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FY2017 LA CoC Program Competition Applications Submitted

October 04, 2017 | November 06, 2017

Applications have been submitted to HUD on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 and are available for viewing on LAHSA website.

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As the lead applicant for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC), I am very happy to announce that our application under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2017 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was submitted the evening of Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  The CoC earned bonus points for submitting early, and we will take them.
 
The total application amount is $112.4 million, which includes $104.9 million for our annual renewal demand funding and $6.3 million (6%) in new project permanent supportive housing (PSH) bonus grant applications, the maximum eligible amount, and $1,250,000 for a CoC Planning Grant.

HUD structured the application so that 94% of renewal amounts are in Tier 1, likely to renew fully, and 6% are in Tier 2, and each CoC must re-compete nationally for those dollars.  The PSH Bonus funds available come from HUD’s reallocation of Tier 2 funds from less competitive CoCs to more competitive CoCs.

For the LA CoC, our $104.9 million renewal amount had $98.6 million in Tier 1, which should renew, but $6.3 million (6%) is in Tier 2, and we must compete for those dollars.  Of course, we are also in stiff competition for the $6.3 million in bonus money for new projects.

To most effectively compete for the Tier 2 and the PSH Bonus funding, we have assembled LA’s largest new projects application:  $19.3 million, all PSH with more than 1,300 new units in total. This year, HUD allowed for the expansion of existing PSH projects, which provided 5 existing projects to apply for additional capacity. The majority of new funds requested will provide rental assistance with match funding for case management coming from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) in the form of intensive case management.  Los Angeles is targeting just over 400 of the PSH units for youth, which would give Los Angeles the resource base we need to end chronic homelessness for youth. 

The $19.3 million in new projects covers our entire $6.3 million bonus amount, plus $13 million that we reallocated locally from older grants, using those funds for new projects.  A little more than half of those new project applications are safe in Tier 1, the remainder comprise our Tier 2 application.   Due to the large amount of reallocated funds, all renewal applications are in Tier 1, and should be awarded renewal funding by HUD.

New PSH projects are the most competitive for Tier 2 funding, so this is the strongest application we can make.

We have communicated directly with all of the reallocated grant providers.

New this year, LAHSA is directly applying for $2.3 million in PSH rental assistance.  These grants have historically been proposed through one of our local public housing agencies, usually the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) or the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA).  However this year, due in part to the large amount of reallocated grant funds, we did not receive enough new grant proposals to cover all of Los Angeles potential bonus funding, and we were unwilling to leave any possible money on the table.