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Continuum of Care partnership to end homelessness

The Continuum of Care coordinates the countywide effort to prevent and end homelessness. This effort addresses homelessness at all levels. It includes elected officials, housing and service providers, advocates, and people who’ve experienced homelessness.

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Overview of the Special NOFO to address unsheltered homelessness

On June 22, 2022, The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2022 Continuum of Care (CoC) Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (Special NOFO) to address unsheltered and rural homelessness. This Special NOFO makes $322 million available nationally to assist communities in addressing unsheltered and rural homelessness. This represents an extraordinarily important opportunity to reverse course on punitive tactics, and demonstrate the effectiveness of evidence-based best practices.

Now accepting pre-applications

Hennepin County CoC is now accepting pre-applications for the Special NOFO to address unsheltered homelessness. All interested applicants must complete and send the pre-application and budget forms to Laura DeRosier at, by August 31, 2022*.

Announcement: 8-22-2022

Due to the recent announcement of the Stability Vouchers Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), PIH 2022-24 Stability Voucher Program (, the special NOFO pre-application deadline was extended to August 31, 2022 to allow for better coordination between partners.

Pre-application documents

Increase funding for HMIS support

Due to this opportunity requiring additional HMIS capacity for some projects, the Institute for Community Alliance (ICA) has put together a 1 page document to help applicants add more HMIS funds in their application if needed: Expand your HMIS: Budget estimates for special NOFO (PDF).

Question and answer session

We will also hold a pre-application Question and Answer session on August 16, from 3–4 p.m. via Microsoft teams. Join the Special NOFO Q&A meeting.

Grant application documents

Updates on the Community Planning process

June 22 – present

The framework for the community plan has been developed based on work with the following stakeholders: The design team, Unsheltered Steering Committee, MUID, Unsheltered bi-weekly meeting, healthcare and housing leaders and collaboratives, street outreach providers, coordinated entry system team, and lessons learned from the AICDC and Near North engagement events from 2021.

July 8, 2022

Hennepin CoC Overview of the Special NOFO meeting took place.

August 9, 2022

Special NOFO Community Plan posted: Community Plan for Special Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for unsheltered homelessness (PDF)

This work will be ongoing and is informed and inclusive of people with lived expertise. Contact Erin Wixsten at for community planning events.

Special NOFO timeline & process

**Timeline is tentative – any changes will be sent out via CoC listserv and posted on CoC website**

July 13

Special NOFO Unsheltered Overview meeting Microsoft Teams (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST)

August 9

Pre-application release

August 16

Pre-application Q&A Session 3– 4 p.m. Join the meeting.

August 31

Pre-applications due to CoC Coordinator, Laura Derosier, at

August 31

Preliminary 2022 Priority List sent to CoC – Rank order posted

September 1

Selected projects start to complete Project Application in e-snaps

September 7

Any appeals due to CoC Coordinator – see 2022 Ranking Policies/Procedures for instructions

September 16

All Project Applications must submit in e-snaps.

September 19–23

CoC will review your project applications in e-snaps – if there are corrections or changes you will be notified, make the changes, and then submit again in e-snaps.

September 19

Final FY2022 Priority List (ranking) will be posted.

October 20

Hennepin County submits Collaborative Application & Priority List to HUD.

Grants to reduce homelessness

Hennepin County applies for federal funding on behalf of our partner nonprofits, to help their work to reduce homelessness.

  • Federal money comes from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney Vento Continuum of Care
  • Money goes for grants to local partners
  • Partners help people find and stay in housing
  • People served are single adults, families and youth who meet HUD’s criteria for homelessness
  • The county and its partners compete nationally to receive the money

Grant application documents

** Changes will be sent out via this newsletter and posted on the CoC website **

  • August 9 – FY2022 NOFO Overview meeting 3–4 p.m. via Microsoft teams
  • August 15 – new and Renewal Project Applicants notified of inclusion, rejection, reduction – preliminary Priority List (rank order) posted
  • August 19 – any appeals to CoC Coordinator (see 2022 Ranking Policies/Procedures posted on CoC website for instructions p.8)
  • August 15– 26 – start Project Applications in e-snaps (New and Renewal)
  • August 26 – draft Project Application to CoC Coordinator for review (do not submit in e-snaps)
  • August 29 – final Priority List (ranking) posted. Send draft Project Application to CoC for review & feedback prior to submission
  • August 31 – due all final project applications (new and renewal) – submit in e-snaps
  • September 26 – priority List and Collaborative Application posted on CoC website

2020 grantees

Hennepin County is proud to be the collaborative applicant on behalf of the Hennepin Continuum of Care. In this capacity, our responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and submitting an annual collaborative application to HUD
  • Submitting the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, and System Performance Measurement (SPM) data
  • Convening and providing staff support as needed for CoC boards and committees

The Hennepin CoC boards and committees contribute to the governance structure of the Hennepin CoC. The Executive Committee is the lead decision-making body. Several active and engaged CoC committees, subcommittees, and working groups in Hennepin County contribute to and lead efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

Read the full description of the CoC governance structure (DOCX).

Continuum of Care governance committees

Heading Home Hennepin Executive committee

  • Act as champions for efforts to prevent and end homelessness, as evidenced through public advocacy, funding and external communications
  • Provide an enduring forum for broad-based, collaborative and strategic leadership on homelessness in Hennepin County

August 3, 2022

May 4, 2022

April 11, 2022

December 8, 2021

August 4, 2021


Email David at

HUD McKinney Vento CoC funding committee

  • Monitors and evaluates performance of all projects funded by Continuum of Care, per HUD guidance
  • Solicits new project applications (if new funds are available),and recommends the ranking of current projects submitted annually — HUD makes final funding allocations based on a competitive national application score and process, based on how our CoC is moving the gauge on HUD System Performance measures


  • First Monday of the month, 1–2:30 p.m.
  • Attend virtually through Microsoft Teams


Email Laura at

Homeless prevention and rapid rehousing advisory committee

This committee helps the county develop and oversee homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services.


  • Third Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Meetings held virtually


Email Ahmed at

Family coordinated entry leadership committee

  • Informs policy and procedure development and revisions for the family Coordinated Entry System
  • Provides guidance to help ensure consistent application of CES policies and procedures


  • First Tuesday of the month, 9–11 a.m.
  • Attend virtually through Microsoft Teams


Email Tenzin Banari at or Sue Hackett at

Single adults coordinated entry leadership committee

  • Informs policy and procedure development and revisions for the Sing Adult and Youth Coordinated Entry System
  • Provides guidance to help ensure consistent application of CES policies and procedures


  • First Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Meeting held virtually


Email Susannah at

Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG)

  • A committee of community members, that draw from their own lived experiences to be voices for those that otherwise go unheard
  • Work with government officials and grant administers to influence how money is spent and decisions are made
  • Partner with neighbors and community members to educate and advocate for a better future where homelessness no longer exists in our community.

Currently seeking up to 5 new members

Download the LEAG new member application (DOC).

Completed applications can be sent to The application can be completed by phone.

Application deadline is August 15, 2022.

For assistance with submitting the application or questions, contact Eric Richert at or by phone at 612-363-8302.


  • Second Thursday of the month, 2:30–4 p.m.
  • Meeting held virtually


Email Eric at

Current data and trends

Hennepin County single adult homeless shelters dashboard

Weekly shelter

Monthly chronic homelessness

Quarterly family shelter utilization

Annual point in time

Detailed evictions overview

Find data on where, when and how evictions happen in the county. See this detailed overview, known as the evictions dashboard.

Evictions research

Homeless response system research

Family homelessness research

Youth homelessness research

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