Continuum of Care

The Continuum of Care program is designed to assist sheltered and unsheltered homeless people by providing the housing and/or services needed to help individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability. Specifically, 24 CFR part 578.1 of the CoC Program interim rule states that the primary purpose of the CoC Program is to:

  1. Promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
  2. Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to re-house homeless individuals and families rapidly while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities as a consequence of homelessness
  3. Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families
  4. Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


Harford Community Action Agency will post resources for the Continuum of Care and for Harford County residents and organizations as they become available.

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness that HUD requires each Continuum of Care (CoC) nationwide to conduct in the last 10 days of January each year. Below, please find PIT Counts for recent years:


September 21, 2021 July 20, 2021 June 15, 2021 May 25, 2021 March 23, 2021 January 26, 2021 November 17, 2020

September 22, 2020

July 28, 2020

2021 Competition Results


The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Continuum of Care Competition and Noncompetitive Award of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Renewal and Replacement Grants has been posted on and will be available on the Funding Opportunities page on HUD’s website later today. Additional resources will be available on the Continuum of Care Program Competition page of HUD’s website.


The CoC Application, CoC Priority Listing, and Project Applications should be available in e-snaps within the next two weeks. Collaborative Applicants and project applicants will be able to access the applications to review, update, and enter required information for the application process.


Submission Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM EDT


Collaborative Applicants

  • The CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing that includes all project applications that will be submitted to HUD are separate submissions in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants must submit both parts of the CoC Consolidated Application by the application submission deadline for HUD to consider the CoC Consolidated Application to be complete.
  • There are six Project Listings in the CoC Priority Listing; however, only the New and Renewal Project Listings require unique rank numbers.  The remaining four Project Listings only require Collaborative Applicants to accept or reject project applications.
  • The CoC Competition Report, and instructions on how to access the report, that includes data reported in the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) is available for use by Collaborative Applicants to complete portions of the FY 2022 CoC Application.


Project Applicants

  • Returning project applicants may choose to import FY 2021 renewal project application responses; however, this must be requested during your registration of the Renewal Funding Opportunity in e-snaps and is only available if you submitted a project application in the FY 2021 CoC Program Competition. Imported responses must be carefully reviewed to ensure accuracy.
  • Projects renewing for the first time, that were previously awarded prior to the FY 2021 CoC Program Competition must complete the entire renewal project application.
  • New project applications must be completed in full and in accordance with the new project application components permitted in this year’s Competition.
  • YHDP renewal and YHDP replacement project applications must be completed in full and in accordance with the YHDP renewal and YHDP replacement project application processes outlined in the NOFO.
  • CoC planning and UFA Costs applications will only be reviewed if submitted by the CoC’s designated Collaborative Applicant identified in the CoC Applicant Profile in e-snaps.
  • Dedicated HMIS projects, renewal and new, can only be submitted by the CoC’s designated HMIS Lead as identified in the CoC Applicant Profile in e-snaps.


Additional Guidance

The following additional guidance will be posted on the CoC Program Competition page of HUD’s website between August 1, 2022 and August 22, 2022:

  • FY 2022 CoC Estimated ARD Reports
  • Detailed Instructions
    • CoC Application
    • CoC Priority Listing
    • Project Applications – all types
  • Navigational Guides
    • Accessing the Project Application
    • New Project Application
    • Renewal Project Application
    • UFA Costs Project Application
    • Planning Costs Project Application
    • CoC Priority Listing



Questions regarding the FY 2022 CoC Program Competition process must be submitted to


Questions related to e-snaps functionality (e.g., password lockout, access to user’s application account, updating Applicant Profile) must be submitted to


Past Competitions


School Age Child Care Availability

Starting July 2020

Monday through Friday 7:30 AM – 6 PM

Boys & Girls Club of Harford County


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 have been submitted to HUD.
  • Applicant must be a participating member in the Harford County Continuum of Care.
  • Harford Community Action Agency is the Continuum of Care Lead for Harford County, and its Collaborative Applicant. Our role is to facilitate the CoC’s application for funding in the HUD competition. To be rated and ranked by the Harford County CoC Steering Committee, applications for funding (new and renewal) must be submitted to HCAA.
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 Community Action Agency. 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 Harford County’s Continuum of Care.

For a complete list of program types, and eligible categories that may be funded, visit the HUD website.

We will use HUD’s Review and Rank Tool for scoring purposes. That tool can be found here.

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.