Standards & Policies


The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CFCH) is responsible for coordinating and implementing a regional homeless response system to meet the needs of persons experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness within our geographic area.

CFCH serves the Central Florida region designated by HUD as CoC FL-507 under the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, the Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) and the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Program

 With the commitment to ending homelessness, CFCH provides 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.

The primary functions and responsibilities of the Central Florida Commission under the CoC Program are to:

  • + Determine service and housing priorities to promote the optimal use of limited resources across the CoC Coverage Area;
  • + Identify service- and housing-related needs and gaps in the homeless assistance delivery system and develop or assist in the development of mechanisms to most effectively address such needs and gaps throughout the CoC Coverage Area;
  • + Promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream (i.e., outside the homelessness assistance system) benefit programs and resources by homeless individuals and families;
  • + Promote and maximize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing and at-risk for homelessness;
  • + Advise or facilitate planning and funding decisions made within the CoC Coverage Area, including the strategic allocation and coordination of available resources, in support of efforts to assist homeless individuals and families by nonprofit providers, State and local governments, and other stakeholders;
  • + Maintain a diverse and engaged membership that can be mobilized to work in support of the CoC mission as set forth in Section 2.1;
  • + Perform such other functions and fulfill such other responsibilities as set forth in the Act; the CoC Interim Rule; the ESG Interim Rule; Part VI of Chapter 420, Florida Statutes; and jurisdictional priorities.

The CoC FL-507 jurisdictions include:

  • Orange County, Osceola County and Seminole County
  • City of Orlando, City of Kissimmee and City of Sanford