Today, HUD is announcing the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice for Further Comment on the Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) Formula contained in the CoC Program interim rule, entitled: “Continuum of Care Program: Solicitation of Comment on Continuum of Care Formula.”
The PPRN Formula is the formula that HUD uses to establish a CoC’s initial need amount, a part of determining a CoC’s maximum award amount in a given fiscal year. As part of the HEARTH Act amendments, HUD was directed to codify the formula in the CoC Program regulation. For the interim rule, HUD codified the formula that had been used for many years prior to the interim rule to establish a CoC’s PPRN. HUD sought comment on that formula as part of the comment period for the interim rule and, after reviewing the comments received, has decided to re-open the PPRN Formula a second time for additional public comment.
In this Notice, HUD explores the existing formula factors and their relationship to homelessness in communities. Additionally, HUD proposes some new factors for consideration that HUD believes are more closely correlated with homelessness than the factors in the existing formula, but seeks the public’s input on them. Comments on the proposed factors are due 60 days after the Notice is published in the Federal Register.
The instructions for submitting comments are outlined in the beginning of the Notice. Please review this section carefully; note that all comments must be submitted in the manner outlined in the Notice in order for HUD to consider the comment. Do not submit questions or comments about the Notice to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on HUD Exchange as the AAQ cannot answer questions about the Notice. If a requirement in the Notice is unclear, please submit that as a comment.
Please note, this Notice for Further Comment relates specifically to the PPRN Formula. HUD still anticipates re-opening the remainder of the CoC Program for additional public comment at a later date. Therefore, please save all remaining comments related to the CoC Program interim rule for that comment period.
Finally, this Notice does not establish a new formula. The formula contained in the CoC Program interim rule is in effect until the CoC Program final rule is published. All of the proposed formula factors are presented only for consideration at this time.
HUD greatly appreciates your time and attention to providing helpful and constructive comments to improve the CoC program for the final rule.