As the lead applicant for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC), we are happy to announce that on Friday afternoon we submitted the LA CoC's application under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2019 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). We thank all our front-line partners who worked tirelessly to pull together this annual effort of evaluating the system of care and preparing for the year ahead. We also want to extend a special thanks and appreciation to our partners at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and the Los Angeles Community Development Agency (LACDA) for their work to help coordinate applications across the system of care.
LA CoC’s application includes both the community-wide planning application as well as specific agency projects. The community-wide application details our continuum’s coordinated strategies to help respond to the many challenges facing our homeless population. It includes our local competitive application process, lists key community partners leading critical initiatives, explains efforts to create or link supportive services, and evaluates systemwide performance metrics and goals.
For the specific agency projects, the LA CoC’s requested amount is $134.8 million, which includes $122.4 million for our annual renewal grants, $6.1 million in new permanent housing bonus grant applications, $5 million in new domestic violence bonus grant applications, and $1.25 million for our CoC planning grant application.
HUD again structured this year's application on a tiered level so that 94% of renewal amounts are in Tier 1 (likely to renew fully) and 6% are in Tier 2 (renewed competitively). For the LA CoC, our $122 million renewal amount for Tier 1 is $115.4 million and for Tier 2 is $6.9 million. LA CoC is also in a nationwide competition for $6.9 million (6% of our annual renewal allocation) new permanent housing bonus and for $5 million new domestic violence bonus. As community partners continue to streamline projects and services, the LA CoC also had the opportunity to reallocate nearly $1.5 million of renewal funds for a total of $7.5 million for new projects.
If awarded both bonuses, nearly 725 new beds across 540 new units will be added to our systems inventory of housing. These new transitional housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent housing projects are estimated to support over 630 households, representing nearly 900 individual children and adults. Access to safe, stable permanent housing resources will be targeted towards the chronically homeless, transition-aged youth (TAY), and survivors of domestic violence.
It is expected that HUD will announce renewals later this year and announce bonus rewards early next year. We will keep you posted as HUD makes new announcements.
Thank you all so much for your applications, hard work, and support in this process.
View the full, detailed application at www.lahsa.org/coc.
LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $400 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.