The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates HUD homeless assistance grants to organizations that participate in local homeless assistance program planning networks. Each of these networks is called a Continuum of Care (CoC). HUD introduced the CoC concept to encourage and support local organizations in coordinating their efforts to address housing and homeless issues and reduce homelessness.

Local organizations must apply for new and renewal HUD CoC Program funding on an annual basis during the annual CoC Program Competition, which is known as the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO, f/k/a NOFA).

HUD CoC Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

HUD annually announces the availability of funds for homeless services through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The NOFO establishes fiscal year criteria and grant requirements for funding that is competitively available to CoC rograms to reduce the incidence of homelessness in communities and assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness to quickly transition to permanent housing.

HUD sets the policy and priority directives such as:

  • Chronic homelessness prioritization
  • Low barriers to entry
  • Coordinated Entry (NYC CAPS)

The NYC CoC will post information on the FY 2021 NOFO rewards results on the... Information on the upcoming FY 2022 NOFO will be posted on the __ page.

For more information on CoC Program requirements and regulations, please see the NYC CoC Written Standards.

Continuum of Care Program

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is intended to promote strategic, community-wide coordination of resources toward the goal of ending homelessness, provide funding to homeless service providers and State and City governments, increase access to services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and cultivate lasting self-sufficiency for persons with lived experience. CoC Program funds may be used for projects/programs under five different categories, known as program components. These components are:

  1. Permanent Housing (PH)
    • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
    • Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)
  2. Transitional Housing (TH)
  3. Supportive Services Only (SSO)
  4. Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  5. Homelessness Prevention (HP)

Emergency Solutions Grants Program

The Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) Program is a formula funded program that provides funding to assist homeless individuals and families living on the street. The ESG Program's goal is to provide shelter, essential services and rapid re-housing to prevent homelessness. Funding from ESG can be used for street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, HMIS, and administrative activities. ESG funding is often used to create, operate, and improve the quality of emergency shelters.