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Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition (SVHC)
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has encouraged communities to address the problems of housing and homelessness in a coordinated, comprehensive, and strategic fashion.
HUD provides annual funding known as the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program. The title refers to the concept that communities must provide a “continuum” or range of coordinated services and programs to successfully break the cycle of homelessness.
To be eligible to apply for funds, communities must have a year-round, ongoing planning process which engages all individuals and organizations who assist homeless families and individuals. The Continuum of Care also contains grant applications for specific programs.
The main elements of the COC include:
- Homeless Prevention
- Emergency Shelter
- Transitional Housing
- Supportive Services
- Permanent Supportive Housing
- Permanent Housing
In Chesapeake, the Continuum of Care is the responsibility of the Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition (SVHC). The SVHC is comprised of over 30 public, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations committed to serving the needs of homeless persons and is staffed by the Planning Council.