Continuum of Care

The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a community planning group that coordinates services and maximizes resources to reach the goal of preventing and ending homelessness.  The community planning network in south central and southeastern Minnesota is River Valleys CoC.

The River Valleys CoC planning region, or community, includes the area of 20 counties.  The CoC includes people and organization from across the region, and meetings are open to anyone who wants to work together with local organizations to change our system and end homelessness.

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Public Notices

  • 3/13/2020 CoC Changes Operations Due to COVID-19.
    • ​MEETINGS and EVENTS: Until further notice, all CoC meetings, trainings, events, and other gatherings that were scheduled as in-person events are on hold until further notice. When possible, we will reschedule activities as phone calls or web-based conferences, and we will be in contact regarding those arrangements.  You may also reach out to make alternate plans for any meetings we may have with you. 
    • COORDINATED ENTRY: Our homeless response system continues to operate because agencies and community members continue to serve their neighbors, and it is important that we continue to work together to help people access and maintain housing during this time. CoC staff employed by Three Rivers will continue their duties from home to support access to housing via Coordinated Entry, and no change is anticipated for referrals. Staff can still be contacted by email and phone as before. HMIS and non-HMIS systems will continue to operate, and participating assessors and housing programs should continue to do assessments, provide navigation services, and process referrals as usual. Planned changes to the HMIS system are continuing as scheduled, so you should continue to enter data and to attend training related to Data Standards changes. What we need from you:

      • If your agency intends to change operations in a way that will affect Coordinated Entry (CES) access, assessment, or housing placement, contact Katherine so that we can work together to ensure continued access to housing and services. Examples might include ending walk-in services or shortened hours of service.

      • If your agency or community is making arrangements for temporary housing for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 epidemic, contact Katherine to discuss the type of housing and other considerations that might affect CES access for those individuals.

      • HMIS users: Access and complete the training for HMIS Data Standards changes in preparation for CES workflow changes in HMIS starting March 23.  Refer to ICA emails or Katherine’s message from Friday 3/13 for details.

  • ​​1/16/2020 New Project Priorities for 2020 CoC Competition approved by CoC members. Details are posted on the HUD Notice of Funding Availability page.

  • 9/24/2019 Public Posting of FINAL approved E-snaps CoC Application and Project Priority List. CoC membership was invited to vote electronically September 16-19 to approve submittal of the Draft E-snaps Application. All votes received supported submitting the application. Per CoC Policy, the e-vote will be confirmed in the CoC minutes at its next regular meeting on October 17, 2019. The FINAL application is available on the HUD Notice of Funding Availability page.