Continuum of Care Homelessness Assistance


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Lowell Continuum of Care 

The Lowell Continuum of Care (CoC) is an umbrella organization whose members provide services to the homeless, with a goal of ultimately eliminating homelessness with assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Nonprofit organizations in Lowell that are members of the CoC are working to provide services to help increase the self-sufficiency of homeless persons and those with issues of mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence and disabilities that are at-risk of homelessness. The CoC continues to implement a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which has been installed at five homeless provider locations. Data is collected annually to create a Housing Gaps Analysis Chart that is used by the community to determine the unmet need for emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and permanent housing sites for homeless persons. Lowell's CoC is funded through HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act programs.

View the City of Lowell Partnership for Change: Action Plan to End Homelessness (PDF) to learn more about the City's commitment, along with many dedicated partners, to end homelessness in our community.

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a local planning coalition that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals.

The CoC is a coordinated and comprehensive strategic organizational structure with members that represent
  • Community Leaders
  • Housing and Service Providers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Other Interested Residents and System Participants
  • Public Housing Authorities
The CoC has the ultimate goal of ending homelessness with assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

                                       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


                                                                Community Planning and Development
                        Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care
                                                                                  Program Competition

                                                                          City of Lowell, Massachusetts

Pursuant to theFY2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Continuum of Care (CoC), the City of Lowell on behalf of the Lowell CoC is seeking a request for applications for 2 New Permanent Housing Projects either for a Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Rapid Rehousing project (TH-RRH) or a Rapid Rehousing (RRH) project for unaccompanied homeless youth. Funding for projects in the FY2017 CoC competition is limited.  New housing projects must follow a Housing First model, participate in the CoC’s Coordinated Entry System and make the maximum use of mainstream resources for supportive services, educational and employment supports. Application and supporting documentation will be available for download below or by contacting Linda King at  

                                                                            APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 12:00 p.m. EST, Friday, August 11, 2017

 and submitted by email to Linda King at

- Lowell CoC Local Renewal Application
- RFP Reallocation Funds for New Permanent Housing Project for Unaccompanied Youth, and
- RFP New HUD Housing Bonus, Permanent Housing Project for Unaccompanied Youth.
PLEASE NOTE:  Agencies may apply for both permanent housing project opportunities using separate RFP forms.  Renewals must submit separate local applications for each CoC project that they may have.


- Project applicants that can refer to the following materials when completing applications, they can be accessed via the HUD exchange.
- Notice of Funding Availability for the 2017 Continuum of Care Program Competition FR-6100-N-25 
- Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) ACT / CoC Program Interim Rule  

- "Opening Doors" the federal strategic plan to end homelessness can be found here 
- You may also Ask Policy or Reporting System Question on HUD Exchange website:
New Joint Component Project Type United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: Quick Analysis
- New Joint Component Project Type: HUD Exchange
- HUD Rapid Rehousing Brief

FY U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


FY 2016 Coc Program Priority Listing Rating & Review Posting

From: King, Linda
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2016 12:45 p.m.
To: Jessica Perreault; June Messina; 'Susan Gentili'; Beverly Clarke (; Karen Mirabito-Cowan; Maria Crooker
Cc: Tradd, Diane; Samaras, Christopher
Subject: Final Renewal Priority Ranking Tier 1 and Tier 2

Good Afternoon,

On behalf of the CoC Evaluation Scoring Committee, CoC Advisory Board and CoC Collaborative Applicant/Department of Planning and Development, I am writing to inform you of the Final Renewal Priority Ranking of projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2 for the FY2016 CoC Program Competition.

The Rating and Ranking Scoring Tool used for the review, was emailed to CoC members and posted on line at on June 12, 2016. The tool abides by HEARTH regulations and FY2016 NOFA Prioritization Rating and Ranking requirements.

The CoC Advisory Board wanted to inform you of the Priority Rating and Ranking decisions prior to their release, to ensure appropriate oversight and adherence with CoC Governance Charter policies, and prioritization requirements of the Competition. Please see detailed Ranking and Review results for each project attached.

The Final Priority Listing of Renewal and New Projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2 for the FY2016 CoC Program Competition is as follows.

Tier 1: Representing 93% of the CoC's ARD or $752,177

  1. House of Hope: $90,038
  2. Bridgewell Pathfinder PSH: $399,735
  3. Bridgewell Pathfinder Apartments: $83,041
  4. HMIS/Coordinated Entry System Project Manager: $66,224
  5. Alternative House: $113,139

Tier 2: Representing 7% of the CoC's Remaining ARD or $56,615 plus New Housing Bonus Project

  1. Alternative House: $ 56,615
  2. LTLC Main Street PSH: $70,203
All grievances surrounding scoring and ranking must follow the grievance policy in the CoC Governance Charter attached and also posted on the City's website (see address above); and be submitted to via email no later than 11:59 a.m. on August 31, 2016.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Hud Notice of Funding Announcement Notification

Pursuant to the FY2016 Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFA) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Continuum of Care (CoC), the City of Lowell on behalf of the Lowell CoC is seeking a request for applications for New Permanent Housing Projects either for Permanent Supportive (PSH) or Rapid Rehousing (RRH) projects.

Funding for new permanent housing projects in the FY2015 CoC competition is limited. New permanent housing projects must follow a Housing First model, participate in the design and implementation of the CoC's Coordinated Access System and makes maximum use of mainstream resources for supportive services.

View the FY2016 CoC Program NOFA (PDF)

Local Funding Opportunities

Permanent Housing Bonus Application

The Lowell CoC is seeking applications for CoC New Housing Bonus Funds for permanent housing that includes both permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing project. HUD announced that the permanent housing bonus will be up to 5% of the CoC's Final Pro Rata Need. For Lowell that amount is approximately $60,000.

View the New Permanent Housing Bonus Application (PDF).

Transitional Housing Reallocation Application

The Lowell CoC is seeking applications from existing Lowell Continuum of Care Transitional Housing (TH) projects wishing to voluntarily reallocate existing TH funds to either a permanent supportive housing or rapid re-housing project the following two forms must be completed:

New Bonus Housing Types

CoCs may create new projects through the permanent housing bonus up to 5% of the CoC's FPRN for the following types of new projects:
  • CoCs may create new permanent supportive housing projects that will serve 100% chronically homeless individuals and families.
  • CoCs may create new rapid rehousing projects that will serve homeless individuals and families coming directly from the streets or emergency shelters, and include persons fleeing domestic violence situations and other persons meeting the criteria of paragraph (4) of the definition of homelessness.

Applications Due

Reallocation plans and New Housing Bonus Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Friday, July 29, 2016 and should be sent by email to Linda King.

Scoring Applications

An Independent Scoring Committee will rate and review New Housing Bonus Projects, Reallocation Plans and Renewal Applicant Performance Evaluations for submission as part of the Lowell CoC FY2016 application. Final decisions regarding all awards will be made by HUD via the national competition. For more information on the Lowell CoC's policies and procedures for rating and review of application please see Lowell MA-508 CoC Rating and Review Procedures 2016 (PDF).