Continuum of Care
Tom from The Salvation Army Street Teams program was working with a 24-year-old man. For multiple reasons, Street Teams was not the right fit, so Tom reached out to partner agencies to collaborate for wraparound services that would meet the complex needs of this young man. Working with Dayna at Harvest House, Caitlyn at Centerstone, and a local employer, this client was employed, housed, and receiving outpatient mental health services in just two days. Tom, Dayna, and Caitlyn represent the kind of peer relationships we all count on—case managers from various agencies working together for the good of the clients and the community.
This is truly a testament to the power of being better together!
Thank you to all of our CoC Members! If you have a story of collaboration and coordination which ended a client's homelessness, Suncoast Partnership would love to highlight it!
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development designates for each community a homeless continuum of care. The Suncoast Partnership supports a two-county Continuum of Care (CoC) for Manatee and Sarasota. The Continuum of Care meets bi-monthly, convening service providers, community leaders, law enforcement, government and homeless individuals for the purpose of collaborating and coordinating services for the homeless.
The Continuum of Care (CoC) began as a concept by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1994. In order to qualify for housing grants, HUD required the development of regional planning models to coordinate housing and services for homeless families and individuals. The purpose of these grants was to identify specific local needs and create paths to self-sufficiency and stable housing.
The CoC model envisions a network of service providers sharing information and resources, while also providing a range of services including: prevention, outreach to those most in need, assessment, referral, case management, supportive services, employment services, in-patient and out-patient mental health and substance abuse treatment, medical and dental care, financial assistance, legal assistance, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent and supported housing.
The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness brings together the Manatee and Sarasota Counties Coalitions. The CoC meets regularly to share promising practices, solve problems and introduce new ideas. One very important activity entrusted to the CoC is the annual point-in-time census of homeless individuals and the corresponding survey of available emergency shelter beds, transitional housing units, and permanent housing units. This data helps the members with vital information on the needs and gaps in the system, and helps redirect services, funding and other resources as the needs of the community’s homeless populations shift.