What is the Continuum of Care?

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.


CoC responsibilities

  • Promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness

  • Provide funding for efforts for rapidly re-housing homeless individuals and families

  • Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs

  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness


Indianapolis CoC Embodied Concepts

A Working Coalition 

It is the collection of individuals and entities that have specifically committed to seeing that the Indianapolis Community Plan to End Homelessness is implemented with integrity and excellence.

A System of Housing & Services 

It is the system of housing and service entities that provide a broad range of homelessness prevention and intervention services to the community, the pieces of which leverage one another in assisting individuals and families move to stable housing. It incorporates outreach, engagement, assessment, prevention, shelter, housing, and services to successfully achieve self-sufficiency.


The HUD CoC Program-Defined Continuum of Care 

It is the community planning body that works to prevent and end homelessness. It provides funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, and local government to re-house homeless individuals and families rapidly while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness. It organizes and delivers housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless and promotes the utilization of these programs and mainstream resources as they move to stable housing and maximize self-sufficiency. The Indianapolis CoC must carry out the responsibilities set forth in the HUD CoC Program rules. Learn more about the details and responsibilities of a CoC.



Get Involved with the CoC

The Indianapolis CoC is looking for passionate, knowledgeable, and engaged community partners and advocates to help us make an impact on homelessness.