Sussex County Completes Ten-Year
Sussex County Completes Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness
Since 1994 the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been
encouraging communities to address the problems of housing and homelessness in a
coordinated, comprehensive and strategic fashion. The Continuum of Care (C of C)
concept is what HUD introduced to support communities in this effort to reduce
and end homelessness. Sussex County’s C of C committee has been active since
2002. We have engaged in an active community planning process and made many
improvements to our system. We have also made several successful applications
for federal McKinney Vento homeless funding which is contingent upon having an
active C of C planning process.
In 2003 the Bush Administration called on communities to develop plans to end
chronic homelessness rather than manage it, through a 10-year planning process.
Since then C of C communities all over the country have engaged in the 10-year
planning process. Federal funding is now tied to the Ten-Year planning process.
The Sussex County C of C Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness was adopted by the
Board of Chosen Freeholders on December 19, 2007. The plan calls for a total of
152 total housing units over the next 10 years to end the problem in our
community. This number is based on the Point-in-Time Homeless Survey conducted
On this same date certificates of appreciation were presented to six Sussex
County women who shared their inspiring stories with the citizens of Sussex
County at the Face of Human Services event that was held on November 8, 2007.
These women told of overcoming poverty and homelessness to reach the goal of
independence with many challenges along the way. They all benefited from many of
the helping agencies that are now working collaboratively together to end