Continuum of Care Overview

The Central Minnesota Continuum of Care (CoC) is a network of organizations, community residents and businesses that plan programs with the primary goal of alleviating homelessness in 13 counties in Central Minnesota, as well as the City of St. Cloud. The counties include Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Morrison, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, and Wright​.

The Purpose of the Continuum of Care:

It is a strategic plan to address the use of HUD resources and their interface with other funding sources, developed through a community-based process to address homelessness based on the identified needs of homeless individuals and families; the availability and accessibility of existing housing and services; and the opportunities for linkages with non-homeless mainstream housing and services resources. Through the Continuum of Care planning process, a community can: Identify the size and scope of the homeless problem; Inventory the resources available in the community to address the problem of homelessness, including both homeless resources and non-homeless targeted housing and service resources (referred to as “mainstream” resources); Rank the community’s needs in order of priority; Strategically plan the range of services and housing that should be implemented to address homelessness, and Identify available leveraging resources that can be used to address homelessness. 

It is an application to HUD for McKinney Homeless Assistance resources. These resources are invaluable in providing housing and supportive services for people who are homeless. These funds are made available through a national competition announced each year in HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability. The Central Minnesota CoC has secured $14,828,796 in funding since 1997 through this application.

Who is Involved in the Continuum of Care?

Government officials, local public housing authorities, county officials and service providers from 13 counties and the St. Cloud Area.

HUD Releases the 2018 AHAR Part 2 with Updated Data on Homelessness

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFO Released

The Central Minnesota Continuum of Care (CoC) is pleased to announce that a joint application will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding under the Continuum of Care McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant Program.

If you have any questions or comments about the application or are interested in applying, please contact Tim Poland, Central Minnesota CoC Coordinator at 320.258.0677 or