Each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides federal resources for homeless services through its Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.  

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program (24 CFR part 578) is designed to promote a

community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

CoC funds may be used for projects under five program components:  Permanent Housing (including rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing); Transitional Housing; Supportive Services Only; and HMIS.

Application for funding is made through the Continuum which completes an annual application on behalf of all the projects in the community.  The Center for Family Resources serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the GA-506 Marietta/Cobb CoC and prepares the consolidated application. HUD requires project applications submitted to the CoC for inclusion as part of the CoC Consolidated Application must be reviewed and either accepted and ranked or rejected by the CoC.

During the 2019 competition, new projects may only be created through reallocation of existing projects or through the Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus. The CoC has not determined at this time if any projects will be reallocated in whole or part. 

It is extremely important that applicants be familiar with HUD’s CoC grant requirements, the CoC Program Interim Rule, and the Administration’s goals articulated in Opening Doors:  Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The NOFA and further information about the 2019 Competition can be found at www.hudexchange.info.

If you are interested in applying for a permanent housing project or DV Bonus project through the Marietta/Cobb CoC competition, please contact Carolyn Bridges at carolynbridges@thecfr.org to obtain a Letter of Intent form. LOI’s will be due to the CoC by Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5:00pm.