The 3 County Continuum of Care:
An Overview

The 3 County Rural CoC is a collaborative effort to reduce and end homelessness.  It brings together organizations that provide services and housing to people who are homeless in Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire Counties.  CoC program funding comes from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), although not all CoC providers are HUD-funded.  The two CoCs in Western Mass, the 3 County Rural CoC and the Hampden County CoC, also participate in the Western Mass Network to End Homelessness, which provides region-wide coordination, facilitation and capacity to the CoCs and to community stakeholders.

Resources for Homeless Veteran Training for Frontline Staff & volunteers

Recording of training

HUD defines our CoCs responsibilities as:

Promoting community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; providing funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families to minimize trauma and dislocation; promoting access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs; and optimizing self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Detailed information about CoC governance, membership, and planning processes is available in the CoC Charter.
For a copy of the charter, or for more information about the CoC, our HMIS, or HEARTH, please contact Dave Christopolis at

3 County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

The 3 County CoC HMIS Wiki features pages and posts that encompass all aspects of the CoCs HMIS Project including: data collection and reporting tools; technical assistance and training materials; localized data reports including CoC reports, provider reports, and community reports; and interactive visualizations that provide context and meaning to regional homeless issues. 

For more information, visit the 3 County HMIS Wiki page

Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

The Network creates collaborative solutions to end homelessness through a housing first approach that prioritizes prevention, rapid re-housing and housing stabilization.

For more information, visit the Network's website

The 2017 Point In Time Count took place on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. It began during the day and extended overnight.

Thank you to our service providers and allies for helping to conduct the 2017 Point In Time Count!

Updates and information for the 2017 Count
2017 PIT Outreach Letter

2017 PIT Guidance- Collecting data on disabling conditions

Street Count Information
 2017 PIT Data Collection For Unsheltered Individuals

HMIS Provider Information

Partner Information (for those who do not participate in HMIS)