Common CoC Acronyms

Common acronyms utilized in the Northern Nevada Continuum of Care (CoC): 


Stands for
AFR Applicable Federal Rate
AHAP Agreement to enter into a Housing Assistance Payments Contract
AMI Area Median Income  Families with less than 30% of the AMI (AND) have moved two times in the last 30 days, or have doubled up are deemed "homeless" by HUD, or are exiting an institution. 
AO Administering Organization
API Application Programming Interface
APP Annual Performance Plan
APPS Active Partners Performance System
APR Annual Performance Report (Annual Progress Report for homeless programs) A self-assessment prepared by recipients of HUD grants.
ARAMS Automatic Renewal and Amendment Management Subsystem
ARP American Rescue Plan (FY2021) Provides $5 billion to assist individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country. Within this plan is the Homeless Assistance and Supportive Services Plan. 
AWOC Adults Without Children
BIPOC Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
BNL By Name List
BOLO Be on the Lookout Law enforcement term. BOLO's must be reviewed before entering a client onto the CoC housing cue.
CAC (1) Community Assistance Center, Washoe County
Or (2) Child Advocacy Center, Washoe County
CC Case Conferencing
CDBG Community Development Block Grant (CPD program)
CE Coordinated Entry An approach to coordination and management of a crisis response system's resources that allows users to make consistent decisions from available information to efficiently and effectively connect people to housing and service interventions that will rapidly end their homelessness.
CEE Coordinated Entry Event Client service transaction (various referrrals)
CEF Community Empowerment Fund; administered by CPD
CERB Coordinated Entry Review Board
CES Coordinated Entry System Coordinated entry is a process developed to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access and are quickly identified, assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs.
CFCF Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities
CFP Capital Fund Program
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHAB Community Homelessness Advisory Board The Community Homelessness Advisory Board is comprised of elected representatives from the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County.  The board is tasked with providing input and making recommendations on homeless issues in the region.  Meetings are open to the public.
CHAS Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy
CIT Children in Transition (program) Provides children experiencing homelessness the opportunity to achieve the same high-quality academic standards by eliminating barriers to their education.  Includes services and supportive items. CIT rep should be on the leadership board.
CLS Current Living Situation
CO Contracting Officer
CoC Continuum of Care The CoC was established in response to a mandate from HUD for local coordination in addressing homelessness. According to HUD, “the Continuum…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 maximum self-sufficiency.”, starting September 1, 2021 Washoe County is now the Lead Agency for the Northern Nevada Continuum of Care. This was transitioned to Washoe County from the City of Reno September 1, 2021, and will provide staff time for Continuum of Care activities and responsibilities including the annual CoC application process and the Point in Time Count. 
CoR City of Reno
CPD Community Planning and Development (HUD Office of)
EAP Emergency Action Plan
EHV Emergency Housing Voucher Made available through the American Rescue Plan, provides housing choice vouchers to local Public Housing Authorities for individuals and families who are: Homeless, At risk of homelessness, Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or have a high risk of housing instability. 
eLOCCS (Electronic) Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) primary grant disbursement system
ES Emergency Shelter
ESG Emergency Shelter Grants (CPD program)
e-snaps CoC Program Application & Grants Management System The electronic Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Application and Grants Management System that HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) uses to support the CoC Program funding application and grant awards process for the CoC Program.
FMR Fair Market Rent(s) Used to determine payment standard amounts for the Housing Choice Voucher program, to determine initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, to determine initial rents for housing assistance payment (HAP) 
GIW Grant Inventory Worksheet  Report is used annually to record all grants within a CoC's geographic area that are eligible for renewal funding for an upcoming CoC Program Competition.
GMS Grants Management System
HAP Housing Assistance Payments
HASSP Homeless Assistance and Supportive Services Plan
HCV Housing Choice Voucher Housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family.
HDX Homeless Data Exchange ( is an on-line tool designed to allow Homeless Continuums of Care to submit data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HDX Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX)  Continuums of Care (CoCs) can submit their Fiscal Year (FY) System Performance Measures (SPM) data through this web portal 
