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Homelessness Alleviation Technical Assistance and Advocacy for Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Erie and Niagara Counties

The Erie County Commission on Homelessness was created in 1992 by the Erie County Legislature to find ways to reduce homelessness in Erie County. By 2000, the Commission had departed from its government roots and incorporated as The Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY) in 2005 to act as the Continuum of Care (CoC) for Erie County. In 2013 HAWNY merged with the Niagara County CoC and it is now the Continuum of Care Lead for Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Erie and Niagara Counties (NY-508). We are also the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead for these communities and Cattaraugus County.

The Continuum of Care (CoC) program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. It is funded through an annual competition sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the McKinney-Vento Act.

In 2002, the Homeless Alliance of WNY was awarded a major federal grant to implement a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) known locally as the Buffalo Area Services Network (BAS-Net). The system enables homeless housing providers to enter client data electronically. This streamlines the client intake process, improves awareness of client needs, increases organizational reporting capacity, and makes community-wide data readily available.

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  • Know someone worthy of an award?

The 10th Annual Homeless Alliance of WNY Luncheon is soon! How soon? December 12, 2014 at 12:00PM at Pearl Street Bar and Grill. During the luncheon, we recognize those in our community who have provided outstanding service or have been especially strong advocates. For that, we need your nominations! Want to go to the luncheon […]

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