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There are many reasons for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and Continuums of Care (CoCs) to partner. The 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides a significant rationale. The relief legislation granted nearly 700 PHAs with a total of $5 billion in emergency housing vouchers (EHVs) for roughly 70,000 households. The ARP requires PHAs to partner with CoCs so people can access this federal assistance through systemwide coordinated entry.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) talked to several communities with strong alliances between PHAs and CoCs. This document highlights what they said about the benefits of these partnerships and what it takes to build and maintain them.