As of 2014, the Continuum of Care Program is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development initiative that promotes the formation of community planning bodies that organize housing and services for homeless individuals and families. The department accepts one McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant application per community each year.
Regional and local programs use the continuum of care model to manage community resources and support homeless persons during the transition to stable housing, with the aim of maximizing self-sufficiency and minimizing trauma. A continuum should identify homeless persons' needs, offer emergency shelter and transitional housing and provide services for skills development. The program should also seek to connect participants with suitable permanent housing and long-term social support.