Heading Home Advisory Committee

The Heading Home Advisory Committee is the community-directed entity responsible for oversight of homelessness planning, coordinating, and funding activities in the St Louis County Continuum of Care (CoC).  


Each year Continuums of Care (CoCs) conduct two counts that provide all stakeholders with the size and scope of homelessness in our community, and the available resources to address it.  The Point In Time (PIT) Count is an annual census of all individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

PIT/HIC Count 2019-2022


Each year, HUD administers a grant program called the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, also known as the Notice of Funding Availability, or “NOFA.”  This roughly $3 million grant supports infrastructure and services for people experiencing homelessness within the St. Louis County CoC planning region. St. Louis County has been designated by the Heading Home Governance Board as the Collaborative Applicant, which is responsible for coordinating the NOFA in our community.  This website contains relevant information and documentation for the NOFA, and will be updated as needed, especially during the competition phase, from July through the fall. 

2020 NOFA Information

2019 NOFA Information

2018 NOFA Information

2021 NOFA Documents

 TitleModified DateDownload
FINAL FY2021 NOFO Collaborative Application
DRAFT FY2021 NOFO Collaborative Application
Final FY2021 Project Ranking
Draft FY 2021 Project Ranking
The attached project ranking list is currnetly in draft form pending any appeals and final review and approval by the SLC CoC Governance Committee, Heading hoem Advisory Committee, on 10/21/2021. 
Narrative & Justification:
For the FY2021 CoC Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), HUD is allowing CoCs to put 100 percent of Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) into Tier I in the Ranking & review Process. This means that we do not need to make any cuts to our renewal projects for FY 2021. Considering this, no reordering of the FY2021 Project Ranking occurred. The order of this project ranking is based on systems performance measures and scores affiliated with question in the SLC CoC (MN-509) Supplemental Application. All scores were reviewed and approved by the Ranking & Review Committee.
After renewal housing projects were ranked, the CoC’s HMIS Grant and SSO-Coordinated Entry grant were placed in Tier One. This action is based on CoC policy objectives to ensure a functioning Coordinated Entry System and a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Bonus project applications were included in ranking and placed at the bottom of Tier Two or below all renewal projects in the project ranking. This is based on the CoC Ranking & Review policy to prioritize renewal projects.
SLC CoC recently adopted a reallocation policy (as a part of our ranking & review policy), which allows the Ranking & Review committee to reallocate a portion of or all a project’s funding to new project. Projects with a history of low performance or returned funds are subject to review for reallocation during every NOFO cycle. No projects were recommended for reallocation by the Ranking & Review Committee this year. Projects with a history of low funds and/low performance are encouraged to review this policy and discuss further with the CoC Coordinator.
SLC CoC’s local priorities of racial equity, housing first, and culturally responsive programming were all factored into scoring this year. These priorities are consistent with HUD’s FY2021 priorities as well. Additionally, SLC CoC adopted the HUD priority of trauma-informed policies and procedures surrounding domestic violence. SLC CoC will continue to offer support on improving these components of our local housing programs. Please see below for how to file a formal appeal with the CoC. Outside of appeals, please feel free to reach out to the CoC Coordinator for support related to improvement of policies and systems performance measures for your project(s).
Appeals process:
Although a local appeals process is not required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this CoC offers a local appeals process. Applicants that can appeal include those applications that: a) are unranked, b) dispute scoring, c) dispute ranking, or d) disagree with the Ranking and Review Committee’s decision to reallocate some or all their funding. Projects wishing to appeal must submit the appeal in writing using the St. Louis CoC Appeals form, found at the end of the attached Ranking & Review Policy. A signed Appeals Form and any relevant evidence must be submitted for each project being appealed. Email Appeals form to CoCHomelessPrograms@StLouisCountyMN.gov  by 10/15/2021 at the latest. The Appeals Committee reviews appeals and extends an invitation to a brief in-person session, as needed. All agencies filing an appeal must be prepared to rapidly respond to requests from the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will inform appealing agencies of its decision 10/20/2021.
Q&A Session on 2021 CoC NOFO
Additional Files:
Permanent Supportive Housing Application Score Tool (Final)
Transitional Housing Application Score Tool (Final)
Rapid Rehousing Application Score Tool (Final)
NOFA New/Bonus Project Letter of Intent Template 2021
2021 NOFA Timeline
Domestic Violence Bonus Project Additional Score Tool
Final 2021 CoC Supplemental Application
Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) FY2021
Public Notice: FY2021 NOFO Call for Projects
FINAL 2021 Ranking & Review Policy
DRAFT 2021 NOFA Supplemental Application
Please note, these materials are still subject to some adjustment to match the 2021 HUD CoC NOFA as needed once it is published as well as any final adjustments made by the CoC Planning & Evaluation Committee and CoC Governance Body—Heading Home Advisory Council.
Additional Files:
DRAFT 2021 Ranking & Review Policy
2021 Local COC NOFA Funding Priorities
NOFA Renewal Project Letter of Intent Template 2021
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Heading Home Advisory Committee
For all grant inquiries, Heading Home Committe information, and other committee business, please contact:

Courtney Cochran, MSW, LGSW
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
SLC Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator
320 West Second Street, 101
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-725-5158
Email: CochranC@StLouisCountyMN.gov

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If you are homeless or at risk of being homeless, call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment with an assessor who will help you find housing options

If you are concerned about someone who is homeless, contact street outreach.

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Deb Holman

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