Continuum of Care Program
The program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Continuum of Care Program funds may be used to pay for the eligible costs used to establish and operate projects under five program components: (i) permanent housing, which includes permanent supportive housing for persons with disabilities, and rapid rehousing; (ii) transitional housing; (iii) supportive services only; (iv) Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), and (v) in some cases, homelessness prevention.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Community Planning and Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use; Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2014: There were 410 CoCs funded in the amount of $1,810,559,994 for 8,352 projects across the country. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Mc Kinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11381-11389, Title IV, Subtitle C) as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States, local governments, other governmental entities and nonprofit organizations.
Homeless individuals and families with children; Recipients in Continuums of Care that have been designated by HUD as High Performing Communities (HPC) may serve persons determined to be at-risk of homelessness, based on criteria established through the present year Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
Private nonprofit status is documented by submitting either (1) a copy of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling providing tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code; or (2) documentation showing that the entity is a certified United Way agency, or (3) a certification from a licensed CPA that no part of the net earnings of the organization insures to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; that the organization has a voluntary board; that the organization practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance and that the organization has a functioning accounting system. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
In addition, governmental entities and public housing agencies will certify to their eligibility. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR Part 200 applies to this program. In accordance with criteria established in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), applicants must complete their applications in a multi-step process through the electronic submission portal called e-snaps. The first step is registration, which confirms a CoC's intent to submit an application in the annual Continuum of Care competition. Next, the CoC's submits the CoC application and a priority listing with a list of projects that will be applied for in the CoC's jurisdiction. Simultaneously, the project applicant submits a project application. Any proposed project under this program must be consistent with the applicable HUD-approved Consolidated Plan and must be permissible under applicable zoning ordinances and regulations.
HUD reviews applications, rates and ranks those meeting threshold requirements, and makes conditional grant awards to those applications most highly ranked, in accordance with the NOFA.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Deadlines for the CoC competition are detailed in the Registration Notice and Notice of Funding Availability for each fiscal year.
Applicants may appeal the results of HUD’s review and selection process if they believe a HUD error has occurred. Appeals must be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, must specify the error, and provide sufficient documentation.
Information on renewals is contained in the Notice of Funding Availability and the application.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selecting applications for assistance are defined in a Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register and at www.hudexchange.info\coc.
How may assistance be used?
Thirteen types of assistance may be provided through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program: (1) CoC planning activities/costs for designing and carrying out a collaborative process for the development of an application to HUD; (2) United Funding Agency (UFA) costs for fiscal control and accounting necessary to assure the proper disbursal of, and accounting for, Federal funds awarded to subrecipients under the Continuum of Care Program, (3) acquisition of real property (including structures) for use in the provision of housing or supportive services; (4) rehabilitation of structures to provide housing or supportive services; (5) new construction, including the building of a new structure or building an addition to an existing structure for use as supportive housing; (6) leasing of a structure or structures, or portions thereof, to provide housing or supportive services; (7) rental assistance, which may be short-term, medium-term, or long-term, as well as tenant-based, project-based, or sponsor-based, for transitional or permanent housing; (8) Supportive services to assist program participants obtain and maintain housing; (9) Operating costs of supportive housing; (10) costs of implementing and operating HMIS; (11) Project administrative costs; (12) relocation costs; and (13) indirect costs in accordance with 2 CFR Parts 200, as applicable.
In addition to using grant funds for the eligible costs described above, recipients and subrecipients in Continuums of Care designated as High Performing Communities may also use grant funds to provide housing relocation and stabilization services and short- and/or medium-term rental assistance to individuals and families at risk of homelessness as set forth in 24 CFR 576.103 and 24 CFR 576.104, if necessary to prevent the individual or family from becoming homeless. Limitation on use of funds
No assistance provided under program (or any State or local government funds used to supplement this assistance) may be used to replace State or local funds previously used, or designated for use, to assist homeless persons or persons at-risk of homelessness.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Each recipient must keep any records and make any reports as specified by HUD within the timeframe required. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The financial management systems used by governmental entities that are recipients under this program must provide for audits in accordance with 24 CFR 45 as applicable. Private nonprofit entity recipients and their subrecipients provide audits in accordance with 2 CFR 200. HUD may perform further and additional audits as it finds necessary or appropriate.
Each recipient must agree to participate in an evaluation of the program, and to keep any records and make any reports that HUD may require for the purpose of reporting to Congress on the cost of the program and the social, financial, and other advantages of Continuum of Care activities as a means of assisting homeless persons and those at-risk of becoming homeless.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: This is a competitive program, however each community's Need amount is established by formula set forth in the CoC Regulations.
The recipient or subrecipient must match all grant funds, except for leasing funds, with no less than 25 percent of cash funds or in-kind contributions from other sources. For Continuum of Care geographic areas in which there is more than one grant agreement, the 25 percent match must be provided on a grant-by-grant basis. Recipients that are UFAs or are the sole recipient for their Continuum may provide match on a Continuum-wide basis.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be made available for up to one, two, three, five or fifteen years, depending upon the type of assistance provided, and subject to the availability of annual appropriations. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Local Agency Offices. Designated contact person in the HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division.
Tonya Proctor Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning and Development, 451 7th Street, SW, Room 7262, Washington , District of Columbia 20410 Email: Tonya.Proctor@hud.gov
Phone: 202-708-4300 Fax: 202-401-0053
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $1,810,559,994; FY 15 est $1,992,000,000; and FY 16 est $1,995,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
HUD imposes the following limitations: Funding of up to 75 percent for acquisition, new construction, rehabilitation, supportive services, operating, and HMIS costs; funding for up to 10 percent for project administration costs; and indirect costs may be allocated to each eligible activity as long as that allocation is consistent with an indirect cost rate proposal developed in accordance with 2 CFR 200, as applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CRF Part 578, Continuum of Care Program, is published in the Federal Register.
Examples of Funded Projects