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

It is that time of year again - the HUD CoC Program Competition will soon be underway! The resources on this page are designed to assist programs and communities in the process of responding to the HUD FY18 CoC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). New resources will continue to be added throughout the CoC Program Competition, so please check back here on a regular basis.

One important area of opportunity to highlight is the $50 million in Continuum of Care Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Funding for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking.

It is anticipated that the CoC NOFA will include the new $50 million DV rapid rehousing funding from the FY18 Omnibus federal spending bill. The process will move quickly once the NOFA is released and CoCs are already in the process of considering funding decisions prior to the release of the NOFA. Interested victim service providers should start to have internal conversations now about applying for the funds and discussing their ideas with their CoC. 

  • Find helpful suggestions from the National Network to End Domestic Violence and DVHTAC on specific next steps victim service providers can take and how to connect with your local CoC here.

Check out these frequently asked questions about the DV Bonus Project on the HUD Exchange by clicking here, and find additional guidance from the HUD SNAPs office on serving survivors of domestic violence through the DV Bonus Project here.

For more on the FY18 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. We also encourage you to check out the Safe Housing Partnerships Channel on YouTube where you will find links to previously recorded webinars on DV Safe Housing.

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WEBINAR - How Domestic Violence Programs Can Develop Well-Designed Housing Projects through the HUD Continuum of Care

2018
National Network to End Domestic Violence
DVHTAC TA Team

This webinar includes information and resources on how local domestic violence providers can create proposals that address the unique, trauma-informed needs of DV survivors. This webinar discusses the importance of participating in your local Continuum of Care and how to develop a well-designed CoC project; provides tips to ensure DV programming as an integral part of your CoC and homeless service continuum; shares examples from effective models of Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and Transitional Housing programs, and the Joint Component Project; and provides updates on the current HUD NOFA process and the forthcoming new DV BONUS $50 million RRH set-aside for victims of DV and a refresher on the Joint Component Model.

WEBINAR - FY18 HUD CoC Program Competition: What Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs Need to Know

2018
National Network to End Domestic Violence
DVHTAC TA Team

This webinar provides background information on HUD's CoC Program Competition, as well as guidance on strengthening relationships with CoCs and exploring HUD NOFA opportunities. The discussion includes an overview of the FY18 HUD NOFA application including HUD priorities and system performance measures; how DV/SA providers can engage and coordinate with their CoCs; new opportunities and potential changes in the NOFA that could impact DV/SA providers in the application process; and core components for the new Domestic Violence Bonus of the new $50 million Rapid Rehousing set aside for victims and key considerations for DV/SA programs.

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

2017
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 interested 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.

Rapid Re-Housing: Considerations for Homeless Service Providers Supporting Families Impacted by Domestic Violence

2018
Kris Billhardt

Rapid Rehousing is a key intervention in our work to end homelessness and an essential tool to support survivors of domestic violence experiencing homelessness. This paper provides guidance to service providers, Continuums of Care, and policy makers to support them in making adaptations to accommodate the unique needs of survivors. 

WEBINAR - Housing First & Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors: Creating and Supporting Safe and Stable Housing

2018
National Alliance for Safe Housing

This webinar examines how housing first and rapid re-housing models can be adapted for domestic and sexual violence survivors. We explore effective approaches employed by a growing number of victim service providers to lower barriers for survivors accessing housing assistance, as well as what we're learning about their impact, particularly in Washington State (WSCADV's DV Housing First).  

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

2017
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

2017
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.

Coordinated Entry: Confidentiality Requirements in Practice

2018
National Network to End Domestic Violence

This document provides guidance on coordinated entry (CE) model best practices. The guidance was developed based on feedback from practitioners in the victim services field who are currently participating in HUD Continuums of Care (CoCs) and are in compliance with the confidentiality-related legal requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). These insights aim to adhere to federal confidentiality requirements that were created to ensure safety by protecting the identities of victims of domestic violence, while simultaneously ensuring that those victims have access to the type of housing they need in their community of choice.

New HUD Joint Component Option Could Help Domestic Violence Survivors

2017
Sharon McDonald
National Alliance to End Homelessness

This blog explains how the recent HUD NOFA - in particular, the "joint component" - provides an opportunity to increase crisis housing capacity for survivors of domestic violence; and provide the help those survivors need to return to housing in the community, when they determine they are ready to do so.