Continuum of Care is a community strategic plan to organize and deliver housing and services to reduce the incidence of homelessness by assisting homeless individuals, youth and families with children to move to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The Continuum of Care includes: prevention, outreach and assessment, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing or other permanent housing. Annually the Continuum of Care applies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Program (the application is called Exhibit One) for funding to address homelessness.
What We Do
A Continuum of Care system has the goal of housing all persons who are homeless or near homeless in appropriate housing. This means identifying all homeless and near homeless populations in communities, understanding their needs, and building a comprehensive system that responds.
A Continuum of Care approach helps communities and regions strategically plan for and provide a balance of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and service resources to address the needs of people who are homeless so they can make the critical transition from homelessness to jobs, independent living, and permanent housing. It is widely recognized that homelessness is not due to just a lack of shelter. Homelessness encompasses a wide range of conditions and involves a variety of unmet needs as well as underlying economic, physical, and social challenges. Communities and regions that adopt a Continuum of Care approach recognize the importance of all components of a Continuum of Care: prevention, outreach, intake and assessment, emergency shelter, transitional programs, supportive housing, permanent housing and all appropriate support services. The State supports the Continuum of Care concept as an effective approach to addressing the needs of people who are homeless and near homeless.