​​​The Lee County Continuum of Care is the name given to the group of community stakeholders who work together to address the needs of the homeless. It is a body of funders, providers, and advocates who meet semi-annually at the Lee County Homeless Coalition General Meeting, but whose work is carried out through many other smaller groups. The Lee County Homeless Coalition provides structured committees which address issues such as Community Education and Advocacy, Demographics and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and Prevention. The General Meetings provide monthly networking for the group.


Governing Board

The Continuum of Care is overseen by a Governing Board, which is made up of community volunteers that represent different community sectors. The Board has members from Lee County Human & Veteran Services and Lee County Homeless Coalition, and providers of housing, services, health care, education, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and community advocates. The Governing Board meets quarterly, where they evaluate the performance of community programs and identify strategic planning initiatives. In addition, the Lee County Homeless Coalition and Continuum of Care hold joint committee meetings to address the increase collaboration and promote awareness.

Meeting Minutes

policies AND procedures

Meeting Minutes (May 4, 2016)​

Governance Charter​​

​Meeting Minutes (Aug. 3, 2016)

Written Standards​

​Meeting Minutes (Nov. 2, 2016)

Ranking Committee
Meeting Minutes (Feb. 8, 2017)
​Reallocation
Meeting Minutes (May 10, 2017)
HMIS & ​Coordinated Entry

Funding

Lee County Human & Veteran Services also 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 $1.6 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:​

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) funding competition is now open. The completed CoC application must be submitted to HUD by 8:00 pm on September 28, 2017. 

All new and renewal applications were reviewed by the local ranking and review committee according to the Ranking Committee Procedures using the 2017 Ranking Tool on​ May 16, 2017. New and renewal project applicants were notified of the final scoring results on May 19, 2017.  ​​

The following projects will be submitted to HUD for funding consideration:

The Salvation Army – Rapid Re-Housing
The Salvation Army – Rapid Re-Housing Expansion (NEW) 
Community Assisted and Supported Living – San Souci
Community Assisted and Supported Living – Broadway
Community Assisted and Supported Living – Broadway Expansion (NEW)
Community Assisted and Supported Living – S + C II
Community Assisted and Supported Living – S + C I
Catholic Charities – Transitional Housing – Rapid Re-Housing (NEW)
Lee County CoC Planning (NEW)

2017 Coc competition TIMELINE
​comments
​2017 CoC Registration Notice
Posted by HUD on April 10, 2017
Notice of Funding Availability for
Local Projects

​Distributed locally on April 10, 2017
2017 CoC Registration
​Submitted to HUD on April 24, 2017
​2017 HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availability
​Published by HUD on July 14, 2017
​CoC Application
Submitted to HUD on September 25, 2017
Priority Listing
Submitted to HUD on September 25, 2017

In addition to the COC application, Lee County has competed state-wide for additional funding to support programs for the homeless. When available, the Florida Challenge Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, Homelessness Prevention - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Grant, and the Florida Homeless Housing Assistance Grant have provided a variety of needed services and housing opportunities to various non-profit agencies in Lee County.

​​2016 Continuum​ of Care Application
​2015 Continuum of Care Application
​2016 Challenge​ Grant Application

 

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.

Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness​
​Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Database