CoC Program Special NOFO Digest: Inclusion of People with Lived Experience and Expertise of Homelessness

July 13, 2022

On June 22, 2022, the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Supplemental Funding Opportunity to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness (Special Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)) was announced. This is a first-of-its-kind package of resources to address unsheltered homelessness and homeless encampments including funds set aside specifically to address homelessness in rural communities.

Applications for the Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness NOFO must be submitted no later than October 20, 2022, at 8:00 PM EDT.

To support communities in developing their plans to address rural and unsheltered homelessness, existing Technical Assistance (TA) resources are being highlighted through a series of listserv messages.

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Including People with Lived Experience and Expertise

Those with lived experience and expertise of homelessness typically have a strong understanding of problems that exist and the services and interventions that are the most effective solutions. This is why it is important to meaningfully and intentionally integrate them into the decision-making structure of our work at the system and program level. When consulting the experts, homelessness assistance becomes more relevant and responsive.

As communities prepare to apply for funding through the Special NOFO to address unsheltered persons in your communities, they are encouraged to also examine current decision-making policies and processes and determine how to embed seamlessly, and inclusively those with lived experience and expertise into the planning, development, and implementation phases.


The following resources may be helpful to communities preparing to respond to the Special NOFO:

For additional resources, visit the CoC Program Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness NOFO page on the HUD Exchange.


For questions about the Special NOFO, please email