Each year the Seattle/King County Continuum of Care (CoC) submits an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for McKinney Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Grant funds. The FY2016 NOFA reflects HUD’s continued prioritization of permanent housing, as well as housing first, low barrier housing, performance, and strategic use of resources. As part of the NOFA, HUD requires our local CoC to conduct a local process to determine a priority order of projects.
The final priority order is the result of a very thoughtful process conducted by Continuum of Care staff, under the advisement of providers and local funders, and final decisions are approved by the All Home Funder Alignment Committee. Following the Local McKinney Application Values established by the former IAC (now Coordinating Board), this reflects an effort to maintain as much McKinney funding in our CoC as possible, promote our goal to make homelessness rare, brief and one time in King County, address issues of disproportionality, and prioritize projects that further these goals while aligning with HUD strategic goals and priorities.
Our CoC has made significant efforts to realign our funding portfolio, shifting to spending more on permanent housing (rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing). For year by year summaries, see here. Comparing funding and how we spent it in 2012 versus 2016:
- Permanent housing increased from 50% of spending to 79%
- Support services and transitional housing decreased from 45% of funding to 9%
- Overall funding increased by 50% (from $23 million to $34 million)
- This has led to a 52% increase in those who are permanently housed in 2016 over 2013.