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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, including outreach, intake and assessment, emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.

The Boston Continuum of Care is coordinated by the Neighborhood Development Supportive Housing Division, with direction from the Continuum of Care Board known as the Boston Continuum of Care Leadership Council.

Important information for Continuum of Care members

HUD has released The Notice of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Opportunity to Register and Other Important Information for Electronic Application Submission for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition.

For more information, please read the Notice.

Latest updates

We have a list of renewal projects that the Boston CoC intends to include as part of this year's Continuum of Care application to HUD.

We also have a list of new projects that the Boston COC intends to include as part of this year's Continuum of Care application to HUD (posted August 31, 2016). 

The CoC 2016 Permanent Housing Bonus and Reallocation Request For Proposals are now available.  

Non-profit agencies interested in submitting an application for this opportunity may obtain a copy of the RFP by visiting boston.gov/procurement. Hard copies are available at the Neighborhood Development Bid Counter, located on the 10th floor of 26 Court Street in Boston. 

All prospective applicants must attend a mandatory Applicants Conference on Monday, August 1 at 2 p.m. Please see the attached advertisement for additional details on this opportunity. 

Meetings information

July 29, 2016

The Continuum of Care Leadership Council held a meeting on July 29. Download the meeting minutes.

A Continuum of Care Board meeting was also held on July 29 at 3 p.m. in the Bill Buckley room of Neighborhood Development. The Board voted to approve the Continuum of Care Reallocation Policy and the Continuum of Care Project review, rating, and Selection Criteria. View the MA-500 Boston CoC Board Vote and Minutes.

July 18, 2016

A Continuum of Care team meeting was held on Monday July 18 at 3 p.m. in the Winter Chambers of Neighborhood Development. The agenda was as follows: 

  • NOFA Overview 
  • Timelines 
  • Renewal process /esnaps 
  • RFP for PH Bonus and Reallocation 
  • Potential Reallocation Strategies 
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 / rating and ranking

View the CoC Meeting Notes from July 18, 2016.

Housing and Urban Development also published detailed instructions in July 2016 for new and renewal projects in this year's Continuum of Care application process:

Boston CoC Network Providers

  • BayCove
  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boston Rescue Mission
  • Eliot Human Services
  • HEARTH
  • HomeStart
  • Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
  • Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
  • New England Center for Homeless Veterans
  • Pine Street Inn
  • St. Francis House