How Many California Continuums of Care (CoCs) Have a Move On Strategy with Affordable Housing Providers in Their Jurisdictions?

-68% of California CoCs Have a Move On Strategy-

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asked each Continuum of Care (CoC) applicant the following question, which was included in the 2018 Continuum of Care Program application:

“Does the CoC have a Move On strategy with affordable housing providers in its jurisdiction (e.g., multifamily assisted housing owners, PHAs (Public Housing Agencies), Low Income Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments, or local low-income housing programs)?”

HUD defined a Move On Strategy as

“How recipients move current CoC Program participants, who no longer require intensive services, from CoC Program funded-PSH beds to other housing assistance programs (including, but not limited to, Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing) in order to free up CoC Program funded-PSH beds to be used for persons experiencing homelessness.”

Table 1 shows that 28 or 68% of 41 California CoCs answered “yes” when asked the question noted above.

Table 1. Does the CoC have a Move On Strategy?

CoC # Continuum of Care (CoC) Yes No
CA-500 San Jose/Santa Clara City & County CoC x
CA-501 San Francisco CoC x
CA-502 Oakland, Berkeley/Alameda County CoC x
CA-503 Sacramento City & County CoC x
CA-504 Santa Rosa, Petaluma/Sonoma County CoC x
CA-505 Richmond/Contra Costa County CoC x
CA-506 Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties CoC x
CA-507 Marin County CoC x
CA-508 Watsonville/Santa Cruz City & County CoC x
CA-509 Mendocino County CoC x
CA-510 Turlock, Modesto/Stanislaus County CoC x
CA-511 Stockton/San Joaquin County CoC x
CA-512 Daly City/San Mateo County CoC x
CA-513 Visalia/Kings, Tulare Counties CoC x
CA-514 Fresno City & County/Madera County CoC x
CA-515 Roseville, Rocklin/Placer, Nevada Counties x
CA-516 Redding/Shasta County CoC x
CA-517 Napa City & County CoC x
CA-518 Vallejo/Solano County CoC x
CA-519 Chico, Paradise/Butte County CoC x
CA-520 Merced City & County CoC x
CA-521 Davis, Woodland/Yolo County CoC x
CA-522 Humboldt County CoC x
CA-523 Colusa, Glen, Trinity Counties CoC***
CA-524 Yuba City/Sutter County CoC x
CA-525 El Dorado County CoC x
CA-526 Tuolumne, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa Counties CoC x
CA-527 Tehama County CoC x
CA-529 Lake County CoC*** x
CA-530 Alpine, Inyo, Mono Counties CoC x
CA-600 Los Angeles City & County CoC x
CA-601 San Diego City and County CoC x
CA-602 Santa Ana, Anaheim/Orange County CoC x
CA-603 Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County CoC x
CA-604 Bakersfield/Kern County CoC x
CA-606 Long Beach CoC x
CA-607 Pasadena CoC x
CA-608 Riverside City & County CoC x
CA-609 San Bernardino City & County CoC x
CA-610 Oxnard, San Buenaventura/Ventura County CoC x
CA-612 Glendale CoC x
CA-613 Imperial County CoC x
CA-614 San Luis Obispo County CoC x

Next Steps

Steps for CoCs that do not have a Move On Strategy include:

1. Identifying households in permanent supportive housing (PSH) that no longer require intensive supportive services and demonstrate the ability to live stably and maintain housing;
2. Asking such households if they are willing to move on (household must be willing);
3. Confirming that willing households meet any housing screening criteria in order to move on;
4. Ensuring that willing households in need of rental subsidies move into housing with rental subsidy;
5. Working with Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to create a “homeless” preference for households to increase the possibility of willing households receiving a rental subsidy through housing choice vouchers;
• As noted in NOTICE PIH 2013-15 (HA) Section 7e, “A PHA may also have a preference for individuals and families transitioning, or “moving up,” from Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units. These are persons that were previously homeless prior to entry into the PSH program but who no longer need that level of supportive services. While these persons would not be considered homeless for reporting purposes on the Form HUD 50058, creating such a “move up” preference will contribute significantly to the community’s overall efforts to end homelessness by freeing up units for currently homeless families and individuals with disabilities who need housing combined with services.”
6. Working with mainstream affordable housing resources including Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC);
7. Providing flexible financial assistance to cover costs related to moving expenses, security deposits, first month’s rent, etc. when needed;
8. Offering landlord mitigation funds to offset potential problems such as unpaid rent or excessive damage to units;
9. Providing transition case management to assist clients with income re-certification and/or application paperwork and to support continued housing stability; and
10. Offering home-based case management for a minimum of six months to help ensure households are maintaining their housing and report outcomes related to stable tenancy.

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1 Comment

  1. Nancy Flynn on January 30, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Here is an amazing ‘Move On” strategy that was built without a dime of Federal or State money. Look what can be done when red tape isn’t involved:

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