The Shelter Plus Care (SPC)/Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs are certificate-based programs designed to link rental assistance with supportive services for homeless individuals and families with disabilities. These programs primarily provide assistance to those with serious mental illness, chronic substance abuse problems, and/or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases. Assistance is provided as long as there is a continuum of funding available for these programs.
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, consolidating three separate McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs (Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care Program, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation SRO program) into a single grant program known as the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The SPC Program is in the process of transitioning to the CoC Program.
Appointed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) serves as the Continuum, who coordinates the utilization of Federal and local funding in providing housing and services to homeless people throughout Los Angeles City and County, which includes the Housing Authority’s jurisdiction. Each year, Federal funds become available for these Programs which HUD awards competitively. The Housing Authority and LAHSA collaboratively submit an annual application for additional Program funding. In turn, this funding allows the Housing Authority to partner with CBO’s across Los Angeles County to co-administer the SPC/CoC programs.
The Housing Authority does not maintain a waiting list for SPC/CoC Programs. The CBO will pre-screen applicants for program eligibility and service needs and refer clients to the Housing Authority for rental assistance eligibility determination. Supportive services are provided by the CBO. In order to determine final eligibility, the Housing Authority verifies all information submitted by applicants to ensure they meet HUD eligibility requirements in accordance with Program regulations.
Interested parties are encouraged to:
Contact the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)
811 Wilshire Boulevard #600,
Los Angeles, CA 90017