The Kanawha Valley Collective first began as a group in 1995 in response to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) new Continuum of Care. HUD's strategy was to encourage community and governmental agencies to work together to develop local strategies for comprehensive systems of care for the homeless in their communities. A small group of providers was organized by the City of Charleston's Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development (MOECD) to respond to HUD's new program and to develop a continuum of care system for the local community.
Originally called the Charleston Continuum of Care (CCofC), this group worked together to submit a proposal to HUD for funding. The first application was not successful but did facilitate further discussions among local providers as to what the needs of the local community were; what this collective should do and what the system should look like.
After the first Continuum of Care was awarded by HUD, the CCofC continued to meet to discuss issues surrounding social service provision in the Kanawha Valley. These issues included but were not limited to: improvement of the local service delivery system; collaboration and coordination; how to eliminate duplication of gaps and services. Group members quickly discovered the meetings were a productive way to share ideas and network with other social service providers in the community.
In the summer of 1997, the group changed its name from the CCofC to the 'Kanawha Valley Collective' (KVC), choosing the term 'collective' because it implied a unified mind and vision.
Today, the KVC is strong and continues to grow in membership and collaborations. The KVC meets monthly as a membership to discuss the needs/issues of our area. Many committees meet on a regular basis to address specific needs of those the KVC collectively serve.