Continuum of Care (COC) Program

The COC Program is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability. The existing homeless assistance programs that comprise the COC are the following:  Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care Program and Supportive Services.  Funding Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Program Goals



  • Help program participants obtain and remain in permanent housing.
  • Help program participant’s increase and/or maintain skills and/or income. 
  • Help the program participants achieve greater self-determination. This could be connecting to medical care, mental health treatment and benefits and entitlements, to name a few.

Funding Requirements



  • Applicant must be a non-profit 501 (c) 3 that is involved in the development of supportive housing consistent with the County's Consolidated Plan. The County's strategic plan and course of action for community revitalization, which has been submitted to HUD.
  • Applicant must be a participating member in the Harford Roundtable and the Continuum of Care in the county.
  • Applicant must apply through Harford County & Community Development, the Participating Jurisdiction in Harford County. 

Eligible Uses for Funding



  • Transitional housing to facilitate the movement of individuals and families to permanent housing;
  • Permanent housing that provides long-term housing coupled with supportive services for persons with disabilities;
  • Support Services to outreach to households experiencing homelessness. This includes screening and intake done through the Coordinated Entry process.

Application Process


Funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually. The process is competitive. Eligible applicants must submit an application for funding to Harford County Housing & Community Development. Applications are reviewed, and rated competitively, for the following factors:
  • Meets the eligible uses of the COC Program.
  • Matches needs identified in the County's Consolidated Plan.
  • The organization has the capacity to perform the services.
  • The organization has specific performance measures that measure the projects progress towards achieving identified objectives and outcomes.
  • Has been involved in the Harford Roundtable, Harford County's Continuum of Care coalition.
For a complete list of program types, and eligible categories that may be funded, visit the HUD website, or contact Harford County Housing & Community Development at 410-638-3045. 

The competition requires communities to shape a comprehensive and coordinated housing and service delivery system called a Continuum of Care. A Continuum of Care approach helps communities plan for and provide a balance of prevention and outreach services, emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and other service resources to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness so they can make a critical transition from the streets to jobs and independent living to the extent possible.

Application Period:   Varies



  1. FFY2016 COC Documents