Summer 2018
Contra Costa Continuum of Care Newsletter
Continuum of Care
2018 Homeless Point in Time (PIT) Count Results
2018 Point in Time Count (PIT) data is available! 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. For the full PIT report click here: 
Funding Opportunities
NOFA for CoC Funding Released
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year 2018 Continuum of Care Program Competition was released on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. A technical assistance workshop for all interested parties was held on Thursday, July 12. For more information, go to:
Homeless Emergency Aid Program
The state Homeless Emergency Aid Block Grants will provide $500 million in one-time funding to enable local governments in California to respond to homelessness. The notice of funding availability for the Homeless Emergency Aid Block Grants is expected to be released by the state later this summer. 

Allocations are as follows:
  • $250 million to Continuums of Care based on 2017 homeless point in time count;
  • $150 million direct allocation to a city or city that is also a county with a population of 330,000 or more as of January 1, 2018; (there are no cities in Contra Costa that meet this threshold) and;
  • $100 million to Continuums of Care based on their percentage of the statewide 2017 homeless population.

  • City, county, or joint power must declared an emergency shelter crisis (waiver process for smaller cities and counties that do not declare a shelter emergency).
  • Continuum of care must demonstrate collaboration with other city, county, or nonprofit partners.

Grants can be used for:
  • Emergency housing vouchers
  • Rapid rehousing
  • Emergency shelter construction, and
  • Use of armories to provide temporary shelters, among other activities

The Contra Costa Continuum of Care is poised to get  $7.1 million dollars. Guidelines from the state regarding the allocation process will be released soon.
Coordinated Entry
Natalie Siva: New Coordinated Entry System Manager
We are thrilled to announce that Natalie Siva will join the Contra Costa Continuum of Care as the new Coordinated Entry System Manager. Natalie has extensive experience working with people experiencing homelessness, including spending the last six years focusing on ending veteran homelessness with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. Her role will be to focus on implementation and on-going administration, development, and continuous improvement of Contra Costa’s Coordinated Entry system. To reach Natalie, email or call 925-608-6705. 
Diversion Services Coming This Fall
In early fall, Hume Center will begin providing Diversion services in our Continuum of Care. Diversion services will re-direct people seeking emergency shelter to other safe, appropriate places to stay, when appropriate, using short term counseling, mediation and limited financial supports. When the program begins, people seeking emergency shelter or services to secure or stabilize their housing through our three Coordinate Entry Access points (CALL, CARE and CORE) will be screened for eligibility for diversion services. Stay tuned for announcements for a formal launch date.
Housing Location Services for Contra Costa CoC
Hamilton Families has joined the Contra Costa Continuum of Care as a provider of Housing Location services. Hamilton Families brings deep knowledge of how to successfully build relationships with landlords and find available units for providers working to house people experiencing homelessness. Initially Housing Locators will be working only with CoC Housing Navigators. Clients who wish to access Housing Navigation services should reach out to one of our four (4) CARE Centers. For more information about how to find a CARE Center click here:
Coordinated Entry Housing Success
After living on the streets for a number of years and seven months at the Don Brown Shelter, run by Anka Behavioral Health in Antioch, shelter staff helped Andrew get into a permanent supportive housing program in our community called Destination Home. Destination Home is jointly funded by Mental Health Services Act and Housing and Urban Development money and jointly run by Shelter, Inc. and Health, Housing and Homeless Services. With the support of mental health and drug and alcohol services, his supportive housing case manager Gregory and his caregiver Paul, Andrew has been able to maintain his sobriety and his housing for four years. One of the benefits of having a stable place to live is that Andrew has been able to grow a beautiful garden, just like the one he grew up with. “My mother always had something growing”, he said. “Now I get to grow my own chayote, peas, tomatoes, bell peppers, cilantro, basil, rosemary, beans, and flowers”. Supportive housing programs like Destination Home don’t just give people a house. They give people a place they can make a home. 
Upcoming Council on Homelessness Meetings
Thursday, August 2 nd
1pm – 3 pm
Sequoia Room, 2 nd floor conference room
50 Douglass Drive, Martinez

Monday August 27th
1pm – 3 pm
Sequoia Room, 2 nd floor conference room
50 Douglass Drive, Martinez
This meeting will be held earlier than usual to accommodate decision making for HUD NOFA process)
Upcoming CoC meeting:
Equity and Homelessness in Contra Costa, 7/20/18
At our next quarterly Continuum of Care meeting, Will Dominie from Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) will present a framework for looking at equity issues, including understanding social determinants of health and the impact of housing insecurity and displacement in inequities. Dana Ewing, Evaluator for Contra Costa Health, Housing and Homeless Services, will present data from our own system of care and we will close with a discussion about opportunities for improvement.

Equity and Homelessness in Contra Costa
Friday, July 20th
10 am - Noon
2nd floor conference room
50 Douglass Drive, Martinez

This meeting is open to the public.
Coffee and Conversation Event 8/20/18
Are you experiencing homelessness? Interested in learning about available services in Contra Costa County? Join homeless service providers in a welcoming environment to learn how they can help!

Coffee and snacks available for all attendees.

Monday, August 20th
2 p.m.
Concord Library
2900 Salvio Street