Continuum of Care
Continuum of Care Grant Program
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant Program is a homeless assistance program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide 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 affect utilization of programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. As the primary federal resource to end homelessness, the CoC grant program competitively funds CoCs to impact homelessness at the local level.
In Massachusetts, there are 16 CoC regions. The Cape and Islands CoC, which is governed by the Cape and Islands Regional Network to Address Homelessness, supports 13 projects providing permanent supportive housing to 146 households.
The CoC Program is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and provide the services needed to help them move into transitional and permanent housing with the goal of long-term stability. More broadly, the CoC Program is designed to promote community-wide planning and strategic use of resources to address homelessness; improve coordination and integration with mainstream resources and other programs targeted to people experiencing homelessness; improve data collection and performance measurement; and allow each community to tailor its programs to the particular strengths and challenges in assisting homeless individuals and families within that community.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is defined as community-based housing without a designated length of stay in which formerly homeless individuals and families live as independently as possible.
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is an information management system used to collect data on client needs and the provision of housing and services. Housing Assistance Corp (HAC) is responsible for maintaining the Cape and Islands CoC HMIS system. For more information, read MA 503 HMIS Policies and Procedures.
Point in Time (PIT) Count is an annual count of the number of people experiencing homelessness in emergency shelters, transitional housing, on the street, in cars, abandoned buildings, and in other places not meant for human habitation. The PIT is conducted annually across the nation during a 24-hour period in the month of January.
Coordinated Entry System (CES) is a system developed at the local level to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis are quickly identified, assessed, and connected to housing and assistance based on their needs. The need for coordination and tracking of intake, assessment, referral, and housing placement is a priority for the Regional Network which initiated a pilot CES during the summer of 2015 and began to implement the system in 2016.
Housing First is an approach in which housing is offered to people experiencing homelessness without preconditions (such as sobriety, mental health treatment, or a minimum income threshold) or service participation requirements. HUD encourages all recipients of CoC Program-funded PSH to follow a Housing First approach.
The annual Point in Time Count of the Cape and Islands homeless is required by the Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant Program and is conducted by The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness.
For results of the annual Point in time Counts from this year and previous years, visit Point in Time Count.
In FY 2016, approximately $1.9 billion was awarded to new and renewal projects across the United States. The 16 CoC regions in Massachusetts were awarded a total of $69,463,083. In March 2017, the Cape and Islands CoC, which is governed by the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Policy Board, received $1,758,102 to support 13 projects providing permanent supportive housing to 146 individuals. This award includes five new permanent supportive housing beds on Martha’s Vineyard. The grant also supports CoC planning, CES expansion, and the HMIS. As the Regional Network’s convening entity and Cape and Islands CoC collaborative applicant, Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides monitoring, operational infrastructure, and administrative support.
Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides critical documents, resources, and related links relating to substance use. For a repository of synthesized local data in original in-house publications and reports, visit the Continuum of Care Publications and Data web page.
Visit Department of Human Services’ Calendar for meetings and their related documents.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was released on July 14, 2017. The NOFA and related documents can be found at...read more
Save the Date: The Island Foundation and the United Way of Greater Attleboro/ Taunton will host the "Homelessness Among Elders Summit - A Discussion for the South Coast, Cape and Islands" with keynote speaker Alice F. Bonner, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder...read more