The goal of the Continuum of Care is to understand the size and scope of the problem of homelessness in a community, and to design effective strategies and solutions to address the problem. It is locally driven, although the process must meet federally set objectives and follow a federally mandated process.
Recognizing the need to stimulate community-wide planning and coordination of programs for individuals and families who are homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1994 instituted a requirement for communities to come together to submit a single, comprehensive application for HUD funds for housing and support services for people who have experienced homelessness. The organizational concept to embody this effort is the Continuum of Care (CoC). Harford County Government – Housing & Community Development, is the lead agency in our local Continuum of Care.
Our Vision is when you enter the Harford County Continuum of Care; you will come out with a housing and an income plan. Its purpose is to:
Help create integrated, community-wide strategies and plans to prevent and end homelessness;
Provide coordination among the numerous county organizations and initiatives that serve the homeless population, and
Create the County’s single, comprehensive grant application to HUD for McKinney-Vento funding.
The Continuum of Care is made up of interested individuals, human service agencies, and organizations that provide services to the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness. The forum provides opportunities to share information and network among human service providers seeking to address the needs of their homeless clients. The group also provides informational sessions of issues facing human service providers.