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Continuum of Care Competition

The Sonoma County Continuum of Care (CoC) reviews eligible renewal projects on an annual basis prior to the opening of the annual CoC Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Preliminary analysis is conducted during this process by the CoC Competition Evaluation Committee comprised of impartial Continuum of Care Board members and community partners.  The CoC Competition Evaluation Committee then provides recommendations on rating and ranking to the Sonoma County CoC Board for renewing projects, typically in May- June of each year. After the NOFO is released, the CoC Competition Evaluation Committee rates and ranks all renewal and new projects for the competition (including new projects from reallocated funding and/or new projects for bonus project funding). The CoC Board makes final decisions on rating and ranking of all projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2 funding during the NOFO period.  CoC Board meetings are open to the public, and community feedback is welcomed.

FY 2023 CoC Renewal Evaluations: Rating & Ranking Process for the 2023 Continuum of Care Competition

Publish Date: April 3, 2023

Renewal Application materials are due by 5:00 pm on May 01, 2023

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that local CoC’s prioritize all renewal and new projects submitted in our consolidated application. As in previous years, CoC staff will work on the evaluation of existing projects, also called “renewal” projects, prior to the release of HUD’s Continuum of Care Program Notice of Funding Availability.

Project priorities will be generated by a scoring system, site visits and interviews by the CoC Competition Evaluation Workgroup, made up of impartial members of the Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board, community partners, and those with lived experience of homelessness. The evaluation workgroup will be open to the public, all documents will be published and noticed publicly. Workgroup meetings will be posted on our website, which you can access here:

HUD has yet to release information on the opening of its application period but has indicated it would likely open the competition on a similar timeline as in previous years, likely in July or August.  We will continue the process for rating and ranking slightly adjusted in 2022 to evaluate both renewal and new projects on a more equitable basis.  Staff and CoC Competition Evaluation Workgroup members will begin monitoring renewal projects May of 2023 but will not finalize ranking of renewal projects until the Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) period opens. 

Final funding decisions, including decisions about Tier 1 & 2 funding, will be made by the CoC Board.

Please read the instructions carefully outlined within the Sonoma County 2023 Continuum of Care Renewal Project Instructions (linked below).      

In the 2023 Continuum of Care Competition, 16 projects with contract end dates in 2024 will be up for renewal. A list of renewal projects is included in the Renewal Project instructions below. Out of the 16 projects, 13 will be evaluated for the competition as the Homeless Management Information System contracts and the Coordinated Entry contracts are mandated projects. Project scoring will take place in three phases:

  1. Phase One: Collection and Preliminary Review of Renewal Evaluations May 2nd – June 13th
  2. Phase Two: Interviews and Site Visits to Selected Projects May 22nd  – June 5th 
  3. Phase Three: Final Scoring of New Projects and Renewing Projects (TBD depending on NOFO release date) 

Renewal Application materials are due by 5:00 pm on May 01, 2023.

Questions? You may contact Karissa White, the Continuum of Care Coordinator, for clarification of any item at , and by phone at (707) 565-4080.  

Renewal Project Detailed Materials and Questionnaires

For more information on the 2023 Continuum of Care rating & ranking process, preliminary scoring of renewal projects, required submission documents, and calendar of events, please review the following documents:

  1. Renewal Evaluations Schedule of Events 2023 (PDF: 128 kB)
  2. 2023 Checklist of Required Documents (PDF: 177 kB)
  3. Sonoma County 2023 Continuum of Care Renewal Project Instructions and Scoring (PDF: 264 kB)
  4. 2023 Renewal Reallocation Questionnaire (PDF: 112 kB)
  5. CoC Renewal Project Threshold Criteria Form 2023 (PDF: 167 kB)
  6. 2023 Renewal Evaluation Application Questionnaire & HUD’s Housing First Assessment Tool (PDF: 200 kB)

2022 CoC Competition Information & Materials »