North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

CoC Program Interim Regulations and Introductory Guide

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates HUD’s competitive homelessness assistance grant programs into one new "Continuum of Care (CoC) Program."
On July 14, 2012, HUD released interim regulations for the new CoC Program under the HEARTH Act and an Introductory Guide to the CoC Program.  The interim regulations were published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012.
The regulations primarily address the eligible activities and program requirements of the CoC program. The new program has five eligible components:
  • Permanent housing, which includes permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities and rapid re-housing;
  • Transitional housing;
  • Supportive services only;
  • Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS); and
  • Prevention, which is available only for CoCs who are designated as High Performing Communities.
In addition to describing the CoC program, the interim regulation address other elements of a Continuum of Care. CoCs will be required to develop a governance structure with a board; operate a centralized or coordinated assessment system; and ensure participation in HMIS.
The interim regulation went into effect on August 30, 2012.  HUD is accepting public comments on the interim rule until Friday, November 16, 2012.  HUD will review all comments and use the comments to consider changes for the final rule.  Instructions for submitting comments are located on page 2 of the interim rule.
Please visit HUD's Homeless Resource Exhange website to view the interim regulations and the Introductory Guide to the CoC Program.
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