Continuum of Care Responsibilities & Activities
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, which is authorized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is designed to promote a communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
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- Hold meetings of the full membership at least semi-annually; making an invitation for new members to join the CoC at least annually.
- Adopt and follow a written process to select a board to act on behalf of the Continuum of Care.
- Appoint additional committees, sub-committees, or workgroups to carryout the work of the CoC.
- In consultation with the Collaborative Applicant and the HMIS Lead, develop, follow, and update annually a governance charter.
- Consult with recipients and sub-recipients to establish performance targets appropriate for population and program type, monitor recipient and sub-recipient performance, evaluate outcomes, and take action against poor performers.
- Evaluate outcomes of projects funded under the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the CoC program, and report to HUD.
- Establish and operate either a centralized or coordinated assessment system that provides an initial, comprehensive assessment of the needs of individuals and families for housing and services.
- Establish and consistently follow written standards for providing Continuum of Care assistance.
- Designate a single Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for the geographic area, including designating an eligible applicant to manage the Continuum’s HMIS, which will be known as the HMIS Lead; review, revise, and approve a privacy plan, security plan, and data quality plan for the HMIS; ensure consistent participation of recipients and sub-recipients in the HMIS; and ensure the HMIS is administered in compliance with requirements prescribed by HUD.
- Develop a plan that includes: coordinating the implementation of a housing and service system within its geographic area that meets the needs of the homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families; and includes at a minimum, outreach, engagement, and assessment; shelter, housing, and supportive services; and prevention strategies.
- Plan for and conduct, at least biennially, a point-in-time count of homeless persons within the geographic area.
- Conduct an annual gaps analysis of the homeless needs and services available within the geographic area.
- Provide information required to complete the Consolidated Plan(s) within the Continuum’s geographic area.
- Consult with State and local government Emergency Solutions Grants program recipients within the Continuum’s geographic area on the plan for allocating Emergency Solutions Grants program funds and reporting on and evaluating the performance of Emergency Solutions Grants program recipients and sub-recipients.
- Develop a VAWA emergency transfer plan.