NOFA Funding Round

2017 CoC NOFA

Updated on August 2nd, 2017

NY-603’s COC application and Project Priorities listing for the 2017 COC Funding Round

Uploaded on September 21st, 2017

The NY-603’s COC application and Project Priorities listing for the 2017 COC Funding Round can be downloaded by clicking on the buttons below.


FINAL ranking for all COC programs

Uploaded on August 25th, 2017

The FINAL ranking can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.



Uploaded on August 3rd, 2017

I would like to first take a moment to thank the members of this year’s Ranking Committee for their hard work in this year’s deliberations.  We thank them for taking the time to participate on this important Committee!


Below are the recommendations made by the Ranking Committee regarding the proposals submitted under the 2017 funding round.  Please note that the recommended ranking includes the ranking order and budget amounts for renewal programs, and placeholders with total amounts for programs/program types that will be placed toward the bottom of Tier 1. The attached list indicates where Tier 2 begins, and which program will straddle Tiers 1 and 2. Although some ranking NUMBERS will change once the “placeholder” items are included, no program will fall closer to the bottom in terms of dollar amounts. Therefore, their placement in a given Tier will not change.


Please review the ranking and funding recommendations below.  Please submit your vote by 5 p.m. on August 7, 2017.  One vote per agency, please.  Votes on new program selections will be conducted separately.

CoC Funding Manual and Application Training
Uploaded on June 19th, 2017

A training will be held on June 28, 9:30AM – 11:30AM at 600 Albany Avenue, Room 203, Amityville. There is a limit of 2 representatives per agency. While attendance is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. To register, please submit an email to with the names and email addresses of persons who will be attending.


The LOCAL application will be due to LICH by July 26, 2017. 6 COPIES of the paper applications (and appropriate certifications) must be submitted to:


                                                Greta Guarton, LMSW
                                                Executive Director

                                                Long Island Coalition for the Homeless

                                                600 Albany Avenue, Suite 2

                                                Amityville, NY 11701

Please review the attached in full before beginning your application.

UPDATE JUNE 29, 2017

It has been brought to our attention that there was a typo in the RENEWAL application for our local COC process, included in our LI Application Instruction Manual. On page 21, the Permanent Supportive Housing question included a statement that the total of CH Single Adults with Broad Spectrum Disabilities and the total of CH Families with Broad Spectrum Disabilities must equal 100%. This is incorrect. The total may or may not be 100%, depending on other eligibility requirements for your particular programs. We apologize for any confusion.

Ranking Criteria for the 2017 COC Funding Round
Uploaded on June 9th, 2017

Below please find the Ranking Criteria for the 2017 COC funding round. The criteria sheet includes information regarding the programs for which the criterion is relevant, the tool/data used to measure the criterion, any benchmarks in place, and the total point value for each criterion.


The local process applications will be published separately. The Governance Board will meet on Friday, June 16, to finalize discussions regarding this year’s process and priorities. The applications, training date, and application due date will be published after the Governance Board meeting (probably on Monday, June 19).

2017 Continuum of Care

Ranking Committee Nomination Form

Uploaded on January 23, 2017

We are seeking nominations for the Ranking Committee for the Nassau/Suffolk CoC.  The Ranking Committee will be tasked with developing and weighing criteria upon which 2017 COC applications will be evaluated and scored (based upon priorities and guiding principles set forth by the Governance Board), as well as reviewing applications, score cards and data used to apply criteria to applications and applicants.  Please note that the 2017 Ranking Committee will be a year-round committee. We anticipate the time commitment will include one hour per month prior to the publication of the application, and approximately 8 - 10 hours after the submission of applications for review and ranking.

Please consider the following criteria when nominating someone for the Ranking Committee: 


  • The nominee should have been a member of the Continuum of Care group during the previous funding year and/or participated in the CoC or Ranking Committee in previous years. 

  • The nominee should have a thorough understanding of the Continuum of Care process and/or housing and services for homeless and disabled populations on Long Island.  Agencies familiar with funding through ESG, HOPWA, or other federal programs are also encouraged to participate.

  • The nominee may be a representative from a non-profit organization, government or government agency or faith-based organization. 


We are also seeking nominations for persons who have personally experienced homelessness to participate on each Ranking Committee.  Individuals may nominate themselves.  Should you decide to nominate someone, please get his/her approval before submitting the nomination.


Individuals representing programs that are planning to submit new or renewal proposals for consideration by the Ranking Committee during the 2017 funding round are ineligible to participate on the Ranking Committee. 


Nominations are due by Monday, February 13, 2017 at NOON. Nominations will be sent out on by COB on February 13 for a ballot vote on Friday, February 17, 2017.


Uploaded December 13th, 2016


Each year, agencies submit proposals for funding to a variety of local, state and federal funding sources for the development of housing programs for our region, and request support from the local Continuum of Care. In order to ensure that agencies are proposing housing that best address our region’s needs, the CoC Executive Committee has established the following priorities for programs funded outside of HUD COC funding:


Category A**


Permanent Housing for families (including couples)

Permanent Housing and/or Transitional Housing for Youth (unaccompanied, pregnant/parenting)

Permanent Housing for Chronically Homeless single adults (other than those requiring SPA)

Permanent Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence (singles and families)


Category B


Permanent Housing for all other populations

Transitional Housing for all other populations


For the 2017 calendar year, when a Request for Proposals or similar is published requiring letters of support from the COC, the COC will publish a deadline by which all applicants must request such letters. Requests for support from applicants proposing programs falling into Category A will be considered for letters of support first. If no requests for support for programs falling into Category A are received by the stated deadline, the COC will consider requests for support from applicants falling into Category B.


