The Lowcountry Homeless Coalition is comprised of organizations providing services to persons who are experiencing homelessness, who have recently been homeless, or who are at risk for being homeless. The Coalition has awarded more than $14.5 million to support local homeless service providers.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition is that in our communities every person is appropriately, safely, and decently housed.

Mission Statement

The Lowcountry Homeless Coalition plans, develops, and implements comprehensive and coordinated strategies to address homelessness.

What We Do

The Lowcountry Homeless Coalition is meeting the challenges of homelessness by:

  • Bringing resources to the area for programs and services to assist homeless people working towards self-sufficiency.

  • Providing opportunities for information sharing, collaboration, and networking.

  • Awarding funding from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care grant program to participating organizations for support of projects related to homelessness.

  • Providing and maintaining the Homeless Management Information System or "HMIS" database of clients and services.

  • Conducting an annual Point in Time Homeless Count. LHC has conducted counts in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and is currently planning for 2018.


History

The Lowcountry Homeless Coailition organized in 1995 in response to the availability of HUD’s first round of funding just for coalitions of agencies. Since HUD called these coalitions “Continuums of Care,” the name was adopted locally.

In 1997, the Coalition became an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity, initially including  Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. In 2005, the southern counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper were added.

Future Plans

By working together as a community, significant strides have been made in the Lowcountry to help our fellow citizens. However, there is much more to be done. The Lowcountry Homeless Coalition has set forth the following goals:

  • Continually improving our Coordinated Entry System for all homeless services offered in our service area

  • Developing a long-range plan to address the most critical needs for homeless services in our area

  • Exploring additional opportunities for collaboration among Coalition participants

  • Continually seeking ways to “add value” to Coalition participation

  • Providing community education and advocacy about the problem of homelessness

  • Expanding the number and diversity of programs utilizing and collaborating in the Coalition's Homeless Management Information System or "HMIS