Resources for HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability

The resources on this page are designed to assist programs and communities before, during, and after the process of responding to the HUD FY17 CoC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

The CoC Program Competition Registration Notice identifies the addition of a new Joint Transitional Housing (TH) and Rapid Re-housing (RRH) Component project type. This type of project is designed to better serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness by providing low-barrier, temporary housing while individuals quickly move to permanent housing with a seamless program design. This may be a great fit for domestic violence (DV) and/or sexual assault (SA) providers to consider, as it provides the flexibility to move DV/SA survivors from transitional housing to permanent housing and maintain program participants in the same combined program. 

To find the FY17 CoC NOFA and related information from HUD, click here.

Please continue to check back here for the latest news and updates, as well as additional resources, on the CoC Program Competition. In addition, if you have specific questions about the CoC Program Competition or would like further technical assistance, please click here.

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FAQ - Coordinated Entry (CE) Process: A Resource for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Service Providers

National Alliance for Safe Housing
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Collaborative Solutions

This FAQ tool has been developed in response to questions the Consortium has received from DV/SA advocates who are interesting in learning more about the Homeless Continuum of Care coordinated entry (CE) requirements and process to promote CE access and safe housing options for survivors. The FAQ draws from regulations and other guidance from HUD and USICH and offers strategies and resources for DV/SA providers who want to contribute to the creation and implementation of the CE process in their communities.

Creating Safe Housing Options for Survivors: Learning From and Expanding Research

Cris Sullivan

This research brief provides a brief overview of the current and expanding evidence behind best practices in helping domestic violence survivors obtain safe and stable housing. It begins with evidence for three common core components of this work: mobile advocacy, flexible funding, and attending to safety. It then provides evidence for how services should be provided: survivor-driven, trauma-informed, and voluntary.

Common Ground, Complementary Approaches: Adapting the Housing First Model for Domestic Violence Survivors

Cris Sullivan
Linda Olsen

The Housing First model has been shown to be a highly effective approach to achieving permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals with serious mental illness and chemical dependency. There are numerous components of the model that lend themselves toward achieving similar goals for homeless domestic violence (DV) survivors and their children. A leading cause of homelessness for women, many of whom are mothers, is DV. This article describes the commonalities between the Housing First model and the tenets of DV victim advocacy work and explores how Housing First can be adapted to effectively achieve safe and stable housing for DV survivors and their children. Preliminary evidence for the adapted model – termed Domestic Violence Housing First – is provided, and policy implications are discussed.

Developing Well-Designed Safe Housing Projects: A Review of the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) and the CoC Funding of Notice Funding Availability (NOFA) Process

National Network to End Domestic Violence

This webinar is a primer on the NOFA application and provides an overview of the application process and strategies for engaging with CoCs. Featured presenters include Mary O’Doherty, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Rosemary Luckett, Kentucky Housing Corporation; and Michelle Yoebstl, BRASS, Inc. The password for viewing the webinar is dvhousing.

Preparing for the 2017 Continuum of Care Program NOFA

National Alliance to End Homelessness

This webinar helps communities learn how they can use the CoC NOFA process to drive long-term change by strategically assessing ways to improve their system, aligning their resources with best practices, and ultimately better serving the most vulnerable in the community. Topics include how communities can make strategic reallocation decisions and the new joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Re-Housing component.