Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC)
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2012 Balance of State Continuum of Care Submission
The application process for the 2012 Balance of State Continuum of Care is now closed. Key documents are are linked below.
All prospective 2013 applicants, new and renewal, may review full details of the 2012 application requirements on the CoC Grantees Only Webpage.
HUD Issues Interim Regulations for Continuums of Care
To review HUD's CoC program, including interim regulations and up to date information on the FFY 2012 CoC competition, visit HUD's website.
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Among other changes, the HEARTH Act consolidated the three separate McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs (Supportive Housing program, Shelter Plus Care program, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation SRO program) into a single grant program known as the Continuum of Care Program. The HEARTH Act also codifies into law the CoC planning process, a longstanding part of HUD’s application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs. And the HEARTH Act directs HUD to promulgate regulations for the new programs and processes.
HUD published the Continuum of Care Program interim rule in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012, and it became effective August 30, 2012. The rule is posted on HUD’s web site at http://hudhre.info/index.cfm?do=viewResource&ResourceID=4650, and now governs the CoC Program. HUD’s interim rule focuses on regulatory implementation of the new CoC Program, including the CoC planning process.
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to assist sheltered and unsheltered homeless people by providing the housing and/or services needed to help individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability.
Specifically, 24 CFR part 578.1 of the CoC Program interim rule states that the primary purpose of the CoC Program is to:
Each year, HUD awards CoC Program funding competitively to nonprofit organizations, States, and/or units of general purpose local governments, collectively known as recipients. In turn, recipients may contract or subgrant with other organizations or government entities, known as subrecipients, to carry out the grant’s day-to-day program operations.
The Continuum of Care application is a comprehensive planning document that describes how various communities in Georgia will help persons that are homeless to obtain necessary housing and services. Nonprofit Organizations, local governments, public housing authorities and other entities located within communities that develop a CoC plan are eligible to apply for homeless assistance funds under the HUD Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
Continuums of Care in Georgia
Annually, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) prepares the Georgia Balance of State (152 county) Continuum of Care. Through this extremely competitive CoC program, local and state jurisdictions, housing authorities, and nonprofits (secular and faith based) can apply for funding in support of transitional and permanent housing for 'homeless' persons as defined by HUD.
If you have interests in the City of Atlanta, the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, or Chatham, or in the consolidated jurisdictions of Athens-Clarke, Augusta-Richmond or Columbus-Muscogee, you should know that these jurisdictions support local Continuums of Care that you are encouraged to support. See below for a link to local contacts and copies of current plans.
Email Tina Moore, or call Tina at (404) 327-6870.
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
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