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Clackamas County Continuum of Care

The organizing body of service providers, nonprofits, and concerned citizens addressing homelessness in Clackamas County

The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a consortium of individuals and organizations with the common purpose of planning a housing and services continuum for people who are homeless. The CoC is not a formal advisory council to Clackamas County although it does operate with County staff support. The CoC was originated to meet the Federal HUD requirement for Continuum of Care McKinney-Vento funds to flow into Clackamas County for people who are homeless.

The fourth Wednesday of every month, the Continuum of Care meets in the Clackamas County Public Services Building, Room 255. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Margie James at 503-650-5663.

The CoC's mission is to facilitate the development of a continuum of care (housing + services) that provides opportunities to significantly mitigate homelessness in Clackamas County, via:

  • Full utilization of mainstream resources;
  • Coordination of service delivery and housing systems;
  • Systemic agreements and institutional targeting of populations at high risk of homelessness;
  • Creative cultivation of new resources;
  • Public awareness to foster a collective sense of responsibility.

The CoC's mission is based on these principles which permeate its implementation:

  • Equity of access to housing and services;
  • Choice and self-determination as consistently part of the process;
  • Treating people with dignity and respect, regardless of their housing status;
  • Culturally competent services;
  • Non-judgmental approach to people and their problems throughout the housing and service systems.

The CoC's activities are targeted to:

  • Annual re-applications for funding of homeless programs and services.
  • Identify and advocate for the needs of people who are homeless in Clackamas County;
  • Facilitate the development of a continuum of care including housing and services for people who are homeless in Clackamas County;
  • Develop short and long term plans to mitigate homelessness in Clackamas County.
  • Recommend funding priorities to HUD for new and renewal projects.

The CoC submits an annual application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) articulating the CoC's planning efforts and other activities within Clackamas County which relate to homeless people. To get a copy of this application, contact the Clackamas County Community Development Division at 503-655-8591.

For information about our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is used to collect and report data about services provided to those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness in Clackamas County, click here.

 

CoC Steering Committee Resources

 

FY 2013 Application Documents

 

Continuum of Care documents:

 

Reports on homelessness in Clackamas County:

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