​​​The Lee County Continuum of Care (CoC) is a group of community stakeholders who work together to address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless Lee County. The group includes funders, service providers, local businesses, and advocates who meet monthly at the Lee County Homeless Coalition General Meeting. The work of the Continuum of Care is carried out within several sub-committees, which plan for community education, advocacy, the Homeless Management Information and Coordinated Entry Systems, and community resources and needs.

CoC Documents

Continuum of Care Overview
2021 Governance Charter (Updated January 7, 2021)
2021 Ranking and Reallocation Procedures
HMIS & ​Coordinated Entry
CoC Strategic Planning Meetings
2019 CoC Strategic Plan
CoC Written Standards and Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures​

Governing Board

The Continuum of Care is overseen by a Governing Board made up of community volunteers that represent a variety of community sectors, including providers of housing, supportive services, health care, education, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, community advocates, and homeless or formerly homeless persons. The Governing Board meets regularly to evaluate the performance of community programs and identify strategic planning initiatives.

The Continuum of Care Governing Board is now accepting applications for new members.
Members are required to attend regular meetings and commit to a one year term. 

​2020 CoC Governing Board Meeting Schedule*
​February 12, 2020 at 10:30 am
​April 8, 2020 at 10:30 am
​May 13, 2020 at 10:30 am
July 15, 2020 at 10:30 am
​August 5, 2020 at 9:00 am
​September 9, 2020 at 10:30 am
​November 4, 2020 at 9:00 am
*Meetings subject to change; agendas will be published approximately one week prior to each meeting.

Lee County Human and Veteran Services serves as the Collaborative Applicant to compete on a national level for Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The application includes over $1.7 million in requests for renewal projects and new requests for projects (when available) that address the needs of Lee County’s homeless. Funds support programs for permanent housing, emergency shelter, and services for the homeless are provided by the following funded agencies:


2019 Continuum of Care Funding Cycle

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) funding cycle began on July 3, 2019. The Performance, Evaluation, and Ranking Committee reviewed and ranked applications on August 16, 2019. The CoC Governing Board met immediately following and voted to forward nine applications to HUD as part of the 2019 Consolidated Application.
2019 homeless funding COMPETITIONdate
​2019 CoC Registration Notice
Published January 31, 2019
Due March 14, 2019
2019 Lee County CoC Registration​Submitted February 5, 2019
​2019 HUD CoC Notice of Funding AvailabilityPublished July 3, 2019
​Local Request for Applications for 2019 CoC New Projects (Addendum #1)​Published July 5, 2019
OPTIONAL Pre-Application Meeting at Human and Veteran Services, 2440 Thompson St., Fort Myers, FL 33901July 15, 2019
at 3:30 pm
Deadline  for Questions regarding Request for Applications​July 31, 2019
Response to Request for Applications QuestionsAugust 2, 2019
​Deadline for 2019 New Project Applications to be Submitted​August 9, 2019, before 5:00 pm
2019 CoC Project Application Ranking Meeting​August 16, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Lee County Human and Veteran Services​
​Applicants Notified of Funding DecisionAugust 16, 2019​
CoC Application Published for Public Review
Priority Listing Published for Public Review
On or before September 25, 2019
​HUD Deadline for Submission of the 2019 CoC ApplicationSeptember 30, 2019, before 8:00 pm

State of Florida Homelessness Funding

The State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, Office on Homelessness released the Request for Applications for Unified Homelessness Grant for Fiscal Years 2019-2022 on January 28, 2019, and applications were due on March 29, 2019. Lee County’s application includes three new projects and requests $570,000 in grant funds.

Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness

Lee County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness was developed by eight subcommittees, but many community groups are involved in its implementation and are working to accomplish the goals set forth in the plan. Organizations enter accomplishments made toward the goals of the plan in the corresponding Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Database. A quarterly report on the progress is presented to the Lee County Human Services Council.

The Continuum of Care, through several working sessions, drafted the ​2019 CoC Strategic Plan. This plan provides additional goals and action steps to work toward ensuring that homelessness in Lee County is a rare, brief, and one-time experience. 

Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness​
​Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Database