Continuum of Care
The Flint/Genesee County Continuum of Care (COC) is a federally mandated body of homeless service providers. The COC works in partnership with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) towards the common goal to end homelessness in the United States within 10 years. Each year the Flint/Genesee County COC applies for funding to support local efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
Metro Community Development is the coordinating agency, other COC agencies include: the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, City of Flint, Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, Flint Neighborhood Improvement Preservation Project (Flint NIPP), Flint Odyssey House, Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), Genesee County Youth Corporation, Genesee Health Systems (formally Genesee County Community Mental Health), My Brothers’ Keeper, Resource Genesee and the One Stop Housing Resource Center, Shelter of Flint, YWCA Safehouse, and many others.
Continuum of Care Committees
The Continuum of Care has several Committees that work together on projects designed to end homelessness in Flint/Genesee County.
Genesee County Homeless Awareness Task Force
Each year the Genesee County Homeless Awareness Task Force coordinates volunteers to count homeless citizens in Genesee County. This count, called the Genesee County Homeless People Count, normally takes place during the last 10 days of January. This is an actual count of homeless people throughout the county. Volunteers take to the streets in an attempt to locate homeless citizens in public places, parks, and any other place that has been identified as a place where homeless people congregate or are living. The purpose of this count twofold:
1. To get a good baseline number of the homeless people in the county who may or may not be receiving services; and
2. To take resources and information directly to the people who need them.
The Committee Concerned with Housing
The committee concerned with housing is a sub-committee of the Continuum of Care in which shelter providers meet to discuss, and attempt to resolve issues related to the current system, gaps in services, and any other shelter related issue or emerging problem.
Project Homeless Connect Planning Committee
The Project Homeless Connect Planning Committee plans annual Project Homeless (PHC) events. PHC events are events that bring resources and services to individuals and families who are homeless or near homeless while educating the community on issues of homelessness.