FY2015 Continuum of Care Program

The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2) is the state’s housing and homeless advocacy body. The Coalition carries out the day to day management of the Balance of State Continuum of Care Program (AK-501).

Balance of State CoC Program in Alaska
The Balance of State CoC geographic area covers all of Alaska, outside of the city of Anchorage, and is the largest in size in the country. To participate in the Anchorage CoC Program (AK-500), please visit the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness website. 

To see a list of FY2014  AK-501 grantees and final rankings, please visit the FY2014 program page. 

FY2015 HUD Continuum of Care Program

On September 17, 2015 HUD released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the CoC Program. The NOFA, forms and documents, and other supporting resources such as webinars and broadcast links are found on the HUD Exchange site. If thinking of participating in the AK-501 Balance of State competition, potential applicants are encouraged to utilize these resources.

HUD FY15 Continuum of Care NOFA Broadcast

Continuum of Care Program Roadmap Prezi

Draft Policies for the Alaska Balance of State (AK-501) Program

In 2015 the Balance of State CoC drafted a policies document to help organize future CoC (AK-501) competitions. This document is in draft status but will be used as a guide until a version can be finalized after the close of the current CoC competition. The policy document is listed below.

Alaska Homeless Management Information System (AKHMIS)

In order to provide more effective services to people in Alaska who are struggling with homelessness or near-homelessness, service providers have joined together with the Institute for Community Alliances to effectively implement the Alaska Homeless ManagementInformation System (AKHMIS). Here are the important AKHMIS documents for CoC Program Participants.


HUD CoC Policy Priorities 

The HUD NOFA outlines six policy priorities:
1.    Strategic Resource Allocation
2.    Ending Chronic Homelessness
3.    Ending Family Homelessness
4.    Ending Youth Homelessness
5.    Ending Veterans Homelessness
6.    Using a Housing First Approach

HUD Threshold Questions For Renewal Projects
When considering an application make sure your project meets HUD Threshold:

•    Does the project applicant’s performance meet the plans and goals established in the initial application as amended?
•    Has the project applicant demonstrated all timeliness standards for grants
being renewed, including that standards for the expenditure of grant funds have been met?
•    What is the project applicant’s performance in assisting program participants to achieve and maintain independent living and record of success?
•    Is there evidence that a project applicant has been unwilling to accept
technical assistance, has a history of inadequate financial accounting practices, has
indications of project mismanagement, has a drastic reduction in the population served, has made program changes without prior HUD approval, or has lost a project site.
•    HUD reserves the right to reduce or reject a funding request from the project
applicant for the following reasons:
•    Is there an outstanding obligation to HUD that is in arrears or for which a payment schedule has not been agreed upon?
•    Is there an audit finding(s) for which a response is overdue or unsatisfactory?
•    Is there a history of inadequate financial management accounting practices?
•    Is there evidence of untimely expenditures on prior award?
•    Is there history of other major capacity issues that have significantly affected the operation of the project and its performance?
•    Is there history of not reimbursing subrecipients for eligible costs in a timely
manner, or at least quarterly?
•    Is there history of serving ineligible program participants, expending funds on ineligible costs, or failing to expend funds within statutorily established timeframes?
•    Does the project applicant and the proposed subrecipient must meet the civil
rights threshold requirements in Section III.C.2.d. of the FY 2013 General Section?
•    Is the proposed project consistent with the consolidated plan?

HUD Threshold Question For Reallocation & Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus Projects: The CoC will allow agencies to reallocate funds to new projects if they are ready and if the reallocation is eligible. Reallocations must be used to create either new PSH projects where all beds are dedicated for use by the chronically homeless or create new rapid re-housing projects for homeless households with children who originally came from the streets or emergency shelters.

Per HUD guidelines, to be considered as meeting project quality threshold, new  projects created through reallocation must receive at least 5 points from HUD based on criteria below. HUD will reject new project applications created through reallocation or the PSH bonus project that do not receive at least 5 points. As part of the local review, applicants choosing to reallocate must describe and certify to the CoC  that they will meet these criteria.
•    Whether the type, scale, and location of the housing fit the needs of the program
participants (1 point);
•    Whether the type, scale, and location of the supportive services, and the mode of transportation to those services fit the needs of the program participants (1 point);
•    Whether the specific plan for ensuring program participants will be individually assisted to obtain the benefits of the mainstream health, social, and employment programs for which they are eligible to apply meets the needs of the program participants (1 point);
•    Whether program participants are assisted to obtain and remain in
permanent housing in a manner that fits their needs (1 point);
•    Whether program participants are assisted to both increase their incomes and live
 independently using mainstream housing and service programs in a manner that fits their needs (1 point);
•    Whether 75% of the proposed program participants come from the street or
other locations not meant for human habitation, emergency shelter, or safe havens (1 point); and
•    Whether amenities (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) are accessible in
the community (1 point)

Important Dates

  • October 6, 2015: Alaska Balance of State application available
  • October 8, 2015 at 3pm:CoC Meeting to Review NOFA & application 
  • October 20, 2015 at 3pm: CoC Committee Meeting (Full CoC Committee)
  • October 21, 2015 at 3pm: Alaska Balance of State Application Due
  • October 22-26, 2015: Review Team Ranks Applications
  • November 4, 2015 at 4:30PM: Final Ranking Meeting
  • November 5, 2015: Notice of Intent to Award to Applicants
  • November 12, 2015: Grantee Submit Applications Into e-snaps
  • November 18, 2015 at 10am:CoC Collaborative Application Review Meeting
  • November 19, 2015: FY2015 Consolidated CoC Application Deadline

Teleconference: 1-866-398-2885 Code 257227

Balance of State CoC Policies and Procedures (Draft status)
CoC_BOS (AK-501) FFY15 renewal application.docx
LeverageChart_(renewals only).xlsx
CoC_BOS (AK-501) FFY15_NEW&Housingbonus_ application.docx
10-8-2015 AK-501 Meetingnotes.docx
AK501_CoC_FY15_FinalRanking - Updated 11.14.15.xlsx
AK501_CoC_nov.18 minutes.docx
AK-501 CoC E-Snaps Project Priority Listing - Submitted 11.18.15.pdf
AK-501 CoC E-Snaps Collaborative Application - Submitted 11.18.15.pdf