CoC Program Toolkit - Introduction to the CoC Program

Resources include links to the laws, regulations, and notices upon which the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is based, overviews of CoC Program requirements, and crosswalks of the regulatory and operational changes between the legacy homeless programs and the CoC Program.

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CoC Program Law, Regulations, and Notices

Resources include laws, regulations, and notices that authorize and govern the CoC Program.


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act As Amended by S.896 HEARTH Act of 2009

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), 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 HEARTH Act also codifies into law the Continuum of Care planning process, a longstanding part of HUD’s application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs.

Date Published: May 2009


CoC Program Interim Rule (Formatted Version)

This document is a formatted version of the CoC Program interim rule, with a table of contents that includes hyperlinks to the referenced sections of the preamble and the regulatory text.

Date Published: July 2012

Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH): CoC Program Interim Rule

This interim rule, published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012, establishes the regulations for the CoC Program and focuses on regulatory implementation of the CoC Program, including the Continuum of Care planning process. The existing homeless assistance programs that comprise the Continuum of Care Program are the following: the Supportive Housing Program, the Shelter Plus Care Program, and the SRO Program. The final Homeless Definition is in effect for administration of the CoC Program interim rule.

Date Published: July 2012

Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH): Defining “Homeless” Final Rule

This final rule on the definition of homelessness, 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 Continuum of Care. 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.

Date Published: November 2011


CoC Program Competition Archive

This page contains an archive of past and current CoC Program Competition pages, which contain the official notices from each year.

Date Published: April 2018

Notice CPD-12-009: Use of IDIS to Submit the Consolidated Plan

This Notice describes changes to the Consolidated Plan, within current statutory and regulatory provisions, for a new process for electronic submission including a required template and other improvements.

Date Published: April 2012

Notice on Limitation on Use of Funds to Serve Persons Defined as Homeless Under Other Federal Laws

This Notice provides guidance to CoCs and recipients of SHP and S+C Program competitive grant funds in FY2011, regarding the limitations imposed in Section 422(j) of the McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act.

Date Published: January 2012

Overview of the CoC Program

Resources categorized under Overview of the CoC Program provide high-level information on the CoC Program and interim rule, CoC roles and responsibilities, and policy decisions regarding changes to the administration of the CoC Program.

Icon for WebinarCoC Program Start Up Training Webinars for FY 2013 Funds

This training assists recipients and subrecipients of CoC Program funds awarded under the CoC Program interim rule (24 CFR part 578) to gain an understanding of the requirements and responsibilities related to operations and grant administration. This training applies to projects awarded with FY 2013 funds under the FY 2013/FY 2014 CoC Program Competition and any future competitions awarded under the interim rule.

Date Published: June 2014

Icon for PreziCoC Program Roadmap Prezi

This presentation provides an introduction to HUD’s CoC Program online training curriculum. It includes a brief tour of the CoC Program regulations, as well as information and resources available through this online curriculum.

Date Published: September 2013

Icon for VideoIntroduction to Continuum of Care 2.0 Video

This video kicks off the new online curriculum for HUD’s homeless assistance programs under the HEARTH Act, and introduces the HUD online training materials available to communities.

Date Published: September 2013

Icon for BroadcastIntroduction to the CoC Program Broadcast

This broadcast provides an overview of the CoC Program and priorities and introduces the next generation of HUD training and guidance.

Date Published: September 2013

Icon for WebinarImplementing the HEARTH Act: The New Continuum of Care Program Webinar

This prerecorded webinar provides an overview of the CoC Program. Regulatory implementation of the interim rule and the CoC planning process are discussed in detail to help CoCs, recipients, and subrecipients administer CoC Program funds.

Date Published: July 2012

Introductory Guide to the CoC Program

This document provides a high-level introduction to the CoC Program and the requirements found in the CoC Program interim rule.

Date Published: July 2012

CoC Program Guidance and Briefs

Resources categorized under CoC Program Guidance and Briefs include a collection of HUD's policy briefs.

Recovery Housing Policy Brief

This policy brief aims to provide clear guidance regarding the expected and effective operation of the subset of HUD-funded Recovery Housing programs in order to strengthen performance and improve the achievement of outcomes by these programs. Programs serving people with substance use disorders that are not currently operating with the practices and policies described within this brief, or do not currently meet the standards described here, may use this brief as a guide for making changes within their programs.

Date Published: December 2015

Family Options Study Brief

This policy brief outlines the Family Options Study's key findings and delves further into the policy implications for CoCs and ESG Program recipients, as well as Public Housing Agencies (PHAs).

Date Published: July 2015

Coordinated Entry Policy Brief

This policy brief summarizes HUD’s views on goals for the coordinated entry process. This brief does not establish requirements for Continuums of Care (CoCs), but rather is meant to inform local efforts to further develop CoCs’ coordinated entry processes.

Date Published: February 2015

Housing First in Permanent Supportive Housing Brief

This policy brief provides an overview of the principles and core components of the Housing First model. It also provides information to permanent supportive housing providers about how they can implement a Housing First approach if they are not already doing so. Housing First is an approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements.

Date Published: July 2014

Rapid Re-Housing Brief

This policy brief provides an overview of the core components and practice considerations of the rapid re-housing model generally, and not under a specific funding type. Rapid re-housing is an intervention, informed by a Housing First approach that is a critical part of a community’s effective homeless crisis response system.

Date Published: July 2014