The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Among other changes, the HEARTH Act consolidated the three separate McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs (Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care Program, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation SRO program) into a single grant program known as the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.

The CoC Program is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability. More broadly, the program is designed to promote community-wide planning and strategic use of resources to address homelessness; improve coordination and integration with mainstream resources and other programs targeted to people experiencing homelessness; improve data collection and performance measurement, and allow each community to tailor its program to the particular strengths and challenges within that community.

Each year, HUD awards CoC Program funding competitively to nonprofit organizations, States, and/or units of general-purpose local governments, collectively known as recipients. In turn, recipients may contract or subgrant with other organizations or government entities, known as sub-recipients, to carry out the grant’s day-to-day program operations.

Eligible Uses

As designated in 24 CFR 578.37, CoC funds may be used for projects under five program components:

  1. Permanent Housing
  2. Transitional Housing
  3. Supportive Services Only
  4. HMIS
  5. Homelessness Prevention (must have approval from HUD and have a High Performing CoC designation)

For more information on the Continuum of Care program, please visit the Department of Housing and Urban Development webpage at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/.

Funded Projects

The following organizations were awarded CoC funds by HUD:

Community Homeless Solutions Homeward Bound $118,209.00
Community Homeless Solutions MOST/Lexington Court $101,336.00
Community Homeless Solutions Men in Transition $169,772.00
Community Human Services Safe Passage $130,574.00
Housing Authority Pueblo Del Mar $156,417.00
Interim, Inc. MCHOPE $119,740.00
Interim, Inc. Sandy Shores $112,947.00
Interim, Inc. Shelter Plus #2 $155,453.00
MidPen Housing Corp. Moon Gate Plaza $216,160.00
San Benito County Helping Hands Program $257,362.00
Veterans Transition Center Hayes Circle Permanent Housing Support (Bonus Project) $111,262.00
Veterans Transition Center The Coming Home Program $82,555.00