The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

MDHA serves as the Collaborative Applicant for HUD competitive Continuum of Care (“CoC”) funding.  The Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County government response to issues of homelessness are coordinated by the Metropolitan Nashville Homeless Impact Division of Metropolitan Social Services.  This includes serving as the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead entity, leading Coordinated Entry, and primary staffing for the Homelessness Planning Council.  For more, follow the links below.

All citizens in Nashville are welcome to join the Continuum of Care. Please complete the Continuum of Care Membership Form below. The form will help the Membership Committee compile and track all membership request. 

Continuum of Care Membership Form

If you cannot complete the form online, or have trouble, below is a fillable PDF document that you can complete, save and then mail or email  to Suzie Tolmie, Homeless Coordinator, MDHA, 712 South 6th Street, Nashville, TN 37206 

2020-2021 Fillable COC Membership Application Form


MDHA serves as the Collaborative Applicant for HUD’s competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) funding or the Nashville-Davidson County, TN CoC. Located in the Community Development department of MDHA, CoC staff carries out:

  • CoC monitoring of grant receipients
  • Competition Planning and staffing relevant committies
  • Coordinated Entry Systems (CES) lead for the CoC
  • Staff CoC Committees & provide expertise on HUD policies
  • Coordinates and maintains compliance with (HUD)
CoC General Meetings: Agenda and Minutes

The Homeless Impact Division, a longtime partner of MDHA, is located within the Metropolitan Social Services Department and serves as the CoC HMIS Lead. HID staff co-leads several community efforts and administers the following tasks:

  • Offer expertise and support to the work of the Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council
  • Serve as the Continuum of Care’s (CoC) HMIS Lead
  • Lead and co-lead local community efforts by serving as the backbone organization to further collaborative goals
  • Provide expertise and training to implement a community-wide Coordinated Entry System as required by (HUD)
  • Coordinate Metro departments in the city’s response to homelessness
Homeless Planning Council: Agenda and Minutes


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. Each Continuum of Care (CoC) is responsible for selecting an HMIS software solution that complies with HUD’s data collection, management, and reporting standards.


On August 29, 2019, HUD announced $75 million in funding to 23 communities to help end youth homelessness. The communities that submitted applications took an important step in preventing and ending youth homelessness. HUD congratulates the 23 selected communities, commends all communities who applied, and is committed to supporting them, regardless of whether they were selected.


The CoC Program awards funding annually based on a competitive process. Grant awards are made to recipient organizations that operate housing and services for persons experiencing homelessness and to recipient organizations that represent a CoC and conduct planning or Unified Funding Agency (UFA) activities.


All CoC’s and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG)  recipients are required to develop written policies and procedures for sub-recipients to use in providing assistance for households experiencing homelessness.

CoC Charter_Approved by CoC General_Sept 2019

*General Membership Approval on 09/19/2019

HMIS Policies and Procedures

*Homeless Planning Council Approved on 08/14/2019

CoC & ESG Written Standards

*Homeless Planning Council Approved on 09/23/2019