The Western Virginia Continuum of Care (CoC) covers the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren, the towns within those counties, and the cities of Winchester and Harrisonburg. The official HUD-designated name of this CoC is VA-513.

The VA-513 identifies and implements strategies to prevent and end homelessness in the region.

This CoC promotes a Housing First approach, which means that priority is placed on getting someone into permanent housing as quickly as possible, and then supportive services, such as substance abuse treatment or mental health counseling, are offered as-needed.


What is a Continuum of Care?


What does it mean to be homeless?


A CoC is a collaborative 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.


According to HUD, an individual or family needs to fall in one of the four categories below to be meet its definition of "homeless". These are NOT eligibility criteria for assistance programs.

1) Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; includes a subset for individuals who resided in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation and are exiting an institution where s/he temporarily resided.

2) Individuals and families who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence.

3) Unaccompanied youth who are defined as homeless under other federal statutes who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition.

4) Individuals and families who are fleeing, or are attempting to flee, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individuals or a family member.

Learn about other HUD definitions here

There are individuals who do not meet the HUD definition of homeless, but still have an unstable housing situation. Perhaps they are sleeping on a friend's sofa, had a sudden change in finances and cannot pay rent next month, or live in a motel. These individuals might benefit from housing assistance. Please refer to Centralized Housing Intake to learn more. 


The Western Virginia Continuum of Care


CoC News


2017 Notice of Funding Availability/CoC Program Competition

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition. The Western VA 513 Continuum of Care is soliciting for new and renewal projects. Click HERE for a summary of the NOFA, including relevant information for agencies intending to submit projects. Please note that there is a very swift turnaround for this year's competition. Click  HERE for a detailed process timeline.


Virginia Governors Housing Conference scholarship applications now being accepted
 The Governor's Housing Conference connects Virginia's affordable housing providers with funders, lenders, realtors, nonprofits, public officials and resources to improve housing in Virginia's communities. The conference provides stimulating and thought-provoking information and educational sessions led by experts in housing, finance and development. Each year more than 800 people from throughout Virginia participate in the Governor's Housing Conference to take advantage of excellent professional development, incredible networking and valuable training opportunities. It is Virginia's largest and most comprehensive affordable housing event of the year.

 The sponsors of this Governor's Housing Conference have set aside funds to be used as scholarships for nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations are an important part of the delivery of housing and community development services, but due to budget restraints, may not be able to attend the conference. Student scholarships will be geared toward those students who are majoring or interested in the delivery of housing or sheltering services, community or economic development or other appropriate activities designed to sustain healthy and safe communities.  

 Scholarships cover the cost of the conference registration only. Applications will be ranked based on financial need and statement of interest. Applicants who have not received a scholarship in the past will be given priority. The deadline for the receipt of application packets is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Applications should be completed, signed, scanned and emailed to