Continuum of Care GIS Tools

CoC GIS Shapefiles

These datasets contain the geographic boundaries and funding status information for HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) areas by Year.

HUD is providing these datasets for use by CoC grantees, homeless services planners, and research institutions. Because HUD provides competitive funding for homeless services through a CoC structure that is developed at the local level, outside research based on this structure cannot be accomplished without the provision of the geographic boundaries and related data provided herein. Therefore, this dataset was developed to make the CoC process and funding as transparent as possible to the public.

HUD CoC GIS Toolkit for Communities

The HUD CoC GIS Toolkit for Communities expands the mapping resources available to HUD Exchange users by providing a no-cost downloadable software tool that allows users to interact with professional quality GIS maps.  

The toolkit includes data on CoC Boundaries, HUD Geocodes and Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN), U.S. Census Bureau produced demographics, detailed street maps, and more. Toolkit capabilities include mapping and saving addresses and other custom locations, producing custom routes with intermediate waypoints, and producing custom maps with annotation. Since 2013, the toolkit has also included annually updated block group level datasets of American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates that allow communities to explore ACS data on demographic, housing, and economic characteristics at the neighborhood and regional level. Current Toolkit ACS data cover the latest available 5-year period, 2010-14. Since 2014, the Toolkit has included Housing Inventory Count (HIC) data visualization by geocode. Users can query the map by program type for sheltered PIT data, beds reported by population served, and more.

Users access pre-compiled projects through a free software product called ArcReader, and are able to open and explore HUD specific project data as well as design and print custom maps. No special software or map skills beyond basic computer skills are required, meaning users can quickly get started working with maps of their communities.

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