COVID-19 Rent Relief Assistance is Now Available!
Have you experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you homeless or in danger of becoming homeless? Are you within our Continuum of Care service area? You may qualify for rent relief assistance if you meet eligibility requirements. Call the HART Homeless Referral Line at 844-556-7626
(toll-free) for a preliminary assessment.
WHO IS THE HOMELESS ADVOCACY FOR RURAL TENNESSEE CONTINUUM OF CARE?
HART is the Upper Cumberland Continuum of Care that covers an 18-county area in Tennessee. We are a collaborative and diverse group of community-based social service providers, county and city officials, private citizens, and faith-based organizations that began meeting in 2001. Since 2003 this Continuum has been awarded over $6 million in HUD funding for homeless programs through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Programs that have been awarded HUD funding include faith-based, private, and government funded organizations.
WHAT IS A CONTINUUM OF CARE?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates homeless assistance grants to organizations that participate in local homeless assistance program planning networks. Each of these networks is called a Continuum of Care (CoC).
CoC committees at the city, county and state level coordinate their efforts to produce annual plans that identify the needs of local homeless, the resources that are currently available in the community to address those needs, and additional resources needed to fill identified gaps. The CoC process is a community-based approach that encourages the creation of collaborative systems to meet the diverse needs of local homeless.
WHY DO WE NEED A CONTINUUM OF CARE?
To end homelessness there must be a local process that consolidates and satisfies the need for housing, food, and health care. Once these primary and most basic requirements are met, we need to address the less immediate necessities: mental health, education, and coordination of services within the community by responding to the needs experienced by homeless individuals and families.
Only by providing the supports to the many different needs of those experiencing homelessness can we hope to get these individuals and families housed, keep them housed, and finally end homelessness.