Hilltown Community Development Corporation has acted as the Collaborative Applicant for the Three County CoC serving Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire Counties for the last 6 years. Due to a number of factors, Hilltown will discontinue its role as the CoC’s Collaborative Applicant as of June 30, 2019. This Request for Information (RFI) seeks to gather information and qualifications of any party or entity interested in taking over the role of the Three County CoC, with planning and coordination for the transition beginning in mid-January 2019. We ask for responses to the RFI to be submitted by the end of November. In addition, the CoC Annual Meeting on Dec 5th at 10am at the Hilltown CDC offices will serve as a forum for provider and community input on the transition process and all are invited. Read the RFI soliciting a new CoC collaborative agency.
The 3 County Continuum of Care:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2019 Point In Time Count will take place on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.
Updates and information for the 2019 Count
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