This Web page summarizes the local policy guidance that the Portland/Gresham/Multnomah County Continuum of Care (OR-501) will use to select new and renewal projects to forward to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under HUD’s FY2013 CoC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Once the full application for these funds has been prepared, we will post the application on this website for review prior to submitting the application to HUD.
Some additional background: Since 1994, HUD has used the phrase “Continuum of Care (CoC)” when referring to a stream of funding specifically intended to serve homeless persons. This funding was established through the 1987 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and reauthorized through the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009.
Each year, HUD releases a CoC NOFA to which hundreds of communities across the country respond by completing a lengthy grant application. In Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County this brings in approximately $13.2 million annually to support ongoing operations of a variety of programs that provide housing and services to more than 1,500 homeless adults, families and youth. Because HUD budgets for homeless services have increased only incrementally in recent years, this annual grant process has become primarily a means to renew 42 existing local CoC grants. For the last several years, limited new funds have been available for new permanent housing bonus project(s) that serve chronically homeless individuals and families.