CFR is proud to act as the collaborative applicant for the Marietta/Cobb Continuum of Care. With local nonprofits working together, we can move toward a realistic vision of ending homelessness in our area.
GA-506 MARIETTA/COBB CONTINUUM OF CARE
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, and revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it the Emergency Solutions Grants program. The HEARTH Act also codifies in law the Continuum of Care planning process, a longstanding part of HUD’s application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs.
The purpose of the Continuum of Care (CoC) program is to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Local continuums of care, which are geographically based groups of representatives that carry out the planning responsibilities of the Continuum of Care program, as set out in the HEARTH regulations. These representatives come from organizations that provide services to the homeless, or represent the interests of the homeless or formerly homeless. A Continuum of Care then designates certain ‘‘applicants’’ as the entities responsible for carrying out the projects that the Continuum has identified through its planning responsibilities.
The CoC program includes transitional housing, permanent supportive housing for disabled persons, permanent housing, supportive services, and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).
A Continuum of Care also designates one particular applicant to be a ‘‘collaborative applicant.’’ The collaborative applicant is the only entity that can apply for a grant from HUD on behalf of the Continuum that the collaborative applicant represents. The GA-506 Marietta/Cobb Continuum of Care serves homeless individuals and families throughout Cobb County and its municipalities. The Collaborative Applicant appointed by the CoC Board is The Center for Family Resources.
From the beginning, CFR has been committed to collaboration and community partnership. We are proud to have played a part in the start up of many organizations who now have their own nonprofit status. These include:
• COBB COLLABORATIVE
• COBB WORKS
• COBB HUMAN SERVICES COALITION
• WINTER SHELTER
• THE EXTENSION
• COBB CHRISTMAS
• COBB CARE
• THE EDGE CONNECTION
The Center for Family Resources is a proud community partner of the following organizations: