Summit County Continuum of Care
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History of Continuum of Care (CoC)
Since 1994, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging communities to address the problems of housing and homelessness in a coordinated, comprehensive, and strategic fashion. This concept is designed to help communities develop the capacity to envision, organize, and plan comprehensive and long-term solutions to addressing the problem of homelessness in their community.
The Continuum of Care is a formal community plan with performance reviews submitted to HUD on an annual basis. The planned goals and action steps are created to organize and deliver housing and supportive services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. The community plan also includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.
The Continuum of Care planning process and committee tasks are on-going, yearly processes which culminate in a funding application being submitted to HUD requesting financial support for locally determined projects addressing the causes and needs of the homeless. Community participation and measurement of service provider collaboration and goal achievement are key factors for determining the levels of funding our Continuum of Care receives annually from HUD.
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Summit County Continuum of Care to Hold Annual Point In Time (PIT) Count in January
A collaboration of agencies working together for the homeless.
AKRON, Ohio – Jan. 28, 2020 – Every year, Summit County Continuum of Care members, in conjunction with HUD, coordinate with volunteers to count the homeless in Summit County. The Point In Time (PIT) Count takes place throughout the day on January 28, 2020.
“Summit County has a robust system of services and housing options for individuals who are homeless,” said Mar-quetta Boddie, Manager of the Summit County Continuum of Care. “The homeless people in our community are best served by the development and support of permanent housing solutions. Using the information we collect during the PIT Count, we can continue to offer those solutions.”
On January 28, volunteers will be at meal sites, the main library, and the metro station, while street outreach conducts walks through the streets, the woods, and encampments throughout the county to count each homeless individual. Volunteers will provide information on where to get help and how to connect with various resources. The information we collect during the PIT count, provides us the data we need to secure HUD funding which helps alleviate homelessness in our community.
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