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Continuum of Care (CoC)


The Ithaca / Tompkins County Continuum of Care System (CoC NY-510) is a local network of public, private, and non-private agencies working collaboratively to end homelessness in Tompkins County. The Human Services Coalition, which serves as the lead agency for the CoC, coordinates this collaborative process through bi-monthly CoC meetings, and several sub-committees that are addressing issues that include the development of new supportive housing, barriers to entry into housing and homeless services, and at-risk youth. The Human Services Coalition also serves as the collaborative applicant in the Continuum of Care Program Competition which funds several supportive housing projects in the City of Ithaca.

The Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care has several ongoing initiatives:

Continuum of Care Program Competition (NOFA) is the competitive grant applicant that is submitted by the CoC each year to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding to support ongoing or new projects that are aligned with the CoC’s and HUD’s goals to end homelessness. Each year, HUD releases the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), which prompts the CoC to release its Request for Proposals (RFP) for new and renewal projects applications. Each project applicant will be responsible for submitting their RFP to the CoC as well as electronically to HUD for review. Review FY2016 NOFA, project applications and ranking and review process and to learn more about the program competition.

The Homeless & Housing Task Force is a bi-monthly meeting focused on educating the general public on a variety of issues affecting the homeless population and the community-at-large. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Click here for the 2017 Homeless and Housing Taskforce schedule.

Ithaca-Tompkins CoC 10-Year Plan is a strategic plan developed by the Continuum of Care General Body in 2011 that engaged key stakeholders and persons affected by homelessness to determine the needs within the community and courses of action to address those needs. The CoC’s main priorities are ending chronic homelessness, ending veteran homelessness and ending family and children homelessness.

Learning Web Independent Living Survey Report is an innovative study that engages formerly homeless Youth Outreach Program participants to determine the nature and scope of youth homelessness in Tompkins County. Click here to see the 2015 results and learn more about Learning Web Youth Outreach Program.

The annual Point-In-Time Count is an initiative that is instituted nationally by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and carried out locally by CoCs. This initiative is a snapshot of the homeless (sheltered and unsheltered) population in a community that is taken on a single night in January. It is used to determine the scope of homelessness in a geographic area. Visit the PIT webpage to learn more or view previous year’s survey results.

The next PIT count will be January 23, 2017. If you would like to learn more or to donate to care packages provided to the unsheltered population by our street outreach team, please contact the CoC Coordinator, Tierra Labrada at 607-273-8686 x241 or Tlabrada@hsctc.org

Coordinated Assessment System is a new approach for persons who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness to access homeless and housing services available to them. Individuals presenting to an agency who are currently homeless or at-risk will be assessed and referred to services regardless if they are eligible for the program to which they present. To learn more about the Coordinated Assessment System, click here for a short video explaining the process, or visit the Coordinated Assessment page for policy details and more information. To speak to someone regarding the Coordinated Assessment System or if you have a client who is experiencing or at –risk of homelessness, contact the CoC Coordinator, Tierra Labrada, or the Coordinated Assessment System Chair, Danielle Harrington, or dial 2-1-1 to request an appointment with one of our Coordinated Assessment Team Members.