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What is Continuum of Care?

Continuum of Care (CoC) is a collaborative funding and planning approach that helps communities plan for and provide, as necessary, a full range of emergency, transitional and permanent housing, along with prevention and other services to address the various needs of homeless persons.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also refers to the group of community stakeholders involved in the decision making process as the “Continuum of Care.”

Strategies to End Homelessness serves as the lead agency for our local Continuum of Care (OH-500) and is under contract with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to facilitate the work of the community related to homelessness.

Please see below for any current funding opportunities and past priority lists and applications submitted to HUD by Strategies to End Homelessness.

2022 Continuum of Care Competition

2022 Governance

FY22 Supplemental Unsheltered NOFO

HOPWA Funding

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) is federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that is distributed to Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Areas (EMSA’s) using a statutory formula that relies on AIDS statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related supportive services as part of HUD’s Consolidated Planning initiative that works in partnership with communities and neighborhoods in managing Federal funds appropriated to HIV/AIDS programs.

ESG Funding

On December 5, 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published an interim rule for the new Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). This program replaces the former Emergency Shelter Grant, which was originally established by the Homeless Housing Act of 1986, in response to the growing issue of homelessness among men, women, and children in the United States.

The change in the program’s name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants, reflects the change in the program’s focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to assisting people so they can quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.


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