Vermont was ahead of its time and created a loose Continuum system well before HUD recognized the effectiveness of this model and began requiring communities to band together in this way to apply for federal homeless funding (HUD Homeless Assistance Programs).
The Chittenden County’s Continuum of Care is large enough to apply for funding on its own, and the rest of the state has joined together to form one large umbrella “Balance of State” Continuum known as the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness that includes representatives from each of the regional Continuums. Together, the 13 counties outside Chittenden apply for HUD funding through one application.
Each region of Vermont has its own Continuum of Care. Ideally, a Continuum is a partnership of:
- Local service providers
- Local resource providers
- Nonprofit and for-profit housing providers
- Housing developers;
- People with lived experience of homelessness
- Other key local players in the homelessness or low-income service or housing system
Together, this collection of partners meets regularly to monitor the needs in their region and works to streamline local services and housing. Representatives of all of these Local Continua of Care come together monthly to form the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness.
All interested parties are welcome and invited to join the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness in our work through general membership, committees and workgroups. Coalition meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month, from 10AM-12PM at St. John’s Church in Randolph.
Central Vermont Community Action Council is the fiscal agent for the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness. All donations are tax deductible. Click here to donate & be sure to designate your gift to the Coalition.