Continuum of Care
If you are interested in joining one of our Continuum of Care committees or learning more,
Please reach out directly to our Continuum of Care Planning and Coordination Staff: here
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The CoC Business meeting is a general body meeting where housing providers, community-based organizations, local government entities, persons with lived experiences, and members of the community come together to discuss regional updates on our homeless response system, funding opportunities, housing availability and successes, upcoming events and trainings, share resources, and data-related information. This meeting is open to the general public and meets monthly on the 3rd Friday morning of every month. Meetings are virtual at this time.
This meeting is closed to the general public, however members can be elected through a nomination process and majority vote. The Governance Board is responsible for making recommendations and voting on CoC policies and procedures. Our current board consists of: The CoC lead, Persons with Lived Experiences, Nassau and Suffolk Department of Social Services, Rapid Rehousing Providers, Permanent Supportive Housing Providers, Youth Providers, Veteran Providers, Mental Health Service Providers, etc.
The Governance Board meets monthly on the 3rd Friday morning of every month after the CoC Business Meeting. Meetings are virtual at this time.
CoC Ranking Committee
This committee which consists of non-CoC program funded stakeholders and providers, determines the order of funding for eligible projects. Additionally, the Ranking Committee is responsible for staying current on priority areas as outlined by HUD and ensures that project ranking criteria aligns with the priority areas in order to increase annual grant awards.
This committee aims to raise community/political will on imperative homelessness and related issues in Long Island. Additionally, the Legislative Committee advocates for increased funding dedicated to the availability of homeless housing/affordable housing in this region.
CE Steering Committee
The CE Steering Committee meets quarterly to discuss the housing prioritization process which includes: creating a local assessment tool, making recommendations for the local prioritization and who will be served, etc.
CoC Governance Workgroup
This workgroup or committee will be made up of stakeholders within our Continuum, including members of the Governance Board and/or Committees, CoC member agency representatives, and persons with lived experiences of homelessness. The purpose of this workgroup is to discuss the CoC governance structure and recommend changes to the governance structure that will improve decision making processes that affect our response system for people experiencing homelessness.
The Lived Experience Advisory brings together individuals with lived experience of homelessness to provide guidance and input on strategies, policies, and services aimed at ending homelessness in our region. Your voice will directly influence decision-making processes, ensuring that the experiences and needs of those who have experienced homelessness are heard and addressed.
Street Outreach Committee
This committee serves as a shared space for Street Outreach providers and those that engage with people living on the street. The Street Outreach Committee meets monthly on Tuesday mornings to go over updates, outreach opportunities, new resources, and troubleshoot barriers.
Coordinated Entry System (CES) Case Conferencing
This committee is used to discuss, troubleshoot, and share resources for high barrier client cases (rapid rehousing programs, persons living on the street, single chronically homeless shelter clients). The CES Case Conferencing Group meets every 3 weeks on Wednesday mornings.
This committee addresses the challenges and solutions to end youth homelessness on Long Island. Although the YYASC is no longer active, the various Youth providers on Long Island (i.e. Hope for Youth, Family and Children's Association, etc.) are part of our Street Outreach Committee, CES Case Conferencing Meetings, and are actively involved in our CoC.
This committee addresses housing discrimination on Long Island and the barriers to obtain or sustain housing for marginalized groups, specifically black and brown communities experiencing homelessness. Although the REC is no longer active, we address racial equity in the work that we do. More specifically, in our approaches, our data, workforce development, and our partnerships.