Homelessness is increasing in communities across the country – and the people experiencing it are disproportionately people with disabilities and older adults.
Through its Continuum of Care (CoC) program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding for efforts by nonprofit organizations, states and tribes, and local governments to quickly re-house people experiencing homelessness.
CoCs bring together community partners that offer a variety of services to individuals and families experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness. The partners vary from community to community, but often include public housing and housing services agencies, health care organizations, providers of mental health services, and community-based organizations that provide supportive services (such as the aging and disability networks).
This Housing and Services Resource Center webinar orients participants to CoC structures and cross-sector partnerships that address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Presenters from two community-based organizations, that are part of CoCs also address the benefits of these partnerships.
Launched in partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC) was created to foster collaboration and partnerships between the organizations and systems that provide housing resources and homelessness services, health care and mental health services, independent living services and other supportive services, and others who are working to help people live successfully and stably in the community. HHS and HUD are working together to expand accessible, affordable housing; streamline access to services; coordinate and better leverage resources; and ultimately help people exit homelessness and make living in the community possible for more people.