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Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Committee

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Continuum of Care Background

The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care has worked with a diverse array of partners to develop regional solutions to end homelessness. Each year, the expertise of the Committee and community partners has resulted in more people being housed and supported in their quest for stability. Staffed by the Maricopa Association of Governments since 1999, the Continuum of Care has successfully competed well in the national application for funding. Over the years, the HUD funding award has increased and now supports more than 60 homeless assistance programs in 24 different agencies. This award has been an important and consistent source of funding for the community.

In response to the HEARTH Act, changes are being made to improve the efficacy of the Continuum of Care. These changes have been identified and championed by talented partners throughout the region. Thanks to the dedication of the people involved, the Continuum of Care is positioned to continue making a difference in the lives of those who are homeless.


The Maricopa County Regional Continuum of Care Committee (CoCC) on Homelessness is seeking new members for a 2, 3 or 4 year term beginning September 2017. The Committee has a limited number of vacant seats to be filled through the CoCC recruitment process. The Membership Work Group will be reviewing applications and recommending candidates to the CoCC.

Recruitment Priorities

Vacancies will be filled according to the following priorities:

  1. HUD CoC Program funded agency representatives
  2. Other representatives: recipient of Emergency Solutions Grant funding, state housing agency, business or multi-family housing, and advocate agency.
  3. Other community stakeholders

Application Process

The application is a two-part process:

  1. Send a current resume to Anne Scott via contact function listed on this page.
  2. Upon receipt of the candidate’s resume, the candidate will be provided a link to a brief online application.

Recruitment Timeline

7/20/2017 Announcement published, application process open

8/4/2017 Online applications due by 4 p.m.

8/9/2017 Applicants notified of decisions by the CoCC Membership Work Group by 4 p.m., pending CoCC approval on 8/16/2017

8/16/2017 CoCC meeting—CoCC will approve new members

9/20/2017 First CoCC meeting with new members

Questions and Information

For more information, contact Anne Scott.

Reference

From p. 9 of the governance charter:

Biannually, January and July, the collaborative applicant will solicit letters of interest and résumés from prospective members representing stakeholders. Notification of vacancies for community members will be solicited through the MAG website, the CoC email distribution list, the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness website, and announcements at COC Committee and COC Board meetings. Interested parties shall submit their résumé to the collaborative applicant. Once the résumé is received, the collaborative applicant will provide an application requesting information about the applicant’s interest in the Committee, experience in areas related to homelessness, and willingness to participate in the work of the Committee. Applications and résumés will be reviewed by the CoC Committee Membership Work Group and recommendations will be made to the CoC Committee. The CoC Committee will vote to approve applicants for membership.

 


 

2016 Continuum of Care Funding

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the FY 2016 CoC Awards on December 20, 2016. The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care was awarded $25,418,465 in funding for 44 local programs to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Highlights of the award include:

  • 42 programs that provide housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  • $855,158 for a new Coordinated Entry project.
  • Funding for Continuum of Care planning and implementing the Homeless Management Information System, a local information technology system used to collect data on the provision of housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The mission of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, is as follows:

  • To promote communitywide goals to end homelessness.
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation to those persons.
  • Promote access to, and effective utilization of, mainstream programs.
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individual and families experiencing homelessness. 

The program is composed of transitional housing, permanent supportive housing for disabled persons, permanent housing, supportive services, and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Goals

  • The mission of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, is as follows:
  • To promote communitywide goals to end homelessness.
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation to those persons.
  • Promote access to, and effective utilization of, mainstream programs.
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individual and families experiencing homelessness.

The program is composed of transitional housing, permanent supportive housing for disabled persons, permanent housing, supportive services, and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Duties of the Continuum of Care

The three major duties of a Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, are to:

  1. Operate the Continuum of Care.
  2. Designate an HMIS for the Continuum of Care.
  3. Plan for the Continuum of Care.

CoC Governance Structure

The Continuum of Care will have a CoC Board, Continuum of Care Committee, Ad Hoc Stakeholder Groups, and HMIS Groups established to accomplish the responsibilities of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule and available in the “Responsibilities of the Continuum of Care” section. Please use the link below to view the Continuum of Care Governance Charter for additional information.

Continuum of Care Board

The role of the Continuum of Care Board is to be the decision-making body for the CoC. Decisions will be made with input from the CoC Committee.  Click here for a list of Continuum of Care Board members approved on October 24, 2016.

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Committee Contacts

Chair:
Jacki Taylor
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

Vice Chair:
Ursula Strephans
CASS

Human Services Planners:
Anne Scott
Human Services

Kinari Patel
Human Services