Are You Part of Your Local HUD Continuum of Care (CoC)?

As we look at the fiscal realities, we want to help you pull in more diverse pots of federal money to serve runaway and homeless youth. To this end, many programs receive HUD funding and many of you do not receive HUD funding. You may already be part of your local Continuum of Care (CoC) or you may not be. We are going to be working with you and HUD to elevate the evidence-based practices of the homeless youth continuum of care; which is distinct from adult programs.

To this end, we want to encourage you to “invite” your organization to the table of your local CoC, because they are all currently in the process of planning, prioritizing, and deciding which subpopulations will be prioritized and included in their HUD required Coordinated Assessment. By law, this coordinated assessment is to reflect the homeless subpopulations that exist within each CoC, which we know includes homeless youth and young adults. To learn more about coordinate assesment system go here.

Coordinated assessment systems are centralized and ideally are successful in ensuring homeless assistance and homeless prevention programs in communities. In particular, such assessment systems help communities systematically assess the needs of program participants and effectively match each individual or family with the most appropriate resources available to address that individual’s or family’s particular needs. HUD has therefore, required each Continuum of Care to develop and implement a centralized or coordinated assessment system for its geographic area. Such a system must be designed locally in response to local needs and conditions. The highlights of these required written Coordinated Assessments are:

Each CoC is required to have written standards that:

  • Are specific and detailed
  • Address any unique eligibility requirements for assistance (e.g., disability or subpopulation)
  • Reflect the homeless population and subpopulations within the CoC
  • Reflect the housing and service resources available within the CoC
  • Reflect local and national targeting priorities

The written standards may prioritize specific subpopulations of homeless individuals and families, including:

  • Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • Transition-aged youth
  • Substance abusers

Wrap around services must be designed to address the specific service needs of each subpopulation.

To find your local Continuum of Care, go HERE.


May 8, 2013

380 words1.4 min read