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Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness

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Continuum of Care Background

The MAG Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness has worked with a diverse array of partners to develop regional solutions to end homelessness. Each year, the expertise of the Committee and community partners has resulted in more people being housed and supported in their quest for stability. Staffed by the Maricopa Association of Governments since 1999, the Continuum of Care has successfully competed well in the national application for funding. Over the years, the HUD funding award has increased and now supports more than 60 homeless assistance programs in 24 different agencies. This award has been an important and consistent source of funding for the community.

In response to the HEARTH Act, changes are being made to improve the efficacy of the Continuum of Care. These changes have been identified and championed by talented partners throughout the region. Thanks to the dedication of the people involved, the Continuum of Care is positioned to continue making a difference in the lives of those who are homeless.

The mission of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, is as follows:

  • To promote communitywide goals to end homelessness.
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation to those persons.
  • Promote access to, and effective utilization of, mainstream programs.
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individual and families experiencing homelessness. 

The program is composed of transitional housing, permanent supportive housing for disabled persons, permanent housing, supportive services, and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Goals

  • The mission of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, is as follows:
  • To promote communitywide goals to end homelessness.
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation to those persons.
  • Promote access to, and effective utilization of, mainstream programs.
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individual and families experiencing homelessness.

The program is composed of transitional housing, permanent supportive housing for disabled persons, permanent housing, supportive services, and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Duties of the Continuum of Care

The three major duties of a Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, are to:

  1. Operate the Continuum of Care.
  2. Designate an HMIS for the Continuum of Care.
  3. Plan for the Continuum of Care.

CoC Governance Structure

The Continuum of Care will have a CoC Board, Continuum of Care Committee, Ad Hoc Stakeholder Groups, and HMIS Groups established to accomplish the responsibilities of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule and available in the “Responsibilities of the Continuum of Care” section. Please click here to view the Continuum of Care Governance Charter for additional information.

Continuum of Care Board

The role of the Continuum of Care Board is to be the decision-making body for the CoC. Decisions will be made with input from the CoC Committee.  Click here for a list of Continuum of Care Board members approved on August 25, 2014.

Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count

Arizona Horizon, February 24, 2015: Phoenix Area Homeless Count

(Phoenix Area Homeless Count  begins at 12:10)

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Chair:
Mattie Lord
UMOM New Day Centers

Vice Chair:
Jacki Taylor
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

Human Services Planner:
Anne Scott
Human Services


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