There are new resources available for Continuums of Care (CoCs) and recipients of CoC Program funding available on the HUD Exchange.
New Resources for CoC and PHA Engagement
CoC and PHA Collaboration: Strategies for CoCs to Start the Partnership Conversation
HUD strongly encourages Continuums of Care (CoCs) to partner with Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) within their geographic area. PHAs are a critical partner in a community’s efforts to end homelessness, and their participation in local decisions about how to address homelessness is essential to success. While some CoCs already have successful partnerships with their local PHAs by incorporating PHA Presidents/Executive Directors onto CoC Boards of Directors, implementing move-up strategies and/or homeless preferences, or collaborating on local planning processes, many CoCs are just starting the process of carving out effective partnerships, and may be struggling with how to start the partnership conversation. This guidance document provides CoCs with preliminary strategies and tips for starting or improving the partnership conversation and engaging their local PHA(s) in collaborative planning activities.
The Business Case for Partnering with Public Housing Agencies to Serve People Who Are Homeless
Getting PHAs on board in the local efforts to end homelessness should begin with understanding their concerns and helping to resolve them. One way to do this is to help PHAs see the ways in which partnering with CoCs on these efforts can actually benefit the PHA. CoCs and homeless services providers can assist PHAs with the work they are already doing, reducing administrative burdens. The guidance in this document is designed to help PHAs and CoCs understand the specific ways that partnerships can significantly benefit a local community’s efforts to end homelessness.
New Frequently Asked Questions Related to Notice-CPD-14-012
The March SNAPS In Focus message on Prioritizing Persons with the Highest Level of Need in Permanent Supportive Housing included a link to new Frequently Asked Questions related to HUD Notice CPD-14-012. CoCs are encouraged to review these FAQs to better understand HUD’s policy related to prioritization in permanent supportive housing beds as well as the recordkeeping requirements currently in effect for documenting chronically homeless status. These FAQs can also be viewed on the CoC FAQ page under the topic Permanent Supportive Housing.