Continuum of Care
A local planning process that helps communities plan for and provide a full range of prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and supportive service resources to address the various needs of homeless individuals and families.
For 2014, Toledo Lucas County has been awarded $4,286,962 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2013 Continuum of Care Competition for renewal projects. All projects recommended and submitted to HUD by the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board were renewed. The projects are administered by eleven agencies and provide homeless individuals and families with a wide range of services to assist them achieve and maintain permanent housing. These include: Transitional Housing; Permanent Supportive Housing; Support Services; Leasing Subsidy; Outreach; and, Medical Transport. In addition, these dollars employ fifty people and provide rental income to over 150 landlords.
The grants are awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs and will assist approximately 7,100 local homeless assistance projects throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Emergency Shelter Grants Program.
To say these funds are vitally needed is an understatement. Agencies stretch the funds as far as they can to provide safe and stable services and housing to as many homeless households as possible. These funds are also helping us respond to the new face of homelessness, those family households once adequately employed, former home-owners in some cases, who have very limited, if any, resources and continue to find themselves unable to secure affordable housing and severely disadvantaged when competing for employment.
The Toledo/Lucas County Continuum of Care is well established and provides a range of services moving homeless households, single and family, into long-term permanent housing, and possesses the potential for service efficiency and expansion as stronger collaborations are built and resources are made available, especially in the areas of prevention, outreach and affordable housing.
Continuum of Care Applications