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Continuum of Care program

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards Homeless Assistance Program funding through what is known as the Continuum of Care (CoC) for a community. 

A Continuum of Care is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals, including outreach, intake and assessment, emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.

The Boston Continuum of Care is coordinated by the Neighborhood Development Supportive Housing Division, with direction from the Continuum of Care Board known as the Boston Continuum of Care Housing and Stabilization Committee and consumer groups, including BACHome and the Youth Action Board.

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If you work for a homeless services provider agency and would like to sign up for the CoC email list, please complete this form.

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To submit a service request or report request to our HMIS team, use our Help Desk form.

Latest updates

The Boston CoC has posted the project scoring tools for new and renewing projects. You can see the tool for renewing projects, and the tool for new project evaluation.

The Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for providers that wish to submit new project applications and/or wish to reallocate existing CoC program funds to create new projects as part of the Boston CoC's overall application to HUD. 

The RFP package for new projects will be available beginning on September 27, 2021, from the City’s purchasing website.

Agencies that wish to renew existing CoC-funded projects with no changes will receive separate instructions this week from their DND Development Officer. The due date for those applications is Friday, October 15, 2021.

An optional Applicants' Conference will be held via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 12 - 1 p.m. Please email for the Zoom link by September 30 at 10 a.m. 

To access details for this specific event, or to respond through electronic format, please visit the City of Boston Supplier Portal and access Event # EV00009782.

Completed proposals must be submitted via the Supplier Portal before 4 p.m. on Friday, October 15. LATE PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

On August 18, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the 2021 CoC NOFO, announcing the opening of the 2021 Continuum of Care Competition. The CoC Application and individual project applications are due to HUD no later than Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 8 p.m. (EST).

The City's Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the Boston CoC and is the responsible entity for ensuring all parts of the CoC application are submitted. DND hosted a meeting of its Competition Oversight Committee on July 1, 2021, to preview the competition. A subsequent meeting was hosted on September 9, 2021, with the CoC General Membership to summarize the CoC NOFO and to provide a timeline for competition-related activities.

Attention Boston CoC and interested parties:

HUD is expected to announce the FY21 CoC Program NOFA in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for more information.

If you would like to receive HUD CoC program updates, sign up for SNAPS Competition Information or sign up for SNAPS Program InformationWhen you subscribe, you will receive the latest news from HUD on Notices, funding, memos, and other official HUD guidance.

Meetings information

October 18, 2021

A meeting of the Boston CoC Competition Oversight Committee was held on Monday, October 18, 2021. Agenda items included an update on new projects submitted in response to the recent Request for Proposals and a review of the CoC's proposed Reallocation, Rating and Ranking Policies for the 2021 competition. You can view the agenda and the reallocation documents.

october 7, 2021

A meeting of the CoC Housing and Stabilization Leadership Council was held on Thursday, October 7, 2021. An update on the CoC application, including information on the timeline and application process for new projects and renewal applications for new and existing CoC providers was provided. View the meeting agenda and notes.

September 30, 2021

An Optional Applicants' Conference was held on September 30, 2021 for nonprofit agencies considering new project applications under the CoC 2021 NOFO. View the agenda

September 23, 2021

A CoC Competition Oversight Committee Meeting was held on September 23, 2021. View the meeting materials.

September 9, 2021

A CoC General Membership Meeting was held on September 9, 2021. View the meeting materials.

july 1, 2021

A CoC Competition Oversight Committee Meeting was held on July 1, 2021. View the meeting materials.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

A CoC Leadership Council Meeting was held on September 23, 2019. The Council reviewed and voted to approve new projects and renewal project tiering and ranking. View the minutes and meeting materials.

AUGUST 27, 2019

A CoC Leadership Council Meeting was held on August 27, 2019. Agenda items included a review of the final new project scoring tool and the final renewal project scoring tool. View the minutes and meeting materials.

AUGUST 14, 2019

The Boston CoC, in conjunction with Casa Myrna Vazquez and Technical Assistance Collaborative, hosted a session focused on requirements and best practices for serving survivors of domestic violence. This session was mandatory for agencies that receive CoC or ESG funding. View the training materials.

AUGUST 1, 2019

A CoC Leadership Council Meeting was held on August 1, 2019. Agenda items included a review of the FY19 proposed CoC Reallocation and Project Prioritization Policy and a discussion of the FY19 renewal project scoring tool. View the minutes and meeting materials. 

JULY 29, 2019

A CoC General Membership Meeting was held on July 29, 2019. Agenda items included a review of new and renewal application deadlines and proposed project scoring and ranking. View the minutes and meeting materials.

Boston CoC Providers

  • BayCove
  • Boston EMS
  • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boston Rescue Mission
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • Casa Myrna Vazquez
  • Eliot Human Services
  • Elizabeth Stone House
  • FamilyAid Boston
  • HomeStart
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
  • Metro Housing | Boston
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans
  • Pine Street Inn
  • St. Francis House
  • US Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Volunteers of America
  • Victory Programs
  • Women's Lunch Place


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