The primary goal of the Continuum of Care is to end homelessness.

The Western Continuum of Care (CoC) is a funding and planning approach that helps communities provide prevention, emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and other services to address homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all communities establish a CoC. Participants can include nonprofit organizations, businesses, local and state government departments, schools, hospitals, community members, and many more. The primary goal of the CoC is to end homelessness

The Continuum’s region comprises six counties and two cities. The area is partially urban and predominantly rural. Rural homelessness can be an outwardly invisible problem in a community. People sleep in tents, abandoned farm buildings, cars, and other places that can blend into the countryside in rural locations.

The CoC funds partner agencies who offer shelter, homeless prevention, rapid rehousing for homeless households, permanent supportive housing and street outreach. The continuum of care also funds a central housing intake hotline that is the service referral hub of the CoC. The intake staff assesses callers and routes them to the appropriate housing provider. Last year, the CoC placed over 300 persons into permanent housing through rapid rehousing referred through centralized intake.

This CoC promotes a Housing First approach: priority is placed on getting someone into permanent housing as quickly as possible. When needed, the agency secures supportive services such as substance abuse treatment or mental health counseling.
To facilitate the collaborative work needed to address homelessness in our region, our CoC has formed multi agency committees who partner to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. You can learn more about our CoC structure if you follow this link here.

Latest News

  • Notice of NOFO FY21 Funding Decision
    After reviewing the NOFO FY21 project applications, the CoC’s funding priority list is complete. There were three applications for renewal projects and two applications for new projects. Below are the funding recommendations identified by the Ad Hoc Committee for your review. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Isaiah Mejah, CoC coordinator, at IsaiahM@harrisonburgrha.com
  • At-Home / Point of Care COVID-19 Tests
    VDH is currently accepting requests for COVID testing kits. These will be provided free of charge to organizations to assist in your COVID response efforts—all grantees wishing to receive a shipment of testing kits a request by completing the request form.
  • Applications are now open for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP)
    The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is now accepting applications for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP) DHCD will allocate $3,000,000 of these funds to aid localities, nonprofits, Planning District Commissions, and Housing Authorities in reducing evictions through systems changes that make eviction rare, brief, and humane. A $250,000 set-aside will allow Grantees to pilot a court navigator program as part of their VERP grant award. The contract period will be… Continue Reading Home
  • FY21 HUD Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Opportunity
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), making $2.656 billion in FY 2021 Continuum of Care Program (CoC) competitive funding available to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness, and including up to $102,000,000 available for Domestic Violence (DV)Bonus projects. The western Virginia Continuum of Care will submit one application for funding to meet… Continue Reading Home
  • Rent Relief Program Housing Navigators
    Blue Ridge Legal Services has hired 3 Housing Navigators to help tenants apply for the Rent Relief Program. The housing navigators will serve the areas from Lexington to Winchester. Click on the housing navigator’s flyers below to see more details. Nicole Morrow covers Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta. Crimson Solano covers Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and all Spanish speaking tenants. Jenny Utley covers Page, Winchester, Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah,… Continue Reading Home
  • Funding opportunities through Virginia Housing
    Virginia Housing is awarding single- and multiyear grants to Nonprofit organizations, Government entities and Faith-based organizations through REACH Virginia program. The grant program areas include Network Capacity Support, Community Market Support, Homeownership Market Support, and Accessibility Grants. Prospective applicants are encouraged to follow the links below and review all the information provided. If your organization needs more information email vhdagrants@vhda.com https://www.vhda.com/BusinessPartners/GovandNon-Profits/CommunityOutreach/Pages/Grant-Program-Areas.aspx https://www.vhda.com/BusinessPartners/GovandNon-Profits/CommunityOutreach/Pages/Grant-Programs.aspx
  • 2021 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference Scholarship
    The partners of the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference have set aside funds to be used as scholarships for nonprofit organizations, local governments and students. The 2021 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference on Nov. 10-12 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia. This is a competitive application process and all requested information must be submitted to be eligible for the scholarship. Scholarships cover the cost of the conference registration only. Applications will be ranked… Continue Reading Home
  • COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits Available
    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is offering COVID-19 test kits designed to provide results within 30 mins to homeless service providers. These kits can be given to your clients as needed and can be used when they are feeling sick or if they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  These test kits have everything needed to perform the test and can be performed anywhere.  The sample is self-collected by the client and… Continue Reading Home