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.

Coordinated Entry - Forms and Information 


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 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 includes: 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

The 2018 Point In Time Count took place on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.

Thank you to our service providers and allies for helping to conduct the 2018 Point In Time Count!

Updates and information for the 2018 Count
2018 PIT Outreach Letter

Partner Information (for those who do not participate in HMIS)                    Data Collection Form - online fillable form             Data Collection - PDF to Print

Street Count Information
Data Collection - PDF to Print


3 County CoC Documents

2018 Project Ranking

HMIS Governance Charter

3 County CoC Governance Charter
CoC Board Written Standards
Coordinated Entry Policy Brief
Coordinated Entry and HMIS FAQs

FY2018 NOFA Competition

3 County CoC 2018 Application - posted 9/14/18

2018 Coc Program Competition NOFA

2018 Applicant guidance and reallocation
2018 CoC Program - changes and highlights