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 a 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)

NOFO FY2022 Project Applications Score and Rank Notification (CLICK HERE)

NEW! NOFO FY2022 FINAL CoC Application 9/28/2022 (CLICK HERE)

Coalition to End Homelessness - Continuum of Care (CoC) Board & Governance

Coalition to End Homelessness

Below is the link to become a Participating Member of the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness. Page six of the Governance Charter, outlines Coalition General Membership (Agency or Individual), page seven outlines that membership application is sufficient for joining and the responsibilities of all members. Please complete this form if you are interested in becoming a Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness member.

Coalition to End Homelessness Governance Charter

Mailing Address:  
CoC Manager
Coalition to End Homelessness - Continuum of Care Program
Office of Community Partnerships
Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, 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). 

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NEW! FY2022 HUD CONTINUUM OF CARE NOFO (NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY)
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            DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES & SERVICES (DCRS) 
                                Office of Community Partnerships (OCP)    

                                              Howard County Continuum of Care Local Competition 

                                          CFDA: 14.267 Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6500-N-25  

                                                          NOW OPEN

          Project Applications due by August 31, 2022 5:00pm to [email protected]

                                 Questions due by August 24, 2022 to [email protected] 

                                                    Click for: Howard County NOFO FY22 RFP & Application

                                                                       TIMELINE

 DUE DATE

Publish RFP for NOFO and send to Coalition via Email

08/17/2022

Submit NOFO RFP Questions to CoC Manager

08/24/2022

NOFO FAQ Posted on CoC Website

08/25/2022

Meeting with Board to Review Renewal Project Performances

08/29/2022

Project Applications Due by 5 p.m.

08/30/2022

Threshold Review Completion

08/31/2022

Performance Review by Resource and Development Committee and Board Members

09/08/2022

Written Notification & Public Post Applications Status for (Accepted, Rejected, or Reduced Projects)

09/15/2022

Review First Draft of Application with Board

09/19/2022

Submit Appeal for Renewal Application Rejections

09/20/2022

Board to Review Final Draft & Consider Appeals

09/26/2022

Publicly Post Final Copy of Collaborative Application for Howard County on CoC Board Website

09/28/2022

Goal Date to Submit Final Collaborative Application for Howard County

09/29/2022

Final Collaborative Application due to HUD by 8 p.m.

09/30/2022

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The Path Home
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The Path Home

The Office of Community Partnerships worked with the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness to update and further the work of the 2010 Plan. The title of the new plan, The Path Home, refers to the Coalition’s goals to strengthen the Coordinated Entry System – the path – to allow clients to return to stable, sustainable housing. It is a five-year strategic plan to end homelessness in Howard County, and will be implemented by the Coalition through annual action plans to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurring. “The Path Home” has been developed in partnership with the Coalition to End Homelessness Board (CoC) with input from: the State of Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development, The National Alliance to End Homelessness, various Howard County Departments and Offices, and the community-wide Coalition to End Homelessness. 

If you have questions related to The Path Home, please contact: The Office of Community Partnerships at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) or send written correspondence to:

Mailing Address:  
Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness
c/o Howard County Department of Community Resources & Services
Office of Community Partnerships
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive Columbia, MD 21046

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National Alliance to End Homelessness Assessment
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The DCRS Office of Community Partnerships contracted the National Alliance to End Homelessness to conduct an assessment and analysis of our homeless response system and provide actionable recommendations for system improvements. The assessment was requested to address the lack of system flow in our current homeless response system. Recommendations from this assessment will be used to support the implementation of the county’s updated plan to end homelessness, The Path Home.

National Alliance to End Homelessness Assessment

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The Coalition to End Homelessness Board

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