Each year, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) solicits applications from communities to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness.  This process, known as the Continuum of Care Program (CoC), facilitates grants designed to address the problems of homelessness in a comprehensive manner with other federal agencies.

El Paso Continuum of Care

The El Paso Continuum of Care serves as the Continuum of Care (CoC) for its geographic area of El Paso County.  The Continuum of Care (CoC) was designed to address homelessness through a coordinated community-based process of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services to address those needs.  The El Paso CoC seeks to prevent, reduce and end homelessness through effective coordinated community-wide efforts and services.  CoC Governance Charter Revision FINAL MARCH 2019


History of the continuum of Care (CoC)

Since 1994, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has encouraged communities to address the problems of housing and homelessness in a coordinated, comprehensive, and strategic fashion. With input from practitioners throughout the country, HUD introduced the Continuum of Care concept to support communities in this effort. This concept is designed to help communities develop the capacity to envision, organize, and plan comprehensive and long-term solutions to addressing the problem of homelessness in their community. Strategic Plan


A successful Continuum of Care (CoC) should have a year-round planning process that is coordinated, inclusive and outcome-oriented. The El Paso CoC has a governing body and a number of sub-committees or working groups. The membership of the governing body is decided through an open and democratic process and is representative of private, nonprofit and public sectors.


The El Paso Continuum of Care is governed by a CoC Board composed of representatives from across the community.


CoC Board Members include:

  • EdRicardo Gandara, Chair
  • Shelby McCue, Vice-Chair
  • Melissa Lopez, Treasurer
  • Robin Rollins, Secretary
  • Joel Arrigucci, Member
  • Bobby Bowling, Member
  • Gail Gale, Member
  • Monica Gamboa, Member
  • Nellie Mendoza, Member
  • Bill Schlesinger, Member
  • Bill Sparks, Member


All regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM at the Coalition for the Homeless’ office.  The address is 6044 Gateway East, Suite 211, 79905.  For more information, please contact Camille Castillo at



Agenda                                      Minutes

January 12                                          January 12

February 9                                        February 9 2017

March 9                                             March 9 2017

April 13                                              April 13 2017

April 24                                              April 24 2017

May 11                                                May 11 2017

May 31                                              May 31 2017

No Meeting in June

July 13                                              July 13 2017         

August 10

September 7

September 19

December 14 2017                           December 14 2017


HUD has released the NOFA for the FY18 CoC Program Competition. The El Paso CoC is soliciting new and renewal project applications for inclusion in our annual submission to HUD for the Continuum of Care grant program. You can find details on eligible projects and applicant and project requirements in the NOFA (see link below).

If you are interested in applying for a new grant or interested in renewing your existing grant, please see the below materials.

FY 2018 CoC Consolidated Application

FY 2018 Project Priority

FY 2018 Project Applications


 Final Decision FY 2018 CoC Slate