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New Continuum of Care Funding

Housing Connect was awarded $442,624 to provide rental assistance and case management to chronically homeless households through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care funding. The new funding means that Housing Connect will provide affordable housing to an additional 27 families in 2019.

Housing Connect currently receives over $3 million in Continuum of Care funding and provides affordable housing to more than 300 families each year. 57 units are set aside for Continuum of Care participants at Housing Connect properties including Grace Mary Manor, Kelly Benson Apartments, and the Bud Bailey Apartment Community. The remaining 240 households receive tenant based rental assistance, and rent from landlords in the community. The participant pays 30% of their income toward rent and Housing Connect pays the remainder directly to the landlord.
Continuum of Care funding is a critical component of ending homelessness across the country. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to:

    Promote a community‐wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
    Provide funding for efforts to quickly re‐house individuals and families who are homeless, which minimizes the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness
    Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs
    Optimize self‐sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness