The Ithaca / Tompkins County Continuum of Care System (CoC NY-510), led by the Human Services Coalition, is a local network of public, private, and non-profit agencies working collaboratively to end homelessness in Tompkins County. This collaborative process is accomplished through bi-monthly CoC meetings as well as several sub-committees that address issues including the development of new supportive housing, barriers to entry into housing and homeless services, and at-risk youth. The Human Services Coalition also serves as the collaborative applicant in the Continuum of Care Program Competition which funds several supportive housing projects in the City of Ithaca.
The Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care has several ongoing initiatives:
Competitive grant application submitted by the CoC to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding to support projects that serve people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
Provides a snapshot of the homeless population on a single night in January to determine the scope of homelessness in the county. To learn more or to donate to care packages , please contact the Coordinator of Housing Initiatives, Liddy Bargar at 607.273.8686 x241.
A strategic plan developed by the CoC to determine the needs within the community and courses of action to address those needs. Main priorities include ending chronic homelessness, ending veteran homelessness and ending family and children homelessness.
A bi-monthly meeting focused on educating the general public on a variety of issues affecting the homeless population and the community-at-large. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Independent Living Survey
An innovative study that engages formerly homeless Youth Outreach Program participants to determine the nature and scope of youth homelessness in Tompkins County.
Liddy Bargar and other CoC members spoke with the Ithaca Voice on the challenges of finding affordable housing in the City of Ithaca. Read the article
Our Housing Initiatives Coordinator, Liddy Bargar, spoke with Ithaca.com about how local agencies are supporting the homeless population currently inhabiting the Jungle in Ithaca during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read the article