The Durham Continuum of Care (CoC) is applying to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for a total of $1,337,096 in the 2017 HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Grants Competition. $42,995 of this amount is for a non-competitive “Continuum of Care Planning Grant” that the City of Durham’s Department of Community Development (DCD), the CoC Lead Agency, is applying for on behalf of the Durham CoC. The remaining $1,294,141 was made available to organizations through a competitive grant application process. The DCD received twelve eligible project applications requesting $1,469,561.

The Collaborative Application provides information to HUD on a variety of topics, including the organization, collaboration, HMIS implementation, and Point-in-Time Count of the CoC and the CoC’s performance on HUD’s system performance measures.

HUD released an optional Rating and Ranking Tool for CoCs to consider using to rate and rank project applications in the 2017 CoC competition. The Structure Subcommittee of the CoC Board, the Homeless Services Advisory Committee, agreed that the Durham CoC would use this tool to rate and rank the eligible project applications. This document reports Durham’s Project Priorities and Rankings to HUD.

The following projects were recommended to HUD for 2017 CoC funding in the order and amounts indicated:

  1. The North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness’ Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) grant leads and funds Durham’s HMIS implementation. (Renewal-$55,752)
  2. Housing for New Hope’s Williams Square, supports 20 efficiency apartments of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless adults.                  (Renewal-$56,743)
  3. Housing for New Hope’s Streets to Home I project supports 16 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless adults.       (Renewal-$210,440)
  4. Housing for New Hope’s Streets to Home II project supports 10 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless people.                  (Renewal-$145,101)
  5. Housing for New Hope’s Rapid Rehousing I project supports 9 beds of Rapid Rehousing for formerly homeless families.                                                                (Renewal-$55,828)
  6. Housing for New Hope’s Rapid Rehousing III project supports 19 beds of Rapid Rehousing for formerly homeless families.                                        (Renewal-$164,596)
  7. Urban Ministries of Durham’s Fresh Start project supports 12 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless people.                    (Renewal-$196,319)
  8. Housing for New Hope’s Andover Apartments supports 20 efficiency apartments of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless adults.      (Renewal-$55,611)
  9. Durham Housing Authority’s Home Again project supports 35 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people.                         (Renewal-$110,673)
  10. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare’s DASH project supports 33 beds of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless people.      Renewal-$157,168)
  11. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare’s Housing First Initiative seeks to provide at least 7 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless individuals with medical vulnerabilities.               (New-$85,910)

Healing with CAARE’s Rapid Rehousing Initiative and Permanent Supportive Housing project applications were not recommended for funding.

On behalf of the Durham CoC, the Department of Community Development also submitted a Continuum of Care Planning Grant application seeking $42,995. HUD does not require Planning Grants to be ranked in the competitive project application process.

The Durham CoC anticipates that HUD will release its CoC funding awards by the end of the 2017 calendar year.