About the Three County Continuum of Care
Mission Statement of the Three County Rural Continuum of Care
The Thee County Continuum of Care (CoC) MA-507 promotes and guides a community-wide vision, strategy, and commitment to efforts to prevent and end homelessness; mobilizes funding; improves coordination and integration of mainstream resources and programs targeted to people experiencing homelessness through a housing first model; and establishes system-wide data collection and performance measurement practices to ensure successful housing strategies and equitable housing for vulnerable populations. The CoC strives to engage funded projects in processes and procedures that are anti-racist, free of bias, and advance the priorities of those most impacted by housing instability and homelessness. The CoC geography includes Franklin, Hampshire, and Berkshire counties in western Massachusetts.
The Three County Continuum of Care (CoC) Program promotes community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness in Franklin, Hampshire, and Berkshire Counties.
We provide funding for efforts by nonprofit program providers, area stake-holders, and state and local governments to house homeless individuals and families in a Housing-First Model by:
promoting access to and utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families;
holding Coordinated Entry Meetings with area partners working to house our most vulnerable neighbors;
optimizing self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness;
and minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness.
For more detailed information on the Three County Continuum of Care, click here.
We work closely with the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness (WMNEH) as part of their mission to "create collaborative solutions to prevent and end homelessness through a Housing First approach that makes homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring."
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The Commonwealth currently has 15 CoCs across the state.
Three County Continuum History
The Three County CoC (MA507) covers more than 1,600 square miles through Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties.
Originally there were three Continuum of Care agencies in Western Massachusetts, and they were aligned as follows:
Berkshire County CoC, which was established in 1996 and covered all of Berkshire County. The CoC was administered in succession by BCRHA, American Red Cross, and BCAC as the lead agencies.
Three County CoC, which was established in 1997 and covered Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Counties (exclusive of Springfield). The CoC was administered by the City of Northampton as the lead agency.
City of Springfield CoC, which was also established in the 1990s, with the City of Springfield as the lead agency.
In 2012, there was a reorganization of Western Massachusetts CoCs, which was driven by the HEARTH Act mandates and related local resource challenges. The Berkshire CoC merged with a newly configured Three County CoC, covering Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties … creating a rural CoC.
In 2018, Community Action Pioneer Valley was selected to succeed Hilltown CDC as the lead agency (Collaborative Applicant) for the Three County CoC.