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Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoS CoC)

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Overview

HUD's Continuum of Care Program

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

HUD CoC grants are offered through a nation-wide competitive process for renewal and new grants.  HUD has established guidelines for the competition which may be reviewed in the 2016 CoC Notice of Funding Availability.  Nonprofits, states, instrumentalities of state (authorities, boards, etc.), and local governments are eligible to apply if they have been selected by one of the nine (9) Continuum of Care for the geographic area in which the proposed project will operate.

Georgia's Local Continua of Care

There are nine (9) Continua of Care in Georgia.  The following localities have chosen to develop and submit local Continuums of Care -- (1) Athens/Clarke, (2) Augusta/Richmond, (3) Columbus/Muscogee, the City of (4) Atlanta, and the counties of (5) Chatham (including Savannah), (6) Cobb, (7) DeKalb, and (8) Fulton (excluding Atlanta).  Contact information for each local continuum of care here.

Georgia's Balance of State Continuum of Care

The ninth (9th) continuum, the Georgia's Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoS CoC), is composed of representatives of relevant organizations organized within 152 of Georgia's 159 counties. To carry out its work, the BoS CoC has aligned its mission and goals to be consistent with the HUD Strategic Plan and with the Federal Interagency Homeless Council’s plan entitled “Opening Doors.” 

News and Events

2016 Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoS CoC) Application Process -- Competition OPEN!

July 14, 2016 -- The FY2016 Georgia Balance of State CoC Competition is now open.  The Georgia Balance of State CoC Board of Directors is seeking applications from eligible renewal and new projects as outlined in the policy and related materials on  the Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care Applicants and Grantees Only page.  All prospective 2016 Applicants, new and renewal, may review full details of the 2016 application requirements (as they are released) on the on the CoC Applicants and Grantees Only Webpage.

Balance of State Continuum of Care Board

Following the election of Georgia Balance of State Super Region “at-large” Board Members, the Membership and Rules Committee approved Board Appointments made as directed in the Governance Charter, and the full slate of Board Members (December 2014). Information on the Georgia Balance of State Board of Directors, and meeting notices will be posted below, as available:

Balance of State Continuum of Care Membership

Membership of the Balance of State CoC should consist of interested individuals and representatives from relevant organizations within the geographic area. Relevant organizations include nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, local chambers of commerce, local development authorities, businesses, advocates, local housing authorities, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, colleges, technical schools, universities, affordable housing developers, landlords, law enforcement, and organizations that serve veterans and homeless and formerly homeless individuals.

The BoS Continuum has an open membership recruitment process for individuals and representatives who are interested in becoming a formal Member of the Balance of State Continuum of Care. If you are interested in becoming a formal member of the BoS CoC, please go to the following link to answer a few questions. The Georgia BoS CoC Membership Survey can be found at this link.

If you need more information about the Balance of State Continuum of Care or becoming a member, please contact:

  • Tina Moore, GA Department of Community Affairs, phone (404) 327-6870 or by email at Tina.Moore@dca.ga.gov

While everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in the BoS CoC, for matters that call for a vote, only agencies (not individuals) will be eligible to vote. The Voter Membership Policy, enacted by the Membership and Rules Committee on September 8, 2014, requires each member organization/agency to designate one person to be the voting member for that respective agency. It is the responsibility of each agency to ensure the appropriate representative votes, and voting members are required to be a formal member of the BoS CoC.

Other details on membership requirements can be found in the Governance Charter referenced on this page. Further, please contact Tina Moore (information above) if you need special accommodations, including language assistance, in order to participate.

Agencies that have an interest in the Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care are expected to participate in, and have membership representation on, the GA BoS CoC. Please note, participation and membership representation on each agency’s respective CoC may be considered one of the threshold criteria during application review for the Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grant programs.

Balance of State Continuum of Care Governance Charter

Following its initial ratification by membership, and in consultation with the Collaborative Applicant and the HMIS Lead, the Governance Charter was updated by the Membership and Rules Committee, approved unanimously by the Board at the meeting on January 20, 2016, and approved by the Membership on April 4, 2016. Please see the following link for the Georgia Balance of State Governance Charter (PDF).

 

REQUEST for NOMINATIONS - “at-large” Board Members

The Membership and Rules Committee is currently inviting the community of stakeholders to nominate potential Governance Board Members for “Super Region” Seat 3.  A basic packet of information with the BoS CoS Super Region map is linked here: :NOMINATION PACKET. Nominations closed on January 6, 2016.

Related Documents and Links

 

2015 Balance of State Continuum of Care Application Documents

2014 Balance of State Continuum of Care Application Documents

2013 Balance of State Continuum of Care Documents

2012 Balance of State Continuum of Care Documents

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Contact Information

  • Email Tina Moore, or call Tina at (404) 327-6870.

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Atlanta, Georgia 30329

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