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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 reducing and preventing homelessness.        


Posted July 17, 2017

Posted: Re-Open Bid- August 14, 2017


CoC MS-503


2017 Continuum of Care Application 

New project applicants (BONUS)


The Open Doors Homeless Coalition/ MS-503 CoC 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. This year, renewal applicants submitted a brief proposal for review before the due date of August 7, 2017. Open Doors Homeless Coalition is reopening this public notice for applications for NEW PROJECTS for consideration under the BONUS award for new projects that will provide permanent supportive housing that prioritizes chronically homeless persons or rapid rehousing for literally homeless individuals and/ or families in the following Mississippi counties: Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Pearl River, and/ or Stone. Applicants may request tenant based rental assistance, supportive services, and up to 10% in administrative costs for a total of $59,001. Please see the full notice and a link to the scoring criteria at The due date for proposals is August 23, 2017 at 3:00. Proposals may be delivered to Open Doors Homeless Coalition, 11975 Seaway Road, Suite A220, Gulfport, MS 39503. 

In addition, the Open Doors Homeless Coalition seeks applications for new programs that will enhance the availability of housing and the delivery of services for individuals and/ or families/ and/or youth who are homeless in the 6-County region. The region includes Harrison County, Hancock County, Jackson County, Pearl River County, Stone County, and George County. Priority will be given to programs that propose permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons or rapid rehousing for literally homeless individuals, families and/ or youth.

Area nonprofit organizations, public housing authorities, or units of local government may apply to be included in the Open Doors Homeless Coalition/ MS-503 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 rapid re-housing for families, individuals or youth experiencing homelessness will be considered. Proposed new programs are limited to a request of under $50,000.

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 places not meant for human habitation.

Families experiencing homelessness are eligible for rapid rehousing under this program only if they are moving from literal homelessness to permanent housing. Families who are “doubled up” would not be eligible participants.


Eligible projects for youth would serve unaccompanied or parenting youth aged 18-24 who are literally homeless, living in shelters or outdoors. Youth who are “doubled up” would not be eligible participants.

If a project is chosen for inclusion in the 2017 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 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.

A brief proposal describing the applicant’s experience, the proposed project, match certification, and the proposed budget will be due to Open Doors Homeless Coalition no later than 3:00p.m. August 7, 2017. All eligible proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the unbiased MS-503 CoC Review Committee. The review committee may recommend increasing or decreasing a requested grant amount. No member of the review committee is employed by or sits on the Board of a CoC funded agency or applicant for CoC funds.  A member of the collaborative applicant, Open Doors Homeless Coalition, may be designated by the local review committee to complete a site review/ file review of applicant organizations.  Proposals may be mailed to Open Doors Homeless Coalition, 11975 Seaway Road, Suite A220, Gulfport, MS, 39503. The date and time of receipt of proposals are firm.

Applicants will be notified before August 15, 2017 if their proposals were chosen for inclusion in the 2017 Continuum of Care application. If chosen, applicants must complete and submit an electronic application before August 25, 2017.

If selected for inclusion in the 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 or increased by the MS-503 CoC review committee or by HUD.

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 $50,000. New project applicants may request funds for new construction of housing, rehabilitation of housing, leasing, or tenant based rental assistance, administrative costs up to 10% and appropriate operating costs and/or supportive services up to 30%.  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:


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.

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  

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



 MS-503 Continuum of Care

Program Threshold Requirements and Scoring Criteria can be found on the July 17, 2017 ranking tool below.





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