A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional or local planning body responsible for organizing and delivering to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. It includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.
The Tampa/Hillsborough County CoC is a broad-based partnership, led by THHI as the CoC lead agency. Through interagency coordination and collaboration, the CoC provides homeless people with effective services and helps them obtain affordable housing.
Organizations and individuals committed to reducing and ending homelessness make up the body of the CoC. Visit the CoC Members page for a list of current, active CoC members.
As outlined by HUD, the CoC’s responsibilities and duties include:
- planning and implementing a coordinated housing and services system that meets the needs of individuals, unaccompanied youth and families experiencing homelessness and includes outreach, engagement, assessment, shelter, housing, supportive services and prevention strategies
- conducting the homeless point-in-time count
- conducting an annual gaps analysis of the homeless needs and services available in the Continuum
- working with the Emergency Solution Grant recipients and Consolidated Plan jurisdictions within its geographic boundaries.
- establishing performance targets, appropriate for population and program type
- measuring performance at the system level and the project level, including outcomes of projects funded under both the CoC and the ESG programs
- monitoring recipient and subrecipient performance, evaluating outcomes, and taking action against poor performers, and
- establishing a coordinated/centralized assessment process to have a standard approach to comprehensively assess the housing and service needs of individuals and families when they initially seek help.
The CoC also serves in an advisory capacity to the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
The CoC is organized in accordance with its Governance Charter which outlines the structure of the CoC to include committees and membership.