Participation in CoC
A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a local planning body for a defined geographic area responsible for establishing and operating a system to prevent and end homelessness for that area and to apply for grants under HUD’s CoC Program annual grant competition.
CoC planning is a critical component of a community’s efforts to end homelessness and provides communities with an opportunity to step back, critically assess capacity, and develop solutions to move homeless people toward permanent housing. It is also a tool for communities to develop a common vision and shared goals around ending homelessness.
CoC planning ideally involves stakeholders outside of the traditional homeless system. CoCs help educate these stakeholders and get them to “buy-in” and become part of the solution. A CoC is composed of representatives from various types of organizations including nonprofit homeless service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, and school districts.