Balance of State Continuum of Care

Information and resources for the Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoSCoC), a funding source which serves homeless populations in New Hampshire

The Bureau of Housing Supports, as the collaborative applicant for the Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoSCoC),  is designed to promote communitywide assistance during the application process for Continuum of Care funding from HUD. The BoSCoC funding serves homeless populations through permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, supportive services, and HMIS projects, and is accessed through an annual application process.

New Hampshire has three Continuums of Care (CoC), The Greater Nashua (GNCoC), Manchester (MCoC) and Balance of State (BoSCoC), through which federal funding from HUD comes into NH. Additionally, the Bureau of Housing Supports (BHS) is the NH State recipient for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding for the state. The BoSCoC has subcommittees that focus on Chronic Homelessness, Veteran Homelessness, and Youth Homelessness (including pregnant and parenting youth and young adults).

The state also funds homeless services annually and oversees the administration of the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) outreach program, the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) that assists with the development of a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness and the state (Housing Opportunities for Person’s with Aids) HOPWA program grants. This allows the BHS to ensure coordination of services and communications among outreach, shelter and transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs.

The BHS mission, in addition to coordinating funding, is facilitate collaboration between all of NH’s homeless assistance programs, ensuring alignment with common goals and efficient utilization resources. BHS coordinates regular meetings for statewide Outreach staff, Shelter Directors, and Permanent Supportive Housing case managers to share information on various initiatives, provide technical assistance and foster communication and coordination of services. BHS staff co‐chair or participate in a number of community task forces and committees including the NH Homeless Veterans Committee, North Country Veterans Committee, and the Youth Subcommittee which are each focused on addressing the needs among each of these groups. BHS has also worked with providers to increase the number of CoC and ESG funded rapid rehousing programs across the state to better reduce and shorten the time families experience homelessness.

BoSCoC 2022 Meetings

Notice of Funding Opportunity Meeting, August 9, 2022