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The Office oversees policy and funding toward ending homelessness and serving persons experiencing homelessness and recognizes and designates local Continuum of Care (CoC) entities to serve as lead agencies for the homeless assistance system throughout Florida.

Services offered through CoCs and their providers include operation and maintenance of emergency shelters, outreach to individuals who are homeless, rental assistance to prevent individuals from becoming homeless, and rapid rehousing of individuals from shelters or homelessness.

The CoC model creates a framework for a comprehensive array of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and supportive services to address the varying needs of the persons who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. The purpose of the CoC is to help communities envision, plan, and implement coordinated, long-term solutions to address homelessness.

Continuums of Care and Local Providers of Service

Continuums of Care (CoC) are organizations composed of representatives of nonprofit homeless providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, etc.

A model of CoC should include the following components:

      1. Outreach, intake, and assessment to link housing and services to the needs of those who are homeless.
      2. Services and resources to prevent housed persons from becoming homeless or returning to homelessness.
      3. Emergency sheltering as a safe alternative to living on the streets.
      4. Transitional housing to move persons toward permanent housing solutions.
      5. Permanent housing to end episodes of homelessness.
      6. Supportive services designed to assist the person with necessary skills to secure and retain permanent housing.

CoC lead agency service areas are shown below. Select your county to connect with the CoC lead agency in your area.