There are many ways to get involved with helping out the homeless in our community …

Scroll to find information about different local groups as well as national conferences and organizations focused on ending homelessness.

Membership to the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC)

HCCSC always welcomes new members! Email Beth Pearson, HCCSC’s Collaborative Applicant Representative, or visit our Member Resources >> Members page for more information.

Members’ meetings are held three times each year. All members are required to commit to attending at least two meetings each year.

2017 Members’ Meetings
in the Stark County District Library Main Branch’s McKinley Room

(on Market Avenue in downtown Canton)

from 2pm to 4pm:
Monday, March 27
Monday, July 31 *LOCATION CHANGE:
Goodwill Community Campus Conference Room
(408 Ninth St. SW in downtown Canton)
 Monday, November 20

Stark County Homeless Services Collaborative

Who We Are

The Homeless Services Collaborative (HSC, or the Collaborative) has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County (HCCSC) that defines the relationship between the two entities. The Collaborative conducts the annual Point in Time Count and sponsors an annual event called Project Homeless Connect (more information about these efforts below).

The Collaborative is a group of local agencies that provide direct service to homeless clients and others who have an interest in addressing homelessness. Its focus is to end homelessness by identifying gaps in the homeless system and devising solutions to eliminate those gaps and to improve service delivery.

Meetings

Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of every month at 2:00 at the Canton YWCA. Anyone interested can attend the meetings, but voting members are asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

History of Homeless Services Collaborative

The Collaborative was created in 1988 to assess and address the community’s affordable housing needs. In 1994, the Collaborative’s role expanded and the group developed a more formal system of collaboration that would meet HUD’s requirements for Continuum of Care (CoC) Funding. The Collaborative’s role continued to evolve as they participated in the CoC application process and the establishment of the HMIS system. With the implementation of the HEARTH Act, these duties became the responsibility of HCCSC.

The Collaborative is now a partner with the HCCSC and provides support and feedback to the CoC process. It provides training and information to service providers, and many of its members serve on HCCSC committees.

Project Homeless Connect

Each year, the Collaborative organizes the Project Homeless Connect event to link homeless individuals and families with the services that they need.  A variety of service agencies are available at one location to share information with the homeless and the general public. Haircuts, health screening, lunches and other helpful items are provided. For more information, see the Project Homeless Connect website at www.phcstark.org.

Point in Time Count

Each year, HUD requires communities receiving CoC grants to conduct a Point in Time Count in January. The purpose of the count is to get a snapshot of the number of homeless individuals and families in Stark County. The Collaborative’s membership assumes the lead in organizing and conducting the count in cooperation with HCCSC.  Click here for more information about the Point in Time Count.

Contact Information

For more detailed information about the Collaborative, contact Amanda Fletcher, HSC President, at amandaf@ican-inc.org


Other Groups …

Several Stark County groups work on addressing issues of specific subpopulations of homeless or aspects of the homelessness problem, and their work often complements the work that HCCSC does. If you are interested in getting involved with any of them, please see contact information below.

  • Mental Illness and Addiction Committee: contact Frank Aquino at Frank.Aquino@StarkMHAR.org for more information.
  • Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Leadership Team: contact Shannon McMahon Williams at swilliams@scfcanton.org for more information.
  • Partners Against Trafficking of Humans Stark (PATHS): contact Sr. Karen Bernhardt at karenbernhardt@hotmail.com for more information.
  • Re-Entry [from institutions] Coalition: contact Teresa Gary at teresa.gary@sccaa.org or (330) 580-9347 ext. 235 for more information.
  • Veterans’ Task Force: contact Amanda Fletcher at amandaf@ican-inc.org for more information.
  • Western Stark County Homeless Task Force: contact Pastor John Stallings at chnazarene@aol.com for more information.
  • Youth Homelessness Committee: contact Kenny Crookston at Kenneth.crookston@jfs.ohio.gov for more information.

State and National Resources and Conferences

For additional information about the efforts to end homelessness throughout our country and our state, please click the links below. Several of the organizations listed have annual conferences and other events; find their Events pages to get the details.

National

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

Ohio

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)

Corporation for Supportive Housing – Ohio Chapter (CSH Ohio)