** The COC performed an analysis of the current housing capacity vs. homeless persons by category/ population in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Although not yet complete, preliminary data points to significant gaps for housing for the populations indicated in Category A.



Please feel free to contact Greta Guarton at should you have questions.

2016 Funding Round

2016 Consolidated Application and Project Priorities have been updated, please click below to download the documents

Uploaded September 8th, 2016

The Ranking


 August 14, 2016

Thank you to all of the agencies that submitted their votes on the ranking by the deadline of August 11, 2016. Eighteen agencies submitted ballots. There were 17 votes in favor of the ranking recommendations and one vote which suggested recommendations made to the recommendations.  The recommendation did not include a change in the ranking, but rather, recommendations regarding how certain criteria were scored. These (and others) will be discussed with the Executive Committee for consideration in the 2017 round.


The final recommendations are listed on the attachment (below) and have been published previously (prior to final vote).

The Ranking order for all programs is based upon the scores for criteria relevant to each program, then divided by the total points possible for that particular program type.  The 2 LICH programs, which the COC had voted to guarantee placement in Tier I in order to ensure their continuation, were ranked above the two NEW Permanent Housing Programs PH Bonus and Reallocation). As discussed and voted upon, the Ranking Committee selected two New PH programs to be placed in Tier I, as the last 2 projects within that Tier. Also as agreed upon by the EC and COC, the project ranking in the bottom of Tier 2 (equaling 5% of the ARD) have been either eliminated or their budgets reduced to provide enough funding for a new Reallocation project (placed in Tier I, as described above).


The scores listed represent the FINAL score for each program, after the total points received were divided by the possible points available. 


The Ranking Committee’s recommendations will be voted upon BY BALLOT (attached). One vote is permitted per agency.  VOTES ON RANKING RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DUE BACK TO LICH BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016.


We have completed “score cards” for each application, along with comments and supplemental materials to provide feedback on where applications lost points. If applicants requested more than the approved amount on the GIW, this is listed both on the attached ranking and the score cards. These will be emailed to applicants on August 9, 2016.


We will be completing more thorough reviews of the applications submitted and emailing/faxing them to applicants this week.


Please be reminded that submissions in esnaps are due by CLOSE OF BUSINESS AUGUST 12, 2016. (FRIDAY).

Application Information

 Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and read the Interim Rule, NOFA Policy requirements and General Section, 2016 NOFA and Opening Doors in their entirety in preparation for this year’s funding round. Additionally, interested parties are encouraged to review webinars related to Rapid Re-Housing, Serving Chronically Homeless persons, and record keeping requirements related to documenting homelessness.  These and other resources can be found at (use the search bar on left to filter for “Programs” and then “COC”) and Many of these webinars can be helpful to those planning to design new programs or modify existing program models. 



HUD has allocated up to 5% of each region's funding for a Bonus project. In addition, the Long Island COC will reallocate funding from under-performing projects to support a NEW project in the amount of at least 5% of the Annual Renewal Demand . This measure is being taken to ensure that our region's funds are used for high performing programs that align with HUD's priorities and our local needs.


Up to two new applications in the amount of $ will be selected for inclusion in our regional application to HUD. The highest ranked of those two may have an opportunity for additional funding.


We invite and encourage applications from both organizations that have previously been funded through the COC, as well as those who have not been funded through the COC in the past. Agencies must have a DUNS number and be registered with SAM.



A training for this year's round was held on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 9:30AM, at the Community Resource Center, 600 Albany Avenue, Room 203, Amityville.  Attendance was MANDATORY for all applicants; there was a limit of one attendee per agency for renewals.  Agencies seeking new funding were able to register two attendees. FAILURE TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR CONSIDERATION - FOR NEW AND RENEWAL PROGRAMS. 



Ranking Criteria: There have been significant changes to the Ranking Criteria (attached). Changes in criteria, points allocated to each criterion, and the addition of criteria all reflect HUD’s priorities and an emphasis on performance. Threshold requirements have also been added. For example, all applicants MUST sign on to a regional NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY in order to be considered for new or renewal funding.  The Non-Discrimination Policy language will be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee prior to being finalized.


New Funding: HUD has allocated up to 5% of the regional Annual Renewal Demand (ARD; the amount needed to fund all expiring contracts for one more year) to fund a new “Bonus” project. In addition, the COC will reallocate 5% of the ARD from the lowest scoring programs for a new project. Should programs applying for renewal funding voluntarily reduce their budgets, additional funds may be available for the “Reallocation” project.  Both the “Bonus” project and the “Reallocation” project will be ranked within Tier 1 (as the last 2 projects in Tier 1). There are strict threshold and eligibility requirements for funding under the Bonus and Reallocation funding categories. This will allow the region to fund two new projects that serve priority populations, serve a larger number of homeless persons, and adopt HUD’s Housing First model. Please note that this also means the projects ranking in the bottom 5% will be eliminated from the competition. Others falling into Tier 2 may also be at risk.