Continuum of Care Action Group/Board

The Continuum of Care (CoC) and Continuum of Care Board

The Washtenaw County CoC coordinates the community’s policies, strategies, and activities toward ending homelessness.  Its work includes gathering and analyzing information in order to determine the local needs of people experiencing homelessness, implementing strategic responses, educating the community on homelessness issues, providing advice and input on the operations of homeless services, measuring CoC performance, and providing coordinated oversight to ESG and CoC grant recipients.  The CoC’s broad membership base includes homeless or formerly homeless individuals, organizations that address homelessness, businesses, government, universities, hospitals, law enforcement, and public housing agencies. 

The CoC Board, comprised of up to 25 member representatives, is the lead decision-making body of the Washtenaw County CoC.  The Board provides the CoC with the guidance and influence needed to effectively implement policies, strategies, and activities toward ending homelessness.

As HMIS Lead Agency and Collaborative Applicant for funding, OCED:

  • Annually updates and implements the HMIS Governance Charter
  • Reviews, revises, and approves an annual CoC HMIS data privacy plan, data security plan, and data quality plan
  • Monitors use of HMIS by ESG and CoC recipients and provides support to ensure consistent and accurate HMIS participation
  • Staffs committees
  • Coordinates needs/gaps assessments
  • Collects and reports performance data
  • Monitors program performance
  • Recruits and educates stakeholders
  • Prepares the collaborative application for CoC funds

One of the critical components of the Continuum of Care is the Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA), a local nonprofit organization that serves as the Planning & Coordinating body for the Washtenaw Coordinated Funding Model.  In this role, the WHA assists in coordinating the system of care, researching and distributing best practices and research on housing and homelessness, and assisting providers in working toward common outcomes that lead to ending homelessness. Please see the WHA website for more information: www.whalliance.org 

Vision Statement:

There should be no homeless people without options, including the vulnerable and hard to serve and those who do not meet existing service criteria.

Mission Statement:

As members of a concerned community, we affirm that homelessness is a shared responsibility and must be addressed collaboratively by all of the institutions, agencies, businesses, and individual members in our community.

Guiding Principles:

  • Homelessness is a social problem that is grounded in poverty, violence, racism, classism and patterns of economic investment and disinvestment. As a community, we have a responsibility to.
  • Apply our resources to prevent and alleviate homelessness and to increase permanent housing options.
  • Develop opportunities for economic advancement and self-sufficiency for the least advantaged members of our community.
  • Respect individual needs and choices.
  • Create a safe and secure community for all who choose to live here.
  • Promote a sense of accountability to one another in all efforts and commit to accountability in the system of care.
  • Clarify each partners role in the system of care including the delivery of service-related activities to support system outcomes.
  • Expect mutual understanding and respect for all partners.
 
Funding Opportunities:

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Application for the 2013 competition has now been posted for the Washtenaw County CoC. More information about the Washtenaw County CoC can be found here

 

To view the application and the rank project listing, please click on the links below:


 This process included a Request for Proposal that can be found here  

 For more information, please contact Human Services Manager, Andrea Plevek, at pleveka@ewashtenaw.org.

 

 
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