Continuum of Care Information

Continuum of Care (CoC) is a community strategic plan to organize and deliver housing and services to reduce the incidence of homelessness by assisting homeless individuals, youth and families with children to move to self-sufficiency and permanent 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) McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Program for funding to address homelessness. Minnesota Continuums access over $30 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 successfully complete the McKinney Vento CoC Homeless Assistance Application at a level that enables all projects to be fully funded; commit to project applications to access the regions full pro rata share and maximum eligible bonus; and to develop a region-wide plan to end homelessness.