About CoC

Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Continuum of Care

The WSFC CoC is the planning body managing the system of care serving people who are homeless in Forsyth County, NC.    The membership is composed of representative organizations, including nonprofit homeless service providers, victim services providers, faith-based organizations, local governments, businesses, advocates agencies, school district, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement,  advocates, public health, veteran service providers, homeless and formerly homeless persons who serve people who are homeless in our community.   Membership is free and open to anyone.

Pursuant  to  Federal Guidelines WSFC CoC is responsible for:

  • Developing a coordinated assessment system
  • Planning and Coordination including outreach, engagement, assessment, shelter, housing and supportive services for people who experience homelessness
  • Annual Point in Time (PIT) count
  • Gaps Analysis
  • Homeless Management Information System
  • Preparing the CoC Application

For more information about our CoC structure, governance and responsibilities please see our Governance Charter.

WSFC CoC is a participant in the governance of the NC HMIS, the homeless information management system of choice for our CoC.  One of the important goals of NC HMIS project is to help inform CoC members and  local, state and national  public policy makers about the extent and nature of homelessness. This is accomplished through analysis and release of data that is grounded in the actual experiences of homeless persons and the service providers who assist them in shelters and other homeless assistance. Information that is gathered via interviews, conducted by service providers with consumers, is analyzed for an unduplicated count, aggregated (void of any identifying client level information) and made available to policy makers, service providers, advocates, and consumers.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

In 2005 the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County adopted the WSFC Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.  This plan, created with the visions that our community could, “End Chronic homelessness, and improve the system of care for all people experiencing a housing crisis” laid out a plan of action including:

  • Adoption of a “Housing First” approach for the CoC
  • Developing 598 units of supportive housing
  • Improving connections for people who are homeless to employment services
  • Increasing collaboration between community partners
  • Ending Chronic Homelessness

To see where we stand on these goals and more:

Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Final Briefing ASK 3 30 17

Final Presention on Ten Year Plan

Beyond the Ten Year Plan–
In June 2018, the WSFC CoC adopted a new strategic plan, building on the success of the WSFC Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.  The new plan focuses on system performance.  It establishes baselines for services to the homeless on such metrics as average length of stay in a homeless service, exits to permanent housing, and entries to homeless services from literal homelessness vs. a housed situation.    The goal of this plan over all to support the partners in the WSFC CoC as they work together to become a more seamless, user friendly system designed to resolve the housing crisis of people who seek homeless services in our community.