Who We Are

Our Mission:
The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Continuum of Care’s mission is to organize people and resources to end homelessness in Milwaukee.

About the Milwaukee Continuum of Care

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care covers the City of Milwaukee, City of West Allis, City of Wauwatosa and the remainder of Milwaukee County.

The Continuum was established in 1998 as the entity responsible for coordinating the community’s annual Supportive Housing Program application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More information about the Continuum of Care system across the U.S. can be found at the Homelessness Resource Exchange at www.hudexchange.info.

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care is recognized by local government, the State of Wisconsin, and the federal government as the group responsible for planning, organizing, and evaluating the continuum of services for homeless individuals and families.

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care is a 100+ member strong coalition open to any organization or individual interested in services and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. The Continuum meets monthly to work on issues and opportunities including grant opportunities.  The Continuum continues to work on a comprehensive 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care has a firm Housing First approach among other standards. Please CLICK HERE to read the Milwaukee Continuum of Care Written Standards.

Some of the Continuum’s key functions include:

  • Conducting monthly meetings to discuss current issues and opportunities. These meetings are also a forum for planning and problem-solving.
  • Organizing the semi-annual Homeless Point in Time Survey. This count occurs the last week in January and July. For more information, refer to our 2013 January Point In Time “You Count” Summary, which is located on the HMIS Data tab.
  • Coordinating the Homeless Management Information System that collects data on persons using federally-supported emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing.
  • Encouraging new permanent supportive housing development for individuals and families with disabilities.
  • Managing annual grant development efforts for the Emergency Shelter Grants and Supportive Housing Program.
  • Coordinating planning for special projects such as the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Developing a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The revisions and updated 10-Year-Plan to End Homelessness can be found on the side bar.
  • Implementing a Coordinated Assessment system, a critical part of the 10 Year-Plan to End Homelessness. The system will improve efficiency and effectiveness with emphasis on homeless prevention.  Coordinated Entry 2017 Timeline.

More information about homelessness in the U.S. is available from the National Alliance to End Homelessness at www.endhomelessness.org and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at www.ich.gov.

Milwaukee CoC Listserv Signup

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care Partnership (Milwaukee CoC lead agency City of Milwaukee, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County) have collaborated to bridge the homeless services gap.  You can give to support increased capacity of private warming shelters that keep people safe in times of freezing temperatures, and to provide basic necessities such as furniture and dishes for those moving on from homelessness to a home by visiting https://handup.org/campaigns/mkecoc .  Your donation will be processed by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Neither HandUp nor United Way takes any portion of your gift in processing fees, so you can be sure that 100% of your donation goes straight towards helping those experiencing homelessness.


Would you like to host a Full Body meeting or present at one of our Full Body meetings on an issue or topic related to ending homelessness in our community? Contact Claire Shanahan at cshana@milwaukee.gov for scheduling inquiries.


Stay tuned for additional upcoming events!