Continuum of Care
Tools for Partners
The Contra Costa Homeless Continuum of Care utilizes a web-based Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) which helps gives our collaboration of homeless agencies a better way to collect data, coordinate care, and manage operations. The HMIS can be used to produce an unduplicated count of homeless persons, understand patterns of service use, and measure the effectiveness of homeless programs in Contra Costa County. If your program serves homeless individuals or families and you would like to become an HMIS partner agency, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Provider Forms
- Client Release of Information (ROI) Authorization and List of Partner Agencies
- Benefits of signing the HMIS ROI
- Contra Costa Standardized HMIS Intake Form
- Contra Costa Standardized HMIS Exit form
- Contra Costa Standardized HMIS Update Form
- Runaway and Homeless Youth Intake Form
- Runaway and Homeless Youth Exit Form
- Runaway and Homeless Youth Update Form
- Runaway and Homeless Youth Aftercare Form
- Access the Contra Costa HMIS Database (secure site)
- Clarity HMIS - Basic Functions
- For PSH/RRH Programs - logging a move-in date, a loss of unit, and handling program transfers
- Contra Costa CES - How to administer the intake/triage assessment
- Contra Costa CES - How to enter CES data into HMIS
HMIS Policy Committee Minutes
The VI-SPDAT helps identify who should be recommended for each housing and support intervention, moving the discussion from simply who is eligible for a service intervention to who is eligible and in greatest need of that intervention.
- Single Adult VI-SPDAT
- Family VI-SPDAT
- Youth VI-SPDAT
- Training Video:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
System Policies, Procedures and Standards
- Housing Security Fund Policies & Procedures
- Bedbug protocol
- Homeless Encampment protocol
- CoC/ESG Written Standards
- Policies & Procedures
Current Request for Proposal (RFP)2020
California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH)
Past RFP »
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC)
Description: The CoC Program (24 CFR part 578) is a program of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house the homeless while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by the homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.
Amount: FY 2018 amount: $15,857,604
Use by: End of fiscal year
- Permanent Supportive Housing
- Rapid Rehousing
- Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing
- HMIS implementation
- Development or operation of a centralized or coordinated assessment system
- FY2019 CoC Program Competition Awards - 3/13/2020
California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH)
Description: CESH, the result of the passage of California S.B. 2, is a $53 million source of one-time funding for homelessness services and affordable housing to be administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
Amount: $1.4 million
Use by: 2025
Uses: On 10/3/19, the Council on Homelessness voted to disburse both allocations at one time and set these priorities for proposed CESH funded projects:
- Expanding Rapid Resolution and Increase Emergency Shelter Beds
- Expand outreach
- Expand prevention
Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)
Description: This block grant program is designed to provide direct assistance to cities, counties and Continuums of Care to address the homelessness crisis throughout California. It is designed to provide immediate, one-time, flexible funding and provide support until additional resources are available (i.e. SB 2, No Place Like Home, SB 3).
Amount: $7.2 million
Use by: 50 percent of the awarded funds must be contractually obligated by January 1, 2020 and 100 percent of the funds must be expended by June 30, 2021.
Uses: Based on community input, on November 1, 2018, the Contra Costa Council on Homelessness voted on the following allocations for this funding.
Homeless Housing and Prevention (HHAP)
Description: HHAP is a $650 million block grant program designed to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address immediate homelessness challenges throughout the state. Spending must be informed by a best practices framework focused on moving homeless individuals and families into permanent housing and ensuring those individuals and families to maintain their permanent housing. HHAP is authorized by AB 101 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 159, Statutes of 2019), which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 31, 2019.
Amount: CoC: $2,703,522.04 + County: $2,522,136.40 = Combined total: $5,225,658.44
Use by: June 30, 2025
- Youth Set Aside of 8% to continue HEAP funded mobile youth outreach services
- Remainder: completion of East County CARE Center construction
Coordinated Entry System (CES)
CoC Strategic Plans