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WHAT IS A CONTINUUM OF CARE?

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program was created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.  Over 400 local Continuums of Care provide funding for homeless programs operated by nonprofit providers, work closely with State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation, and increase utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families with a goal of optimizing self-sufficiency.

Continuums of Care are independent, collaborative groups comprised of individual member agencies and stakeholders in the government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and business sectors.  Members of the CoC self-organize to elect a board that governs the operations of the CoC and form committees that carry out the work of the CoC.   To learn more about becoming a member of the Maryland Balance of State Continuum of Care and how you can join in our mission to end homelessness, click the button below.

WHO WE ARE

The Balance of State Continuum of Care coordinates funding, community partner collaborations, and strategies to prevent and end homelessness in the following Maryland regions:

  • Western Maryland - Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties

  • Central & Northeastern Maryland - Frederick, Cecil and Harford counties

  • Southern Maryland - Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's counties

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is the lead agency for the Continuum of Care, providing staffing support for CoC initiatives, developing and submitting annual funding applications, building interagency partnerships, and working with TeamHMIS to operate the Homeless Management Information System.

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Get to Know Us!

Visit the links below to learn more about the people who serve on our CoC board, committees, local homelessness coalitions, and staff.

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