What is a Continuum of Care?
A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a federally-mandated local planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals. A CoC is made up of organizations and individuals that work together to develop long and short-term strategic plans to ending homelessness in their area. The CoC brings many community partners together to discuss trends in homelessness and to design a system to effectively and efficiently provide services for the needs of the homeless population.
Prior to the creation of the Continuum of Care Program, individual organizations would apply for funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 1995, HUD began to require communities to submit a single application demonstrating the plan of the community to tackle homelessness together. This collaborative application was developed to streamline the funding process, but to also encourage collaboration among community homeless services providers.
Who is the Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care?
The Fredericksburg Regional CoC is the network of community organizations working together to prevent and end homelessness within the Fredericksburg region. The CoC is led and staffed by the George Washington Regional Commission and serves the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.