A Continuum of Care system addresses the critical problem of homelessness through a coordinated community-based process of identifying needs and building a system to meet those needs.
The approach is predicated on the understanding that homelessness is not caused merely by a lack of shelter, but involves a variety of underlying, unmet needs - physical, economic, and social. Funds are granted based on an annual competition following a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) by HUD.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS)-Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program (NHAP) coordinates submission of the Continuum of Care-Balance of State application. Through this extremely competitive CoC program, service providers within the five rural Continuum of Care regions ( meaning all statewide regions excluding Lincoln and Omaha) apply for project funding to benefit homeless and near homeless Nebraskans.