HUD developed the concept of the CoC in 1995 through its annual competition for homelessness assistance grants. The CoC was envisioned as a local network that plans and coordinates funding for services and housing to assist homeless individuals and families.
CoCs are designed to:
• Promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
• Provide funding for efforts for rapidly re-housing homeless individuals and families
• Promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families
• Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness
The Office on Homelessness recognizes and designates local entities to serve as lead agencies for local planning efforts to coordinate homeless assistance continuum of care systems. The purpose of the local continuum of care is to help communities envision, plan and implement coordinated, long-term solutions to address homelessness.
Flagler Hospital became the Lead Agency for the St. Johns County Continuum of Care in December of 2017.
The objective of the CoC is to improve the overall quality of life for homeless individuals and/or families through coordination with community agencies to provide quality services and programs including both facilities (i.e. homeless shelters, transitional housing, ect.) as well as prevention and re-housing iniatives (i.e. rental and financial assistance programs) or outreach activities including the competitively awarded Challenge Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Grants. These services will provide the homeless population the assistance needed to gain self-sufficiency and make suitable living conditions available.
The objective of the Challenge Grant is to provide the housing, program and service needs included in the local homeless assistance continuum of care plan. Funding shall be allocated to programs consistent with the local continuum of care plans.
Providers: St. Johns County Health and Human Services, Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County, Flagler Hospital
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The objective of ESG is to provide emergency shelter to homeless persons; engage persons living on the street through street outreach activities; provide homeless prevention to enable those in danger of losing their housing to remain stably housed; and to provide re-housing services to help those who are homeless become stably housed.
Providers: St. Francis House, St. Johns County Health and Human Services, Catholic Charities, Betty Griffin Center, The Salvation Army
Temporary ASsistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The objective of the TANF Program is to provide emergency financial assistance to families experiencing a financial or other crisis through the payment of past due rent, mortgage or utility bills to enable them to remain stably housed and for the provision of case management services.
Providers: St. Johns County Health and Human Services, Catholic Charities
Board of Directors
Community Liaison, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
CEO, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare
Program Director, St. Johns County Council on Aging
Minister Terrance Smith Sr.
Hastings Community Liaison
Naples and Spence Law, LLC
St. Augustine City Commission
Executive Director, Home Again St. Johns
Melissa Nelson, Chair
Executive Director, St. Johns County United Way
Shawna Novak, Vice Chair
St. Johns County Director of Health and Human Services
Michael Israel, Secretary
ASSIST/Homeless Liaison St. Johns County Schools
Malinda Everson, Treasurer
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County
North Area Manager, FPL
Administrator of Community Health Improvement, Flagler Hospital
Housing System Coordinator, LSF Health Systems
Cold Night Shelters
Grace United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church operate cold night shelters at their discretion. Please monitor our facebook page for information regarding Cold Night Shelters.