Continuum of Care Programs & Partnerships
Data Collection – Homeless Management Information System
A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other planners and policymakers use aggregate HMIS data to better inform homeless policy and decision making at the federal, state, and local levels. HMIS enables HUD to collect national-level data on the extent and nature of homelessness over time. The Loudoun County Continuum of Care utilizes Bowman Service Point as the database for local HMIS data collection.
HUD Notice of Funding Availability
The Notice of Funding Availability establishes the funding criteria for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. HUD made available approximately $2 billion in Fiscal Year 2017 for the CoC Program nationwide. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing is permanent housing with indefinite leasing or rental assistance paired with supportive services to assist homeless persons with a disability or families with an adult or child member with a disability achieve housing stability. For the Loudoun County Continuum of Care, the Permanent Supportive Housing program is a partnership between local government and local nonprofits that work together to provide stable housing and supportive services to residents of the community.
The Point-in-Time Count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, unsheltered or other unstable housing arrangements on a single night. The Loudoun County Continuum of Care partners with local non-profits, mental health services, faith-based communities, law enforcement and many others to ensure an accurate community-wide count. More information, including how to help with the count, is online.
Virginia Homeless Solutions Program
The Virginia Homeless Solutions Program is a state- and federally-funded program funded by the state General Fund and the federal Emergency Solutions Grant to support Continuum of Care strategies and homeless service and prevention programs that align with the following goals:
- To reduce the number of individuals / households who become homeless
- To reduce the number of individuals / households that return to homelessness
- To shorten the length of time an individual or household is homeless
For more information, contact Loudoun County Continuum of Care Coordinator Jennifer Hope by email.