NY-501 Southern Tier Entry to Programs & Services (STEPS)

CARES serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the Southern Tier Entry to Programs & Services Continuum of Care and partners with community members and local organizations to manage an effective Continuum. NY-501 Regional Continuum of Care includes City of Elmira, Steuben, Allegany, Livingston, Chemung, Schuyler Counties.  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 STEPS CoC, including Board Members and their contact information, by-laws, upcoming meetings, meeting agendas and recorded minutes, and other pertinent information.

CoC Committee Information

Rank and Review Committee is responsible for the development, review and operation of the Continuum of Care’s annual Rank and Review process. The Committee is expected to: develop a Rank and Review tool that focuses on annually prioritizing projects to best address community needs, conduct in depth interviews with project applicants as needed, use information from both the tool and interviews to draft and present the Board with a final ranking of projects for approval.

Coordinated Entry (CE) Committee is responsible for creating a CE process and is expected to: develop a unified or zone-oriented CE process that is accessible by all in need, review and recommend a CE plan to the Board for all stages of the process (assessment, referral, application, vacancy posting and acceptance/denial processes), develop a policy and procedure manual and user guide to ensure community and agency understanding of the system.

HMIS Committee will develop plans and recommendations for review and approval by the Board of Directors and carry out action plans approved by the Board of Directors with respect to: prepare and provide data and reports to the Collaborative Applicant for analyzing performance targets and outcomes in consultation with program recipients and sub-recipients, conducting evaluations and monitoring data quality including review of reports from HMIS, and taking action as warranted, ensuring compliance with HUD designation and operation of HMIS requirements, Coordinate through the participating agency leads to prepare and submit data for AHAR, HIC, PIT and system performance


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