Passage of the 2009 Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act put into place requirements to coordinate various HUD and other federal funds to prevent and end homelessness.

To aid certain communities in the implementation of the HEARTH Act, HUD designated ten Priority Communities across the country. The Houston/Harris County/Fort Bend County Continuum of Care was designated as one of these HUD Priority Communities.

This designation was based on the high rate of homelessness, especially chronic homelessness, in this area combined with the potential to improve systemic performance.

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