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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.

The Polk County Continuum of Care Board (CoCB) has been around for many years at varying levels and incorporated in 2013 to coordinate the assistance available from homeless-serving agencies throughout the metro area.  CoCB has brought together 100 organizations, including homeless-assistance and housing providers, local and state agencies, foundations, mental health centers, homeless individuals, and the business community to develop a Continuum of Care (CoC) for area residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. With support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other public and private sources, CoCB is focused on becoming a regional leadership body that coordinates resources and services, identifies needs, and disseminates best practices related to homelessness.