On November 21, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a grant opportunity for existing Continuum of Care (CoC) Program recipients to improve their Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS). Grants will range in value from $20,000 to $400,000 and are expected to be awarded to 50 eligible applicants, including county governments.
The HMIS within the CoC Program is the system used to record, analyze and track client activity for the purpose of providing shelter, housing and other services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Under the recently-announced grant opportunity, activities that improve HMIS include consolidating software or data, upgrading existing systems and improving HMIS data quality, among others. HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will also offer funding for CoC recipients to consolidate their HMIS systems.
Counties may apply for this funding if they are already CoC program recipients. In order to apply, counties will have to undergo a two-phase process: Phase 1 includes a generic application, while Phase 2 includes a specific budget and project proposal. HUD will then distribute available funds based on the cost effectiveness, feasibility and projected impact of each potential project.
Additional information on the grant application, which is due January 31, 2019, can be found at this link.
For more NACo resources on homelessness, please see the following links:
- Serving the Underserved: Counties Addressing Poverty
- County News Hot Topics: Ending homelessness takes slow and steady progress