Hartford Continuum of Care (CoC)
Hartford’s homeless service providers working together to end homelessness.
The Hartford Continuum of Care is an active collaboration of homeless service providers and community stakeholders committed to the goal of ending homelessness. The mission of the Hartford CoC is to plan and coordinate a system that helps people experiencing housing crises in the Hartford area avoid or exit from homelessness, and to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Meetings are typically held on the 1st Tuesday of every month, and are open to the public.
The Hartford CoC was first organized in 1992 and successfully obtained US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding with permanent supportive housing grants in the 1993 application cycle. Presently, the Hartford CoC receives nearly $6 million in grant funding for a variety of program types represented by over 21 new and renewal applications to HUD.
The Hartford CoC is modeled on HUD’s Continuum of Care concept which is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability.
The Continuum of Care 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 that help 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.
The Hartford CoC is a leader in the Greater Hartford Coordinated Access Network, which is part of a statewide effort. The CAN coordinates responses to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Staff of member organizations use a common tool to assess all households entering the emergency network and match them with the appropriate and available resources based on their vulnerability and the length of time they have been homeless.
Clients are entered into the CT Homeless Management Information Systems.
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