FY 2018 CoC Program Competition

The CoC Program Competition for FY 18 opened on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The competition will close on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT.

There are two tiers to the CoC application process:
1. Anchorage Collaborative CoC Application; facilitated by ACEH. If you are interested in participating or more information, please contact ACEH at director@anchoragehomeless.org

2. Individual Project Applications; for more information continue down the page.

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange.

CoC Program Interim Rule

2017 Alaska CoC Grants

The Anchorage CoC will accept and consider proposals from organizations that have not previously received CoC Program funding in the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition. Proposals are submitted to the CoC Ranking and Review Committee through the Project Application (information below). Organizations interested in the process the CoC uses to determine the project application(s) that will be included in the FY 2018 Competition process may contact ACEH via director@anchoragehomeless.org, or participate in a Question and Answer (Q&A) meeting (details in timeline below).

Important Dates:

  • June 20, 2018 – CoC Program Competition Opens
  • July 19, 2018 – Project Application released to community
  • July 30, 2018 – Q&A Session 1PM @ Covenant House (see below for responses)
  • August 17, 2018 – Project Applications due
  • August 31, 2018 – Project Applicants Notified of CoC Decisions
  • September 11, 2018 – Project Applications for selected projects due in e-snaps
  • September 18, 2018 – CoC Collaborative Application submitted to HUD

Funding Amounts for Anchorage (see project application for additional details)

Estimated Annual Renewal Demand $2,847,097
Tier 1 Amount (94% of ARD) $2,676,271
Tier 2 Amount (6% of ARD) $170,826
Planning Funds (3% of ARD) $85,413
Domestic Violence Bonus $129,374
Anchorage CoC Funds Possible, 2018 $3,061,884


Application documents for current grantees applying for renewal or transition funds:

  • FY18 CoC Renewal or Transition Application – PDF/ Word

Application documents for new applicants or current grantees applying for expansion funds:

  • FY18 CoC New or Expansion Project Application – PDF/ Word




If you have any questions about the Anchorage Continuum of Care Program, please contact ACEH at director@anchoragehomeless.org.

Below you can find a link to the project application questions and answers provided.

FAQ August 8 and August 15, 2018

Anchorage Continuum of Care

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. CoCs represent communities of all kinds, including major cities, suburbs and rural areas.

In 1995, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began to require communities to submit a single application for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in order to streamline the funding application process, encourage coordination of housing and service providers on a local level, and promote the development of CoCs. By requiring communities to submit a single application, HUD hoped to encourage a more structural and strategic approach to both housing and providing services to homeless people. A CoC should provide this more strategic system by providing homeless people with housing and services appropriate to their range of needs.

According to HUD, a CoC is “a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximize self-sufficiency. It includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.” HUD identifies four necessary parts of a continuum:

  • Outreach, intake, and assessment in order to identify service and housing needs and provide a link to the appropriate level of both;
  • Emergency shelter to provide an immediate and safe alternative to sleeping on the streets, especially for homeless families with children;
  • Transitional housing with supportive services to allow for the development of skills that will be needed once permanently housed; and
  • Permanent and permanent supportive housing to provide individuals and families with an affordable place to live with services if needed.

For more information regarding the CoC process, please visit the HUD CoC Website.

The concept of a “Continuum of Care” seeks to address all aspects of homelessness including the needs of all of the homeless sub-populations, and uses a collaborative approach resulting in a set of goals that are shared by a broad range of participants in the community. A fully developed Continuum of Care system includes five fundamental components: outreach and assessment; emergency shelter; transitional housing; permanent housing; and supportive services, including homeless prevention activities.

An effective Continuum of Care plan includes strategies to serve the specific needs of all the homeless subpopulations within the community and ensures that financial and other resources are used in a coordinated effort to provide the fill range of housing and service options needed to enable homeless persons to make the transition from the streets to stable work and environments and to achieve as high a level of self-sufficiency as possible.

In Alaska, there are two CoC’s, Anchorage (AK-500) and the remainder of the State called Balance of State (AK-501). Details on the Alaska Balance of State CoC can be found on the  Alaska Coalition on Housing & Homelessness website.

The Anchorage Continuum of Care Policies and Procedures are available for download here: Anchorage Continuum of Care Policies and Procedures

The Anchorage Continuum of Care Written Standards are available for download here: Anchorage Continuum of Care Written Standards

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.

If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.

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