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HUD Announces $2.7 Billion Funding Opportunity to Help People Experiencing Homelessness



Information from Barnstable County Department of Human Services      

Update, September 7, 2021 (Barnstable, MA) – In compliance with newly issued priorities by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for project application scoring, the CoC has updated the FY2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) NEW AND RENEWAL PROJECT SCORING METHODOLOGIES, attached as Appendices to the UPDATED REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP). The updated RFP may be found on the Barnstable County Department of Human Services Continuum of Care webpage:

August 31, 2021 (Barnstable, MA) – On Wednesday, August 18, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the FY2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including $2.656 billion in Continuum of Care Program (CoC) competitive funding available to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness.

The Continuum of Care Program is the largest source of federal grant funding for the homeless services and housing programs serving people experiencing homelessness. By statue, CoC Program grants must be awarded through an annual NOFO, to which nearly 400 Continuum of Care communities apply for grants for approximately 7,000 homeless services projects. This includes both renewals of existing grants and grants for new projects.

As with prior NOFOs, Continuums of Care will have the opportunity to renew existing projects, apply for new projects, and reallocate resources from lower performing projects to better serve people experiencing homelessness. However, this year’s NOFO includes some new opportunities. The FY2021 CoC Program NOFO will, for the first time, invite Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing entities (TDHE) to apply for grants through the CoC program. Additionally, the NOFO will provide $102 million for new rapid re-housing, supportive services, and other activities critical to assist survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

MA-503 Cape Cod and Islands CoC has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new and renewal projects through this competitive application process. Barnstable County serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the NOFO and is responsible for scoring and ranking all project applications and for preparing the NOFO Application. The deadline for submission of the Collaborative Application is November 16, 2021.

Information sessions for all project applicants will be held via Microsoft Teams on September 9. Complete information regarding the RFP and the FY2021 NOFO process and timeline can be found on the Barnstable County Department of Human Services Continuum of Care website:

The mission of the Department of Human Services is to plan, develop, and implement programs which enhance the overall delivery of human services in Barnstable County and promote the health and social well-being of County residents through regional efforts that improve coordination of  services.