What is a Continuum of Care?

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is 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 2018, Toledo Lucas County has been awarded $4,303,927 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2017 Continuum of Care Competition for new and renewal projects. The projects are administered by six agencies and provide homeless individuals and families with a wide range of services to assist them achieve and maintain permanent housing. These include: Permanent Supportive Housing; Leasing Subsidy; and Rapid ReHousing.

The grants are awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program and will assist approximately 7,300 local homeless assistance projects throughout the U.S. and Guam.

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.