Contra Costa Homeless 
Continuum of Care Newsletter

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NOFA Released
PIT Report
Grand Jury Report
Housing Security Fund
CES Update
Homeless Outreach
Stand Down on the Delta
H3 Housing Meetings
Policy Updates
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 Continuum of Care? 
 The Contra Costa Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) is a system of care that organizes and delivers housing and support services for homeless individuals and families across the county.  In addition to being a coordinated network of service providers, a CoC also acts as a planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. The decision making body of the CoC is the 



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Gabriel Lemus
Chair, Council on Homelessness


We are having a busy summer so far! The last few months have brought the release of the Homeless Point in Time Count, news that the Federal Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is open, recommendations from the CoC/Council on Homelessness for the County's ESG Program funds and completion of Phase 1 of Coordinated Entry implementation.  

We are looking forward to the H3 Housing meeting August 1st, the Stand Down on the Delta event for veterans in mid August and continued success building the Housing Security Fund to help homeless individuals and families obtain housing. 

Gabriel Lemus
Chair, Council on Homelessness
CoC News
2017 Notice of Funding Availability Released
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuum of Care Program Competition was released on Friday, July 14, 2017.The full notice can be found at

The Contra Costa Public Solicitation for Project Applications provides a summary of the 2017 NOFA and the overall timeline for accessing this funding opportunity for Contra Costa providers. This document with this information can be found at:

A technical assistance workshop for all interested parties will be held on: Tuesday, August 1 
11:00 am to 1:00 pm 
2nd floor conference room 
2425 Bisso Lane, Concord

Meetings are open to representatives of any organization that might be interested in applying for CoC funding, including nonprofit organizations, local governments, instrumentalities of local governments and public housing agencies. 

The public should please forward this information to any interested parties, send to relevant additional listservs, and post on public bulletin boards.  The CoC encourages applications from organizations that have not previously received CoC Program funding.

Inquiries about this process may be directed to
2017 Point in Time Count Report Released
Every year Contra Costa County conducts an annual Point in Time (PIT) Count, or census, to identify homeless individuals residing in the county. This data is necessary to describe the severity of the issue in the county, and to identify appropriate programs and resources to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness at a local and national level.  

The 2017 Point In Time (PIT)  report is now available  here
The Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury is annually impaneled to investigate city and county governments, special districts and certain nonprofit corporations to ensure functions are performed in a lawful, economical and efficient manner. This year the Grand Jury generated two reports, one directed to the cities and one directed to the Board of Supervisors, on the topic of homelessness. 

The report "Homelessness in the Cities" can be found here:    

The report "More Shelter Beds Needed For The Homeless In Contra Costa County:" can be found here:

Recommendations resulting from these investigations are listed in the reports. T he governing body of a public agency or its designated administrator must respond to these recommendations to the presiding judge within ninety (90) days; and elected officials must respond to the recommendations within sixty (60) days.  The responses are a matter of public record and will be available, upon request, from the clerk of the Superior Court.
As a senior on a fixed income, James couldn't pay all his bills after a steep rent increase, and he eventually lost his housing.   After months of hard work,  he has new  affordable housing lined up but those unpaid bills now stand in the way of James getting out of a   shelter and into a home where his grandchildren can visit.

Your donation to the 
can help end homelessness for James and others like him.  

For more information and to donate, go to
Coordinated Entry Corner
The first phase of Coordinated Entry (CE) is complete!  In our community we now have:
  • 24/7 phone access to help through 211
  • Three (3) C.A.R.E. Centers One (1) C.A.R.E. Capable Center
  • One (1) Warming Center
  • Five (5) C.O.R.E. Outreach teams
  • Housing Navigation services at C.A.R.E. Centers

For more information about Coordinated Entry and how to access services, click here


Our community is actively working on Phase 2 which will include a clear process to screen and connect people effectively to prevention and diversion services.  If you have any questions about Coordinated Entry or would like to participate in Coordinated Entry committee meetings, feel free to reach out to at or call 925-313-7708. 

Two new outreach teams have been added to the C.O.R.E. outreach program, bringing the total number of teams to five . One team, funded by the cities of Martinez and Pleasant Hill, will focus on  connecting with people living in encampments in those cities.  The other team, funded by Contra Costa Public Works, will work along the waterways. An additional team funded by Walnut Creek and Concord is expected to start in a few weeks. 

C.O.R.E. teams  offer in-the-field assessments for housing and health needs, connect people to benefits, provide linkages to physical and behavioral health and provide direct placement into shelters and warming center when available.  
Cities interested in learning more about how to get their own C.O.R.E. team can contact Juliana Pooley, Coordinated Entry System Manger at 925-313-7708 or

To notify a C.O.R.E. team about an unsheltered homeless individual or family, please call 211. Please note that C.O.R.E. teams are not designed for crisis response. For medical or other emergencies involving homeless individuals, please call 911.
Upcoming Events

Stand Down on the Delta is a four-day, three-night event in which Veterans are provided full medical treatments, court and legal services, DMV, Chaplain services, housing, addiction and mental health counseling, employment, and a myriad of other community services. During the event, Veterans are also provided with clothing, meals, showers, sleeping tents, and a safe place to "stand down" for the duration. The next Stand Down on the Delta will be held on August 11-14, 2017 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds located in Antioch, CA.

For more information go
The quarterly Health Housing and Homelessness (H3) Housing meetings are an opportunity for county and non-profit staff, housing advocates, consumers of our homeless continuum of care and the general public to exchange information, engage in dialogue and identify possible solutions and improvements to the homeless and housing services offered in our county .  Input and feedback from this meeting are brought to the Mental Health Commission's CPAW (Consolidated Planning and Advisory Workgroup) and the Contra Costa Council on Homelessness.

 H3 Housing Meeting
Tuesday August 1, 2017
1-3 pm 
2425 Bisso Lane in Concord 

To be added to the meeting mailing list, please email
Council on Homelessness
Council on Homelessness meetings are open to the public and take place:
First Thursday of the month 
1:00 -3:00 pm 
ZA Room, 30 Muir Road

To see past meeting agendas, minutes and presentation materials, click here

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Courtesy of the Health, Housing and Homelessness Division
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