Continuum of Care Program


The Continuum of Care Program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is designed to assist sheltered and unsheltered homeless people by providing the housing and/or services needed to help individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability. The Murfreesoro/Rutherford County Continuum of Care is one of four single-county continuums in Tennessee. Six continuums are organized regionally. The Homeless Alliance of Rutherford County (HARC) is the primary decision-making body for the continuum of care. Murfreesboro Housing Authority is the lead agency for the Continuum's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

On September 14, 2016, the City submitted to HUD the Continuum's application for the FY2016 funding cycle. The application includes seven renewal projects ranked as recommended by the HARC Rating & Ranking Working Group. Review the procedure used by the working group for rating and ranking applications. The continuum received one application for a new projects which requires a re-allocation of funds from existing projects. No projects were rejected.

The primary purpose of the Continuum of Care Program is to:

  1. Promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness;
  2. Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and local governments to re-house homeless individuals and families rapidly while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities as a consequence of homelessness;
  3. Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families;
  4. Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

In support of the Continuum, HARC's Service Delivery Working Group conducts the annual Point In Time Count of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in the county. The count, performed nationally on the same date in January. View the PIT count from January 2015.

Each year, HUD awards Continuum of Care Program funding competitively. HUD currently funds 10 homelessness housing projects administered by six agencies: Murfreesboro Housing Authority, Domestic Violence Program Inc., The Journey Home, Greenhouse Ministries, and The Charter Group. The current funding level is $657,978. The City of Murfreesboro is the Collaborative Applicant for the Continuum housing competition. View the current application.

For more information about homelessness and HUD’s homelessness programs, visit the HUD website.