Continuum of Care Wins HUD Funding

Durham projects serving the needs of people without homes have received nearly $1,283,000 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.

The City’s Community Development Department has been notified that HUD has awarded $1,282.978 to twelve Durham projects. The competitively awarded grants will help fund permanent housing for homeless persons and families, short-term rental subsidies, and Durham’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is a common database of the confidential records of Durham’s homeless people. Included in the total also is a “Durham Continuum of Care Planning Project” grant of $40,794 that will be used by the Community Development Department to improve the department’s ability to measure and evaluate Durham’s progress toward meeting the federal government goals of reducing and ending homelessness.

The following Durham projects were funded in the 2016 CoC Homeless Grants Competition:

  1. The North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness’ Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) grant to lead and fund Durham’s HMIS implementation received a renewal grant of $55,752.
  2. Urban Ministries of Durham’s Fresh Start project, supporting 12 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless people. The project received  renewal funding of $196,319.
  3. Housing for New Hope’s Rapid Rehousing III project, supporting 19 beds of Rapid Rehousing for formerly homeless families. The project received renewal funding of $164,596.
  4. Housing for New Hope’s Rapid Rehousing I project, supporting 9 beds of Rapid Rehousing for formerly homeless families. The project received renewal funding of $55,828.
  5. Housing for New Hope’s Williams Square, supporting 20 efficiency apartments of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless adults. The project received renewal funding of $56,743.
  6. Housing for New Hope’s Streets to Home I project, supporting 16 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless adults. The project received renewal funding of $210,440.
  7. Housing for New Hope’s Andover Apartments, supporting 20 efficiency apartments of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless adults. The project received renewal funding of $55,611.
  8. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare’s DASH project, supporting 33 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people, including 5 dedicated to house formerly chronically homeless people. The project received renewal funding of $157,168.
  9. Housing for New Hope’s Streets to Home II project, supporting 10 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless people. The project received renewal funding of $145,101.
  10. CASA’s Permanent Supportive Housing I project, which would support the construction of one new unit of permanent supportive housing for a formerly chronically homeless adult. The project received new project funding of $67,990 as a “permanent housing bonus.”
  11. CASA‘s Permanent Supportive Housing II project, which would support the construction of one more new unit of permanent supportive housing for a formerly chronically homeless adults. The project received new project funding of $76,636. These funds were made available through a reallocation of two projects from Housing for New Hope: One for transitional housing of $50,719 and a second of $25,917 for permanent supportive housing.

Durham Housing Authority’s Home Again project, supporting 35 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people, was recommended for renewal funding of $110,673, but was not awarded funding in HUD’s CoC grants competition.

The City of Durham’s Community Development Department, as Durham’s designated Continuum of Care Collaborative Applicant, assembled the Consolidated Application for the 2016 HUD Continuum of Care Program Competition. The Consolidated Application has three parts: the Collaborative Application, a set of individual project applications, and the Project Priority Listing that tells HUD whether project applications are approved and ranked, or not recommended for funding.

The 2016 Collaborative Application is available to read in its entirety here. To read specific sections of the Collaborative Application, click the following links:

Section 1, CoC Identification, Collaboration, and Project Ranking Processes

Section 2, HMIS and Point in Time Count

Section 3, System Performance

Section 4, Benefits and Policies

Section 4, Attachments

Durham’s Project Priority Listing  includes details of Durham’s 2016 reallocations, Project Listings, and required attachments, including a Certificate of Consistency with Durham’s Consolidated Plan and the HUD-approved 2016 Grants Inventory Worksheet.

Organizations considering applying for CoC funding in 2017 may wish to review some of the project applications at the links above and the following documents to prepare for next year’s competition:

The Grant Application Package vs. 2

The Grantee Certification

A Match and Leverage FAQ

A Template for a Match Letter

The following Scorecards were used to objectively score and rank Renewal Projects that began implementation prior to June 30, 2016 and the 2016 New Project Applications:

Renewal Project Scorecard

New Project Scorecard