Operating Costs

What can my program spend CoC operating funds on?

In general, the following costs are considered eligible:

  • The costs of maintenance and repair of housing not included in the lease (§ 578.55(b)(1))
  • Property taxes and insurance (§ 578.55(b)(2))
  • Scheduled payments to a reserve fund for the future replacement of major buildings systems. Major building systems include structural support, roofing, cladding, weatherproofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (§ 578.55(b)(3))
  • Security for a housing program if more than 50 percent of the units or building area are CoC-funded (§ 578.55(b)(4))
  • Utilities including electricity, gas, heating oil or other heating/cooling costs, water, sewer, and trash removal (§ 578.55(b)(5))
  • Furniture (office/apartment) that remains with the project. Mattresses are also eligible costs, even if they remain with the program participant (§ 578.55(b)(6))
  • Equipment, including office equipment, appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, etc. that remain with the project (§ 578.55(b)(7))
  • Staff time spent carrying out the above eligible operating activities that are part of the approved grant.

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What costs are included in maintenance and repair?

Maintenance and repair include a property or unit’s upkeep, including structural, electrical, and plumbing systems. It can include everything from leaky faucets to major repairs. It includes landscaping (non-beautification) and snow removal and salting.