West Central Minnesota

Continuum of Care


Are you homeless or at risk of homelessness? 

If you are currently homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, please contact one of the providers in your county of residence.

Access, Assessment & Housing Sites - West Central

If you are homeless or at risk of homeless elsewhere in MN, please refer to the following list of sites by county

2021 HUD CoC Competition 

The West Central Continuum of Care (CoC) is excited to announce the opening of the local HUC CoC Competition! The CoC is seeking applications from eligible applicants for both new and renewal projects. 

The first step in this process is the Intent to Apply and Threshold Assessment. This pre-application step is needed if you wish to submit a full application. The deadline for the form is 5 PM Friday, September 3, 2021. Click on the following link to complete the pre-application Intent to Apply and Threshold Assessment. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021PreApThreshold The form takes less than 10 minutes to complete. For more information on the local competition visit the 2021 CoC NOFO page

$1,080,082 is available in this competition. This includes:

  • $936,741 for 1-year renewals. Renewal amounts and eligible applicants can be found on the attached GIW.
  • $96,504 is available for one or more NEW Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus project(s). DV Bonus projects must serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Eligible new project types include:
    • Rapid Rehousing (RRH)
    • Joint Transitional and Permanent Housing-RRH (TH/PH-RRH)
    • Coordinated Entry SSO
  • $46,837 is available in CoC Bonus funds. Eligible projects include NEW:
    • PH-PSH projects for DedicatedPLUS or Chronic Homeless
    • PH-RRH
    • Joint TH and PH-RRH
    • Coordinated SSO
    • HMIS

2021 CoC Calendar

Please consider attending one of our CoC meetings. Below is the 2019 meeting calendar

West Central CoC

What is a Continuum of Care (CoC)?

The Continuum of Care is a regional planning body of representative stakeholders designed to promote a shared commitment to the goal of ending homelessness with a focus on;

  • quickly rehousing homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness;
  • promoting access to and utilization of mainstream resources and benefits; and
  • optimizing stability and self-sufficiency for individuals and families while homeless and once housed.

It includes:

  1. Gathering and analyzing information to determine the local needs of people experiencing homelessness;
  2. Implementing strategic plans to end homelessness based on high quality data from your region;
  3. Measuring results of regional planning efforts; and
  4. Establishing a local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing CoC project applications submitted to HUD.

West Central MN Continuum of Care

Why should I participate in the CoC?

  • The CoC is a regional evaluation and planning process. Broad participation is needed to provide input on the creation, implementation and evaluation local and regional plans to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Peers in your Continuum of Care region can help your organization develop more effective ways to serve consumers by sharing information, resources, and experiences.
  • Planning as a Continuum of Care helps avoid duplication of efforts within a community and makes service providers more efficient.
  • Involvement in your Continuum of Care permits you to keep appraised of important information including: funding opportunities, partner updates, state plans and priorities, training opportunities, regional trends, advocacy opportunities, and more.
  • Involvement in your Continuum of Care allows your voice to be heard on policies, funding, and service needs of persons who are experiencing homelessness in your communities.
  • An effective Continuum of Care, with broad based representation, makes your region and its communities more competitive for HUD Homeless      Assistance grants.
  • A Continuum of Care can create a critical mass of political will to end homelessness.
  • Together we really can do more!


The criminalization of homelessness refers to measures that prohibit life-sustaining activities such as sleeping/camping, eating, sitting, and/or asking for money/resources in public spaces. These ordinances include criminal penalties for violations of these acts.

There are multiple types of criminalization measures which include:

  • Carrying out sweeps (confiscating personal property including tents, bedding, papers, clothing, medications, etc.) in city areas where homeless people live.
  • Making panhandling illegal.
  • Making it illegal for groups to share food with homeless persons in public spaces.
  • Enforcing a “quality of life” ordinance relating to public activity and hygiene.

Unfortunately, over the past 25 years, cities across the country have penalized people who are forced to carryout out life-sustaining activities on the street and in public spaces; despite the fact these communities lack adequate affordable housing and shelter space. Ultimately, many of these measures are designed to move homeless persons out of sight, and at times out of a given city.

TAKE ACTION: Policy and Homeless Bill of Rights

The trend of criminalizing homelessness continues to grow. Among the 188 cities reviewed in NCH’s report, the following increases were identified in criminalization measures:

  • 7% increase in prohibitions on begging or panhandling
  • 7% increase in prohibitions on camping in particular public places
  • 10% increase in prohibitions on loitering in particular public places

By focusing on reversing the criminalization of homelessness, the additional obstacles homeless people face can be removed from the already difficult task of helping resolve homelessness.

Many states and cities have developed a Homeless Bill of Rights have passed or are being considered that provide alternatives to criminalization and protection of the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness. 

Homeless Veterans Declaration Announced!

In June of 2017, the West Central MN Continuum's of Care reached the USICH federal Criteria and Benchmarks on Veterans Homelessness, demonstrating that we have served all veterans on our priority list and that we have built a system that can effectively and efficiently address Veterans’ housing crises in the future. Thank you to our housing and service agencies for your dedication to reaching this goal, especially; the Fargo VA, MAC-V, St. Cloud VA, our County and Tribal Veterans Services Officers, and MDVA! 

Every person needs a place to thrive, not just survive.  

RentHelpMN is now taking applications for rental assistance. Get the latest updates and information!