A successful CoC should have a year-round planning process that is coordinated, inclusive and outcome-oriented. The CoC has a governing body and a number of sub-committees or working groups. The membership of the governing body is decided through an open and democratic process and is representative of private, nonprofit and public sectors. The Houston-area Continuum of Care is governed by a 17-member Steering Committee composed of representatives from across the community.

Coordinated Plans
Developing a comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness requires participation by all partners. Local public agencies play a major role in ensuring funding of housing and other homeless services. Through the development of a community-wide action plan in August 2012, and the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness published in 2006, a framework is developed that local public agencies use to create and implement their own portion of the five-year Consolidated Action Plans and Annual Action Plans focused on homelessness.

You can review the relevant planning documents and related information by selecting any of the items below.

Annual Homeless Assessment Reports
Our Continuum of Care is required to submit an Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for congressional use. It is a several month data reconciliation process that requires intensive data correction and program participation. This information is used to inform HUD and Congress about community progress as recorded in HMIS. Below are the final, approved documents submitted in 2013.