CoC Program Special NOFO Digest: Policy Priorities

June 23, 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. In addition, Federal and National Partners (including but not limited to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Safe Housing Partnership – Domestic Violence Housing Technical Assistance Consortium) will also be amplifying policy priorities, best practices, and providing strategies for their stakeholders to use in establishing partnerships with CoCs in responding to unsheltered and rural homelessness.

The policy priorities for the Special NOFO include:

  • Reduce Unsheltered Homelessness
  • In Rural Areas - Reduce Homelessness Among Individuals and Families Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness and Those with Severe Service Needs
  • Provide Assistance on Tribal Lands
  • Involve a Broad Array of Stakeholders in the CoC’s Efforts to Reduce Homelessness (including people with lived experience of homelessness)
  • Advance Equity
  • Use a Housing First Approach

View all CoC Program Special NOFO Digests

Supporting Resources

The following Technical Assistance (TA) resources may be helpful to communities as they prepare to respond to the NOFO. The materials are organized by major policy areas addressed in the NOFO.

Resource Author Organization
Ending Homelessness for People Living in Encampments: Advancing the Dialogue U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
Effective Police-Mental Health Collaboration Responses to People Experiencing Homelessness Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Sharing the Solutions: Police Partnerships, Homelessness, and Public Health Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Center for Court Innovation, DOJ
Resource Author Organization
Untapped Expertise: Strategies for Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement When Developing Your Coordinated Investment Plan HUD
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
Resource Author Organization
Staff Orientation to Racial Equity HUD
Part 1: Equity as the Foundation HUD
Five Tips to Approaching Rehousing with Racial Equity HUD
Increasing Equity in the Homeless Response System Through Expanding Procurement HUD
Equity Capacity Building: Hiring, Supervision, Training HUD
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) People
Resource Author Organization
LGBTQ Homelessness HUD
Resources for Homeless LGBTQ Individuals in Crisis HUD
Equal Access for Transgender People: Supporting Inclusive Housing and Shelters HUD
Equal Access Agency Assessment Tool HUD
Program Guidance and Equal Access Rule HUD
People with Disabilities
Resource Author Organization
Homelessness in America: Focus on Chronic Homelessness Among People With Disabilities U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
Permanent Supportive Housing Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Toolkit SAMHSA
Survivors of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
Resource Author Organization
Serving Survivors through Coordinated Entry HUD
Special Population Rehousing Strategy: Family Violence HUD
Creating Permanent Supportive Housing to Meet the Needs of Survivors of Domestic Violence National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) | Downtown Women’s Center
Resource Author Organization
Youth Homelessness HUD
Resources for Homeless Youth Service Providers HUD
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Community Resources HUD
Rapid Rehousing Models for Homeless Youth HUD
Special Population Rehousing Strategy: Youth and Young Adults HUD


For questions about the Special NOFO, please email