Continuum of Care Information
Continuum of Care is a community strategic plan to organize and deliver housing and services to reduce the incidence of homelessness by assisting homeless individuals, youth and families with children to move to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The Continuum of Care includes: prevention, outreach and assessment, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing or other permanent housing. Annually the Continuum of Care applies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Program (the application is called Exhibit One) for funding to address homelessness. Minnesota Continuums access over $20 million annually through this process.
Minnesota Housing through the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness (MICH) assists planning in the thirteen Minnesota Continuum of Care regions. The MICH supports each Continuum: successfully complete Exhibit 1 of the McKinney Vento Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Application at a level that enables all projects to be fully funded; commit to project applications to access the regions full pro rata share and maximum eligible bonus; and to develop a region-wide plan to end long-term homelessness in coordination with Minnesota's Business Plan to End Long-Term Homelessness.