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

August 18, 2021—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has relased the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $2.656 billion in FY 2021 Continuum of Care Program (CoC) competitive funding available to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness. Consolidated Applications are due November 16, 2021, at 5 pm (Read the full press release here). 

GRCoC NOFO Overview Webinar--August 25, 2021

September 1, 2021--FY21 HUD Continuum of Care Project Applications Open 

Applications are now available for the HUD FY2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. All documents related to the competition including complete applications 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 individuals 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 p.m. on November 16, 2021. Project applications must be submitted to Homeward (mrogers@homewardva.org), Collaborative Applicant, and HUD (via esnaps) by October 1 at 5 p.m. Please refer to the FY21 HUD CoC Timeline and Process for a complete list of deadlines.

Supplemental Application Form--New Projects
Supplemental Application Form--Renewal Projects
Timeline and Process
New Application Scoring Form
Renewal Application Scoring Forms: RRH, PSH

GRCoC HUD FY21 CoC Resource Allocation Strategy 

If your organization is planning to apply for HUD CoC funding, the GRCoC strongly suggests you:
1) Read the FY21 HUD CoC NOFO in its entirety 
2) Review the GRCoC Funding webpage
3) Attend a 1-hour "How to Apply" webinar on Thursday, September 9 at 9 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.
4) Attend an open office hours Q&A session on Friday, September 10, or Monday, September 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. through this link

Send questions about the HUD CoC funding process to mrogers@homewardva.org

 

 

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