications to be considered for funding. Eligible component types under this notice include Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Rapid Re-housing (RRH).
PSH projects must serve individuals experiencing chronic homelessness exclusively, and persons served must come from the streets (places not meant for human habitation) or from emergency shelters.

RRH must serve persons who come from the streets (places not meant for human habitation), from emergency shelters, or persons fleeing domestic violence situations.

  • The local CoC competition aims to enforce the adoption of federal and local strategies and goals intended to:
    Reduce lengths of episodes of individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Reduce new and return entries into homelessness
  • Increase income growth, including debt to income ratio
  • Reduce first-time homelessness
  • Increase permanent housing retention
  • Reduce the number of those homeless

Competition Timeline:

09/03/2021: Local CoC NOFA posted
09/10/2021: Local CoC Competition Open for New and Renewal Applications
10/11/2021: CoC Applications Due for Local New and Renewal Projects
11/01/2021: Local CoC Ranking Results and Priority Listing Posted Online
11/16/2021: Deadline for HUD FY 2021 CoC Program Application (ARCH submits as the Collaborative Applicant)

2021 CoC Funding

For 2021, the Alabama Balance of State CoC’s Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) from HUD is $4,516,573.

The Estimated Renewal Demand – $1,350,459
Tier 1 – $1,350,459
COC Bonus – $225,829
DV Bonus – $677,486
COC Planning -$135,497

The HMIS and Coordinated Entry (CE) projects will not receive scores. As critical infrastructure for the CoC, HMIS and CE projects will be placed automatically at the bottom of Tier 1.

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