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. The applicant should describe amenities and transportation available to participants of the proposed housing program.
The applicant should fully and concisely describe the proposed housing program. Proposals are expected to be no more than 3 pages in length plus attachments.
Budget proposals may include the following line items:
Leasing: 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. Only renewal applicants may request leasing.
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 may be no more than 30% of the program budget. Supportive Services require a 25% match.
Leverage, including cash and in-kind services.
Administrative Costs are limited to 10%.
Please include with your proposal for review:
· Most recent Independent audit or financial review and match certification: should demonstrate experience with federal funds and contain no unresolved findings or no unresolved federal debt (threshold requirement)
· Copy of your 501(c ) 3 document and Secretary of State registration certificate: must be current (threshold requirement)
· Copy of your SAM registration: must be current (threshold requirement)
· If a renewal, a copy of your Annual Progress Report must be on SAGE by August 5, 2017. APR outcomes will be scored competitively; efficient use of funds will be scored competitively. The local HUD office will be asked to provide evidence of good standing regarding program activities and expenditures for renewal projects.
· If a new project, submit a statement of proposed outcomes and proposed cost per household (funds requested divided by number of households to be served). Proposed outcomes and evidence of the efficient use of program funds will be scored competitively.
· A statement regarding the evidence based approach(es) that have been or will be implemented with your project. Evidence based approach(es) to housing and services will be scored competitively with demonstrated housing first activities scoring the highest.
· A statement that any housing program funded with CoC funds participates or will participate in the MS-503 CoC coordinated entry, contribute to the by-name list, and prioritize eligible households from the by-name list.
· A statement that demonstrates the renewal program or new program’s level of prioritization for chronically homeless persons.
· A statement regarding how the program/ proposed program coordinates with the overall MS-503 CoC system of services, to include mainstream services, to end chronic homelessness, end family homelessness, end youth homelessness and set a course to prevent reduce, and end all homelessness.
· A statement identifying the eligible population for the program, where they will come from, and how they will be identified.
· A certification of participation with the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS). If you have HMIS questions, please contact Patti Guider at 228-604-2048 extension 2. (threshold requirement)
As the MS-503 Continuum of Care Collaborative Applicant, Open Doors Homeless Coalition intends to apply for CoC planning funds outside the rating and ranking, as described by the 2017 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 and Assessment funds.
The current 2017 HUD Continuum of Care Program NOFA can be found at https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/FY-2017-CoC-Program-Competition-NOFA.pdf.
If you have questions regarding the proposal, please contact Mary Simons at 228-205-7045 or by email at Marysimons2@aol.com.