The Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC) is a broad-based open membership representative of all agencies, organizations, businesses, entities and individuals interested in ending homelessness in Stark County.
The purposes of the HCCSC are to:
HCCSC is a coalition of various health and human service nonprofit organizations, government entities, and community leaders committed to addressing homelessness in Stark County, Ohio. All partner agencies share a vested interest in preventing and ending homelessness given its prevalence among and impact on their respective client populations.
HCCSC signifies our community’s belief that services to those who are experiencing homelessness or other housing crisis requires collaboration and shared responsibility. HCCSC’s function as a neutral and inclusive convener to address homelessness is critical and more important than ever as the national movement to end homelessness calls for even greater collaboration among various systems of care.
HCCSC represents Stark County’s effort to achieve and maintain compliance with HUD regulations. By forming a local CoC, Stark County became eligible to apply for crucial state and federal funds to prevent and end homelessness.
HCCSC began as the Stark County Interagency Council on Homelessness when HUD began requiring that any community seeking federal funding have a local independent entity review its application. Since then, it has changed to adapt to new HUD regulations and guidance. However, led and managed by volunteers, its structure was not sustainable.
Now, HCCSC is managed by an independent nonprofit “backbone” organization called Stark Housing Network Inc. The Network was formed in 2017 and aims to manage HCCSC’s work for many years to come.
Stark Housing Network, Inc.
(Management organization for the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County)
408 Ninth St. SW, Canton, OH 44707
Need Help? The Homeless Navigation Hotline (330-452-4363) is the central point of access for the homeless for shelters and housing programs in Stark County.