In the spring of 2008, a group of service providers and faith based organizations came together with the goal of coordinating their efforts to end homelessness in Concord. From this, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) was born in June of 2008, and the following December, CCEH began operating the “Day Resource Center” which is now the Concord Homeless Resource Center, to meet some of the immediate needs of people struggling with homelessness, and connect them with other resources in the community.
Over the years, CCEH has convened homeless service providers from the greater Concord area for networking and collaboration, and advocated around issues important to people struggling with homelessness. In 2013, members of the CCEH Board of Directors worked with Concord Mayor Jim Bouley and numerous stakeholders on a Steering Committee to create Concord’s Plan to End Homelessness, which was adopted by the City Council on April 14, 2014. CCEH is now the lead agency for implementation of this Plan.
As one of the priorities under the Plan, CCEH launched Housing First Concord, a permanent supportive housing program that serves individuals who were formerly chronically homeless. Our most recent initiative is the creation of a low barrier winter shelter, which is part of our 3 -year Safe Spaces Campaign.