2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition

2019 CoC Competition is Now Open

On July 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Our Path Home is requesting project applications for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Continuum of Care Program Competition.

The City of Boise serves as the collaborative applicant for Our Path Home and is responsible for submitting the Collaborative Application to include the CoC Application, Priority Listing, and Project Applications. Application materials and resources will be publicly posted.

Our Path Home is eligible to submit a Collaborative Application for funding to support housing and services for households experiencing homelessness. For FY19, Our Path Home is accepting and soliciting new and renewal projects for permanent housing projects.

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Our Path Home's estimated annual renewal demand is $1,046,625. Additionally, Our Path Home is eligible to apply for a CoC Bonus project in the amount of $52,331 and a Domestic Violence (DV) bonus project in the amount of $64,968.  All project applications will be ranked in two tiers, defined below. Please note, CoC planning grants are not scored.

  • Tier 1: $988,066
  • Tier 2: $58,559
  • CoC bonus: $52,331
  • DV bonus: $64,968
  • CoC planning: $31,399

Competition Timeline


July 3: FY19 CoC Program Competition opened

July 22 – August 9: New and renewal project applicants should email the Our Path Home Administrator to schedule a time for CoC grant technical assistance should it be needed


August 2: No later than August 2, the CoC Program Manager will provide renewal project applications a copy of their final scoring report.

August 9: New and renewal project applications are due -- submit to the Our Path Home Administrator via email.

August 30: The Score and Rank Committee will meet no later than August 30 to review all project applications and make a project ranking recommendation to the Executive Committee.


September 9: The Executive Committee will vote on the Score and Rank Committee’s recommendation and approve the final ranking and priority listing.

September 10: No later than September 10, the Our Path Home Administrator will email the results of the review, rank and scoring process and the priority listing to each project applicant.

September 17: Project applicants must submit all project applications accepted and ranked in the priority in e-snaps for review  

September 23: Collaborative application draft posted online

September 30: Collaborative application is due

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Funding Priorities

Our Path Home embraces HUD’s policy priorities to end homelessness for all persons, create a systemic response to homelessness, strategically allocate and use resources, and to use a Housing First approach. To best serve all persons experiencing homelessness, Our Path Home has operationalized its local funding priorities in the following order:

  • Permanent housing projects that have, with Our Path Home support, voluntarily reallocated to better serve a local need reflected in the data generated by our coordinated entry system[1]
  • Permanent supportive housing projects that serve persons meeting the definition of DedicatedPLUS
  • Rapid re-housing projects

Review, Scoring and Ranking Policy

All project applications, new and renewal, including bonus project applications, will be reviewed, scored, and ranked by the Score and Rank Committee (SRC). Projects must meet the threshold criteria outlined in the FY19 NOFA and the local threshold criteria included in the rating and ranking tool. Renewal and new projects that do not, after review, meet threshold criteria will not be scored or ranked.

Renewal Projects

Renewal project applications include those projects that have received CoC Program funds in the previous year (FY18).

  1. Renewal projects will be ranked above new projects except in those cases wherein a renewal project does not minimally score a 70% on the rating and ranking tool.
  2. Renewal projects that score below 70% will still be ranked; however, a new project may be ranked above them on the Priority Listing.
  3. First-time renewal projects must meet threshold criteria but will be held harmless from the minimum score required of renewal projects that have operated for more than 12 months.

New Projects

New project applications include those projects that have been created through reallocation or bonus project funding and did not receive CoC Program funds in the previous year (FY18). Projects created through reallocation or bonus funding must align not only with HUD’s policy priorities outlined in the FY19 NOFA, but also with the CoC’s local funding priorities.

New projects will be ranked below renewal projects, unless a renewal project voluntarily (or at the request of the CoC) reallocates or re-purposes funds into a new project to better serve the CoC’s local priorities and greatest need.

Generally, all new projects will be ranked in Tier 2, in order of their rating score, unless the CoC determines the new project will meet the local funding priorities described above more effectively than a renewal project application.

Review, Scoring and Ranking Procedure

Score & Rank Committee

The Executive Committee has designated the Score and Rank Committee (SRC) to review, rate and rank project applications for CoC Program funds. The Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee serves as the SRC Chair.


All project applications (new and renewal) will be ranked from highest to lowest according to the score received on the rating and ranking tool. The final project rankings may then shift given the CoC’s stated funding priorities and the scope of the project types covered by the applications.

Priority Listing

The SRC Chair will present the ranking recommendations of the SRC to the Executive Committee for final approval and inclusion in the Priority Listing. The Executive Committee has the discretion to approve, amend, or reject the recommendation.


For the detailed procedure, download the PDF below.


Grievance and Appeals Process

The Executive Committee will consider any grievances. Grievances must be submitted in writing to the CoC Lead Agency by emailing the Our Path Home Administrator within 24 hours of the project applicants’ formal notification of the funding recommendation.

The grievance must include the nature of the grievance, including an explanation of how the organization perceived it was unfairly treated. The grievance should also include a reasonable and fair proposed solution to address the grievance.

The Executive Committee must provide a written response to the appeal within two business days, beginning on the first business day after the grievance was submitted.

Any project applicant that submits a project that was rejected by the CoC in the local competition will be notified in writing by the CoC, outside of e-snaps, with an explanation for the decision to reject the project(s) no later than 15 days before the collaborative application deadline of September 30, 2019.

Project applicants whose project was rejected may appeal the local CoC competition decision to HUD if the project applicant believes it was denied the opportunity to participate in the local CoC planning process in a reasonable manner by submitting a Solo Applicant project application in e-snaps directly to HUD prior to the application deadline of 8:00 pm EST on September 30, 2019. The CoC’s notification of rejection of the project in the local competition must be attached to the Solo Application. Section X.C of the FY19 NOFA describes the Solo Applicant requirements.

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