Planning and Development - Division of Community Development

Continuum of Care to End Homelessness

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The McHenry County Continuum of Care (CoC)



Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - Funding Round Open

The McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness is releasing notice of project funding under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) 2020 Program Year.  Qualified provider entities working towards confronting homelessness in McHenry County are encouraged to apply.  The total funding amount estimated this round is $120,000, subject to reduction, freeze, elimination, modification, or increase.

                 Notice of Funding Availability - HUD FY 2020 ESG
                 ESG Letter of Intent Packet Instructions and Requirements

Letter of Intent Packets are due to the McHenry County Community Development Division on February 3, 2020 by 4:00pm CST.  Late submission will not be accepted.


McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness Strategic Plan

The proposed McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness 2019-2022 Strategic Plan can be found by clicking the link below. 
Draft McHenry County Strategic Plan to End Homelessness 2019-2022


Full CoC Board, Steering Council and Committee Meeting Schedule

2020 McHenry County CoC Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

2019 CoC Competition

IL-500 McHenry County CoC FY 2019 Collaborative Application
IL-500 McHenry County CoC FY 2019 Ranking and Priority List
FY 2019 CoC Competition NOFA
FY 2019 CoC Competition Timeline
IL-500 McHenry County CoC Reallocation Plan
IL-500 McHenry County CoC Prioritization Plan
FY 2019 Final Renewal Ranking Tool/Rubric
FY 2019 Final New/Bonus Ranking Tool/Rubric
FY 2019 Final Presentation Scoring Sheet - Renewal Projects
FY 2019 Final Presentation Scoring Sheet - New/Bonus Projects


 2018 CoC Competition


2017 Collaborative Application and Priority Listing

2016 Collaborative Application and Priority Listing

2015 Collaborative Application and Priority Listing

    Homeless Study for McHenry County         Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Information

          Strategic Plan to End Homelessness 2016-2018                                    ESG Policies and Procedures Manual

Confronting Homelessness                                                2018 ESG Policy and Procedures Manual cover


According to HUD, a Continuum of Care is "a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximize self-sufficiency."


The McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness assists in the coordination and development of services and housing for homeless and low-income persons with housing needs through planning, education and advocacy.

  • Provide knowledge to and engage the general population of McHenry County to understand the at-risk population facing homelessness.
  • Educate service providers on best practices in addressing housing needs.
  • Identify housing needs for homeless and low-income persons in McHenry County.
  • Support planning and development of services to meet prioritized housing needs within McHenry County.
  • Obtain and sustain permanent housing solutions.
  • Sustain a united coalition of community systems and individuals.
  • Assist the homeless and near homeless in obtaining housing, economic stability, and an enhanced quality of life through comprehensive and collaborative services.


Membership shall be comprised of individuals and agencies concerned with the development and coordination of homeless assistance programs.  Membership is open.  Participants include:

  • Homeless or formerly homeless individuals and families
  • Housing Developers and Landlord Organizations
  • Neighborhood Groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Healthcare Providers 
  • Representatives of Business and Financial Institutions
  • Representatives of Organized Labor
  • Representatives of Private Foundations and Funding Organizations
  • Social Service Providers
  • State and Local Government Agencies
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Volunteer Individuals
  • Concerned Citizens 


The Continuum of Care meets monthly to discuss and plan for the providing of necessary services for the homeless of McHenry County. Full CoC Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 am at the McHenry County Mental Health Board Building.

Current CoC Documents (for review and meeting purposes): 

Membership Documents (click on the text below for document): 

McHenry County CoC Memorandum of Understanding and Conflict of Interest Statement

McHenry County CoC Bylaws

McHenry County CoC Members - update coming soon