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Our Mission:  Open Doors, a coalition raising awareness by building bridges within the community and acting as a unified force dedicated to preventing, reducing and ultimately ending homelessness.        

 


Goals:
1. Sustain a functional end to homelessness among veterans in the Gulf Coast region; 
2. End chronic homelessness in 12 months in the Gulf Coast Region;
3. End homelessness among families and youth by 2020 in the Gulf Coast Region; 
4. Ensure systems are in place to prevent and end all homelessness by 2020 in the Gulf Coast Region

 


*IMPORTANT NOTICE* Published July 19, 2019
CoC MS-503- PUBLIC NOTICE -2019 CONTINUUM OF CARE APPLICATION
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FROM RENEWAL APPLICANTS AND NEW PROJECT APPLICANTS

The Open Doors Homeless Coalition annually applies for funds under the United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD
)

Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability. The Continuum of Care (CoC) application includes a community strategy to

prevent and ultimately end homelessness in the Gulf Coast region along with data and outcomes related to local initiatives. The

Open Doors Homeless Coalition submits renewal applications for existing high performing programs and new applications created

by reallocation or bonus. New and renewal applications are due Thursday August 22 by 4:00 p.m. and are to be submitted on

e-snaps. The esnaps login information and other important information can be found at www.hudexchange.info. If you have

questions about the esnaps system, you may contact Mary Simons at 228-205-7045.

Open Doors Homeless Coalition seeks applications for new housing programs that will enhance the availability of housing

and the delivery of services for individuals and/ or families/ and/or youth who are homeless and/ or fleeing domestic violence

and/ or victims of trafficking in the 6-County region. The region includes Harrison County, Hancock County, Jackson County,

Pearl River County, Stone County, and George County. New rapid rehousing programs for individuals, families, and/ or youth

experiencing homelessness and new permanent supportive housing programs for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness

or persons with a documented disability and long histories of homelessness will be considered.

Area nonprofit organizations, public housing authorities, or units of local government may apply to be included in the Open Doors

Homeless Coalition Continuum of Care application. The process is competitive and only programs that are renewals of existing

CoC programs or proposed new programs that provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons or

persons with a documented disability and long histories of homelessness or rapid re-housing for individuals, families or youth

experiencing homelessness will be considered. Proposed new programs are limited to a request of under $104,168.

Chronic homelessness is defined as experiencing homelessness for over one year or four episodes of homelessness that total 12

months in a three-year period. To be considered chronically homeless and eligible for CoC-funded permanent supportive housing,

the assisted individual or assisted head of household must have a documented disability and must come to the housing from a

shelter environment or place not meant for human habitation.

Individuals and families experiencing homelessness are eligible for rapid rehousing under this program only if they are moving

from literal homelessness or fleeing domestic violence or fleeing trafficking directly to permanent housing. Individuals and

families who are “doubled up” would not be eligible participants.

If a project is chosen for inclusion in the 2019 MS-503 CoC application, the nonprofit organization, public housing authority, or

unit of local government applicant must complete a SAM registration, an electronic applicant profile, an electronic esnaps

application, and additional information, as required by HUD. Inclusion in the CoC application is not a guarantee of award. HUD

makes the final decision on all awards. A 25% match and leverage requirements apply to this program.

Applicants will be notified before September 10, 2019 if their proposals were chosen for inclusion in the 2019 Continuum of

Care application. If chosen, applicants may be asked to make minor changes to their proposals to strengthen the overall

application.

If selected for inclusion in the 2019 MS-503 CoC application to HUD, whether a renewal project or new proposed project,

there is no guarantee that HUD will approve the project. Additionally, selected projects may be reduced by the MS-503 CoC review

committee or by HUD.

Existing renewal projects may be reallocated by voluntary reallocation or by reallocation to a higher scoring new project. The

MS-503 CoC reallocation policy is posted at www.opendoorshc.org.

Proposal Requirements:
The proposal must create new permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness or rapid

rehousing for individuals, families or youth, as defined in this notice. The proposal must leverage funds from other sources

to create a program that meets the housing and services needs of the participants. New project applications are limited to a

request of $104,168. New project applicants may request funds for new construction of housing, rehabilitation of housing, or

tenant based rental assistance, administrative costs up to 10%, and appropriate supportive services.

A match of 25% is required and leverage funds are required. No guarantee of award is made as HUD makes the final decisions 

on funding. Applicants who have not previously received Continuum of Care funds are encouraged to apply under this notice as 

long as the applicant has a current DUNS number, is registered in the SAM registry, has experience with federal funds and has 

no unresolved findings. The link for the SAM registry follows: https://governmentcontractregistration.com/sam-registration.asp.

Proposals must include a full detailed description of the renewal program or proposed new program, population to be served, 

number of individuals or families to be served during the grant period of one year, description of the housing type/ size, and a 

description of services available to the participants and how services are accessed. If an evidence based model is used or 

proposed, please describe the model and how it is or will be implemented. If a renewal, describe outcomes as reported in your 

most recent Annual Progress Report (APR). If a new project, describe your proposed outcomes and any outcomes achieved 

from a similar program. Please include this information in the esnaps question that asks for the scope of the program.

Proposals should indicate the applicant’s capacity to manage federal funds as well as the applicant’s current experience with 

individuals, families, or youth experiencing homelessness, current services provided, and how the proposed housing will 

coordinate with existing programs and services in the community. The proposal must describe the applicant’s experience with 

HMIS and the MS-503 CoC Coordinated Entry system. The applicant should describe amenities and transportation available to 

participants of the proposed housing program. These items should be clear when answering the questions on esnaps.

