History

The Western Virginia Continuum of Care (CoC) was formed in 2012, after the Harrisonburg-Rockingham CoC and Northern Shenandoah Valley CoC merged into a single CoC. The goal as an effort to combine resources and increase the amount of funding available for housing assistance programs in the Shenandoah Valley. The Western Virginia Continuum of Care (CoC) territory includes the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren, the towns within those counties, and the cities of Winchester and Harrisonburg. The official HUD-designated name of this CoC is VA-513.

The VA-513 identifies and implements strategies to prevent and end homelessness in the region.

This CoC promotes a Housing First approach, which means that priority is placed on getting someone into permanent housing as quickly as possible, and then supportive services, such as substance abuse treatment or mental health counseling, are offered as-needed. To facilitate the collaborative effort needed to address the issue of homelessness in our region, our CoC has formed multiple committees comprised of various organizations who are partnering with us to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.