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Rhode Island Continuum of Care (RICoC)

In 2009 the HEARTH Act (Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing) was passed by Congress and substantially changed homeless assistance policy.  The HEARTH Act requires, among other things, the development of a Continuum of Care governance structure to achieve substantive outcomes.
Rhode Island has a single Continuum of Care (RICoC) which guides the state’s homelessness programs and policies, as well as administers federal and state homeless funds. The continuum includes a broad range of state agencies, community partners, and individuals all working together to build a statewide system to prevent and end homelessness.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to:
  • Promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
  • Provide funding for efforts to quickly re-house individuals and families who are homeless, which minimizes the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness
  • Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness
The RICoC promotes the aforementioned HUD goals through a Coordinated Intake and Assessment process, utilizing a Housing First Model.

The RICoC consists of a Board of Directors, a Membership group, and 7 committees (System Performance; Recipient Approval & Evaluation; Veterans; Families & Youth; Unaccompanied Youth; Chronically Homeless/High Needs Individuals; and HMIS). The RICoC is willing to consider endorsement of drafted materials including, but not limited to, Letters of Support for funding opportunities related to Ending Homelessness in Rhode Island. Please contact the CoC Planner at the contact information below if you are interested in such consideration.

HUD Listserves

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Homeless Assistance Programs

Emergency Solutions Grant

For more information contact Elizabeth Bioteau, CoC Planner/Program Manager at ebioteau@rihousing.com or 401-429-1478.

CoC current governance and funding priorities
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Board of Directors
  • Governance Charter
  • Statewide Coordinated Entry Procedure
  • Funding

    FY2019 Competition
  • Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) for RICoC
  • Request for LOIs to apply for new CoC Project
  • Performance Evaluation Standards & Scoring Criteria - CoC Renewal Projects
  • Project Ranking and Reallocation Policies
  • Threshold and Scoring Criteria for New Permanent Housing Projects
  • Threshold and Scoring Criteria for New HMIS projects
  • Threshold and Scoring Criteria for for new Coordinated Entry System Projects

  • Historical COC Competitions
  • Archived Materials
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Click here to visit the Rhode Island Secretary of State's
    listing of open meeting minutes for agencies and towns in Rhode Island.

  • For CoC Recipients and Subrecipients
    RIHousing Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
  • RIHousing RAP Policies and Procedures
  • Step 1: Program Approval Packet
  • Step 2: Unit Approval Packet
  • Step 3: Program Admission & Move Packet
  • Step 4: Tenancy Packet
  • Annual Recertification Packet
  • Interim Recertification Packet
  • Rent Change Notice/Lease Amendment Form
  • Status Change Form
  • Monthly Certification and Request for Payment Form
  • Leasing
  • Standard Lease
  • Rent Calculation
  • Environmental Review
  • Housing Quality Standard
  • Rent Reasonableness
  • Utility Allowance
  • Housing Types
  • Financial
  • Accounting Policies and Procedures for RIHousing Subrecipients
  • Eligible Costs
  • Sharefile
  • HUD guidance on Procurement and Contracting
  • RICoC Recipient Toolkit

  • Program
  • Occupancy Agreement
  • CH Eligibility Verification
  • Sample Third-party Letters
  • Sample Policies and Procedures
  • Internal Wellness Checklist for the COC Program
  • Top Ten Wellness Checklist for the COC Prgram
  • Supportive Housing Case Management Standards
  • RIHousing Help Center HHFRI RIHousing Online Homebuyer Education HousingSearchRI.org Equal Housing Opportunity