Continuum of Care Funding Competition
Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) competitively awards homeless services funding to local jurisdictions across the country through the Continuum of Care Program. The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to:
- Quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation
- Promote access to and utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families
- Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness
HUD announces the annual nationwide competition through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) - it's common to hear this process referred to simply as the CoC NOFA. The NOFA is conducted at a varying time each year, and the submission window is typically open for 60-75 days. HUD requires communities applying for funds to conduct a local competition during this timeframe to select renewal and new homeless services projects that strongly align with HUD funding priorities and community need.
HUD Continuum of Care Program funds may be used for projects under five program components: permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services only, HMIS, and, in some cases, homelessness prevention. These funds are competitively awarded both at the local level and national level. Over 80% of the annual CoC project funding to Baltimore City is allocated to permanent supportive housing programs, which provide permanent housing subsidies coupled with supportive services to people who are chronically homeless.