Continuum of Care (COC) COntra Costra County

The Housing and Urban Development (HUD Department defines a Continuum of Care (CoC) as the group organized to carry out the responsibilities prescribed to address the mobility of homeless individuals and families with tenant-based rental assistance;  to provide protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and those experiencing chronic homeless, in a defined geographic area. A CoC should be composed of representatives of organizations including: nonprofit homeless providers, victim service 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, organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans, and homeless and formerly homeless persons. Responsibilities of a CoC include operating the CoC, designating and operating an HMIS, planning for the CoC (including coordinating the implementation of a housing and service system within its geographic area that meets the needs of the individuals and families who experience homelessness there), and designing and implementing the process associated with applying for CoC Program funds.

Federal, State and Regional Homeless Response Plans

Solving homelessness has been a critical focus at all levels of Government. The All Home Regional Action Plan was adopted by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in 2021 for Bay Area communities to work towards a regional approach to reduce and end homelessness. In December of 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration created the All In Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness to offer communities a blueprint of best practices and promising frameworks in their pursuit of addressing homelessness in their local jurisdictions. Most recently, the AT HOME plan was proposed for consideration as a statewide roadmap towards addressing homelessness in California. These resources are an important element as we develop the Homeless Strategic Plan for the City of Concord to ensure alignment and coordination. 

California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH)

The California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH) was created in 2017 as the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to oversee the implementation of Housing First policies, guidelines, and regulations to reduce the prevalence and duration of homelessness in California. In 2021, Governor Newsom renamed and restructured the Council to continue California’s forward momentum towards the state’s broader vision for greater statewide leadership and coordination around its response to the homelessness crisis. The Council's mission is to develop policies and identify resources, benefits, and services to prevent and work toward ending homelessness in California.