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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
VP of Programs/COO
Natalie Worley joined United Housing Connections in July 2015 as the Director of Program Planning and Evaluation, developing and managing UHC’s program strategy by analyzing program and community data to identify opportunities for growth in alignment with HUD priorities and local needs. In July 2017, Natalie accepted the position of VP of Programs/COO, leading UHC’s supportive housing division and contributing to strategic planning and development efforts for programs, facilities, and services. 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.
Data Analyst/HMIS Administrator
Austin graduated from Clemson University in 2011 and recently completed his PhD from Penn State in 2017. Through these experiences, he has developed a background in research, evaluation, and data analysis. Having come home to the Upstate, he joined the Upstate Continuum of Care team as a Data Analyst/HMIS Administrator in December 2017. His main task is to provide technical assistance and analytical support to homeless service agencies across the Upstate Continuum of Care. Austin provides data-driven insights to help organizations make strategic decisions and support the evolving role of data to address social problems.
HMIS program coordinator
Cecilia Rodriguez joined the Upstate Continuum of Care 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.
SOAR Benefits Specialist
Charlene Washington joined the Upstate Continuum of Care as the SOAR Benefits Specialist in November 2017. She graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. She has worked in human services, public health, and healthcare, all of which broadened background, giving her the opportunity to interact with different populations. As a SOAR Benefits Specialist, Charlene increases access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the SSA for eligible adults who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.