Continuum of Care

Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) PA-500

The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement a system of care that prevents and removes the barriers related to homelessness among Philadelphians through a collaborative, data driven, community-based approach.

Membership in the CoC is open to all stakeholders in Philadelphia interested in its work. It is a broad-based coalition of housing and service providers, persons with lived experience of homelessness, advocates, government representatives, and other community members working together to shape citywide planning and decision-making.

To become a member of the Philadelphia Continuum of Care

Roadmap to Homes Board Nominations Now Open!

The 2022 Roadmap to Homes Board (RtH) Elections are here and we are looking for nominations! 

The Roadmap to Homes (RtH) Board oversees the RtH Strategic Plan implementation and holds responsibility for bringing diverse perspectives to decision-making. The Board is currently seeking 2 Community At-Large Representatives and 1 Underrepresented Communities Representative to join the 2022 RtH Board.

  • Community At-Large Representatives are individuals with expertise and experience that further strengthens the Board’s ability to lead the community’s work.
  • Underrepresented Communities Representative is an individual with expertise and experience with communities that are harder to reach and/or require a more targeted approach.

Nominations are open and accepted from all RtH community members. If you aren’t a member, you can quickly become one by applying here.

All nominees must be able to commit to serve for two years, attend Board meetings every other month, serve on at least one Roadmap to Homes Board Committee, and adhere to the Roadmap to Homes Code of Conduct. 

Nominations must be received by January 7th, 2022 at 5pm. Individuals nominated by others will be contacted and if interested, must accept their nomination by noon on January 12th, 2022 to be included in the final ballot. Nominations will be reviewed by a Nominating Committee comprised of Roadmap to Homes Board Members and elections will be held from January 24th – 31st. For more information and to submit your nomination(s), click here.

We strongly encourage interested community members, especially those with lived experience with homelessness, to nominate themselves or others to join our Board!

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – FY 2021 CoC Competition

In August 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Continuum of Care Program Competition. Press Release

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

This year’s priority listing as voted and approved by the CoC Board,

  • Projects (Renewal and New) = $38,949,705
    • DV Bonus Projects = $3,686,501
    • CoC Bonus Projects = $1,913, 438
    • Planning Grant = $1,154,275

Total FY2021 CoC NOFO Request = $40,103,980

**The following table contains the official documentation included in the FY2021 CoC NOFO application submission for the Philadelphia (PA-500) Continuum of Care program.

Title Description Date
FY2021 PA-500 CoC Consolidated Application Required Multi-Part Narrative Questions and Attachments November 16, 2021
PA-500 CoC Project Priority List FY 2021 List of approved renewal and new projects accepted by the CoC Board November 15, 2021
2021 CoC (PA-500) FINAL Ranking Final List of projects ranked and reviewed by the CoC Board to be considered for funding November 05, 2021

What is a Continuum of Care (CoC)?

Since 1994, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has required communities to come together to submit a single, comprehensive application for HUD funds for housing and supportive services for people who have experienced homelessness. In 2009, Congress passed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and designed the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to:

  • promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and
  • quickly rehouse individuals and families experiencing homelessness, increase their access and utilization of mainstream social supports, and optimize their self-sufficiency.

The CoC Program consolidated previous funding programs and formalized requirements for the governance of decision-making bodies called Continuums of Care. Building on previous committees and collaborative planning efforts, the Philadelphia Continuum of Care was established in 2014.

What We Do

The Philadelphia CoC works to establish and evaluate local priorities for implementing system change based on data driven system-wide performance that addresses the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

The CoC must prepare and submit a collaborative application to HUD for CoC Program funding to support the operation of homeless assistance projects comprising more than 2,500 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for persons with disabilities, Rapid Re-Housing and Transitional Housing, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) operation, and CoC Planning activities. This requires designing a local funding competition and a local project ranking strategy. The CoC also must engage in Consolidated Planning as it relates to homelessness and particularly Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) spending.

As part of monitoring progress towards performance goals, each January, the CoC conducts an annual comprehensive Point-in-Time Count of persons experiencing homelessness and a Housing Inventory Chart of all the homeless assistance beds operating in the Philadelphia CoC to identify gaps in the system. The CoC is also engaged in establishing a well-advertised and transparent Coordinated Entry and Assessment-Based Referral System (CEA-BHRS) that provides people at risk of or experiencing homelessness access to a streamlined and standardized process that links them to appropriate resources to resolve their homelessness.

Who We Are

The Philadelphia CoC Governance Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of its Board and committees.

The CoC Board approves all CoC policies procedures, and funding decisions, with input from the CoC Advisory Committee, subcommittees/workgroups, and the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services. The Board has representation from City government, the service provider community, people who have experienced homelessness and other relevant community stakeholders.

Interested stakeholders who do not sit on the CoC Board can join the CoC to provide input and advice on issues including, but not limited to:

  • Developing a competitive CoC Program funding application submission
  • Data collection, review, and analysis
  • Policy and process recommendations related to emerging trends, service gaps, etc.

Members can also focus their efforts by joining a  CoC committee or workgroup:

  • CEA-BHRS Evaluation Committee
  • HUD Alignment Committee
  • Lived Experience Committee
  • Service Provider Committee
  • Racial Equity Committee
  • Young Adult Leadership Committee Bullets

The CoC has designated the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services as the Collaborative Applicant for CoC program funds and the CoC HMIS Lead. Homeless Services also staffs the CoC and leads the effort to establish and operate CEA-BHRS.

For more information about the Philadelphia Continuum of Care or how to get involved, contact David A. Weathington, Director of CoC Planning and Grants, at 215-300-4108.