The Secretary shall designate, on an annual basis, which collaborative applicants represent high-performing communities.
In determining whether to designate a collaborative applicant as a high-performing community under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall establish criteria to ensure that the requirements described under paragraphs (1)(B) and (2)(B) of subsection (d) are measured by comparing homeless individuals and families under similar circumstances, in order to encourage projects in the geographic area to serve homeless individuals and families with more severe barriers to housing stability.
(3) 2-year phase in
In each of the first 2 years after the effective date under section 1503 of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009, the Secretary shall designate not more than 10 collaborative applicants as high-performing communities.
(4) Excess of qualified applicants
If, during the 2-year period described under paragraph (2), more than 10 collaborative applicants could qualify to be designated as high-performing communities, the Secretary shall designate the 10 that have, in the discretion of the Secretary, the best performance based on the criteria described under subsection (d).
(5) Time limit on designation
The designation of any collaborative applicant as a high-performing community under this subsection shall be effective only for the year in which such designation is made. The Secretary, on an annual basis, may renew any such designation.
(1) In general
A collaborative applicant seeking designation as a high-performing community under subsection (a) shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, and in such manner as the Secretary may require.
(2) Content of application
In any application submitted under paragraph (1), a collaborative applicant shall include in such application—
(A)a report showing how any money received under this part in the preceding year was expended; and
(B)information that such applicant can meet the requirements described under subsection (d).
(3) Publication of application
The Secretary shall—
(A)publish any report or information submitted in an application under this section in the geographic area represented by the collaborative applicant; and
(B)seek comments from the public as to whether the collaborative applicant seeking designation as a high-performing community meets the requirements described under subsection (d).
(c) Use of funds
Funds awarded under section
11382(a) of this title to a project sponsor who is located in a high-performing community may be used—
(1)for any of the eligible activities described in section
11383 of this title; or
(2)for any of the eligible activities described in paragraphs (4) and (5) of section
11374(a) of this title.
(d) Definition of high-performing community
For purposes of this section, the term “high-performing community” means a geographic area that demonstrates through reliable data that all five of the following requirements are met for that geographic area:
(1) Term of homelessness
The mean length of episodes of homelessness for that geographic area—
(A)is less than 20 days; or
(B)for individuals and families in similar circumstances in the preceding year was at least 10 percent less than in the year before.
(2) Families leaving homelessness
Of individuals and families—
(A)who leave homelessness, fewer than 5 percent of such individuals and families become homeless again at any time within the next 2 years; or
(B)in similar circumstances who leave homelessness, the percentage of such individuals and families who become homeless again within the next 2 years has decreased by at least 20 percent from the preceding year.
(3) Community action
The communities that compose the geographic area have—
(A)actively encouraged homeless individuals and families to participate in homeless assistance services available in that geographic area; and
(B)included each homeless individual or family who sought homeless assistance services in the data system used by that community for determining compliance with this subsection.
(4) Effectiveness of previous activities
If recipients in the geographic area have used funding awarded under section
11382(a) of this title for eligible activities described under section
11374(a) of this title in previous years based on the authority granted under subsection (c), that such activities were effective at reducing the number of individuals and families who became homeless in that community.
(5) Flexibility to serve persons defined as homeless under other Federal laws
With respect to collaborative applicants exercising the authority under section
11382(j) of this title to serve homeless families with children and youth defined as homeless under other Federal statutes, effectiveness in achieving the goals and outcomes identified in subsection  11386a(b)(1)(F) of this title according to such standards as the Secretary shall promulgate.
(e) Cooperation among entities
A collaborative applicant designated as a high-performing community under this section shall cooperate with the Secretary in distributing information about successful efforts within the geographic area represented by the collaborative applicant to reduce homelessness.
The effective date under section 1503 of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009, referred to in subsec. (a)(3), is the effective date under section 1503 of title V of div. B of Pub. L. 111–22, set out as an Effective Date of 2009 Amendment note under section
11302 of this title.
Section effective on the earlier of 18 months after May 20, 2009, or 3 months after publication of certain final regulations by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, see section 1503 ofPub. L. 111–22, set out as an Effective Date of 2009 Amendment note under section
11302 of this title.
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