The Fight to End Homelessness
The Continuum of Care is a community of individuals and providers that organize and deliver housing and services to homeless people as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. The Upstate CoC is made up of more than 80 agencies taking action to end homelessness. Serving 13 counties in Upstate, SC, the Continuum of Care aims to prevent, reduce and end homelessness through the coordination of agencies in our communities.
The 13 counties that make up the CoC include Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Spartanburg and Union. For a full list of participating agencies in these 13 counties please click here.
United Housing Connections coordinates the CoC's efforts throughout 13 counties in the Upstate and is the leading provider of services, as well as the collaborative applicant for the HUD CoC Program Grant. UHC is also the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) administrator for the region.
Get in touch with us to learn more about joining the Continuum of Care, or contact the staff listed below to inquire whether our services are right for you.
Join Upstate CoC
Membership is open to agencies concerned with the development and coordination of homeless assistance programs. Contact David Gray, Continuum of Care Coordinator, to join.
- Access to the Coordinated Entry System
- Access to reliable and trackable statistics
- Access to resources through other CoC member agencies
Join Your Local CoC Chapter
If you're an individual interested in the development and coordination of homeless assistance programs click below to find your area's chapter contact information.
Continuum of care coordinator
David Gray became the CoC Coordinator in October 2016 to address and achieve improving coordination in the Upstate CoC. He serves as a dedicated staff person focused on the various activities needed to effectively serve the CoC. David provides an analysis of data collected from the PIT count and service agency survey responses to provide timely materials that show funding and service gaps. He is also charged with building new and existing partnerships to increase service capacity in the Upstate. Additonally, he advises and assists in solutions to address comprehensive service needs of both agencies and clients. He advocates innovative partnerships, service approaches and strong communication. In conjunction, these efforts all help to develop a stronger continuum.
- Contact David about joining the CoC.
- Direct all questions relating to the CoC to David.
Director of program planning & evalutiaon/ HMIS administrator
Natalie Worley joined United Housing Connections as the Director of Program Planning and Evaluation in July 2015. She is responsible for developing and managing UHC’s program strategy, analyzing program and community data to identify opportunities for growth in alignment with HUD priorities and local needs. She ensures high levels of program quality through regular monitoring of program, agency, and Continuum HMIS data, promoting a process of continuous improvement in the coordination and delivery of services across the CoC. Natalie also organizes the annual Upstate Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, maintains the local veteran master list, and participates in the South Carolina Interagency Council on Homelessness board meetings and activities.
• Contact Natalie for all data report questions and requests.
HMIS program coordinator
Cecily Rodriguez joined United Housing Connections as the HMIS Program Coordinator in April 2017. She provides oversight and guidance for the day-to-day operations of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which consists of HMIS planning, data quality, on-going training and technical support for the system. Cecilia also provides ongoing outreach to agencies and community leaders to cultivate and maintain support and understanding of HMIS.
• Come to Cecilia for all HMIS related questions.
SOAR Benefits Specialist
Kallison joined United Housing Connections in April 2017 as the SOAR Benefits Specialist. Kallison assists eligible individuals in applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which are considered disability benefits administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA). The application and appeals process are lengthy and difficult, especially for the individuals that would most greatly benefit from the program. Kallison serves as an advocate to ease the process for applicants.
• Contact Kallison if you have a client who may be qualified for SSI or SSDI.