The Kentucky Balance of State Continuum of Care (KY BoS CoC) refers to the comprehensive approach of addressing homelessness by providing a continuum of housing programs and services. These services include outreach, intake, and assessment; emergency shelter services; transitional housing services; and permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities.
Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) is responsible for leading the Commonwealth's efforts to develop an effective KY BoS CoC program to meet Kentucky's homeless needs. KHC applies for funding from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of other agencies and nonprofit and also provides technical assistance and, in some cases, contributes matching funds.
Funds are awarded to CoCs through an annual, nationally competitive process. KHC serves as the state applicant for the Balance of State (BoS), which includes all Kentucky counties except Jefferson and Fayette. The process for developing the state KY BoS CoC application begins at the local level with the CoC regions. There are six CoC regions that incorporate the established Area Development District multi-county regions. These KY BoS CoC regions comprise interested service providers, developers, community leaders, advocates, financial institutions, and homeless service clients.
KY BoS CoC Board and Membership
The KY BoS CoC Board (also referred to as the CoC Board) is the primary planning body for the KY BoS CoC. Its members are responsible for making recommendations on policy decisions and approve the project evaluation process and completion of the KY BoS CoC application for HUD funding. Members include housing and homeless service providers, funders, advocates, and a representative from every KY BoS CoC Homeless Planning Region.