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OK 504 Norman/Cleveland County Oklahoma Continuum of Care

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced the Continuum of Care (CoC) Planning Process in 1994.  This community-based planning process identifies, prioritizes and works to mee the housing and supportive services needs of homeless individuals and families to include Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Rapid Re-Housing.

The OK 504 Norman/Cleveland County Continuum of Care (Hereafter referred to as the "CoC") envisions a future in which every person and family in Cleveland County has a permanent, safe, decent, affordable home and the necessary means and community support to sustain it.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conducts an annual CoC Program, nation-wide competition.  Information on the CoC Program can be found on the HUD website: https://www.hudexchange.info/coc/ 

The City of Norman is the lead agency resonsible for completing and submitting an annual application for the CoC Program funding on behalf of the Norman/Cleveland County Coc. More information about the Continuum of Care (CoC) funding is available on the HUD website: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/

Continuum of Care (Interim rule) 24 CFR § 578 The Continuum of Care (CoC) Interim Rule was published on July 31, 2012 and took effect on August 30, 2012. The purpose of the regulation is to: Codify the CoC Planning Process; Return individuals and families who experience homelessness to permanent housing in less than 30 days; Consolidate the Supportive Housing Program (SHP), Shelter Plus Care Program (SPC) and the Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program; Promote a community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation; Promote access to mainstream benefits; Optimize self-sufficiency; Provide funding to support the CoC structure & process; and Codify the CoC structure & process.

Norman/Cleveland County program standards that implement the HUD
regulations and guidelines for the CoC and the fundamental components of a CoC system should include:

  • Outreach, intake, and assessment to (1) identify an individual’s or
    family’s service and housing needs, and (2) to appropriately link them to
    housing/ and or service resources within the community.
  • Emergency shelter and safe alternatives to living on the street.
  • Transitional housing with supportive services to assist people in obtaining
    the skills essential for permanent housing.
  • Permanent  housing and permanent
    supportive housing

Policy on Project Selection Annually, HUD publishes a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the CoC Program competition. The County will notify community members and key stakeholders that the application is available and will publish all parts of the CoC Consolidated Application on The City of Norman website with a deadline for project applications to be submitted to the Collaborative Applicant (CA). During this competitive process,the CA develops objective scoring criteria based on the criteria from the NOFA and local priorities that are consistent with the Federal Strategic to Prevent and End Homelessness.

The Governance Committee scores projects locally and recommends projects for inclusion in the application. The CA shall notify project applicants in a timely manner, per the NOFA guidelines, whether the project application(s) will be included in the CoC Consolidated Application submission. If a project is not recommended for funding, the County will notify the project applicant, in writing, of this decision.

General Membership:

Anyone who lives or works in the CoC geographic region can apply to be a voting member of the CoC. General members are welcome to attend the CoC Membership Meetings held four times a year or any relevant committee,subcommittee or local planning meetings in the CoC.

Exec CoC:

The OK 504 Norman/Cleveland County CoC Executive Committee serves as the HUD-designated primary decision making group and oversight committee of the Cleveland County area included in the OK 504 Norman/Cleveland County Oklahoma Continuum of Care.

Acronyms:

CoC: Continuum of Care

ECHO: Oversight Committee to End Chronic Homelessness

ESG: Emergency Solutions Grant

HUD: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

SSVF: Supportive Services for Veteran Families

OVOV: One Vision One Voice

VA: Veteran Affairs

Zero: 2016

TBRA: Home Tenant Based Rental Assistance

HMIS: Homeless
Management Information System

Eligibility
Documentation



Eligibility for assistance under the CoC Program is determined
by HUD regulations and is further defined by project component. Projects funded
under the CoC Program may use the following forms to document participant
eligibility.

News
and Information

Upcoming Meetings: August 9th, 2016 Executive
Charter final editing process and adoption 2pm -3pm

August 9th, 2016 Executive CoC monthly
meeting:  Guest speaker: Rebekah Zahn-Pittser, Department of Commerce,
Program Manager, to discuss 2017 ESG changes.

August 17th, 2016,
9am-11am: FY2016 CoC application agency presentations requesting renewals for
this competition.

August 30th, 3pm: Second
phase of FY2016 CoC competition in the Multi-Purpose Room for the review and
ranking process.

Full Continuum quarterly meeting on Tuesday, September 6,
2016 at 3pm in the Multi-Purpose room