HEARTH Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 The HEARTH Act identifies performance indicators for Continuum’s of Care (CoC) known as System Performance Measures, which help communities track their progress toward the goal of ending homelessness. CoC recipients and subrecipients should familiarize themselves with these measures by reading the Performance Measures of Homeless Systems. The big difference is that focus shifts from viewing homeless assistance programs and funding sources operating independently in a community to viewing the local homeless response as a coordinated system of homeless assistance options.
HIC Housing Inventory Count The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a point-in-time inventory of provider programs within a Continuum of Care that provide beds and units dedicated to serve people experiencing homelessness (and, for permanent housing projects, where homeless at entry, per the HUD homeless definition), categorized by five Program Types: Emergency Shelter; Transitional Housing; Rapid Re-housing; Safe Haven; and Permanent Supportive Housing.
HOME HOME Investment Partnerships Program HOME provides grants to state and local governments to create affordable housing for low-income households
HP Homeless Prevention Housing relocation and stabilization services and short-and/or medium-term rental assistance as necessary to prevent the individual or family from moving to an emergency shelter, a place not meant for human habitation
LSA Longitudinal System Analysis Report produced from a CoC’s HMIS and submitted annually to HUD via the HDX 2.0, provides HUD and CoCs with critical information about how people experiencing homelessness use their system of care. 
MCO Managed Care Organization
MTW Moving to Work (Demonstration Program) Provides PHAs the opportunity to design and test innovative, locally designed strategies that use Federal dollars more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families. 
NNAMHS Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services Comprehensive, community-based behavioral health system for adult consumers. Inpatient services are provided through Dini-Townsend psychiatric hospital, located on the same campus as the central NNAMHS site. Numerous outpatient services are available which include but not limited to the Washoe Community Mental Health Center, Outpatient Pharmacy, more.
NNCLC Northern NV Continuum of Care Leadership Council
OP Our Place An outcome-based campus designed to create a safe and stable environment where women and families who are experiencing homelessness.
PBV Project Based Voucher Rental vouchers that are tied to a specific number of units in a building. The assistance stays with the unit after a tenant moves out.
PH Permanent Housing  Can be with or without Supportive Services, there is no disability required. 
PHA Public Housing Agency Any state, county, municipality or other governmental entity or public body, or agency or instrumentality of these entities that is authorized to engage or assist in the development or operation of low-income housing under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937
PIT (Count) Point in Time Count An annual count on a single night of the sheltered, and unsheltered
homeless population in the region. Usually conducted in the last 10 days of January. Time determined by RAH members.
PSH Permanent Supportive Housing Disability required for entry.
RAH Regional Alliance to End Homelessness
ROI  Release of Information
RRH Rapid Rehousing (Permanent) A form of permanent housing that is short-term (up to 3 months) and/or medium-term (for 3 to 24 months) tenant-based rental assistance, as set forth in 24 CFR 578.51(c), as necessary to help a homeless individual or family, with or without disabilities, move as quickly as possible into permanent
Sage  Sage HMIS Repository Replaces eSnaps for all recipients. APRs will be submitted to Sage. Collaborative apps will still go through eSnaps.
SH Safe Haven A form of supportive housing that serves hard-to-reach homeless persons with severe mental illness who are on the street and have been unable or unwilling to participate in supportive services.
SHP Supportive Housing Program
SO Street Outreach Essential Services related to reaching out to unsheltered homeless individuals and families, connecting them with emergency shelter, housing, or critical services, and providing them with urgent, non-facility-based care.
SPM System Performance Measures
SSO Supportive Services Only Includes street outreach
Stella A Stella Modeling Module Will assist CoCs to develop a vision of the system interventions and capacity needed to end homelessness. Using data on homelessness, combinations of project types, and performance goals, Stella M calculates the inventory needed for an ideal crisis system response that can guide resource investment decisions.
Stella P Stella Performance Module Uses dynamic visuals of CoCs’ LSA data to illustrate how households move through the homeless system and highlight outcome disparities. Stella P does the analytical heavy lifting, so your CoC can focus on planning and improving your crisis response system.
TAC Technical Assistance Collaborative
TAY Transitional Aged Youth Persons between age 18 and 24 who are transitioning from childhood to adulthood.
TH  Transitional Housing
VSP Victim Service Provider Eg: DV Shelter Program
WIC Women, Infants & Children A special supplemental nutrition program that serves income eligible pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.
YHDP Youth Homeless Demonstration Project

Last Revised: 02/10/22