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2013 Continuum of Care Program Competition
Broward County > Human Services > Community Partnerships > Homeless Initiative Partnership > 2013 Continuum of Care Program Competition

Homeless Initiative Partnerships (HIP)


This section addresses these key topics:

  1. Largest Single Source of Local Homeless Assistance Funding
  2. 2013 HUD Evaluation Process
  3. 2013 HUD New Projects - Letter of Interest/Reallocation Request
  4. 2013 HUD NOFA Process
  5. Useful NOFA Links

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds housing and services for people who are homeless through the annual NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability) process.

Largest Single Source of Local Homeless Assistance Funding

HUD’s Continuum of Care homeless assistance programs serve as the largest single source of funding for homeless services in Broward County; and, in 2012 Broward received more than $10 million from HUD to support over 20 programs for homeless individuals and families. HUD awards the Continuum of Care homeless assistance grants through an annual application process known as the NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability), which is typically released by HUD in the spring or summer of each year.

Each year, on behalf of the Broward Continuum of Care (Broward CoC), the Homeless Initiative Partnership submits a lengthy application to HUD for the Continuum of Care NOFA funding. Included in this application is Broward CoC’s priority list for distributing the annual HUD funding. In order for a program to receive HUD funding, it must appear on the Broward CoC’s priority list. For agencies applying for HUD funding in Broward, the NOFA process has two parts – the local evaluation process and the submission of the HUD application.

Part 1: The Evaluation Process

Prior to the release of the Continuum of Care NOFA by HUD, the Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) Advisory Board through the Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) Section performs its own evaluation of renewal and new projects through two simultaneous processes. These processes are established by the HIP Advisory Board and managed by HIP Section.

Renewal Projects:
For renewal projects, agencies complete and submit the evaluation instrument(s), which are used to evaluate each program. Evaluation instruments are then reviewed to ensure the project is operating in compliance with HUD and local standards.

New Projects:
For new projects, agencies complete a separate application process consisting of a letter of interest (LOI) and an application (if applicable).

Part 2: Submission of HUD Application

Once HUD releases the Continuum of Care NOFA, agencies are required to submit a series of online forms, for each program, through HUD’s electronic application system e-snaps (commonly known as the Exhibit 2 applications).

2013 HUD Evaluation Process

The 2013 NOFA Evaluation Process has ended.

2013 HUD New Projects -
Letter of Interest/Reallocation Request

The 2013 HUD New Project - Letter of Interest/Reallocation Request has ended. Please contact Ralph Silverstein at 954-357-7845, if you wish to discuss the outcome of your Letter of Interest/Reallocation.

The 2013 HUD New Project Request for Letter of Intent (RLI) process was advertised locally in the Sun-sentinel on August 10-11, 2013. Please contact Judith Scheidt at 954-357-6101 should you desire a copy of the advertisement.

2013 HUD NOFA Process

Broward CoC Evaluation Process:

The 2013 HUD Continuum of Care NOFA process kicked off on August 12, 2013 with the release of the 2013 RLI Process and HIP Advisory Board evaluation review of renewal SHP and SPC projects. HIP Section staff provided training and technical assistance to all agencies required to complete the evaluation process.

HUD Application Process:

The HUD Application process began in August 2013 with work on the Grant Inventory Worksheet, followed by the registration completed by the HIP Section in its role as the Collaborative Applicant. The process will end February 3, 2014 with the submission of Broward CoC’s Exhibit 1, the Project Priority Listing, and all project Exhibit 2’s.

The HIP Advisory Board reallocated funding from Transitional Housing and Supportive Services Only renewal projects to create new two Permanent Supportive Housing projects and one new Rapid Re-housing Project for families. At its October 23, 2013 meeting, the HIP Advisory Board passed the 2013 Ranking Policies to help determine the project prioritization/ranking process. Subsequent to the prioritization/ranking process, the project ranking chart was released on January 17, 2014. NOTE: The funding amounts in the ranking chart are only an estimate until the final funding announcements are made by HUD, which is expected during the first half of 2014.

The final 2013 HUD Application Prioritization/Ranking Sheet is available under the Links at the right of this page.  For questions about the HUD Application Process, or any of the content in the documents submitted to HUD, please contact Ralph Silverstein at (954) 357-7845.

Useful NOFA Links

New APR: HUD requires all HUD projects ending on or after June 1, 2011 to use and submit a new version of the APR in e-snaps. HUD provides several resources on its OneCPD website.

  • e-snaps and HUD e-snaps Training and Resource Page: In 2008, HUD unveiled a new electronic application for Continuum of Care (CoC) competitions through an online system, called e-snaps. HUD provides frequently updated information about e-snaps during the NOFA process on their Training and Resource Page.

  • Supportive Housing Program Desk Guide: The SHP Desk Guide describes the SHP grant process from grant award onward. It will take you through the life cycle of a grant, incorporating everything from very basic information to the intricacies of grant administration. The guide is not a substitute for the SHP regulations. However, it is a practical guide to issues that arise during project implementation.

  • Supportive Housing Program Self-Monitoring Tools: The guide provides user-friendly forms to enable staff to assess their project operations against the standards set by HUD rules and regulations. Tools include: Measuring Project Progress, Determining and Documenting Participant Eligibility, Tracking Match Requirements, Tracking Important Contract Dates and Implementation Milestones, Calculating Resident Rent, Record Keeping and Financial Management, and Conducting a Housing Assessment.

  • HUD Homeless Resource Exchange: The Homelessness Resource Exchange is your online one-stop shop for information and resources on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Program guidance and regulations, technical assistance (TA) and training resources, research and publications, and more are available.