Continuum of Care

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What is the Continuum of Care?

The Savannah Chatham County Continuum of Care (referred to as “Continuum” or “CoC”) is the county-wide approach used to address homelessness in Chatham County Georgia. The approach represents key stakeholder organizations and individuals who collaborate to create and implement an effective system. This system organizes, funds, and provides outreach, engagement, and assessment; emergency shelter; permanent supportive housing (PSH) and other supports including counseling, medical care, dental care and referrals to other needed services. The CoC work emphasizes research-based best practice and includes community awareness and education, prevention strategies for homeless/at-risk of homeless persons, as well as efforts to reduce the overall number of homeless individuals.

What is the continuum of care doing about homelessness?

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH) is the CoC Board and the Lead Agency charged with coordination of key stakeholders to implement ways to reduce homelessness. The twenty-one (21) member CSAH/CoC Board is responsible for key leadership decisions for the CoC. The CSAH/CoC Board serves as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) recognized decision making body for the Continuum rule at 24 CFR 578, Subpart B, entitled “Establishing and Operating a Continuum of Care.”


The Chatham County Continuum of Care’s Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness provides an overview of our goals and detailed plans for addressing homelessness from 2020-2025. This plan reflects ongoing work by the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless and the Continuum of Care. It also incorporates new emphasis, in particular on youth homelessness. Calls and questions about the plan are welcome and will be taken by Cindy Kelley at 912-644-7945. Presentations about the plan and homelessness in our community are also available upon request.

FY18 Coc Application
FY 2017 CoC Application

FY 2017 GA 507 Continuum of Care Application

FY 2017 GA 507 Continuum of Care Project Rankings


September 26, 2017 – The NOFA application is due for submission on September 28, 2017

Revised Project Application Deadline
Please note that all applications are now due by 5:00 pm, August 28, 2017, and should be sent electronically to Janice E Sheffield at <

July 14, 2017 HUD released the 2017 NOFA on July 14th. The application process for this year’s NOFA has not yet been finalized, but is in the process of being developed; key documents and other information will be linked below as they become available. All 2017 prospective applicants, both new and renewal, are advised to check the website frequently for updates. Please notify Janice E. Sheffield at of the intent to apply by August 18, 2017.

FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability

Savannah-Chatham County Continuum of Care 2017 application for New Permanent Housing projects.
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s FY2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, lead agency for the Savannah-Chatham County Continuum of Care, seeks requests for proposals for New Permanent Supportive housing projects. Funding in the competition is limited, but some reallocated funds and a permanent supportive housing bonus will be available for permanent housing projects. New permanent housing projects must follow the Housing First model, participate in the community’s Coordinated Entry system, follow the CoC’s established priorities for the admission of homeless individuals and families, and utilize mainstream resources whenever possible to provide supportive services. The competition opened on July 14, 2017 and will close on September 28, 2017. Applications will be available for download below. Please contact Janice Sheffield at for any questions or additional information. Applications are due by 5:00pm, September 7, 2017, and should be sent electronically to Janice E. Sheffield at

FY 2016 CoC Application