Continuum of Care Steering Committee Work Meeting
Houston's public and private funders, service providers, consumers of homeless services, advocates, and other community stakeholders finalized plans for Houston/Harris County/Fort Bend County's new CoC Steering Committee on June 22. This 17 member body is tasked with policy and funding decisions for our community's strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
Two service provider representatives were elected by their peers in June to serve on the CoC Steering Committee.
Crisis Services Representative
Becky Landes, Northwest Assistance Ministries, Vice President of Program Services
Permanent Housing Representative
Thao Costis, SEARCH Homeless Services, President and CEO
Continuum of Care Charrette
The Houston-area Continuum of Care is gearing up for a charrette planning process the week of August 20 that will result in a multi-year action plan. This plan will drive funding and service strategies to help people quickly exit homelessness and receive the ongoing supports and housing they need.
Thanks to community and consumer input of over 170 people during four meetings in June the Charrette Steering Committee has confirmed the Issue Areas for the Charrette and the proposed schedule.You and your agency's participation in the Charrette is crucial to creating a community action plan that addresses these issues. Please mark your calendar for the appropriate dates and times most important to you.
HUD Releases Continuum of Care Program Interim Rule
Just in time for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness and in preparation for the 2012 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability, HUD has reached another step in implementing the HEARTH Act. The Continuum of Care Program Interim Rule
makes significent changes to the way our community will plan and implement its strategies for preventing and ending homelessness.
Be sure to read the interim rule, watch the HUD webinars, and be on the look-out for our community's meetings to prepare for this year's grant process.