In 1987, Congress passed the first federal law specifically addressing homelessness. The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, later renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, provides federal tax-payer financial support for a variety of programs for those individuals and families who are homeless and unable to provide for their own basic needs. The housing programs it authorizes are administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs.
The enormous diversity of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, and the unique problems and specific needs of each subgroup require highly complex service systems. The need to provide specialized services for different sub-populations means some services or programs are appropriate for some groups of clients, but not others. In addition, a single client may need the help of numerous mainstream services beyond housing including health care, cash benefits, food, employment, and substance abuse treatment. The Continuum of Care (CoC) community-wide planning and coordination among both homeless and mainstream service providers ensures individuals and families get the help they need to leave homelessness and become stably housed.
A collaborative application is submitted annually by the City of Amarillo Community Development Department as lead agency of the Amarillo CoC to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to request funding to renew the homeless assistance programs in the Amarillo Continuum of Care.
Policies and Procedures
- 2015 CoC Collaborative Application
- 2015 Project Priority Listing
The Amarillo Continuum of Care holds committee meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00AM at the Simms Municipal Building, 808 S Buchanan. Any interested parties are welcome to attend. For program or CoC membership information, call James Allen at (806) 378-3023.