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.
*Meetings subject to change; 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 to non-profit partner 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.
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 in 2009, and many community groups were involved in its implementation until the plans expiration in 2019. The groups reported accomplishments made toward the goals of the plan in the corresponding Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Database.
The Continuum of Care, through several working sessions, drafted the 2019 CoC Strategic Plan. This plan provides additional goals and action steps to work toward ensuring that homelessness in Lee County is a rare, brief, and one-time experience.