County of Riverside Continuum of Care (CoC)

The Continuum of Care for Riverside County – CoC Program provides homeless assistance by leveraging funding needed through the HUD Consolidated Application, this provides collaboration between providers of housing and homeless assistance programs and other federal programs. The CoC is a network of private and public sector homeless service providers, designed to promote community-wide planning and the strategic use of resources addressing homelessness. The CoC seeks to improve coordination and integration with mainstream resources and other community programs for people who are experiencing or are at-risk of becoming homeless. The CoC seeks to improve and expand the collection of data countywide, develop performance measurements, and allows for each community to tailor its’ program to the particular strengths and challenges within that community. The goal is to assist people to achieve stability through self -sufficiency.

Some of the CoC’s activities include the annual HUD Continuum of Care Programs Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), for homeless services and housing programs, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) NOFA and the biennial Point in Time Count and Survey of homeless individuals in the whole county. 

Request for Proposal:

State Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding

The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) receives a federal allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding from HUD.  The total allocation statewide for The ESG 2014 NOFA is $9,989,444. Of this amount, the total allocation for Southern California is $2,397,467 and $499,472 for new projects.

In order to align this funding with HUD’s HEARTH Act, HCD is prioritizing Rapid Re-housing projects for the statewide allocation and will set aside 35%, or $3,496,305, of its total allocation towards rapid re-housing projects.

The County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) administers the local application process for this funding on behalf of the Riverside City and County CoC, but the State HCD makes the final selection.  Important information about the 2014 ESG NOFA released by the state includes:

  • The minimum and maximum grant amounts that agencies may apply for are $50,000 and $200,000 (note: in past years, only one agency is the county has received the maximum amount available).
  • The grant term for all funding awarded under this NOFA shall be one (1) year. 
  • Applicants must associate and participate in their local Continuum of Care.   
  • Applicants must be a unit of general purpose local government or meet the definition of a private, non-profit organization.

To submit an application for this funding, the request for proposal consists of three (3) documents.  All bid instructions are made on these documents.  Please read these documents carefully, fill them out completely, and submit the CoC Application and other requirements by December 16, 2014: 

  1. 2014 ESG COC Instructions
  2. 2014 ESG Attachment 1, Project Overview
  3. 2014 ESG Attachment D


If you have any questions related to the Riverside CoC application, please contact Ms. Rowena Concepcion at or Ms. Elizabeth Hernandez at elizaher@riversidedpss.orgDPSS staff cannot answer questions about the State ESG NOFA or Application.  Please call HCD directly at 916-236-2711 for assistance.


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