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What is a Continuum of Care?
A local Continuum of Care (CoC) is a group of individuals and/or organizations including nonprofit homeless providers, victim services providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, and organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans, and individuals experiencing homelessness or are formerly homeless who meet regularly for the purpose of discussing how to best provide services to individuals and/or families experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
Missouri BoS CoC
The Mo BoS CoC is made up of committed leaders and service providers who are working to end homelessness in some of the most rural parts of the state. Read about our elected representatives here. Mo BoS CoC is the avenue in which community members in service-hub cities, rural counties, and other communities across Missouri just out of reach from large metropolitan areas have the opportunity to partner for solution oriented responses to homelessness.
History of the Mo BoS CoC
The MO BoS CoC was originally established and governed by the Governor's Committee To End Homelessness (GCEH). In 2017, the 101 counties in Mo BoS CoC voted to separate from the GCEH and adopted a governance charter to comply with CoC regulations and statutes.
The Collaborative Applicant is the eligible applicant designated by the Continuum of Care (CoC) to collect and submit the CoC Registration, CoC Consolidated Application (which includes the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing), and apply for CoC planning funds on behalf of the CoC during the CoC Program Competition. The MO BoS CoC has also assigned the following responsibilities:
Provide technical support to agencies in and around the Mo BoS CoC
Produce the Point-in-Time Count Report
Provide support to the Missouri Balance of State Continuum of Care Board and committees
Coordinate with the HMIS Lead to capture HUD required data
The Missouri Housing Development Commission is the Collaborative Applicant for the Missouri Balance of State Continuum of Care. Contact information can be found below.
Homeless Systems Liaison
Homeless Management Information System
In July 2003, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a draft notice of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The notice prompted communities around the nation to set up HMIS databases to capture required data elements and established minimum policies and procedures.
An HMIS is an electronic data collection system that stores information about the individuals who seek homeless services. It is a valuable resource because of its capacity to integrate and un-duplicate data from all homeless assistance and homelessness prevention programs in a Continuum of Care (CoC). HMIS implementations may encompass a single CoC, or CoCs may collaborate on a joint HMIS to facilitate data sharing and service coordination across communities. Aggregate HMIS data is used to understand the size, characteristics, and needs of the homeless population at the local, state, and national levels. It also enables organizations that operate homeless assistance and homelessness prevention programs to improve the services they provide by collecting information about client needs and to produce any reports required by their funders. For the Balance of State Continuum of Care, they are joined in a single HMIS implementation with the Joplin, Springfield, St. Louis City, and St. Louis County area CoCs. The HMIS is administered by the Institute for Community Alliances. The HMIS software used is ServicePoint, a product of Mediware Information Systems.
Through the HMIS Project, any agency that provides shelter, housing, and services to individuals experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness qualifies to participate in HMIS. Agencies may request permission to participate in HMIS and become a Partner Agency by contacting Institute for Community Alliances.
Technical Assistance Requests:
Jayna Gray, Project Manager- Missouri BoS CoC
(573) 298-6066 ext. 1
HUD CoC System Performance Measures
CoCs are charged with designing a local “system” to assist sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness and providing the services necessary to help them access housing and obtain long-term stability. More broadly, CoCs are to promote community-wide planning and strategic use of resources to address homelessness; enhance coordination and integration with mainstream resources and other programs targeted to people experiencing homelessness; and improve data collection and performance measurement.
For information on the most current System Performance Measure reports, and other HMIS data reports, please visit the ICA website located at https://www.icalliances.org/missouri-data-and-reports. To learn more about how system performance measures are reported, Please visit the following resource: HUD System Performance Measures.
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