Continuum of Care
San Diego Regional
RCCC HISTORY AND BACKGROUND:
Homelessness is a critical issue impacting multiple sectors of our community. Overcoming homelessness requires strategic planning and coordination of resources. Cornerstones of the federal resources to address homelessness come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD charges communities that receive funds under the Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Program of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH) with specific responsibilities. Relevant organizations in the San Diego CoC Region established the Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) which is an unincorporated association. Since 1998, the RCCC has served as the CoC coordinating body acknowledged by HUD. The group is currently charged with the responsibilities required under HEARTH for the San Diego City and County Continuum of Care CoC (Regional CoC). The regional CoC includes all of the geography within the County of San Diego, including 18 incorporated cities and all unincorporated areas. This area also includes several Housing Authorities, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) areas, as well as federally designated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement areas, HOPWA, HOME, and Veteran Administration service areas. The planning and governance of the Regional CoC and HUD CoC funds have historically been facilitated through the independent action of the RCCC. These funds currently exceed $15 million annually. The goal of the RCCC is to work together with other stakeholders to achieve common purposes, particularly to end homelessness in our region. Over time, community stakeholders began to recognize the importance of collective impact. Region-wide efforts such as the Keys to Housing and the Priority Community Initiative identified the need to develop an infrastructure as a critical element of realizing that impact. The HEARTH rules of 2012 concur. In 2013 the RCCC began a transformation for formalize the structures needed: seat an inaugural Governance Board, identify an Infrastructure Organization, meet new federal regulations, and address local gaps in community coordination and planning. Various stakeholders in the community worked throughout 2013 and have adopted a new governance structure for the Regional CoC. The new structure includes the seating of a Governance Board capable of determining and directing mutually reinforcing activities to achieve the goal of ending homelessness as we know it throughout the region.
The mission of the Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) is to engage stakeholders in a community-based process that works to:
(1) End homelessness for all individuals and families throughout the region
(2) Address the underlying causes of homelessness
(3) Lessen the negative impact of homelessness on individuals, families and communities