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.

CoC is different than Three Rivers Community Action. Three Rivers hosts the staff and website for the CoC region and acts as the Collaborative Applicant for federal CoC Program funds. 

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.

Learn about River Valleys CoC

  • Sign up for our weekly CoC email with meeting information, grants, events, training, and more
  • Read our River Valleys CoC Brochure
  • Find local resources across the CoC region (map)

Public Notices

  • 10/15/2020 Call for Nominations for 2021 CoC Co-Chair and Committee members.  Want to help guide the CoC’s work in the next year? We need you! Nominations are requested now for a private sector CoC Co-Chair and for membership in CoC Committees starting in January 2021. The Committees seeking nominations are: Data & Technical Assistance, Coordinated Entry, Project Review & Rating, and Youth/Homework Starts with Home. Descriptions of the committee tasks, membership terms, and regular meeting times are included on the nomination form. Submit nominations for yourself or someone else using the form (found under Leadership & Membership heading). If you have questions, you may contact Jennifer or any of the CoC committee chairs. 
  • 10/15/2020 Call for Public Comments on CoC documents (announced at 10/15/2020 full CoC membership meeting)
    • The CoC Executive Committee is seeking input on the CoC Governance Charter. The CoC reviews its Governance Charter annually and accepts suggestions for changes all year long. The Governance Charter and form to submit proposed revisions are posted the Governance page. All suggestions received by November 6, 2020 will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and a draft of all proposed changes will be presented to the CoC for review on November 19, 2020. 
    • The CoC Coordinated Entry Committee has recommended revisions to the Coordinated Entry policy to the full CoC membership for approval. Comments on the draft are due to Jennifer by Friday, November 6. Comments will be reviewed by the Committee and any revisions will incorporated into the policy to be presented to the CoC membership for approval on November 19, 2020. 
  • 10/15/2020 Initial Selections for Local Recipient Organizations for EFSP funding (Phase 37 and Phase CARES) posted for Olmsted County and Goodhue-Rice-Wabasha Counties. Review the selections on the Partnerships and Initiatives page
  • 9/8/2020 Public Press Release requesting applications for Local Recipient Organizations for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding (Phast 37 and CARES) in Olmsted County and in Goodhue-Rice-Wabasha Counties. Read the press release. Request an application by contacting Jennifer Prins. River Valleys CoC is convening the Local Board to advise selection of the Local Recipient Organizations of ESFP funds for Phase 37 and CARES. 
  • 6/9/2020 Public Posting of List of Eligible Renewal Projects for 2020 CoC Local Competition. All housing projects seeking renewal funding were reveiwed by the Project Review and Rating Commmittee. All applicants were notified of renewal project scores and all appeals have been resolved. The list of Eilgible Renewal Projects may be found on the HUD Notice of Funding Availability page.
  • 4/24/2020 Public Posting of Call for Renewal Projects for 2020 CoC Local Competition. All housing projects seeking renewal funding are invited to submit review documents as notification of Intent to Apply. The deadline to submit Intent to Apply is Monday, May 11 at 4:00pm. The full Call for Projects, Competition Guide, and application materials may be found on the HUD Notice of Funding Availability page.
  • 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. 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.