A Continuum of Care (CoC) is defined in the Interim Rule  as a group composed of representatives of organizations including nonprofit homeless providers , victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans, and homeless and formerly homeless people. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD) introduced the CoC concept in 1995 to encourage and support local organizations in coordinating their efforts to address housing and homeless issues and to reduce homelessness.

Please join the Durham City and County Continuum of Care by completing this Membership Agreement and returning it to the City of Durham’s Community Development Department.

Since 1998, Durham CoC service providers have been awarded over $11 million of federal funding. This money has supported the development of over 250 beds of transitional and permanent supportive housing for homeless people. Visit this page of our website for information about recent HUD Continuum of Care funding awards to communities across North Carolina and the nation.

The Durham Continuum of Care is governed by this Governance Charter, which was adopted by the CoC membership on June 24, 2015

This general brochure describes the HUD Continuum of Care program. This Glossary of Terms includes brief descriptions of some of the federal programs assisting people without homes, strategies to address homelessness, and other vocabulary common among homeless service providers.

For additional CoC information, including information about Continua of Care throughout North Carolina, click here.

Durham’s CoC planning cycle and HUD application for homeless assistance grants are coordinated through the Durham Opening Doors office in the City of Durham’s  Community Development Department.  HUD awards CoC grants once per year.

Durham organizations interested in applying for HUD CoC grants must be active participants in the Durham Continuum of Care. Most interested organizations send agency staff to participate in the monthly meetings of the Council to End Homelessness in Durham (CEHD). For a brief description and history of CEHD, click here.

To confirm whether your proposed project serves homeless people, as defined by HUD, you may want to review the federal definition of homelessness.

Do you need technical assistance for a possible project? Please contact Lloyd Schmeidler at 919-560-4570 x22267.

Brief descriptions of the agencies that are participating in Durham’s Continuum of Care and providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing to homeless people are available here.

The 2016 HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Grants Competition has closed and grants have been awarded. Go to the 2016 Continuum of Care page for additional information.

Information about Durham’s 2015 HUD CoC application and awards is available on this page.

Durham’s 2014 HUD CoC application, including applications  for projects that requested  funding, is available on this page.

Durham’s 2013 HUD CoC application, including applications for individual projects that requested funding, is available on this page.

To review Durham’s HUD CoC application for 2012, including applications for individual projects requesting funding, click here.

For additional information about the Durham CoC, please contact Lloyd Schmeidler.