Continuum of Care
A single mother and her adolescent daughter have been renting their home in Manatee County for the past two years. The mother lost her job and accumulated several months of back rent before she was able to secure a new position that enabled her to afford the lease. Her property management company agreed to spread the arrearages over several months, but then suddenly reversed their decision and began eviction proceedings. She proactively reached out to find sources of assistance, but was not able to secure funding on her own.
Turning Points stepped in and secured funds through Season of Sharing. Additionally, Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness secured funds through the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation Flexible Housing Fund. With these two agencies working in tandem, her past due balance of almost $9,000.00 was brought current, her daughter was able to continue taking college classes, she was able to maintain her stability and employment and the family has been able to remain stably housed.”
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!
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.
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