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Louisville/Jefferson County Continuum of Care (CoC)

Across the country, the Continuum of Care (CoC) program promotes a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The Louisville/Jefferson County CoC is our city’s local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. The Coalition for the Homeless has provided leadership and coordination for the Louisville Metro CoC since 1997.

CoC Application Info

As of August 4, 2022, the Louisville/Jefferson County Continuum of Care is seeking proposals for new projects to be funded under the FY22 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) and the FY22 Continuum of Care Supplemental to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness.

The CoC is open to and will consider applications from organizations that have not previously received CoC funding.

If your organization is interested in submitting an application for program funding under the FY22 NOFO, please complete a pre-application as soon as possible.

Membership

The Coalition for the Homeless is seeking local community members and service providers interested in homelessness and the services available to those experiencing homelessness to join the Continuum of Care.

To join, please download and complete this membership form and return it to ejohns@louhomeless.org

Members of the CoC strive to understand the needs of the homeless and work collectively to address these needs. This group also works annually to apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for funding to address the identified needs and distribute to community based nonprofits.

Meetings

The Louisville Metro Continuum of Care meets four times a year on the first Monday of every quarter: January, April, July, and October. Meeting agendas and minutes for each CoC meeting (and for the CoC Board meetings, which are every other month on the second Tuesday) will be posted here.

Next meeting: Monday, October 3, 2022, at 3pm Eastern Time; click here to register in advance. After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining.

For more CoC meeting materials, as well as CoC board meeting materials, click here.

What is the Continuum of Care?

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Continuum of Care process. This process is an approach that helps communities across America address the problems of homelessness in a coordinated, comprehensive, and strategic fashion.

A Continuum of Care is a community’s plan to organize and deliver shelter and services that meet the specific needs of homeless individuals and families as they move toward stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. This plan should include:

  • Outreach, intake, and assessment to identify an individual’s and family’s service and housing needs, and link them to appropriate housing or service resources.
  • Emergency shelter and safe, decent alternatives to the streets.
  • Longer term shelter with supportive services to allow people the time and support to eliminate barriers to permanent housing, such as utility debt.
  • Permanent housing and permanent supportive housing.

Every Continuum of Care should also feature homelessness prevention strategies and services, which can range from one-time emergency funds that keep a roof over a family’s head to crisis intervention services for people with mental illness.

By working together, these groups can envision, develop, and implement solutions that respond to the wide-ranging needs among people experiencing homelessness, such as veterans, youth, survivors of domestic violence, and people struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

What is the Coalition’s role in the Continuum of Care process?

The Coalition for the Homeless has provided leadership and coordination for the Louisville Metro Continuum of Care process since 1997. We have staff dedicated to working with local homeless provider agencies and community leaders in a year-round research, strategic planning, and application process.

Our staff specifically focuses on the following activities to direct this process:

  1. Reading and interpreting the HUD application for community agencies.
  2. Conducting necessary research of best practices around the country and determining local gaps in services.
  3. Organizing and conducting the Annual Homeless count.
  4. Facilitating the community funding process with homeless service agencies.
  5. Writing and submitting a collaborative proposal to HUD for federal funding.

Who can be involved in the Continuum of Care?

According to HUD requirements, the membership of the Continuum of Care must be inclusive of the many facets of the community which it represents. The Louisville Metro Continuum of Care membership consists of over 80 entities representing:

  • The Public Sector: state and local government agencies; public housing agencies; school systems and universities; law enforcement and corrections; local workforce investment act boards; and other state and national level groups or individuals.
  • The Private Sector: non-profit organizations; faith-based organizations; funders and advocacy groups; businesses and business associations; hospitals and medical representatives; homeless and formerly homeless people; and any other interested individuals.

How do I get more information about this process?

The Louisville Metro Continuum of Care meets four times a year on the first Monday of every quarter: January, April, July, and October. Meeting agendas and minutes for each CoC meeting (and for the CoC Board meetings, which are every other month on the second Tuesday) will be posted here.

All Continuum of Care (CoC) community meetings are open to the public.

If you have other questions about becoming involved in the process, please contact Brandi Scott, Director of Planning and Evaluation, at (502) 636-9550 x1211 or via email at bscott@louhomeless.org.

For other posts related to the CoC, click here.