A Continuum of Care is a group of service providers serving a particular geographic area who work together in a collaborative planning process to develop programs that address homelessness. COCs can apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for McKinney-Vento funding. Local agencies wishing to access these funds must do so through their COC’s application for funding. Continuum of Care funds may be used for projects under five program components: Permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services only, HMIS, and, in some limited cases, homelessness prevention.
The Maine Continuum of Care (MCOC) covers the entire State of Maine.
The mission of the MCOC is to plan and coordinate an inclusive system that helps Maine people avoid or exit quickly from homelessness, and to address the underlying causes of homelessness.
The MCOC has open membership for all individuals and/or organizations within the service area that have an interest in and subscribe to the mission and policies of the MCOC and who, through their participation, will contribute to MCOC’s ability to carry out its mission. Membership is free and is open to the public.
Each member of the MCOC is a vital link in a collaborative community network, and as such, shares in ideas, concerns and decisions regarding the development, and deployment of resources to address the needs of people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Please visit www.mainehomelessplanning.org and subscribe for more information and for meeting notices.
Contact Info: Scott Tibbitts, CoC Planning & Grants Coordinator Email Me
For more information on the Continuum of Care process, you can visit www.hudhre.info
Links in this section are under construction. Please check back soon for updates.
- COC: 101
- HUD Definition of a CoC
- MCOC overview
- Description of each
- CoC Board or Directors
- Committee Meeting & Members
- Role of MaineHousing/Collaborative Applicant.
- Participation Matters
- Standing invitation to attend
- How participation factored into scoring/monitoring
- Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
- Outline of annual process
- Standing invitation to submit in next round
- Links to HUD information
- Current Application
- previous years applications