2017 Balance of State Funding Competition

Throughout the state and nation, local agencies are now busy drafting applications for federal funding to continue doing the critical work of fighting homelessness.

Each year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes available federal resources for homeless services to communities around the nation through its Continuum of Care Program Competition. This competitive funding process is designed to encourage agencies to adopt methods that have been proven most effective in combating homelessness.

CoCs – regional homeless services jurisdictions – access HUD funding by submitting a consolidated application on behalf of their local provider agencies. As the lead staffing agency for the Ohio Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoSCoC), COHHIO, along with the Ohio Development Services Agency, facilitates this process and submits the consolidated application each year for providers in the 80 non-urban county region.

This year, Ohio BoSCoC has access to $15.8 million in renewal project funding and approximately $950,000 in Permanent Housing Bonus funds for new projects. The BoSCoC’s goal for the 2017 competition is to submit applications to fund projects that effectively meet community needs and maximize resources to end homelessness for all individuals, including veterans, chronically homeless, families, and youth.

HUD officially opened the competition on July 14, 2017. Agencies located within the BoSCoC service area interested in applying for these funds must participate in local homeless planning efforts and COHHIO’s consolidated application process.

The FY2017 CoC consolidated application, which includes all renewal and new project applications, will be submitted to HUD by the September 28, 2017 deadline.

For more information and a detailed timeline: http://cohhio.org/member-services-2/boscoc/boscoc-competition/

COHHIO contact: Erica Mulryan, Continuum of Care Director, ericamulryan@cohhio.org