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.

For more on the FY18 CoC NOFA and related information from HUD, click here.

REGISTER NOW!: Upcoming webinar on Housing First and Rapid Rehousing for Survivors - June 27, 2018, 2:30-4:00pm ET. This webinar will examine how new approaches employed by a growing number of victim services programs can support safe and stable housing for survivors and explore how modifications to the Rapid Rehousing model can boost its effectiveness with survivors. Register 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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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 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.

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.

Coordinated Entry: Confidentiality Requirements in Practice

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

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.