CARES serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the Rensselaer Continuum of Care (CoC) and partners with Rensselaer’s community members and local organizations to manage an effective Continuum. The purpose of a Continuum is to:
- Promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
- Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness.
- Promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs for homeless individuals and families.
- Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Within this page, you will find detailed information about the Rensselaer County CoC.
CoC Committee Information
Outreach Committee: This Committee is responsible for conducting an annual Point-In-Time Count, assisting the Collaborative Applicant in preparing and submitting the Continuum of Care application, conducting homeless awareness activities, participate in local planning, and any other activities identified and voted on by the membership.
Coordinated Entry Committee: This committee is responsible for creating the coordinated entry process in Rensselaer County. It reviews all stages of the assessment, referral, application, vacancy posting and acceptance/denial processes.
Data and Goals Committee: This committee is responsible for the review and discussion of HMIS data quality issues, while working with the HMIS System Administrator to ensure proper and effective HMIS policies and procedures; the review of program performance; the review the previous year’s Continuum of Care application (NOFA), annual Housing Inventory, and the Continuum of Care’s performance relative to its goals. Two representatives from this Committee will take part in the quarterly HMIS Advisory Committee meetings.
Rensselaer County Veterans Challenge to End Homelessness Committee: This committee is responsible for utilizing comprehensive outreach and engagement strategies to identify Veterans experiencing homelessness. The Committee also works hand in hand with Coordinated Entry to ensure that Veterans are prioritized and housed appropriately.
NOFA/Applications Committee: This committee is responsible for creating the coordinated entry process in Rensselaer County. It reviews all stages of the assessment, referral, application, vacancy posting and acceptance/denial processes_
HMIS Advisory Committe: The purpose of this Committee is to work with the HMIS Data Administrator to ensure that all HMIS policies and procedures are meeting HUD standards and are being properly enforced.
Strategic Planning Committee: The Committee is responsible for the review, preparation, and formulation of the Rensselaer County plan to end homelessness with respect to system planning, review of data, needs, and gaps in the overall implementation and coordination of the housing and service system regularly conducts outreach to community stakeholders and analyzes data related to community needs and assets. The Committee reports to the Board on this progress.
Pat Dinkelaker, Chair
Capital Region Advisory Committee on Youth Homelessness
This committee spans over multiple CoC’s with a mission to provide leadership, develop, advocate, and coordinate community strategies to accurately count homeless youth.