Continuum of Care

The Continuum of Care (CoC) is the collective networks, institutions, and organizations that provide housing and services to people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness.  The CoC has oversight by our governing body, the Membership Council. (Pending Link)

Continuum of Care:

  • The primary goal of the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness;
  • Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness;
  • Promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Oversight of the Continuum of Care:

The Continuum of Care (CoC) in the Austin/Travis County area is governed by the Membership Council (Link) and serves as the HUD required CoC Board. As a result, a primary responsibility is to designate and oversee the work being carried out by the following entities: CoC Lead Agency, CoC Collaborative Applicant, HMIS Lead Agency.  The Governance Charter outlines the roles and expectations needed of each entity in order to meet the needs of the community.  

CoC Lead Agency

As the Lead Agency, ECHO is designated to carry out the activities of the CoC, including fiscal and compliance activities. Regular administrative tasks may include management of the annual HUD application, coordination of other funding opportunities, project and system monitoring, meeting management, and other duties as needed.

CoC Collaborative Applicant

As the Collaborative Applicant, ECHO is designated by the CoC Board to be the entity responsible for coordinating and submitting the collaborative application to HUD for CoC-funding awarded to local homeless assistance programs.

CoC HMIS Lead

As the designated HMIS Lead, ECHO manages the Continuum’s data in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  The HMIS Lead responsibilities include administering the CoC plans for privacy, security, and data quality. Data entered into HMIS allows our community to understand the services provided by partnering agencies and measure the performance of the entire system.  

(Link to the HMIS page)

Continuum of Care Policy Documents

HUD Guidance

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Link)

Continuum of Care Related Regulations (Link)

Local Policy Documents

Governance Charter (Link)

Coordinated Entry Written Standards (Link Pending)

VAWA Policy and Procedures (Link)

2019 Continuum of Care NOFA Funding Policy Documents

  1. Community Funding Priorities (Link)
  2. Review, Rating and Ranking Policy and Procedure (Link)
  3. Reallocation and Deobligation Policy (Link)
  4. Appeal Policy (Link)

2019 Continuum of Care NOFA Resources and Notices (link to website)

For additional information or questions related to the NOFA, please email: nofa@austinecho.org

ECHO NOFA timeline for Fiscal Year 2019 (link)

New/Bonus and Domestic Violence Bonus Application Resources

The CoC actively seeks applications from organizations that have not previously received HUD CoC funding. HUD places considerable requirements on grantees and the application process can be challenging. Organizations without CoC grant experience are invited to reach out to ECHO at nofa@austinecho.org to request assistance in understanding program requirements or the application process.

  • Bidder’s Conference Presentation (Link to PowerPoint)
  • Bidder’s Conference Information Packet (Link)
  • CommunityForce instructions slides (Link)
  • New Project Application Questions (enter answers into Community Force) (Link)
  • New Project Application Attachment – Policy Checklist (Link)
  • New Project Scoring Guide (Link)
  • Question and Answers (Link)

Renewal Application Resources

CoC Renewal Applications are due in Community Force on May 28, 2019.  Contact nofa@austinecho.org with any questions.

2019 Continuum of Care NOFA Priority Ranking Appeal Policy

Renewal Orientation Webinar (this link: https://recordings.join.me/Z-uXFAbyUk6Vo55gKyzRng)

Renewal Orientation Slides (Link)

Community Force Instructions slides (Link)

Renewal Project Application FAQ from ECHO (Link)

HMIS Renewal Application (Link)

HMIS Renewal Scoresheet (Link)

TH, PSH, YHDP, and RRH Renewal Project Application (Link)

TH, PSH, YHDP, and RRH Renewal Scoresheet (Link)

ECHO staff will update the website throughout the competition.