HUD Continuum of Care Program

Each year, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) solicits grant applications through a community-based process to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness. This process, known as the Continuum of Care Program (CoC), facilitates grants designed to address the problems of homelessness in a comprehensive manner with other federal agencies.

The HUD CoC Program is designed to:

  • Promote a community-based solution to ending homelessness;
  • Provide funding to nonprofits, States, and local governments to prevent and quickly re-house individual and families experiencing homelessness;
  • Minimize the trauma and dislocation that individuals, families, and communities experience as a result of homelessness; and
  • Promote the effective utilization of mainstream resources.

Continuum of Care also refers to a community-based group composed of representation from a cross-section of providers, community entities, representatives of mainstream resources, and individuals from one or more localities that have joined together for these purposes. The CoC organization is responsible for developing local community-based solutions to homelessness and applying for HUD funding through a collaborative grant application. The CoC organization in the Richmond area is the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care (GRCoC) which includes the following localities: the City of Richmond, and the Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, Goochland, New Kent and Charles City. Homeward is the lead agency for GRCoC and manages the annual HUD CoC grant application process.

HUD announces the beginning of the annual grant competition by publishing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The NOFA provides detailed information about the application process including deadlines, eligible applicants, activities and costs. Anyone interested in applying for HUD funding should become familiar with the federal legislation governing CoC funding, Program Interim Rule Part 578 Continuum of Care Program as well as the NOFA. Applicants should also check this website often as the grant information is updated on a regular basis.

General Funding Resources

The Greater Richmond CoC FY19 Consolidated Application for HUD CoC Funding –FINAL

September 25, 2019—The Greater Richmond Continuum of Care Board has approved the consolidated application for FY19 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care funding and the Project Priority Listing. Included in this application is funding to support 13 permanent housing projects that will assist households experiencing homelessness to access stable housing or to maintain their current housing program.

Greater Richmond CoC FY 2019 HUD CoC Application and Attachment- Final 

Greater Richmond CoC FY 2018 HUD Project Priority Listing-Final

Availability of Applications for Federal Continuum of Care Funding for Homeless Services in the Richmond Region, July 15,  2019

Applications are now available for the HUD FY 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. All documents related to the competition including complete application instructions and forms are posted below. The CoC program is designed to:

  • Promote a community-based solution to ending homelessness;
  • Provide funding to nonprofits, States, and local governments to prevent and quickly re-house individual and families experiencing homelessness;
  • Minimize the trauma and dislocation that individuals, families, and communities experience as a result of homelessness; and
  • Promote the effective utilization of mainstream resources.

The consolidated application must be submitted to HUD by 8 pm on September 30, 2019 Project applications must be submitted to Homeward, Lead Applicant, by August 14, 2019. Please refer to the FY19 HUD CoC Process and Timeline for a complete list of deadlines.

Eligible Applicants

New and renewal applicants are invited to apply and new applicants are encouraged to contact Homeward staff for technical assistance.   All applicants must meet GRCoC threshold requirements for grant applicants, 2019 Funding Priorities and HUD requirements contained in the FY19 HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availability. It is the responsibility of the applicant to review and comply with all requirements.

Homeward will conduct a How-to-Apply conference call on July 25 at 3pm. Call: (866) 906-0040; Enter Code 8308207

Eligible Projects

Eligible new and renewal projects include: 1) Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless individuals and families; and 2) Rapid Rehousing for homeless families and individuals, including unaccompanied youth.

New projects may be funded through a Permanent Housing bonus, a Domestic Violence bonus or available reallocated funds.

FY19 Funding Resources

Please email Kelly King Horne, at kkhorne@homewardva.org or call 804-343-2045 ext. 19 for additional information.

PROJECT PRIORITY LISTING ANNOUNCEMENT  September 11, 2019

The Greater Richmond CoC is applying for $5,481,807 in federal funding through the HUD CoC funding competition. The consolidated grant application has several components. The first component, the project priority listing, was approved by the Greater Richmond CoC Board on September 11, 2019. This list of project applications is ranked in order of funding priority and will be submitted to HUD as part of the Greater Richmond CoC Consolidated Application for funding. 

Greater Richmond Continuum of Care FY19 HUD CoC Project Priority Listing

The Greater Richmond CoC FY19 Consolidated Application Request for Public Comment September 17, 2019

The Greater Richmond CoC is applying for $5,481,807 in federal funding through the HUD CoC funding competition. The consolidated grant application has several components. The first component, the project priority listing, was approved by the Greater Richmond CoC Board on September 11, 2019 and is posted above.  A second component of this consolidated application is the CoC Application which includes information about the Greater Richmond CoC governance structure and strategic planning process and goals.  A draft of the CoC application is now available for your review and comment. Homeward staff is currently working to improve the community narrative in order to maximize our competitive ranking. Please note that several charts appear to be incomplete due to a glitch in HUD’s electronic grant system. We welcome your comments and questions which may be emailed to the Homeward at info@homewardva.org by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019.  

Greater Richmond Continuum of Care FY 2018 HUD CoC Application- draft

If you are homeless or will lose housing in the next three days, call the Homeless Crisis Line at 804-972-0813.