Laws and Regulations, CoC

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Interim Rule Published in Federal Register

July 31, 2012

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates HUD’s competitive homelessness assistance grant programs into one new "Continuum of Care (CoC) Program."  This interim rule focuses on regulatory implementation of the new Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, including the Continuum of Care planning process.

The interim regulation was published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012 and will be effective August 30, 2012. Interested parties can submit comments to www.regulations.gov. The public comment period has been extended to November 16, 2012. CoC Program recipients and subrecipients are reminded that the final Homeless Definition is in effect for administration of the CoC Program interim rule.

To assist CoCs, stakeholders, recipients and subrecipients in the successful implementation of the new consolidated program, HUD has released a hyperlinked version of the CoC Program interim rule and an Introductory Guide to the CoC Program.