About the PPCoC

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) refers to the group of service providers involved in the decision-making processes for preventing and ending homelessness as the ‘‘Continuum of Care.’’

What is the PPCoC?

A Continuum of Care (CoC) helps communities plan for and provide a full range of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and other services to address the needs of persons experiencing homelessness. The Pikes Peak Continuum of Care (PPCoC) is made up of service providers, advocates, local government officials, and citizens who work to eliminate homelessness in El Paso County, Colorado. The PPCoC is governed by a Board elected by the general members of the PPCoC. Community Health Partnership serves as the lead agency for the PPCoC and assists the PPCoC with:

  • Establishing a planning body and leadership structure for the CoC
  • Administering and operating HMIS
  • Conducting CoC planning and operations
  • Preparing the application for federal CoC Program funding

Mission

The Pikes Peak Continuum of Care exists to end homelessness in the Pikes Peak Region.

Vision

To make homelessness brief, rare, and nonrecurring.

Goals

  • Promote community commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
  • Provide and/or facilitate funding to re-house people experiencing homelessness​
  • Assist individuals experiencing homelessness to access and maintain mainstream benefits​
  • Optimize self-sufficiency to prevent recurrence of homelessness​

PPCoC Membership FAQ

Who Should Apply?

Anyone who is interested in ending homelessness in El Paso County, including representatives from nonprofit homeless assistance providers, persons who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence survivor service providers, faith-based organizations, government entities, businesses, advocates, mental health agencies, hospitals, veteran organizations, school districts and more.

Can more than one representative from my organization apply for membership?

Absolutely. It’s a good idea for each organization to appoint one person to serve as the primary liaison to the PPCoC. This person should ensure that trainings and bi-annual member meetings are attended, and inform the organization’s leadership of matters related to the PPCoC. Voting is limited to one designee per member organization. New members are invited to join on an ongoing basis.

What are the benefits of membership?
In addition to the opportunity to formally be part of efforts to end homelessness in El Paso County, PPCoC members may:
  • Apply for funding passed through the CoC by HUD and other funding bodies.
  • Vote at bi-annual member meetings. Voting is limited to one designee per member organization.
  • Participate in PPCoC committees as voting members and make recommendations to the PPCoC Board of Directors.
some of the membership responsibilities don't apply to me/my agency

PPCoC members represent a variety of groups, including groups that are not CoC-funded and/or do not provide direct services to persons experiencing homelessness. Participation in HMIS and CE are required for CoC-funded programs. For non-CoC funded members, the commitment is to collectively support these CoC efforts.

PPCoC Governing Board Members

  • Andy Barton, Catholic Charities, President and CEO
  • Haley Chapin, Tri-Lakes Cares, Executive Director
  • *Aimee Cox, Community Health Partnership, Chief Executive Officer
  • Jacque Franklin, First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Minister of Pastoral Care
  • *Christopher Garvin, El Paso County Department of Human Services, Executive Officer
  • Alison Gerbig, MSW, Rocky Mountain Human Services, Program Manager Homes for All Veterans SSVF
  • Bob Hughes, Springs Rescue Mission, Vice President of Guest Services and Addiction Recovery
  • Shawna Kemppainen, Urban Peak Colorado Springs, Executive Director
  • *Crystal La Tier, El Paso County Housing Authority and Economic Development Department, Interim Economic Development Executive Director & El Paso County Housing Authority Executive Director
  • Noreen Landis-Tyson, CPCD Headstart, President and CEO
  • Kat Lilley, Family Promise, Executive Director
  • Ann-Marie Manning, LCSW, Pikes Peak Community College, Social Work Department Chair & Full-Time Faculty BPS Division
  • *Andy Phelps, City of Colorado Springs, Homeless Prevention and Response Coordinator
  • *Steve Posey, City of Colorado Springs, Director Community Development Division
  • Beth Roalstad, MSW, Homewards Pikes Peak, Executive Director
  • Kimberley Sherwood, Third Sector Group
  • John Spears, Pikes Peak Library District, Chief Librarian and CEO
  • Chad Wright, Colorado Springs Housing Authority, Executive Director
  • * Indicates Ex-Officio Status

Become a member

Complete the form to apply to become a member of the PPCoC.