Louisiana Balance of State Continuum of Care

Continuum of Care (CoC) refers to the comprehensive approach of addressing homelessness by providing a continuum of housing programs and services. The CoC program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers; and quickly re-housing homeless individuals and families. These services include outreach, intake, and assessment, emergency shelter services, and permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities.  

Just the Facts

  • A Balance of State (BoS) CoC is an organizational option for large, often rural areas not covered by existing parish or city CoCs.  A BoS CoC is a special CoC that is run by a state and is the only type of CoC that can claim unclaimed geography all over the state.   
  • The Louisiana Housing Corporation’s Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program must be renewed in the 2015 funding cycle.  S+C can only be renewed through the annual homeless application. The only entities that may apply for funding through the annual homeless application are CoCs.  Formation of the BoS COC is the HUD recommended vehicle for renewing the State’s S+C project.
  • Louisiana's BoS CoC geography includes Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Sabine, Natchitoches, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes.