In 2013, the Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care contracted the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) to assist with the development of a 10-Year Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. Over the following year, a Strategic Planning Steering Committee convened five working groups to translate the HEARTH Act goals into strategies that address the needs of our region’s homeless population. These working groups each met to formulate goals, strategies, action steps, and implementation schedule. The Strategic Plan was also informed from the public, CoC general membership, and regional leadership through a series of Community Forums.
The Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care’s goals are to:
- Achieve functional zero through a homeless services system that provides immediate access and needs assessment at the point of housing crisis to prevent homelessness and rapidly return the homeless to stable housing.
- Create a data-driven system for tracking and predicting service patterns, client needs, and program effectiveness within the Continuum of Care to guide decision-making and planning about the regional homeless services system.
- Ensure access to permanent housing through increased production and availability for low-to-moderate income households and those that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
- Create a holistic, readily accessible network of supportive services agencies that connects the homeless to assistance based on their unique needs, helping households to achieve and sustain permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
- Create a system that eliminates correctional, emergency healthcare and other public service agency burden for servicing homeless clients by directing resources at data-driven discharge planning, targeted housing, and case management solutions.