HUD Continuum of Care
Each year, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) solicits applications from communities 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. Homeward manages the CoC grant application process for the Greater Richmond continuum, which includes the following localities: the city of Richmond, and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, Goochland, New Kent and Charles City.
Since 1994, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has encouraged communities to address the problems of housing and homelessness in a coordinated, comprehensive, and strategic fashion. With input from practitioners throughout the country, HUD introduced the Continuum of Care concept to support communities in this effort. This concept is designed to help communities develop the capacity to envision, organize, and plan comprehensive and long-term solutions to addressing the problem of homelessness in their community.
Who can apply for these funds?
Eligible applicants include states, local governments, other government agencies (such as public housing agencies), private nonprofit organizations, and community mental health associations that are public nonprofit organizations.
Can CoC funds be used by faith-based agencies?
CoC funds are open to faith-based agencies that have IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status, however, funds can not be used to fund any program that requires religious attendance or adherence as part of the program.
What kinds of programs are eligible under this grant application?
For information about the eligible programs, visit the HUD's Homeless Assistance Program's website at HUD HREinfo.
Who can be served by these grant funds?
This program serves the needs of the homeless and chronically homeless as defined by HUD. Note that this definition may differ from the definition used by other agencies, mostly notably that of the Department of Education. The definition used by HUD specifically excludes people who are "doubled up" (living in shared accommodations) and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Applying for Funding
How does this application process work?
The formal application process begins with a well-produced application with supporting materials that are reviewed by our local Ranking Committee. Projects that are selected for funding will create an online application to HUD. The application process was made entirely electronic in 2008, with applications submitted through the HUD ESNAPS system. Once applications are ranked and submitted, HUD establishes a score for the community's application and selects projects for funding within communities that achieve a sufficient score.
For forms and information needed to submit a local application, please review the materials included in the CoC Downloads and Resources on the menu bar on the the right.