Continuum of Care Information

Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional strategic planing body to plan and implement housing and services to reduce the incidence of homelessness by assisting individuals, youth and families experiencing homelessness to access services and stable housing. The CoC includes prevention, outreach and assessment, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing or other permanent housing. Annually the CoC applies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Program for funding to address homelessness. Minnesota Continuums access $38 million annually through this process.

Minnesota Housing through the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness (MICH) assists planning in the ten Minnesota CoC regions. MICH supports each Continuum to successfully complete the CoC Program application at a level that enables all projects to be fully funded; submit project applications to access the regions full pro rata share and maximum eligible bonus funds; and to develop a region-wide plan to end homelessness.