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)YesNo
CA-500San Jose/Santa Clara City & County CoCx
CA-501San Francisco CoCx
CA-502Oakland, Berkeley/Alameda County CoCx
CA-503Sacramento City & County CoCx
CA-504Santa Rosa, Petaluma/Sonoma County CoCx
CA-505Richmond/Contra Costa County CoCx
CA-506Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties CoCx
CA-507Marin County CoCx
CA-508Watsonville/Santa Cruz City & County CoCx
CA-509Mendocino County CoCx
CA-510Turlock, Modesto/Stanislaus County CoCx
CA-511Stockton/San Joaquin County CoCx
CA-512Daly City/San Mateo County CoCx
CA-513Visalia/Kings, Tulare Counties CoCx
CA-514Fresno City & County/Madera County CoCx
CA-515Roseville, Rocklin/Placer, Nevada Countiesx
CA-516Redding/Shasta County CoCx
CA-517Napa City & County CoCx
CA-518Vallejo/Solano County CoCx
CA-519Chico, Paradise/Butte County CoCx
CA-520Merced City & County CoCx
CA-521Davis, Woodland/Yolo County CoCx
CA-522Humboldt County CoCx
CA-523Colusa, Glen, Trinity Counties CoC***
CA-524Yuba City/Sutter County CoCx
CA-525El Dorado County CoCx
CA-526Tuolumne, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa Counties CoCx
CA-527Tehama County CoCx
CA-529Lake County CoC***x
CA-530Alpine, Inyo, Mono Counties CoCx
CA-600Los Angeles City & County CoCx
CA-601San Diego City and County CoCx
CA-602Santa Ana, Anaheim/Orange County CoCx
CA-603Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County CoCx
CA-604Bakersfield/Kern County CoCx
CA-606Long Beach CoCx
CA-607Pasadena CoCx
CA-608Riverside City & County CoCx
CA-609San Bernardino City & County CoCx
CA-610Oxnard, San Buenaventura/Ventura County CoCx
CA-612Glendale CoCx
CA-613Imperial County CoCx
CA-614San Luis Obispo County CoCx

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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