Sleeping arrangements shown to Staff by a survey participant in January 2015.

Sleeping arrangements shown to Staff by a survey participant, January 2015.

Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler is a member of the NY501 Regional Continuum of Care (CoC), covering Chemung, Allegany, Livingston, Schuyler and Steuben Counties. CoC’s are established by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote and support community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness across the nation.
Our NY-501 CoC includes a collaboration of 56 member organizations who share the goal of coordinating services for homeless families and individuals within each member county and across our region. It is led by a Board with representatives from each county’s Department of Social Services and two nonprofit service providers. Each county has its own Homeless Housing Task Force to inform, guide and support the work of the CoC. Coordination of our CoC is led by CARES, Inc.

Purpose and mission of the CoC:

  • Operates the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS), a database of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals
  • Applies for and monitors grantees of federal funds through the annual competitive HUD CoC Grant Program
  • Evaluates homelessness programs and needs throughout our service area
  • Participates in and assists with the coordination of county level affordable housing planning and other consolidated plan matters
  • Develops the regional strategic plan for ending homelessness
  • Provides technical assistance to member organizations
  • Conducts an annual homelessness Point In Time & Housing Inventory Count for the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Advocates for services and increased federal funding to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk citizens

For NY-501 CoC membership information, committee structure, homeless data reports, and other information click here.

Charles Nocera, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler is the Chairperson for the NY-501 CoC.


The 2017 Notice of Funding Awards (NOFA) for HUD CoC funding 

More information can be found at HUD Exchange and additional material will be published on this site and the CARES website.

The annual FY2017 Continuum of Care NOFA has been released and the application is due to HUD on September 28, 2017.

Permanent Housing Bonus funding is available for up to 6 percent of the CoC’s Final Pro Rata Need ($1,482,865).  This funding ($88,972) can be used to create new:

  • PSH projects that will be 100% dedicated to chronically homeless individuals/families
  • DedicatedPLUS projects (FY17 NOFA, page 18)
  • RRH projects that will serve homeless individuals/families, including youth up to age 24 who meet the necessary criteria
  • Joint TH and PH-RRH component projects which include TH and RRH in a single project to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness (FY17 NOFA, page 20)

Agencies may use reallocation to create new:

  • DedicatedPLUS (FY17 NOFA, page 18)
  • RRH projects that will serve homeless individuals/families, including unaccompanied youth who meet the necessary criteria
  • Joint TH and PH-RRH component projects which include TH and RRH in a single project to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness (FT17 NOFA, page 20)
  • Dedicated HMIS projects
  • SSO projects for Coordinated Entry/Assessment