Continuum of Care (CoC)

Continuum of Care (CoC)

In 1995, HUD began requiring communities to submit one application for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. This streamlined the application process, and encouraged the coordination of housing and support services for agencies providing direct homeless services, and placed emphasis on the development of local CoCs.  The CoC is defined as “the local planning body that coordinates housing and support services funding for homeless families and individuals.” In 2009, President Obama introduced the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. This Act amended and reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act with substantial changes. In August 2012, HUD issued the Interim Rule which provided regulations for how the HEARTH Act of 2009 would be managed and administered. 

The Purpose and Activities of the CoC are to:

  • Promote community-wide goals to end homelessness; 
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless persons; 
  • Promote access to mainstream resources; and 
  • Improve self-sufficiency among people experiencing homelessness. 

The CoC’s Primary Responsibilities are:

  • Operating the CoC 
  • Designating and Operating an Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • CoC Planning 

The Program Components of the CoC Competitive Grant Program are: 

  • Permanent Housing (Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing)
  • Transitional Housing 
  • Support Services Only (SSO) 
  • Homeless Management and Information System (HMIS)

Continuum of Care (CoC) Board & Governance

If you have questions related to the Continuum of Care program, contact: Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email mhippert@howardcountymd.gov.

Mailing Address:  
Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager
Continuum of Care Program
Office of Community Partnerships
Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046

If you are experiencing homelessness or an immediate housing crisis, please contact Grassroots Crisis Intervention 24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: 410-531-6677 (voice/relay).  

 






 

Final CoC FY2017 Project Awards

2017 CoC Projects Request Award Units
Project Revive $ 44,568.00 $ 41,880.00 2
Shelter Plus Care $ 151,158.00 $ 140,826.00 9
McKinney III $ 229,995.00 $ 229,179.00 13
McKinney I $ 291,060.96 $ 270,997.00 18
Project Stability $ 45,752.00 $ 42,876.00 2
Gateway Home $ 45,752.00 $ 42,876.00 2
Total $ 808,285.96 $ 768,634.00 46

Previous Submissions

1. Project Revive  

2. Shelter Plus Care

3. McKinney III

4. McKinney I

5. Project Stability

6. Gateway Home

Coming Soon

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 

Current Awards: 
Emergency and Transitional Housing Program (ETHS) – FY18 
o HopeWorks of Howard County: $31,474  - Safe House Shelter
o Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.: $30,000 – Motel Shelter

Service Linked Housing Program (SLHP) – FY18 
o Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. - $18,000 – Stabilization Services

Emergency Solutions Grant – FFY16 
o Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.
o HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. 
o Howard County Department of Corrections 
o Community Action Council 

Emergency Solutions Grant – FFY17 
o Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.
o HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. 
o Howard County Department of Corrections 
o Bridges to Housing Stability 

Policy Guide 2017

Questions? Contact Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager, at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or mhippert@howardcountymd.gov

Housing for All

The Office of Community Partnerships’ Continuum of Care Program is facilitating a Howard County, Maryland Plan to End Homelessness update, to be named, Housing for All. Housing for All will be Howard County's new 5-year plan to end and prevent homelessness in Howard County. Housing for All is being developed with input from Federal, State, and Howard County Departments and Offices as well as community advocates, faith community members, and experts in the field of ending homelessness. 

 

Housing For All Planning Meeting Documents from Tuesday, October 25, 2016
AGENDA
Housing for All Presentation

If you have questions related to Housing for All process, please contact: Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email mhippert@howardcountymd.gov.

Mailing Address:  
Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager
Continuum of Care Program
Office of Community Partnerships
Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046