What is the Continuum of Care?

CoC responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

Establishing a CoC governance structure, system operations and planning, designating and operating the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and designing and operating a Coordinated Entry System.

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

To learn more about CoCs, click here 

To learn more about the Evolving CoC Homeless System Response, click here.

Understanding the Root of Homelessness

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System Response to Homelessness

  • Rapid Rehousing: Rapid rehousing quickly connects people to a home, and provides short term rental assistance and services. Some core components include housing identification, rent and move in assistance, and case management. Research suggests that rapid rehousing is more cost-effective than transitional housing, and folks that receive this assistance are more likely to achieve permanent housing and less likely to return to homelessness after assistance ends.

  • Permanent Supportive Housing: Permanent supportive housing (PSH) combines affordable housing assistance with support services to address the needs of the most vulnerable people experiencing chronic homelessness.

  • Our CoC recognizes that homelessness is a complex issue and will require support from various community partners to ensure that all individuals and families in El Dorado County have equal access to community resources and safe and affordable housing.

  • As a CoC, we work to collaboratively identify and address social vulnerabilities, reduce inflow, increase prevention and build a robust emergency response system to accomplish the functional end of homelessness in El Dorado County.

Goal 1: Stopping Homelessness Before it Begins

A proactive approach to addressing homelessness in our community means increasing preventative services, improving discharge planning to ensure individuals are not discharged into homelessness, and improving emergency response systems countywide.

Goal 2: Increase Access to Housing

Affordable accessible housing is essential to preventing and ending homelessness for most individuals. Partnerships with private landlords as well as a comprehensive plan to protect and expand affordable housing will provide more housing options for all low-income individuals and families. 

Goal 3: Increase Access to Homeless Emergency Response Services

Expanding low barrier emergency housing solutions, improving street outreach and expanding services to support people exiting homelessness will create a path to housing for those living in the street.

Goal 4: Partner Across El Dorado to Build Collective Solutions

Working together to implement identified strategies and priorities will reduce homelessness in El Dorado County. 

Our Goals