The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 was signed into law on May 20, 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including:

  • A consolidation of HUD’s competitive grant programs
  • The creation of a Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program
  • A change in HUD’s definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness
  • A simplified match requirement
  • An increase in prevention resources
  • An increase in emphasis on performance

To read the amended and reauthorized McKinney-Vento Act, see The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act.


Continuum of Care Point-in-Time Count

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January every other year. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night.


Continuum of Care Grant Application

Each year under the HEARTH Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invites Continuum of Care programs nationwide to participate in a competitive grant application process to fund local homeless service programs. Documents related to the Sacramento Continuum of Care application and award are below.

Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Cycle

Continuum of Care Policies

More. Better. Different.

Sacramento came together in 2015 to develop a strategic plan to address homelessness. The plan’s vision was a system of care in which people at risk of homelessness receive necessary support to stay housed, people who become homeless are permanently housed with appropriate services, and long-term homelessness is a thing of the past. The goal was to  align our system of affordable and accessible housing and services to maximize the number of individuals achieving housing stability. Click here to read the plan.