The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued a notice encouraging collaboration and partnerships to improve service delivery. Beginning on page nine (9), the notice explores different ways Public Housing Agencies and other HUD grantees can utilize a variety of funds for supportive service delivery and housing stabilization.
For example, the notice states that in order to reduce barriers that homeless veterans might face to accessing and participating in the program, Congress gave HUD the flexibility in the 2008 Appropriations Act to waive a number of regulatory and statutory provisions of the regular HCV program. These alternative operating requirements and other information about the HUD-VASH program can be found on the HUD-VASH website.
The notice also strongly encourages PHAs and other HUD grantees are also encouraged to become involved with their local Continuum of Care (CoC). Continuum of Care refers to a collaborative approach to funding and planning that helps communities plan for and provide, as necessary, a full range of prevention, emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and other service resources to address the various needs of homeless persons. The group of community stakeholders involved in this local process is referred to as a CoC. PHAs and other HUD grantees can identify their local Continuum of Care by emailing us in order to get involved in the local CoC strategic planning process. CoCs typically have an active role in the development of state and local 10-year plans to end homelessness.