HUD FY19 Continuum of Care
Ranking and Funding Amounts

Background:

The Lake County Coalition for the Homeless began the application process for HUD FY19 funding with the approval of Funding Policies by the Coalition Board on July 9, 2019, adopting recommended changes from committees. These policies, available at www.lakecountyhomeless.org, outline the roles and responsibilities of all committees and groups involved in the funding process.

In accordance with these policies, the Strategic Planning and System Performance (SPSP) Committee completed a system needs assessment, which served as the foundation for their recommended allocation plan and ranking guidance. This year, LCCH benefited from the Homeless Gaps Analysis conducted by the Corporation for Supportive Housing. The full report, available on the website, was completed based on system data analysis, stakeholder surveys and interviews. The report’s findings and recommendations were incorporated into the allocation plan.

The Allocation Plan, available on the website, was approved by the Coalition Board on July 9, 2019. The Project Performance and Monitoring (PPM) Committee developed the local application forms and scoring tools. The Funding Work Group (FWG) was created by the SPSP and PPM Committees to fulfill the functions associated with completing the application for FY19 HUD Continuum of Care funds as outlined in Funding Policies.

HUD will allow the Lake County Continuum of Care to apply for up to $2,650,027. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) dictates that $2,254,639 of project funding be ranked in Tier 1 and the remainder ranked in Tier 2. Projects in Tier 2 are at higher risk of not receiving funding as they will compete with projects across the country. HUD provided an additional pot of funding for survivors of domestic violence in this funding competition.

Using the application tools provided by the PPM Committee, the FWG met and reviewed each project application. The group used consensus scoring where all group members agreed on each question’s score. Each applicant will receive their score via email. The percentage of available points received is listed in the chart on page 2. Additionally, Lake County will apply for $67,639 in available funding for the planning grant. As this grant is sized by HUD through the NOFA and not ranked, the FWG did not consider the planning grant in the following recommendations.

Allocation Plan:

The Allocation Plan states that PSH projects are the top priority for new project funding. Then Joint Component projects (TH-RRH), followed by Rapid Rehousing projects. For the Domestic Violence bonus project, the Allocation Plan states a preference for Joint Component projects (TH-RRH) followed by Rapid Rehousing projects.

LCCH incentivizes voluntary reallocation of projects by offering bonus points in the scoring process. The Independence Center voluntarily reallocated $1,385 in its application. There were no other projects that opted to voluntarily reallocate in this funding round.

The FWG scored each project with each member confirming each project score. The projects rankings are based on the percentage of available points they scored, giving preference to renewal projects over new projects. The FWG also placed infrastructure projects and projects renewing for the first time in Tier 1, consistent with the guidance in the Allocation Plan.

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Rankings:

The rankings include all renewal projects, a project for the Domestic Violence Bonus and three new projects for bonus/reallocated funding. These rankings were based on the direction in the allocation plan and the scoring percentage listed in the right hand column below. The following justifications were used in the ranking and funding of projects:

• Projects in Tier 2 have a higher risk of not receiving funding. Given that there were no low performing permanent housing projects, with the lowest scoring 80.1% of available points, the rankings reduce risk to existing permanent housing units by ranking them above new projects.

• A Safe Place’s Emerge Lake County Project is eligible for funding in the Domestic Violence Bonus Funding which will be selected separately from the rankings. Given that the project had access to other funding, it is ranked at the bottom. This increases the chances of the community receiving additional funding.

• Catholic Charities application for CTI-RP expansion was not included in the rankings as it did not propose serving additional households.

• The Lake County Health Department’s Shelter Plus Care Expansion Project was scaled to increase its chances of being funded out of Tier 2. The project, fully funded, would have scored too low from HUD to be funded based on prior years funding cut off. At a smaller scale the project indicate that it can add rental assistance for two units and will score in a range that it more likely to be funded.

• Childserv’s application for a Joint Component for Youth did not fit in to the Allocation Plan’s top priority of PSH for chronic. Given that there were three applications for the top priority, the project application is not included in the rankings.

• The FWG opted to not accept Independence Center’s voluntary reallocation as the amount was too small to have a meaningful impact on any of the proposed new projects.

Every applicant will receive their full scores via email. Agencies have the right to appeal the decisions of the Funding Work Group to the Appeals Work Group by submitting a letter outlining the basis for their appeal by email to boconnell@lakecountyil.gov by August 29, 2019. As outlined in the Funding Policies, agency appeals are “limited to technical errors on application scoring.” The results of appeals will be communicated via email and posted on the website.

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