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Continuum of Care program

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards Homeless Assistance Program funding through what is known as the Continuum of Care (CoC) for a community. 

A Continuum of Care is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. Services include outreach, intake and assessment, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing.

The Boston Continuum of Care is coordinated by the Mayor's Office of Housing Supportive Housing Division. Direction comes from the Continuum of Care Board, known as the Boston Continuum of Care Housing and Stabilization Committee, and consumer groups, including the Boston Advisory Council on Ending Homelessness (BACHome) and the Boston CoC Youth Council (BCYC).

Latest updates

HUD Announces an Additional $171.2 Million to Help People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness including in Rural Areas

On April 17, 2023 HUD announced Boston was awarded $16.5 million competitive grant that will be given to organizations dedicated to ending unsheltered homelessness within our community. This grant will provide crucial housing and stabilization service funding to partner organizations to make a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals and families. View a more detailed summary.

New Request for Proposals: New, expanded, and reallocated CoC projects for CoC23 | Proposals due Aug. 16

The City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) is requesting proposals for new, expanded, and reallocated Continuum of Care (CoC) projects that will provide housing and/or services to homeless households in Boston. Awarded proposals will be included in a single citywide application to the US Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of the Boston CoC.

MOH is releasing this RFP well in advance of the Program Year 2023 CoC NOFO to give prospective applicants lead time to conceptualize new projects, identify potential project partners, and develop a competitive application.

This year's RFP does not require a HUD application to apply. If your submitted proposal is conditionally selected for inclusion in the City’s application to HUD, we will work with you to finalize the HUD application. 

If you’re considering applying and have questions or need assistance planning and completing your application, please attend RFP office hours or email

Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 4pm. Proposals must be submitted through the City’s supplier portal.

RFP office hours

MOH will host optional monthly office hours where potential applicants can ask questions, and receive technical assistance and guidance. These meetings will be held virtually. Potential applicants can access office hours anytime during the allotted hour.  Office hours will take place on:

  • Wednesday, May 3 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday, June 6 from 11am to 12pm
  • Wednesday, July 19 from 9am to 10am
  • Monday, August 7 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Please email at least one business day in advance for the office hours link.

Accessing the RFP

To download the RFP:

  1. Visit the Supplier Portal
  2. Click on event EV00012121
  3. View the Event Package
  4. Click View, located next to the uploaded documents

HUD has announced the CoC 2022 Competition Awards.

View the results

HUD has made funding available to address unsheltered homelessness through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Supplemental Funding Opportunity to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness. Applications are due to HUD by October 20, 2022. 

If you would like to receive HUD CoC program updates, sign up for SNAPS Competition Information or sign up for SNAPS Program Information. When you subscribe, you will receive the latest news from HUD on Notices, funding, memos, and other official HUD guidance.

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Supplemental Funding Opportunity to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness

The application includes three parts: 

  1. the CoC consolidated application
  2. the priority listings, where projects are ranked in order of community priorities, and 
  3. the individual project applications, which fund programs across our CoC for people experiencing homelessness.

The Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH), as the collaborative applicant for the Boston CoC, will assemble the full CoC application on behalf of our community and submit it to HUD in advance of the deadline.

The individual projects must apply for funds through a competitive procurement process. 

The Boston CoC has established the following calendar for its local application process:

  • August 17, 2022: MOH hosts a pre-RFP info session for interested providers. Info session slides can be found here
  • August 19, 2022: applicants looking to partner and collaborate with other organizations for this RFP can sign up here.
  • August 29, 2022: The RFP package is live and accessible from the City’s Purchasing Supplier Portal website:, locating #EV00011180.
  • September 7, 2022: MOH hosted an optional Applicants’ Conference by video. There was an opportunity to ask MOH questions about the RFP and to connect with potential partners interested in collaborating on a proposal. View the slides.
  • September 14, 2022: deadline for submitting proposals.
  • September 15 - October 4, 2022: MOH rates and ranks applications based on this scoring tool. Projects will be ranked based on this Ranking Policy. The Ranking Policy was reviewed and approved by the CoC leadership, by members with no financial interest in this procurement process. 
  • October 4, 2022: MOH notified CoC and applicants of applicant selection and published the list of projects rejected/reduced and projects accepted
  • October 5 - October 18, 2022: MOH works with applicants to finalize applications prior to submitting it to HUD.
  • October 18, 2022: MOH publishes the final CoC application and priority listings.
  • October 20, 2022: MOH submits the final CoC application, priority listings, and individual project applications to HUD.

Updates on the CoC competition will continue to be posted on this web page. For more information, sign up for our CoC email list.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the Unsheltered NOFO and our local process for assembling a competitive application on behalf of those experiencing homelessness in our city.

Meetings information

april 12, 2023

MOH hosted a meeting of the Boston CoC to discuss program monitoring, CoC 2022 competition results, and planning for the CoC 2023 competition process. View the meeting slides.

September 14, 2022

A meeting of the Boston CoC Strategic Funding Committee was held on September 14, 2022. The Committee approved the CoC's ranked project listing for the NOFO. View the meeting slides.

August 23, 2022

A meeting of the Boston CoC Strategic Funding Committee was held on August 23, 2022. The Committee voted to approve the CoC’s FY2022 Project Review, Rating, Ranking and Reallocation Policy and the project scoring tool. View the meeting agenda and meeting slides.

August 17, 2022

An informational session previewing the release of a Request for Proposals for Housing and Services to Address Unsheltered Homelessness was held on August 17, 2022. View the meeting Q&A and notes, meeting slides, and survey responses from agencies interested in partnering on collaborative proposals.

AUGUST 9 2022

A meeting of the Boston CoC Strategic Funding Committee was held on August 9, 2022. View the meeting agenda and meeting slides.

Boston Housing Assistance Network Providers

  • BayCove
  • Boston EMS
  • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boston Rescue Mission
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • Casa Myrna Vazquez
  • College Bound Dorchester
  • Eliot Human Services
  • Elizabeth Stone House
  • FamilyAid Boston
  • Home for Little Wanderers
  • HomeStart
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
  • Metro Housing | Boston
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans
  • Pine Street Inn
  • St. Francis House
  • US Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Volunteers of America
  • Victory Programs
  • Women's Lunch Place


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