The Lee County Continuum of Care (CoC) is a group of community stakeholders who work together to address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless Lee County. The group includes funders, service providers, local businesses, and advocates who meet monthly at the Lee County Homeless Coalition General Meeting. The work of the Continuum of Care is carried out within several sub-committees, which plan for community education, advocacy, the Homeless Management Information and Coordinated Entry Systems, and community resources and needs.
The Continuum of Care is overseen by a Governing Board made up of community volunteers that represent a variety community sectors, including providers of housing, supportive services, health care, education, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, community advocates, and homeless or formerly homeless persons. The Governing Board meets regularly to evaluate the performance of community programs and identify strategic planning initiatives.
The Continuum of Care Governing Board is now accepting applications for new members.
Members are required to attend regular meetings and commit to a one year term.
September 12, 2018
Meeting Minutes (May 9, 2018)
Continuum of Care Overview
October 10, 2018
Meeting Minutes (June 28, 2018)
February 13, 2019
Meeting Minutes (August 8, 2018)
2019 Ranking and Reallocation Procedures
April 10, 2019
Meeting Minutes (September 12, 2018)
HMIS & Coordinated Entry
June 12, 2019
Meeting Minutes (October 10, 2018)
August 16, 2019
Meeting Minutes (February 13, 2019)
2019 CoC Strategic Plan
|September 12, 2019||Meeting Minutes (April 10, 2019)||CoC Written Standard and Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures|
October 3, 2019
|Meeting Minutes (May 8, 2019)|
*Meeting agendas will be published approximately one week prior to each meeting.
Lee County Human and Veteran Services serves as the Collaborative Applicant to compete on a national level for Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The application includes over $1.7 million in requests for renewal projects and new requests for projects (when available) that address the needs of Lee County’s homeless. Funds support programs for permanent housing, emergency shelter, and services for the homeless are provided by the following funded agencies:
2019 Continuum of Care Funding Cycle
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) funding cycle began on July 3, 2019. The Performance, Evaluation and Ranking Committee reviewed and ranked applications on August 16, 2019. The CoC Governing Board met immediately following and voted to forward nine applications
to HUD as part of the 2019 CoC Consolidated application.
|2019 CoC Registration Notice|
Published January 31, 2019
Due March 14, 2019
|2019 Lee County CoC Registration||Submitted February 5, 2019|
|2019 HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availability||Published July 3, 2019|
|Local Request for Applications for 2019 CoC New Projects (Addendum #1)||Published July 5, 2019|
OPTIONAL Pre-Application Meeting at Human and Veteran Services, 2440 Thompson St., Fort Myers, FL 33901
July 15, 2019
at 3:30 pm
Deadline for Questions regarding Request for Applications
|July 31, 2019|
|Response to Request for Applications Questions||August 2, 2019|
|Deadline for 2019 New Project Applications to be Submitted||August 9, 2019 before 5:00 pm|
|2019 CoC Project Application Ranking Meeting||August 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Lee County Human and Veteran Services|
|Applicants Notified of Funding Decision||August 16, 2019|
CoC Application Published for Public Review
Priority Listing Published for Public Review
|On or before September 25, 2019|
|HUD Deadline for Submission of the 2019 CoC Application||September 30, 2019 before 8:00 pm|
2018 Continuum of Care Funding Cycle
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) funding cycle closed September 18, 2018. All new and renewal applications for the 2018 competition were reviewed by the local ranking committee according to the Ranking Committee Procedures using the 2018 Ranking Tool, and submitted to HUD before the deadline.
The following projects were submitted to HUD for funding consideration:
The Salvation Army – Rapid Re-Housing
Community Assisted and Supported Living - Supportive Services (Consolidation of Broadway and San Souci)
Community Assisted and Supported Living – San Souci
Community Assisted and Supported Living – Broadway
Community Assisted and Supported Living - Rental Assistance (Consolidation of S+C I and S+C II)
Community Assisted and Supported Living – S + C II
Community Assisted and Supported Living – S + C I
Lee County CoC Planning (NEW)
Lee County Housing Development Corporation - Domestic Violence Rapid Re-Housing (NEW)
Center for Progress and Excellence - CPE Recovery House (NEW)
Jewish Family and Children's Services - Rapid Re-Housing (NEW)
2018 CoC Funding Awards for Renewal Projects were announced on January 26, 2019.
Lee County was awarded $1,705,495 for renewal projects.
State of Florida Homelessness Funding
The State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, Office on Homelessness released the Request for Applications for Unified Homelessness Grant for Fiscal Years 2019-2022 on January 28, 2019, and applications were due on March 29, 2019. Lee County's application includes three new projects, and requests $570,000 in grant funds.
Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness
Lee County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness was developed by eight subcommittees, but many community groups are involved in its implementation, and are working to accomplish the goals set forth in the plan. Organizations enter accomplishments made toward the goals of the plan in the corresponding Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Database. A quarterly report on the progress is presented to the Lee County Human Services Council.