For families and individuals who for any number of reasons may find themselves without shelter, Murfreesboro’s mission to create a better quality of life comes to life through programs that receive technical and financial assistance from the Community Development Department.

Click here for view the 2019 Continuum of Care Application.

Click here to view the 2019 Priority List.

View a brochure listing agencies providing homeless services. As part of the data gathering process for the 2015-20 Consolidated Plan, more than 275 residents participated in a survey covering homelessness in the city. See Murfreesboro’s Action Plan for more information about the City’s initiatives for serving the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.

Housing, Health & Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County (H3ARC)

Membership in the Housing, Health & Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County is open to interested individuals and relevant organizations, including – but not limited to – nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement and organizations that serve veterans. The Community Development Department represents the Mayor on the H3ARC Executive Committee. Find out more about H3ARC here or on Facebook.
The general membership of the Housing, Health & Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County (H3ARC) meets quarterly.

Meetings in 2019
  • January 17
  • April 18
  • July 18
  • October 17
  • Meetings are held in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 111 West Vine Street, at 2 p.m.

Ending Homelessness

In 2006, the task force developed a document, The Strategic Framework for Ending Chronic Homelessness in Murfreesboro, which is the city’s 10-year blueprint for meeting the challenge of chronic homelessness. The plan was updated in 2015. You may also be interested in Opening Doors, the national plan for ending homelessness issued by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Point in Time Count

Developing a strategy to address homelessness and associated issues requires good data. To that end, H3ARC participates in the annual Point in Time Count sponsored by HUD. The annual count is conducted during the last 10 days of January. View the results of the 2018 Point in Time Count. On the night of the count, the Service Delivery Working Group and additional volunteers gather demographic information on all persons identified as homeless, both sheltered and unsheltered. The data collected is entered into a HUD data base and this information helps HUD and Congress develop policy and programs. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Point in Time Count, contact the Service Delivery Working group.

Cold Patrol, a nonprofit agency that assists with the Coldest Nights shelter program, has developed a slide show that pulls together data on local homelessness.

Emergency Solutions Grant

The City uses its Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) allocation to fund grants to agencies that provide direct services to the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless. Find out more about ESG and the agencies currently receiving ESG funding.

Continuum of Care Housing Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and to provide funding for efforts to quickly re-house the homeless. H3ARC is the primary decision making body for the Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Continuum of Care. Find out more about the Continuum of Care Program.The City of Murfreesboro is the collaborative applicant for HUD’s Continuum of Care Housing Program. See the most recent application.

The Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Continuum of Care (TN-510) invites eligible agencies to submit applications for new projects that would be funded through the Continuum of Care Program Competition. The local Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) can be found here. On August 23, 2018, TN-510 submitted its Priority Listing for seven renewal projects and one new project. No written comments from the public concerning the submission were received at the Community Department through September 7, 2018, deadline. The 2018 Collaborative Application was submitted to HUD on September 14, 2018.

Coordinated Entry Process

All providers in Rutherford County receiving funding through the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act or HUD-funded program are required to participate in the Coordinated Entry Process (CEP). The H3ARC Executive Committee adopted written standards for the Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Continuum of Care on Feb. 1, 2018 (Revised September 6, 2018).