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)

Project Review, Score, and Ranking Procedures, including Reallocation

The ERA followed standard evaluation guidelines as listed in our Howard County Government, Continuum of Care Policies & Procedures, Effective October 2015. These have been posted on our website since January 2016. Page eight through 10 outlines the process the ERA utilizes to review, rank, reject or reallocate both renewals and any new projects including BONUS. 

 In order to review outcomes based on these criteria (page 10) the ERA used a Score Card that reviewed APR data (directly from ServicePoint) as well as HUD’s standards (“pass/fail” elements). All Project Applications were scored, ranked based on score then accepted/rejected/reallocated, and then placed into one of the two tiers, as HUD requires. Below is a copy of the Score Card that was used for all Projects reviewed by the ERA. 

 Posting of FY 2016 Project Selections, Ranking, and CoC Application

This year Howard County’s HUD approved Annual Renewal Demand (the amount we are allowed to ask for) is $762,534.00, with 93% of that in Tier 1 and 7% in Tier 2 (per the NOFA). The ERA met on 8/25/16 to review, rank and tier each project in the 2016 CoC Competition. The ERA decided:

  • McKinney Project Applications I, II, III, IV and the Shelter Plus Care Project were accepted.
  • McKinney V was rejected and reallocated to a new project, as it scored the lowest of all Project Applications.
  • McKinney II scored the second to lowest, and portions of the grant were reallocated to the new project.
  • McKinney III had an unusually high rate for case management, and in an effort to standardize the service delivery across the PSH programs, a portion of the case management allotment for McKinney III was reallocated to the new project.
  • In order to preserve the housing of the persons in renewal projects, the BONUS was ranked lowest.
  • Humanim, Inc. was chosen as the Subrecipient of both the new reallocated and BONUS project as the only project applicant seeking new PSH projects for the chronically homeless population that met and passed threshold requirements.

ERA’s Final 2016 Ranking/Decision:

Final Ranking by ERA 


The following are all sections for the Continuum of Care 2016 Application (click the name to open as a pdf):

1.       S+C

2.       McKinney I

3.       McKinney IV

4.      McKinney III

5.       McKinney II

6.       Project Revive – new

7.       Finally Home Howard County – BONUS


Public Comment period will be open from 9/2/16 through 9/7/16, at which time the application will be submitted through County government for approval by the County Executive and then submitted to HUD by or before 9/14/16, 7:59 PM. Any comments, edits or input can be provided via phone, email, fax, or in person to: Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager, Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, Office of Community Partnerships, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046. Phone: 410-313-5971 (direct). FAX: 410-313-6424 

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

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).  


There are no open applications available at this time.


Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) FY2017

All DHR grants for homeless services were due to the CoC Lead Agency by Friday April 8, 2016. All applications were submitted by Howard County Government by DHR’s deadline. The following were the grants, amounts and uses submitted and awarded, to date, for FY2017:

  • Emergency and Transitional Housing Program (ETHS) – June 17, 2016 Awarded
  • HopeWorks of Howard County: $31,474  - Safe House Shelter
  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.: $30,000 – Motel Shelter
  • Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) – June 17, 2016 Awarded
  • Community Action Council of Howard County, Inc. - $11,128 – Eviction Prevention 
  • Service Linked Housing Program (SLHP) – June 17, 2016 Awarded
  • Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. - $18,000 – Stabilization Services

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


Link to DHR:

FFY2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Application & Project Applications

On June 28, 2016, HUD opened the FY2016 Continuum of Care Application. All elements of the application were due to HUD by September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT. There were two main components of this application and both were completed in the federal reporting site, e-snaps. 

  • The first component was the FFY2016 Collaborative Application, and included questions about the CoC’s governance, structure, community and client engagement, documented partnerships, local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and each community's overall ability to commit to ending and preventing homelessness in line with the federal plan, Opening Doors.
  • The second component was the FFY2016 Project Applications. All Renewal Project Applications were due August 15, 2016 to the Department of Community Resources and Services. All Applications (new, renewals and BONUS) must be complete and in line with the Notice of Funding Availability associated with each competition. A notification email was sent to the members of the Continuum of Care on July 14, 2015.
  • Each year, the Continuum of Care may apply for a BONUS project. HUD released a total amount of $38,127 the Howard County CoC could apply for in BONUS grant dollars. Because the Howard County CoC has an established need for Permanent Supportive Housing, the BONUS project must serve 100 percent chronically homeless individuals and families in a new project. Due to the short time frame for the BONUS application, a Letter of Interest was accepted. The deadline was August 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 




The Evaluation and Resource Allocation (ERA) Committee of the Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency reviewed and ranked the FFY2016 Project Applications, in accordance with the FFY2016 NOFA, on August 25, 2016. Agencies which submitted Renewal Project Applications and BONUS Project Applications were notified on August 26, 2016 of Project status, ranking and whether the Project Application would be submitted by the Collaborative Applicant. The final rankings are listed on the Continuum of Care page.



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. A series of community events began with an Executive Roundtable in September 2016 and was followed by an October 2016 Community Planning Day. Events and activities will culminate in an updated plan slated to be adopted by June 2017.


Housing For All Planning Meeting
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Roger Carter Community Center
Housing for All Presentation

Resource Documents: 

If you have questions related to Housing for All process, please contact Kathleen Swanson at 410-313-5953 or 

Mailing Address: 

Department of Community Resources and Services
Office of Community Partnerships
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300,
Columbia, Maryland 21046