The Sussex County Continuum of Care Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness was adopted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on December 19, 2007.
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 in 2007.
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 homelessness.