CoC Structure & Board
The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a coordinated, community-based approach of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services to address those needs. The CoC consists of individuals and organizations committed to impacting and ending homelessness in the community.
The CoC's organizational structure strives to include all community members and provide a solid framework so we can prevent and end homelessness in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Continuum of Care
The Indianapolis Continuum of Care (CoC) is a collaborative and engaged coalition of public and private agencies and individuals who are dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in the City of Indianapolis. In accordance with the governance charter, full at-large CoC meetings are held at least two times per year, and meeting minutes for full CoC meetings are available for review. Any community member may join the Continuum of Care.
Governing Board: Blueprint Council
The Blueprint Council, the Governing Board of the Continuum of Care (CoC), is the body that functions as the primary table for codification and the alignment of all homeless response and rehousing activities regardless of funding source. These power brokers are essential to overcoming significant implementation barriers, creating shared accountability and success across all funders and associated sectors, and bringing additional resources to bear in response to data-driven progress and needs. Board members will reinforce the work of the implementation infrastructure under a collective impact model and engage in implementation workgroups as a participant whenever appropriate. It is the designated entity for managing the CoC Program process in Indianapolis, including ranking of proposals for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Continuum of Care implementation workgroups
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Implementation Workgroups develop, deepen, and expand strategies to execute them through focused, time-bound work plans. Additional ad hoc workgroups or task forces may be formed and given specific responsibilities as needed by the Blueprint Council. These groups may also be directly responsible for specific strategies or exploring options to solve particular concerns.
Lead Entity: CHIP
Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention (CHIP) is designated as the Lead Entity for the Indianapolis Continuum of Care (CoC). The Lead Entity has the staff and skills to coordinate CoC members as they implement coordinated community efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
Collaborative Applicant and Sole Grantee: City of Indianapolis
The City of Indianapolis (Department of Metropolitan Development) fulfills two important responsibilities for the Continuum of Care (CoC): Collaborative Applicant and Sole Grantee. As Collaborative Applicant, the City is the eligible applicant designated by the CoC to submit the annual CoC Consolidated Application to HUD for homelessness funding. As Sole Grantee, HUD directly awards the City CoC Program money, who then manages the program contracts with the service providers who provide housing and services.
Indianapolis is a diverse community composed of individuals with different racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, sexual orientations, housing statuses, gender identities, and religious beliefs. The Continuum of Care and the Blueprint Council will make an active effort to ensure representation from individuals with a broad array of backgrounds and experiences. By creating a Continuum of Care and Blueprint Council that is diverse, and by including individuals representing government entities, businesses, homeless service agencies, housing providers, and other non-profit entities, we will reflect the diversity of the homeless population and the population of Indianapolis as a whole.