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CoC Program Competition

The Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, the lead agency for the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care,  serves as the collaborative applicant for the annual HUD (Housing and urban Development) competitive grant process for homeless funding. The CoC submits the application each year requesting funding to support the homeless service providers in the geographic area. As part of this grant process, the CoC calls for project applicants to submit proposals for housing and services dedicated to chronically homeless individuals and families. The annual competition is usually a two-step process. If a project is selected by the CoC Ranking Committee, the applicant will be required to submit an electronic application through Esnaps, a HUD website.

As part of this competitive grant process, project applicants will be reviewed and ranked using the New or Renewal Project Ranking tool.

Projects receiving the highest scores during the objective review and ranking process will be placed in Tier I. Lower performing projects will be placed lower in Tier I or in Tier II.

New projects requesting funding will be able to apply under the Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus or through the process for reallocation (page 4).


Renewal Project rankings will be based on the following general criteria:

  • Stability of Housing
  • Utilization Rate
  • Serving Chronic Homeless
  • Use of Funding
  • CoC Participation
  • Positive Neighborhood Impact


New Project rankings will be based on the following general criteria:

  • Bonus or Reallocation Eligibility
  • Ability to meet HUD threshold criteria
  • Cooperation with Coordinated Assessment
  • Cost Per Bed for Project
  • Feasibility


New and renewal projects will compete for Tier I rankings. Renewal projects that are not performing up to the CoC standards can be reduced or entirely eliminated through reallocation and the funds utilized for one or more new projects, or to higher performing renewal projects.

Reallocation can occur under the following circumstances:

  • Current funded project declines to renew their project
  • Current funded project adjusts their budget to a lower amount
  • Current funded project voluntarily reallocates funding to a new project
  • Ranking Committee made decision to partially or fully reallocate current funded projects based on performance or HUD priorities


Underperforming projects can be defined as follows:

  • Low utilization rate
  • Has not participated in Coordinated Assessment
  • Not serving the target population
  • Has a program that does not align with HUD priorities anymore (i.e., Housing First approach)
  • Misuse of federal funds
  • Program design has a negative impact on systems performance and overall CoC score



Funding is at the discretion of HUD. The CoC is not fully responsible for HUD’s decision to eliminate funding based on ARD or Pro Rata Need. The overall CoC performance measure contributes to the amount received, which means higher performing projects are vital to ensuring continued funding through this competition.