Delaware's Continuum has been rated in the top twenty Continua nationally.
HUD has mandated that all jurisdictions applying for the McKinney Act’s Supportive Housing Program funding have a comprehensive Continuum of Care identifying both the existing services for, and the needs of, homeless people in the geographical area.
The HPC coordinates the submission, ranking and application for the federal Continuum of Care (CoC) funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This process is completed by CoCs from across the nation (over 400) representing all 50 states. It is the responsibility of each CoC to coordinate a process for application submission - the HPC has taken this role for Delaware's homeless service providers, and more importantly, Delaware's homeless.
The HPC completes the following steps as part of the Continuum of Care application process:
- HUD rule/requirements: The HPC reviews the new standards and emphases of HUD and designs a ranking form to reflect these changes. The HPC is the source of information and interpretation of these rules.
- Pre-application meeting: This meeting serves as the announcement of the application process, the requirement changes and the new monies available for new project design.
- Application Liaison: Throughout the application period, the HPC is the point of contact for the applicants to clarify any issues/concerns.
- Ranking Committee: The HPC recruits a team to serve as grant reviewers. These reviewers are from a plethora of agencies (public and non-profit). This year's team including persons representing the HPC, United Way, VA, Shepherd Place, Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services, Home of the Brave, Delaware Housing Coalition, DSHA, Salvation Army, Office of Community Services and New Castle County.
- Application Design : The HPC writes and submits the completed CoC application.
Subsequently, Delaware 's homeless have benefited from more than $30 million in federal assistance over the past several years that would otherwise not have been received. These funds are used to support programs that provide permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and supportive services for a variety of constituencies in the homeless population (HIV/AIDS, mental health, chronically homeless, substance abuse). These federal funds are awarded through an intensely competitive process and Delaware has done well, exceeding the pro rata amounts that we would have expected to be awarded based on demographic information. Further, Delaware 's Continuum has been rated in the top twenty Continua nationally.