Cancelling the 2020 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability

U.S. Senate bill: S. 4320 — The Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, introduced by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Committees:

Senate Committee on Appropriations

Status:

The bill is being considered as part of the next COVID-19 stimulus package.

U.S. House bill: H.R. 6800 — The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act

Committees:

House Appropriations Committee

Status:

The bill was passed by the House on May 15, 2020.

Impact

There should NOT be a Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NoFA) process in 2020 in order to allow CoCs to focus on meeting the daunting challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Instead, next year’s money should be distributed to the same grantees which won awards in 2019.

The House Democratic leadership, at the urging of House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA-43), included language in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), which would cancel the 2020 CoC NoFA and award the 2020 funding to 2019 grantees.  

The Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act (S. 4320), which was introduced by Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), includes different but technically superb language to cancel the 2020 CoC NoFA.  S. 4320 is one of eight bills that collectively constitute the Senate Republican proposal for the next COVID-19 stimulus package, which is known as the HEALS Act.  

The Alliance will work with House and Senate lawmakers to ensure that Congrerss takes timely action to cancel a 2020 CoC NoFA.

BACKGROUND: The Alliance has heard from providers across the nation–rural, suburban, and urban–that running a NoFA during these extraordinary times doesn’t make any sense.  In providing $4 billion in emergency homelessness funding with new flexibilities through the CARES Act, Congress made it clear that CoCs are expected to get the job done, rather than fritter away time cutting through red tape.  Moreover, HUD’s own staff is likely to be stretched extremely thin in providing guidance to CoCs and others in using stimulus funding wisely. 

On April 8, 2020, Nan Roman, the Alliance’s President and CEO, presented NAEH’s own letter in support of a cancellation of the 2020 CoC NoFA to Secretary Carson’s Chief of Staff, who promised to bring it up with his boss.  The consensus is that, given constraints on HUD’s resources, there is no guarantee that a 2020 NoFA would be completed in time to prevent interruptions in funding. 

And here is the Alliance’s letter:

Secy Carson re NOFA

Summary

The House Democratic leadership, at the urging of House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA-43), included language in The HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) which would cancel the 2020 CoC NoFA process and award the 2020 funding to 2019 grantees. 

The Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act (S. 4320), which was introduced by Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), includes different but technically superb language to cancel the 2020 CoC NoFA.  The Alliance will work with House and Senate lawmakers to ensure that Congrerss takes timely action to cancel a 2020 CoC NoFA.

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