Continuum of Care

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes Continuum of Care funds available to communities through a grant process.  Continuum of Care funds serve as a catalyst for our community to create a systematic response to ending homelessness and drive policy for our Coalition of service providers.  ECHO serves as the lead agency for the Austin/Travis County Continuum of Care, and coordinates the Continuum of Care local funding competition.

CoC Program Overview CoC Program Policies & Documents 

2021 CoC Competition CoC Trainings & Webinars 

Previous CoC Competition Materials 

CoC Trainings & Webinars

Intro to CoC Funding Webinar

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(Recorded 07/13/2021)

CoC NOFA for New Applicants

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(Recorded 07/27/2021)

Family Separation Training

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(Recorded 11/08/2021)

Equal Access Training

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(Recorded 11/11/2021)

MAP and MAP Basic Training

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(Recorded 11/10/2021)

Housing is Healthcare Training

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CoC Program Overview

HUD mandates that a Continuum of Care is responsible for:

      • Promoting community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness;
      • Providing 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;
      • Promoting 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 Program Grant

Our CoC Board, the Homelessness Response System Leadership Council provides oversight for the CoC program grant and serves as the HUD required CoC governing body. Our Leadership Council has designated the following entities to lead CoC initiatives:

CoC Stakeholder Meetings

CoC board meeting agendas and minutes and stakeholder meeting materials may be found here.

Lead Agency (ECHO)

As the Lead Agency, ECHO is designated to carry out the planning and system operation activities of the CoC, including fiscal and compliance activities. ECHO uses HUD guidance to coordinate a local competition for CoC funds that are granted to providers in our community. Other responsibilities of the CoC Lead agency include management of the annual HUD application; coordination of other funding opportunities; project and system monitoring; meeting management; planning and coordinated the PIT Count; consulting with ESG recipients; establishing a Coordinated Entry system; developing written standards for providing assistance; and participating in the development of consolidated plans (Austin, Travis County).

CoC Collaborative Applicant (ECHO)

As the Collaborative Applicant, ECHO is designated by the CoC Board (Membership Council) to be the entity responsible for coordinating and submitting the collaborative application to HUD for CoC-funding awarded to local homeless assistance programs. ECHO is also responsible for evaluating outcomes of awarded programs.

CoC HMIS Lead (ECHO)

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, as well as submitting HUD-required reports on behalf of our community. Data entered into HMIS allows our community to understand the services provided by partnering agencies and measure the performance of the entire system.

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CoC Program Policies & Documents

HUD Guidance

Local CoC Program Policies

Grant Amendment Policy

Reallocation and Deobligation Policy (2019)

Forms and Documents

CoC Grant Minor Change / Budget Amendment Form

CoC Grant Significant Change Request Form

Project Performance Monitoring Scorecards

2021 Continuum of Care Competition

2021 NOFO Policies

Community Funding Priorities (2021)

Reallocation and Deobligation Policy (2021)

Review, Rating, and Ranking Policy and Procedure (2021)

2021 HUD CoC NOFO Competition Submissions

Austin / Travis County Continuum of Care 2021 NOFO Collaborative Application

Austin / Travis County Continuum of Care 2021 NOFO Priority Listing (approved by Leadership Council on 11/01/21)

Austin / Travis County Continuum of Care 2021 NOFO Final Project Rankings (approved by Leadership Council on 11/01/21)

Final TX-503 Austin/ Travis County Collaborative Application, Priority Listing, and All Submitted Projects

General CoC NOFO Resources from HUD

Local Competition Resources

View the ECHO Zoom Office Hours Recordings:

  • (Monday 9/13, No Attendees)
  • (Monday 9/20, Recording Not Available)
  • (Monday 9/27, Passcode = &K?6mU60)

Bidder’s Conference (Click to Download Slides)
View Zoom recording here. (Recorded on 09-07-21)

CommunityForce Instruction Slides

Austin / Travis County CoC Grant Inventory Worksheet Reports

Project Application Resources

New Project CommunityForce Instruction Slides

CoC Expectations Form

CoC Project Barriers Data (Question 4.6 in the Renewal Application)

2021 CoC Project Renewal Application

2021 CoC Project Renewal Scoring Guide

2021 New, CoC Bonus, & Domestic Violence Application

2021 New, CoC Bonus, & Domestic Violence Scoring Guide

Previous Continuum of Care Competitions

CoC NOFA and NOFO materials from previous years may be accessed here.