HUD Releases Optional Rating and Ranking Tool for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition

CoCs are required to design and implement a collaborative process for their application for the CoC Program Competition. In recent years, HUD has been strongly encouraging (and incentivizing) CoCs to use objective, performance-based scoring criteria and selection priorities to determine which projects will be submitted to HUD as part of the CoC’s application.
To help CoCs enhance their abilities to use objective, performance-based scoring criteria for their local competitions, HUD has developed this Rating and Ranking Tool that CoCs can adapt and use for their local competitions, including for the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuum of CoC Competition.
A few very important things to note about this optional tool:
  • The use of this tool is optional and is not being promoted over other tools CoCs currently use, and does not guarantee additional points in CoC Program Competitions, or that the project applications will be consistent with all NOFA requirements.
  • This tool supports CoCs in their year-round rating and ranking processes (while it can be used for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition it is not tied specifically to any NOFA questions or metrics) and can be adapted for use in broader system planning; however, if the rating and ranking process your CoC is using is working well, HUD does not expect you to adopt this tool as part of your process.
  • Even if your CoC chooses not to adopt this tool, it may still benefit from reviewing this tool to determine if your existing tool could be improved.  
  • This tool provides a strong framework for implementing a data-driven process, including methodology on how to compare like projects that serve similar populations to each other.
  • This tool is meant to be customized by CoCs. While HUD has included many objective performance metrics that tie back to the system performance measures, this tool will only meet your CoC’s needs if your CoC takes the time to customize it with objective measures that are important locally.
To support the tool’s use, HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) will post an instructional tutorial video in the coming days. SNAPS welcomes your feedback to improve such resources in the future at the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list.
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