Continuum of Care

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The lead entity for Somerset County’s homelessness planning efforts, and the institutional structure for the County to carry out its homelessness strategy, is the County’s Continuum of Care (COC) Committee. The COC Committee is a federally-mandated effort that is comprised of state and local government representatives, non-profit agency representatives, and other community members who are interested in working to develop a comprehensive system of care for people who are coping with poverty and homelessness. 

The COC Committee reports to the County’s Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC), which reports to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. In addition, the HSAC and COC Committees serve as points of contact for the NJ Department of Human Services and in that capacity prepare planning documents as well as status and evaluative reports. 

Both the HSAC and the COC Committee also function as advocates for the County’s vulnerable residents, partnering with other organizations to provide support for affordable housing programs, policies, and decisions.

 

 

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