All Continuum of Care members are strongly encouraged to both review these regulations and submit their comments. Now is the opportunity to give HUD your feedback on the significant changes included in HEARTH.
On July 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released interim regulations for the new Continuum of Care (CoC) program under the HEARTH Act and a summary of these regulations.
As a brief summary, the regulations primarily address the eligible activities and program requirements of the CoC program. The new program has five eligible components:
Permanent housing, which includes permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities and rapid re-housing;
Supportive services only;
Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS); and
Prevention, which is available only for CoCs who are designated as High Performing Communities.
All projects that are currently funded through the Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care, and Moderate Rehabilitation/Single Room Occupancy (SRO) can continue to be funded. However, funding will not be available for new Safe Haven or SRO projects.
In addition to describing the CoC program, the interim regulations address other elements of a Continuum of Care. CoCs will be required to
develop a governance structure with a board;
operate a centralized or coordinated assessment system; and
ensure participation in HMIS.
Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.