The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the first Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grants since the start of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Biden-Harris administration.
The competitive funding, totaling $2.6 billion, will be awarded to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness. It can be used for existing projects, new projects, and the reallocation of resources from lower-performing projects.
The application deadline is November 16. Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Unlike previous years, Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) can apply for the grants ; and $102 million will go toward new rapid re-housing, supportive services, and other activities that are critical to help survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
HUD is seeking projects that align with the Biden administration's commitment to equity and evidence and that would:
- End homelessness for all people;
- Use a Housing First approach;
- Reduce unsheltered homelessness and the criminalization of homelessness;
- Improve system performance;
- Partner with housing and health agencies, in part to leverage and coordinate American Rescue Plan resources;
- Advance racial equity and address racial disparities; and
- Engage people with lived experience in decision-making.
“The Continuum of Care Program is the largest source of federal grant funding for homeless services and housing programs serving people experiencing homelessness. By statute, CoC Program grants must be awarded through an annual NOFO,” stated the press release. But, “due to COVID-19, HUD was granted authority to renew grants without a NOFO in FY 2020.”
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