Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness

…to educate and mobilize our community and coordinate services to prevent and reduce homelessness in the Capital Region.

The 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) renewal and competition for homeless assistance projects funded by US-HUD is now open. 

If your agency is interested in applying for funding for homeless projects within the scope of this competition please read the entirety of the NOFA by HUD including the summary of what is new and changed.

2019 CoC Notice of Funding Application (NOFA) document

NOFA Homepage

Additional Links

Process to Apply:

The Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness (CACH) is the Collaborative Agency assigned to submit the single CoC application for the Continuum of Care PA501 whose jurisdiction is the City of Harrisburg and the County of Dauphin, Pennsylvania.

Agencies applying for project funding or renewals submit their project proposal through HUD’s E-SNAP system which by regulation requires approval and initial processing by the CoC Collaborative Agency, CACH.  Agencies therefore have to create an agency membership on ESNAPS AND have a valid DUNS number and affiliation requisite for agency applying for most federal funding (See CoC Competition NOFA, III.)

All projects are ranked by several categories required by HUD including but not limited to Continuum of Care priorities, agency performance or capacity, compliance to pertinent regulations, HUD specific outcomes, sustainability, and participation in the Continuum of Care.

CACH welcomes all new project and renewals from to submit for this competition including from entities that have not submitted before.

If you are interested in applying for a NEW project and/or an Agency NEW to this application i.e. has not submitted before under CoC PA501 application, please submit a short email detailing your agency name and the type of project you wish to submit BASED only on the type of NEW projects allowed by HUD for this NOFA (See CoC Competition NOFA V B.2). Send the email to no later than August 9, 2019

What’s New (Changes) for the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition

This list is not exhaustive and additional details are in the FY 2019 CoC Program Competition NOFA

  • Project Expansion (found in NOFA: C.2.j, V.B.2.e.(2), V.B.3.a.(5))

The process by which a renewal project applicant submits a new project application to expand its current operations by adding units, beds, persons served, services provided to existing program participants, or in the case of HMIS, increase the current HMIS activities within the CoC’s geographic area.

  • Domestic Violence Bonus. $181,847 is available in DV bonus for CoCs to create the following project types to serve VAWA victims:
    • Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH;
    • Joint Transitional Housing (TH) and Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH) component project; and
    • Supportive Services Only-Coordinated Entry (SSO-CE).
  • Bonus and Reallocation (B.2.c, III.B.2.t, V.B.2.d.(1), V.B.3.a.(3), V.B.3.a.(5) )

$90,942 is available for bonus above the Annual Renewal Demand (ARD). CoCs may submit new project applications under the CoC Bonus and reallocation process.

Existing features continued from previous year:

  • Consolidated Project. Eligible renewal project applicants will have the ability to consolidate two or more (limit of four) eligible renewal projects into one project application during the application process. (Section II.B.4).
  • Transition Projects: Project applicants can transition an existing renewable component (e.g., TH) to another component (e.g., PH-RRH). To take advantage of the transition grant, the project applicant must use the reallocation process to eliminate at least one an existing eligible renewal component to a project for one of the eligible new project components: PH-PSH, PH-RRH, Joint TH and PH-RRH, dedicated HMIS, or SSO-CE.


  • July 3, 2019 – NOFA announcement released by HUD


  • August 9, 2019 – New Project (non-renewal, bonus) intent email to
  • August 30, 2019 – Project Application. All project applications are required to be submitted to CACH in e-snaps.
  • September 15, 2019 – CACH Notification to Project Applicants. CACH will notify whether project application(s) will be accepted and ranked on the CoC Priority Listing, rejected, or reduced by the CoC. Where a project application is being rejected or reduced, CACH will indicate the reason(s) for the rejection or reduction in writing outside of e-snaps.
  • September 30, 2019, 8:00 EST – CoC Submission to HUD

If you have any questions please contact George Payne at 717-712-8367 or

Thank you,

Capital Area Commission on Homelessness (CACH)

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