2017 Continuum of Care Competition

The Competition at a Glance

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding to end homelessness through the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. CoCs seek to end homelessness by creating a network of service providers who assist persons experiencing homelessness. By getting these stakeholders involved in the same organization, the CoC seeks to improve provider communication and cooperation.

HUD distributes nearly 1.2 billion dollars in funding each year through the CoC program. To apply for funds, a CoC must complete a consolidated application. This application includes:

  1. A listing of all projects seeking funding ranked on objective performance outcomes

  2. An application for each project describing the project design, performance goals, and budget

  3. An application for the CoC as a whole describing how the CoC worked to end homelessness in the past year and what steps the CoC intends to take for the next fiscal year

Completing the application takes approximately two months and involves a local competition amongst projects to determine their ranking in the priority listing.

All eligible agencies are encouraged to apply for Continuum of Care funding. Prior experience with Continuum of Care grants is not required. This page will provide interested parties with updated information regarding key information about the application process.


2017 Continuum of Care Competition Tools
HUD requires each Continuum of Care to utilize a formal Review and Rank process to make funding determinations. El Dorado Opportunity Knocks has created a set of tools that a Rank and Review Panel will utilize to make funding decisions. The tools are posted here to help inform all potential applicants of scoring criteria.  

All details regarding the Notice of Funding Availability Process can be seen, as posted in the 2017 NOFA summary, 2017 NOFA policies, and 2017 NOFA scoring tools. 

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