Budget proposals may include the following line items:
Leasing: Leasing is only available for renewal programs. The leasing of units requires that the proposed lease be in the name of 

the applicant. Applicants may propose subleasing units to participants. Leasing amounts are expected to be the actual rents of 

the leased units and must be under the fair market rent for the area. No match is required for the leasing line item. However, 

leverage applies.

Tenant based rental assistance: The lease must be in the name of the participants and must meet rent reasonableness 

standards, a 25% match is required.

New Construction or housing rehabilitation: A 25% match is required for this line item. If awarded funds for new construction or 

housing rehabilitation, restrictive covenants will be tied to the project for a period of 20 years.

Operations: The operations line item includes building maintenance and other unit related costs. A 25% match is required. 

Operations costs may be part of a new construction, housing rehabilitation, or leasing program but may not be part of a tenant 

based rental assistance program.

Supportive Services: Supportive services include case management and other supportive services required by the participants 

to remain stable in housing. Supportive Services require a 25% match.

Administrative Costs are limited to 10%.

Points
100 points are possible. 10 bonus points are possible. Project applications will be scored, rated, and ranked by an unbiased 

review committee. The scoring rubric can be found at www.opendoorshc.org
Capacity: up to 25 points
Type of program/ fit with the system/ cost effectiveness: up to 25 points
Evidence Based Practices: up to 25 points
Program Outcomes: up to 25 points
As the MS-503 Continuum of Care Collaborative Applicant, Open Doors Homeless Coalition will apply for CoC planning funds 

outside the rating and ranking, as described by the 2019 NOFA. As the MS-503 Continuum of Care HMIS lead, Open Doors 

Homeless Coalition intends to apply for HMIS funds (Homelessness Management Information System) and Coordinated Entry/ 

Assessment funds.

The current 2019 HUD Continuum of Care Program NOFA can be found at www.hudexchange.info.


If you have questions regarding the proposal, please contact Mary Simons at 228-205-7045 or by email at Marysimons2@aol.com.


  2019 MS-503 CoC HUD Continuum of Care Scoring Rubric

Published July 19, 2019

Capacity: up to 25 points

Does the project meet threshold requirements of experience with federal funds and SAM

registration? YES: project is eligible to be scored, NO: project is not eligible to be scored

HUD experience/ monitoring reviews: up to 6 points

All money spent in previous HUD programs: up to 3 points

Understanding of Coordinated Entry and full participation in Coordinated Entry: up to 8 points 

Evidence of participation, accuracy, and timeliness in HMIS: up to 8 points


Type of Program/ Fit with the System/ Cost Effectiveness: Up to 25 Points

Leasing program 1 point, TBRA Rapid Rehousing 5 points, TBRA Dedicated Plus PSH 10 points

Cost Effectiveness: Up to 5 points

Coordination with the system: Up to 10 points

Evidence Based Practices: Up to 25 Points

Demonstrated use of Housing First, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Trauma

Informed Care or other evidence-based models: up to 10 points

Low barrier Program: up to 7 points

Housing type and scale meet the needs of the participants: up to 4 points

Services meet the needs of the  participants: up to 4 points


Program Outcomes: Up to 25 Points (if a program reallocated to themselves, use the  outcome info 
from the existing program's last reported year)
Exits to  Permanent Housing: 85% or greater 10 points, 77%-84% 5 points, under 77% 0 points

Returns to Homelessness: 0% 5 points, 1%-4% 3 points, over 4% o points

Increases in Income at Exit: 50% or more 5 points, 30%-49% 3 points, under 30% 0 points

Time Homeless from referral to housed: 15 days or less 5 points, 16-29 days 3 points, over 30

days O points


Reallocation Policy: Updated June 16, 2016     Published July 19, 2019

A public request for proposals will be widely distributed as soon as possible after the annual 
Notification of Funding Availability is released by the United States Department of Housing and 
Urban Development (HUD). The request for proposals, as approved by the MS-503 CoC, will be 
distributed to the CoC email distribution list that includes CoC members, local jurisdictions, and 
the  general community. In addition, the availability of the request for proposals will be 
advertised in the local newspaper available across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The request for 
proposals will request both new and renewal proposals for inclusion in the upcoming submission of 
the Continuum of Care application. The CoC-approved scoring rubric and the request for proposals 
will be posted on the Open Doors Homeless Coalition's (Collaborative Applicant's) website.
Objective criteria for both new and renewal proposals will be considered. For renewals, Annual 
progress Report (APR) information, fit within the homeless services delivery system, HMIS data 
quality, and cost efficiency will be critical factors. For new projects, HMIS participation and 
data quality, proposed outcomes and evidence-based practices that improve the homeless services 
delivery system will be critical factors. Projects that aim to end chronic homelessness, sustain an 
end to homelessness among veterans, end homelessness among families, including persons and families 
fleeing domestic violence, and end homelessness among youth by 2020, and set a course to  prevent 
and end all homelessness in South Mississippi will be given the highest consideration. All projects 
will be scored by an elected unbiased review committee using the posted scoring rubric. All review 
committee members' scores will be added together for each project and the projects, whether new or 
renewal, will be ranked per the scores. Any new projects that fall below the available funding line 
(Annual Renewal Amount plus any bonus  availability) will be rejected. Any renewal that falls below 
the funding line will be reduced or completely reallocated in order to include higher scoring new 
projects in the MS-503 Continuum of Care application.

Any renewal project may elect to voluntarily reallocate funds to create a new project that fits 
with the system in a better way. For example, a transitional housing project may elect to have its 
funds reallocated to a new rapid rehousing program or a leasing project may elect to reduce its 
project by moving from FMR leasing amounts to actual leasing amounts if there is a history of 
returning leasing funds. In the event that a program voluntarily reallocates funds, the agency will 
state its intentions by submitting the new project request to  be reviewed, scored, and ranked by 
the unbiased review committee and will not submit a request for renewal.



 
     
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