Homeless Prevention & Response System
Overview of the Continuum of Care
A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. CoCs represent communities of all kinds, including major cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In Alaska, there are two CoCs, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, which serves the greater Anchorage area from Girdwood to Chugiak, and our partner organization the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness which serves the remainder of the state.
According to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a CoC is “a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximize self-sufficiency. It includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.” HUD identifies five necessary parts of a continuum:
- Outreach, intake, and assessment in order to identify service and housing needs and provide a link to the appropriate level of both;
- Emergency shelter to provide an immediate and safe alternative to sleeping on the streets, especially for homeless families with children;
- Transitional housing with supportive services to allow for the development of skills that will be needed once permanently housed;
- Permanent and permanent supportive housing to provide individuals and families with an affordable place to live with services if needed;
- Supportive services, including homeless prevention activities
An effective Continuum of Care plan includes strategies to serve the specific needs of all the homeless subpopulations within the community and ensures that financial and other resources are used in a coordinated effort to provide the full range of housing and service options needed to enable homeless persons to make the transition from the streets to stable work and environments and to achieve as high a level of self-sufficiency as possible.
The Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council is guided by the work of three committees.
1. Community Prioritization: The HPRS Community Prioritization Committee supports the annual Anchorage Gap Analysis and Anchorage Community Prioritization process, including implementation of Anchored Home and other community initiatives, to engage individuals with lived homelessness experience and front-line staff in the process.
2. Compliance: The Compliance Committee is responsible for the Oversight of community policy and procedures, HUD compliance oversight, and overall compliance with local, state, or federal funding streams. The Committee also monitors and facilitates an annual review of Continuum of Care (CoC) community standards and policies related to the Homeless Prevention & Response System.
3. Data: The Data Committee directs strategy and monitoring of related community initiatives. The Committee tracks trends in data and shares analysis with the Advisory Council, focusing on the HUD System Performance Measures and Built for Zero data.
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