What We Do
Continuum of Care Responsibilities & Activities
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guides the responsibilities and activities of the Chatham County Continuum of Care. The CoC and its members oversee and implement policies, strategies, and activities that:
Secure funding to address homelessness.
Promote community-wide awareness of homelessness.
Ensure coordinated collection and maintenance of data on persons experiencing homelessness.
Meet the short- and long-term needs of local homeless populations.
View the Chatham County CoC's Five Year Plan to Address Homelessness
Coordinated Entry is a process developed to ensure all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to safe shelter or housing.
Coordinated Entry also helps the Chatham County community prioritize resources for the most vulnerable individuals and families and identify gaps in the availability of shelter and housing.
Homeless Management Information System
A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system used to collect and maintain client-level data on persons experiencing homelessness.
The HMIS is also used to maintain community-level data on the provision of housing and services to individuals and families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. CoC service providers contribute an annual fee to support the HMIS, as mandated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development requires that each Continuum of Care conduct a point-in-time count (PIT) each year. The goal of the PIT is to count and survey each person experiencing sheltered or unsheltered homelessness on a single night.
This count is conducted by staff and volunteers from local homeless service providers and data are used to guide local and national policies and programs.
View the 2019 point-in-time count results.
Annual Service Count
The CoC also conducts an annual Service Count, which provides a more comprehensive picture of homelessness in Chatham County. This unduplicated count records one homeless person, receiving one service, in a 12-month period.
The count reveals how many homeless individuals were served by our system at least once over a year. These data also provide information on gender, ethnicity, age, chronicity, veteran status, and head of household.
View the 2019 annual service count results.
The CoC is responsible for ensuring a collaborative process for the development of applications in response to an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, which serves as the Collaborative Applicant, applies for Continuum of Care planning activities and funding on behalf of the community.
View more information about CoC funding.