The goal of the Continuum of Care is to understand the size and scope of the problem of homelessness in a community, and to design effective strategies and solutions to address the problem. It is locally driven, although the process must meet federally set objectives and follow a federally mandated process.
Recognizing the need to stimulate community-wide planning and coordination of programs for individuals and families who are homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1994 instituted a requirement for communities to come together to submit a single, comprehensive application for HUD funds for housing and support services for people who have experienced homelessness. The organizational concept to embody this effort is the Continuum of Care (CoC). Harford County Community Action Agency is the lead agency in our local Continuum of Care.