Philadelphia’s Continuum of Care
Philadelphia’s homeless assistance system, known as the Continuum of Care (CoC), includes an expansive network of homeless and housing services, physical and behavioral health providers, community institutions, and governmental entities, all working toward the shared goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
- Hundreds of community members generously shared their expertise, wisdom, energy, and experience to shape the vision and priorities of Roadmap to Homes: Philadelphia’s 5-Year Strategic Plan.
- Learn more about Philadelphia’s Continuum of Care Governance Structure
Two Ways to Join Roadmap to Homes (RtH)
The RtH community oversees the implementation of our strategic plan Roadmap to Homes. Here’s how you can get involved:
1. Become an official member to contribute feedback to improve the homeless service system in Philly. You’ll also receive email updates, invitations to community meetings, and opportunities to share your thoughts and ideas with the RtH Board. Join today!
2. Nominations are now open to become a Board Member for the Lived Experience and Underserved populations vacant board positions. Any official member of the RtH community is eligible for nomination. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Submit a nomination!
2020 Meeting Schedule, Registration, and Materials
Sign up to become a member of the Roadmap to Homes (RtH) community! RtH community meetings are open to the public and are held bi-annually. Meeting agendas and supporting materials will be posted one week before each meeting and linked on this page. We will make every effort possible to adhere to the posted agenda, especially as it concerns voting items but, in during times of disaster response, the agenda may later be amended.
- April 30,2020
Homelessness is a complex issue and effective efforts to solve it require broad community participation. The RtH Board coordinates several committees that plan and implement programs and other activities in a number of areas and inform the Philadelphia Coc.
For more information about the Philadelphia CoC or how to get involved, contact Melanie Haake, Director of CoC Planning, at 215-686-7178.
Call for Committee Members
- Coordinated Entry and Assessment-Based Housing Referral System (CEA-BHRS) Evaluation Committee ensures the CoC has the best possible coordinated entry system. We need different volunteers who bring diversity of perspective and experience – evaluators, data analysts, intake staff, case managers, and those with lived experience to join. Interested? Please email Janel Davis and Kelly Durand.
- HUD Alignment Committee designs a local strategy to ensure that policies, procedures, and general direction of Philadelphia’s homeless assistance system aligns with federal requirements and HUD priorities. Restrictions: no providers. Interested? Please email Chris Strom and Azucena Ugarte.
- Lived Experience Committee provides a structure for people with lived experience to give feedback on RtH progress and guides direction of future services and needs. Interested? Please email Habibah Sulayman-Smith.
- Service Provider Commission ensures homeless service providers within the RtH community (HUD-funded and not) can share input and solutions-focused feedback. Interested? Please email Anne Marie Collins and Jason Miller.
- Young Adult Leadership (YALC) Committee advises on ways to make the homeless assistance system better for youth. Interested? Please email Sharnine Weathers.
Homeless Management Information System
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a computerized data collection tool specifically designed to capture client-level, system-wide information over time on the characteristics and services needs of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness.
HMIS allows the aggregation of client-level data across homeless service agencies to generate unduplicated counts and service patterns of clients accessing services. The Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) National Data and Technical Standards establish baseline standards for participation, data collection, privacy, and security. Implementation of HMIS is a requirement for receipt of HUD McKinney-Vento funding.
The Office of Homeless Services (OHS) is the HMIS lead agency to the Philadelphia’s CoC. Learn more about the HMIS.
OHS is the lead agency that prepares the annual application to HUD for CoC McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance funding. These resources are invaluable for providing housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. These funds are made available through a national competition announced each year in HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Applications must demonstrate broad community participation and identify resources and gaps in the community’s approach to providing permanent housing and other critical services that address homelessness. Federal funds are also provided through Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds. OHS works to source other federal, state, local, and private dollars to meet the needs of people and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.