West Central Minnesota

Continuum of Care

CoC Membership

Membership is open to anyone who is interested in furthering the West Central CoC mission and goals of ending homelessness. It is alos FREE! If you are interested in helping end homelessness in our region, consider becoming a member of the Continuum of Care. 

The three levels of membership include: 

  1. Homeless To Housed Task Force (HTH): The CoC holds 3-4 HTH membership meetings a year. Membership is made up of homeless and mainstream providers and community partners interested in furthering the CoC mission of preventing and ending homelessness. Members are also invited to participate at the board or committee level, but are not required to do so. 
  2. Board of Directors: The board is made up of both elected and appointed members and meets on a monthly basis. 
  3. Committees: The CoC structure includes a regional committees who support the goal of preventing and ending homelessness. If interested in joining one or more committees, please complete the membership link below or contact the CoC Coordinator for more information. 
    • Homeless Committees: The 4 sub-regional homeless committees support increased engagement of local partners and consumers in state and       regional goals to end homelessness, formalized communication on system goals and policies, and a planning structure that allows for                     identification, implementation and analysis of performance, goals and policies at a local level.    
    • Performance Evaluation: This committee meets 10 times annually to review system and homeless project performance, including ranking HUD       CoC Project applications
    • Coordinated Entry: 
      • CARES Board: The HTH elects 6 representatives to serve on the joint governing board. This board meets 3-4 times annually.  
      • CARES governance committees: CARES has a joint Policy and Performance committee. Ad Hoc committees are developed as needed.
      • CARES local committees: Each homeless committee may host local CARES committees to support implementation and monitoring. 

JOIN the CoC

Why should I participate in the CoC?

  • The CoC is a regional evaluation and planning process. Broad participation is needed to provide input on the creation, implementation and evaluation of the plan.
  • Peers in your Continuum of Care can help your organization develop more effective ways to serve consumers by sharing information and experiences.
  • Planning as a Continuum of Care helps avoid duplication of efforts within a community and makes service providers more efficient.
  • Being involved in your Continuum of Care permits you to keep appraised of important information including; funding opportunities, partner updates, state plans and priorities, training's, regional trends, etc.
  • Being involved in your Continuum of Care allows your voice to be heard on policies, funding, and service needs of persons who are experiencing homelessness in your communities.
  • An effective Continuum of Care makes a community more competitive for HUD Homeless Assistance grants.
  • A Continuum of Care can create a critical mass of political will to end homelessness.
  • Together we really can do more!