The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act As Amended by S. 896 HEARTH Act of 2009, enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program—the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The HEARTH Act codifies into law the CoC planning process, a longstanding part of HUD’s application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs. It also revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.
The updated version of the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Interim Rule, which was originally published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012, includes revisions to section 578.51(c) regarding mobility options for individual and families with tenant-based rental assistance; section 578.99(j) regarding protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and section 578.3 incorporating the final definition of chronically homeless. The original CoC Program Interim Rule, with the preamble, is also available on the HUD Exchange.
The Defining "Chronically Homeless" Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on December 4, 2015, establishes the definition of “chronically homeless” that will be used in HUD's CoC Program and in the Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development (CPD) Programs. This definition has been the subject of significant public comment which has guided HUD in establishing the definition of “chronically homeless” that will be used in its homeless assistance programs. The final rule also establishes the necessary recordkeeping requirements that correspond to the definition of “chronically homeless” for the CoC Program. Historically, other programs within HUD, as well as other agencies such as the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), have adopted HUD's definition of chronically homeless and may also choose to adopt the definition of “chronically homeless” included in this final rule; however, it is not required.
The Homeless Definition Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011, integrates the regulation for the definition of "homeless" and the corresponding recordkeeping requirements for the Shelter Plus Care Program and the Supportive Housing Program. HUD has incorporated this definition into the CoC Program. This final rule also establishes the regulation for the definition "developmental disability" and the definition and recordkeeping requirements for "homeless individual with a disability" for the Shelter Plus Care Program and the Supportive Housing Program.
CPD-17-01: Notice Establishing Additional Requirements for a Continuum of Care Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System, under the authority of 24 CFR 578.7(a)(8), establishes new requirements that Continuums of Care (CoC) and recipients of CoC Program and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program funding must meet related to the development and use of a centralized or coordinated assessment system. It also provides guidance on additional policies that CoCs and ESG recipients should consider incorporating into written policies and procedures to achieve improved outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. Published: January 23, 2017.
The Consolidated Plan Notice describes changes to the CPD Consolidated Plan, within current statutory and regulatory provisions, for a new process for electronic submission including a required template and other improvements. Published: April 30, 2012.