The Cambridge Continuum of Care (CoC) is both a system of services and an administrative entity that applies for annual funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These two roles of the CoC are described below. The Cambridge CoC is:


1.  A system of housing and services for people in Cambridge who are experiencing homelessness, have recently been homeless, or are at risk for becoming homeless. The continuum of housing and services includes the following fundamental components:
  • Prevention services
  • Street outreach and drop-in programs
  • Supportive services – case management, representative payee services, housing search, housing stabilization, legal services, and education and employment services.
  • Emergency shelters
  • Transitional housing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) – a comprehensive system for collecting and disseminating information about persons experiencing homelessness and the homelessness service system in the City.

2.  A local group of stakeholders who, as an administrative entity, coordinate a year-round planning effort and prepare the annual application for McKinney-Vento competitive grants (SuperNOFA) that fund many programs within the continuum of services for persons experiencing homelessness in the City. The organization chart below outlines the structure of the CoC administrative entity that works to plan for and secure annual funding for both renewal projects and Bonus Projects, which are bonus funds that are sometimes available in HUD’s annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).