Each Continuum has a designated “lead agency” that harnesses the local resources required to work toward functional zero by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
There may be 30 to 200 member agencies in a Continuum of Care representing social service providers, health care system, sheriff’s departments and jails, faith-based providers, researchers at local universities, county representatives, United Ways, local businesses, and advocates working to end homelessness.
Our Continuums of Care lead agencies generated over $85 million in federal funds in the 2018 Continuum of Care competitive grant award process through the applications submitted to HUD. These applications included more than 385 individual grants to local nonprofit Continuum social services agencies and produced an additional $21 million in local matching funds to operate the programs funded through this process.
Our Continuum of Care system includes the operation of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) by each CoC lead agency that creates a coordinated intake and assessment system within the Continuum. This allows the hundreds of agencies who participate in HMIS to share real-time information and coordinate existing resources to efficiently address individual client needs.