Historically, under the McKinney Vento Act the Continuum of Care (CoC) was a local network that plans and coordinates funding for services and housing to assist homeless individuals and families. With the enactment of the HEARTH Act in 2009 the CoC is now an entity that implements the HUD CoC program and includes all who choose to participate and are concerned with and/or are providing services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
The HUD CoC program is designed to:
- Promote a community-wide commitment to the goals of ending homelessness.
- Provide funding for efforts to rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families.
- Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs.
- Optimize self sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
CoC Membership is unlimited and the Gulf Coast Partnership Continuum of Care has initiated an open invitation. Any person or agency may become a member of the Gulf Coast Partnership, if there is an interest to work with, serve the homeless population, or become informed about the work being done in Charlotte County to prevent and end homelessness. Membership in the CoC helps the CoC establish a comprehensive database for all future notices to meetings and information sharing. Please take the time to submit your information so you continue to get notified of upcoming meetings, important events, and other information sharing.
To become a member of the Gulf Coast Partnership CoC, please fill out the Membership form on this page.