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 May 2020 Final

What is a Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicant?

Since 1994, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  

has required communities to come together to submit a single, comprehensive application for HUD funds for housing and supportive services for people who have experienced homelessness.  In 2009, Congress passed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and designed the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to:

  • Promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness, and
  • Quickly rehouse individuals and families experiencing homelessness, increase their access and utilization of mainstream social supports and optimize their self-sufficiency.

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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:

Melissa Lopez, CEO Diocesan Migrant Refugee Services (DMRS), CoC Board Chair


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Ben Miranda, Ret-USAF, CoC Board Vice-Chair


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Shelby McCue, Ortega, Retired, Treasurer


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EdRicardo Gándara, Retired Law Enforcement, CoC Board Secretary


Cell # 915-227-4480


Miguel Hernandez, ED, El Paso County Housing Authority, Member


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Bobby Bowling, President/CEO Tropicana Building, Member


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Loren Cartagena, Retired, Member


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Enrique Davila, CEO, Child Crisis Center of El Paso, Member


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Hope Jackson, Retired LTC, Member


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Bill Schlesinger, CEO Project Vida Health Center, Member


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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 ccastillo.epch@elp.twcbc.com.


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

Agenda                                                   Minutes

Feb 13 2020

Mar 12 2020                                                                           Mar 12 2020


May 14 2020                                                                           May 14 2020

June 11 2020                                                                           June 11 2020

July 16 2020                                                                            July 16 2020

Aug 13 2020                                                                           Aug 13 2020

Sep 10 2020                                                                           Sept 10 2020

Oct 8 2020                                                                            Oct 8 2020

Nov 19 2020                                                                         Nov 19 2020   

Dec 10 2020                                                                         Dec 10 2020

FY 2022 Collaborative Application

FY 2022 Consolidated Application FINAL


FY 2022 NOFO Application Information

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes resources available to communities through a national competition for its Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs.  The El Paso Coalition for the Homeless (TX-603) announces the internal competition for HUD Continuum of Care Funding.

FY 2022 CoC NOFO Local Competition Request for Applications

FY 2022 New CoC Project Application

FY 2022 CoC Renewal Project Application

Final Decision FY 2022 CoC Slate Order

CoC New Project Score Card

CoC Renewal Score Card

FY-2022-TX-603-GIW FINAL

2022 Unsheltered Homelessness Supplemental NOFO – HUD Deadline October 20, 2022

HUD has issued a funding opportunity to CoCs in an effort to make a significant impact on unsheltered homelessness.

The CoC are preparing for the local competition and development of a comprehensive plan to be submitted to HUD by October 20th.


Unsheltered NOFO Request for Proposals Materials

Unsheltered Special NOFO Local Competition

Scoring Matrix

Comprehensive CoC Plan to Serve Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness with Severe Service Needs – Will be Posted Soon


Local Project Applications due on September 26, 2022

Approved Project Applications– Published October 3rd

CoC Collaborative Application – Published October 19th

FY 2021 Collaborative Application

FY 2021 CoC Collabortive Application

FY 2021 Prioity Listing

FY 2021 NOFA Application Information

The El Paso Continuum of Care (CoC) has started the local application process in anticipation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) release of the 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Continuum of Care Application process for homeless assistance. 

FY 2021 CoC Local Competition Notice


FY 2021 New Project Application

New Project Score Card

FY 2021 CoC Renewal Project Application

Renewal Score Card

2021-2022 El Paso CoC Performance Standards

FY 2021 TX-603 GIW

Final Decision FY 2021 CoC Slate

FY 2021 CoC Reduced Projects


FY 2020 Collaborative Application

FY 2020 NOFA Application Information

HUD Renews Funding for Thousands of Local Homeless Programs

On January 29, 2021, HUD awarded $2.5 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will provide critically needed support to 6,597 local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Due to the pandemic, the funding announced today renews grants for existing programs. This process was dramatically streamlined because communities have been and will continue to be consumed with COVID-19 response and have limited capacity to participate in the traditional CoC competition.

View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding on HUD’s website.

Read HUD’s press release announcing these awards.

FY 2019 Collaborative Application

FY 2019 TX-603 Grant Inventory Worksheet

FY 2019 Final Consolidated Application

FY 2019 Priority Listing

FY 2019 NOFA Application Information

FY 2019 TX-603 NOFA Announcement 

FY 2019 TX-603 Program Registration 

FY 2019 TX-603 Program Registration Notice 

FY 2019 TX-603 NOFA 

FY 2019 TX-603 NOFA General Section FONSI 

FY 2019 TX-603 CoC Program Competition NOFA ARD Report 

FY 2019 Local Competition Notice and Timeline

FY 2019 TX-603 Letter of Intent/Application

FY 2019 TX-603 New & Renewal Project Threshold & Scoring Tool

Final Decision FY 2019 CoC Slate

FY 2018 Collaborative Application

FY 2018 CoC Consolidated Application
FY 2018 Project Priority
FY 2018 Project Applications
Final Decision FY 2018 CoC Slate

FY 2018 NOFA Application Information

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).

FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA

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 Renewal Application

FY 2018 NOFA Revised 7 18 2018

FY 2017 Rating & Ranking Tool

Appeals Process

FY 2018 CoC Competition – What’s New