Leadership and Membership
Becoming a Member. The CoC is open to all people interested in and committed to working together with others to end homelessness in our region. Modest resources are available to support participation by people with lived experience of homelessness. Details are on the Meetings page (menu at left). Please join us!
Nominating Members for Leadership Positions. Nominations are open for 2022 Committee seats. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 5 for the individual(s) you recommend for CoC Co-Chair or Committee member. You may nominate yourself or someone else.
Request for Lead Agency Applicants - Due September 3, 2021. River Valleys CoC (Rochester/Southeast Minnesota CoC MN-502) is seeking applications from organizations that would like to become the CoC Lead Agency beginning January 1, 2022. To apply, agencies must meet eligibility criteria established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and submit documentation of interest and qualifications to the CoC Executive Committee for review.
- Call for Lead Agency Applications
- Letter of Interest (online form) - Complete this form to receive additional information for your application.
- Information Session for potential applicants (held August 4, 2021)
- Frequently Asked Questions - Updated weekly on Friday until August 27. Deadline for questions is August 25, 2021.
Continuum of Care (CoC) is a collaborative community-led planning network that coordinates services and maximizes resources to reach the goal of preventing and ending homelessness. The community planning network in south central and southeastern Minnesota is River Valleys CoC (Rochester/Southeast Minnesota MN-502). It is recognized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Continuum of Care responsible for submitting applications for Continuum of Care Program funds.
River Valleys CoC serves the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan and Winona, including entitlement jurisdictions within these counties' geographic areas. It also shares geography with the native nation Prairie Islan Indian Community.
- Governance Charter, revised 2/18/2021
- CoC Co-Chairs and Committee Members (2021)
- CoC Staff Contact Guide (Who should I contact to answer my question?)
- CoC Organizational Chart - how the group is structured
- CoC Organizational Context Diagram - how the group fits with other entities and partners
Revisions: CoC members are invited and encouraged to submit recommendations for revisions to the CoC Governance Charter that may serve the CoC's mission in the region. Recommendations may be submitted all year long, and they are reviewed by the Executive committee on a regular schedule (at least annually). Submit a Governance Charter revision recommendation.
- CoC Development Fee
- CoC Support for Project Applications
- Coordinated Entry
- Data Access and Release
- Discharge Planning
- Education for Children & Youth
- Local Competition for CoC Program Funding
- Meeting Cancellation/Bad Weather
- Participation Stipend for Homeless/Formerly Homeless Persons
- Training and Development
Revisions: CoC members are invited and encouraged to submit recommendations for revisions to CoC policies and creation of new CoC policies. Recommendations may be submitted all year long, and they are reviewed by the assigned committee on a regular schedule (at least annually). Submit a policy recommendation here.
- Housing Development
- Support Services
- Early Childhood
- Older Adults
- Continuum of Care