Founded in the early 1990s, CARES began as an AIDS service organization, providing HOPWA rental assistance and Shelter-Plus Care housing services in the Albany area. Since then, the agency’s housing work has expanded to include community-level planning and administration of HUD’s CoC (homeless) services. CARES currently serves as the collaborative applicant for six CoCs in the Capital Region, coordinating their joint funding applications; acts as the HMIS administrator for CoC programs in 21 counties; and provides technical assistance to the City of Rochester’s HOPWA formula grant. CARES was awarded $1,344,375 to implement the FFL project, which provides permanent housing, linkages to medical care, employment services, and other supports, and supports comprehensive planning and coordination of HIV housing and CoC services in Albany and Rochester. CARES partners with project sponsors in both communities to provide local housing assistance and service coordination: the Albany Damien Center (ADC) and Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS) in Rochester.