Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness

Spotlight: 2021 Annual Homelessness Point in Time Count


The 2021 Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Point in Time (PIT) was held on Tuesday, January 26th. The PIT count occurs annually across the country during the last week of January and is a “snapshot” of the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in the region. To count unsheltered persons, members of the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness, outreach workers, faith-based organizations, social service professionals, government representatives, and a host of volunteers were trained and organized to go out into the community and interview people who appeared to be living in places not meant for human habitation. In 2021, because of COVID, extra precautions were put in place to ensure the health and safety of volunteers and homeless persons. Information was collected using a short paper survey and the de-identified results have been reported to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Results of the 2021 Point in Time Count may be found here.


Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness Community Needs Assessment

Between February and June 2019 the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, with Matthew Aronson Consulting, conducted a Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness Community Needs Assessment to explore the homelessness system and individual needs of YYA on Cape Cod and the Islands.  Community members, service partners, and YYA with lived experience provided input via interviews, focus groups, and surveys on prevention and intervention services and resources for those currently experiencing homelessness.  The assessment investigated the experiences of a number of sub-populations including individuals under the age of 18, and between the ages of 18 and 24 (both parenting and unaccompanied) and considered the issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity to understand YYA needs related to stable housing, education, employment, health and wellbeing, and permanent connections.


The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness is a collaborative effort of state, county and local government, social service providers, housing agencies, faith-based organizations, the business community and individuals working together to prevent and end homelessness.


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Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET: Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness, April 2021


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Barnstable County Department of Human Services convenes the Regional Network, a broad-based public-private partnership committed to identifying and implementing creative solutions to preventing and ending homelessness on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Regional Network is also the entity organized to carry out the responsibilities required by the HUD CoC Program and is composed of representatives of organizations, including nonprofit homeless providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans, and homeless and formerly homeless persons to the extent these groups are represented within the geographic area and are available to participate.

The Regional Network is comprised of an Executive Committee, a Policy Board, several working groups, and a larger network of interested stakeholders.


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In November 2018, the Regional Network updated the January 2018 revision of the Cape Cod and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Governance Charter Updated November 2018. The Charter outlines membership, responsibilities delegated by the Regional Network to its Policy Board, committees and agents, provisions for governance through the Policy Board and key policies and processes, and designates the Regional Network as the Cape & Island’s Continuum of Care.


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Meetings & Minutes

Calendar-Icon Calendar

Visit the Department of Human Services’ Calendar for meetings and their related documents.

Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every other month from 9:00 – 10:30 AM in the Harborview Conference Room in the Barnstable County Complex, 3195 Main St., Barnstable, MA unless otherwise noted.

For meeting minutes from previous years, email


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Regional Network on Homelessness Plan 2012 – 2014




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Current policies for the Cape and Islands Continuum of Care adopted by the Regional Policy Board.


CoC Reallocation Policy Updated March 26, 2018
Coc Written Standards Version 2.0 Updated July, 2018


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Publications and Data


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 Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Publications and Data web page.


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For more information, contact Dan Gray, Continuum of Care Program Manager at Barnstable County Department of Human Services at 774-224-0051 or 


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