WHAT IS A
CONTINUUM OF CARE
The Continuum of Care (CoC) is the collective networks, institutions, and organizations that provide housing and services to people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness.
Federally mandated goals of the CoC include:
- Promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness;
- Provide funding for efforts to quickly re-house individuals and families who are homeless, which minimizes the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness;
- Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs;
- Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
The technical name for our local Continuum of Care is TX-601 Fort Worth/Arlington/Tarrant County
The CoC is governed by a board composed of community members invested in the issue of homelessness. The CoC Board is an independent entity, but is not incorporated, so must appoint a local entity to conduct business on behalf of the Board and CoC at large. Currently, TCHC is appointed as the Lead Agency, Collaborative Applicant and HMIS Administrator. Click here to learn more about who is on the CoC Board.
As the Lead Agency, TCHC is designated to carry out the activities of the CoC, including fiscal and compliance activities. Regular administrative tasks may include management of the annual HUD application, coordination of other funding opportunities, project and system monitoring, meeting management, and other duties as needed.
As the Collaborative Applicant, TCHC is designated by the CoC Board to be the entity that submits the collaborative funding application to HUD for homeless assistance programs. In 2018, as the Collaborative Applicant, TCHC secured over $13 million in funding for our community.
As the HMIS Administrator, TCHC manages the Continuum’s data in the Homeless Management Information System. HMIS allows our community to record, track, and report results of individual agency accomplishments, as well as measure how the entire community is performing.