Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care

Regional Role

Anoka County CoC is part of a regional planning group of Continuum of Care committees, called the Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care or SMAC. The SMAC is composed of five counties of four former Continuum of Care regions (Anoka, Dakota, Scott/Carver and Washington) that had previously served as independent Continuum of Care regions.

The Mission of SMAC is to coordinate the response of the suburban metropolitan counties to homelessness and maximize access to funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care competition.

The Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care is the entity that provides leadership and strategic planning to address the needs and resources of the homeless population within the Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care region.  It assists in the development of the regional Continuum of Care plan and works collaboratively with Local Homeless Planning Committees.
Heading Home Anoka

Heading Home Anoka is the county’s local planning group working to end homelessness which is a network of organizations, community residents, and businesses that plan programs with the primary goal of alleviating homelessness in all areas of Anoka County. 

Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 12:30-2:30pm at St. Timothy's Catholic Church Parish Center in Blaine.  Subscribe to the Heading Home Anoka in the Agenda Center for meeting information.
Our Purpose
  1. To develop a long-term strategic plan and manage a year-round planning effort that addresses the identified needs of homeless individuals and households; the availability and accessibility of existing housing and services; and the opportunities for linkages with mainstream housing and services resources.
  2. To prepare an application for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento) competitive grants.
These resources provide housing and supportive services for people who are homeless. The funds are made available through a national competition announced each year in HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (known as the NOFA). Project Applicants demonstrate broad community participation and identify resources and gaps in the community’s approach to providing outreach, emergency shelter, and transitional and permanent housing, as well as related services for addressing homelessness. Projects also include action steps to end homelessness, prevent a return to homelessness, and establish local funding priorities.
SMAC is responsible to lead the following efforts and report the results to HUD on an annual basis:
    1. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
    2. Point-In-Time (PIT) Count
    3. Housing Inventory Chart (HIC)
    4. Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
    5. Coordinated Entry (CE)

 Importance of the Continuum of Care (CoC)
  1. It can assess capacity and identify gaps. CoC planning provides communities with an opportunity to step back, critically assess capacity, and develop solutions to move homeless people toward permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
  2. It is proactive rather than reactive. CoC planning helps communities look comprehensively at needs, to anticipate policy or demographic changes, and develop the capacity to respond to these changes.
  3. It creates common goals for which to advocate. CoC planning helps communities develop a common vision and a set of common goals.
  4. The CoC creates coordination and linkages with others. Continuum of Care planning helps providers identify ways of coordinating and linking resources to avoid duplication and facilitate movement towards permanent housing and self-sufficiency.