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TX BoS CoC Board Member Nominations

Nominations Still Needed for 3 Seats

The CoC Board still needs nominations for Seats 11, 13, and 15, so we are extending the due date until August 9th. If a Public Housing Agency, local business, or state government agency is helping your community to address homelessness, encourage their staff to run for a seat on the Board. Anyone who lives or works in one of the 215 counties in the TX BoS CoC is considered to be a general member of the CoC and may run for a seat on the Board

Complete the nomination form online here.

In 2019-20, the Board will develop a CoC Strategic Plan, in coordination with NXTBoard and CoC general members, so this is an important time to have a vibrant, engaged Board. THN staff provides support, so Board members can easily stay informed and focus on making decisions that guide the CoC.

Nominations for all open seats will be accepted through August 9th:

  • Seat 1 — Person with lived experience
  • Seat 3 — Chronically homeless persons
  • Seat 5 — Homeless youth
  • Seat 7 — Mental/behavioral health
  • Seat 9 — Local government
  • Seat 11 — Public Housing Agency
  • Seat 13 — Business
  • Seat 15 — Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless (TICH) or State government agency

See more guidance about nominations and duties in the CoC Board Requirements Policy.

The CoC Board determines the policy direction of the CoC and ensures that the CoC fulfills its responsibilities. Additionally, the Board oversees the work of CoC committees and the CoC Lead Agency and HMIS Lead Agency (THN).  Board members also stay informed about how the CoC is performing to prevent and end homelessness, and they serve as liaisons between the CoC and the counties and subpopulations they represent. In 2019-20 the Board will develop a CoC Plan that will set CoC goals and strategies for the next three years.

CoC general members will vote in September, and elected members will start their two-year terms in October.

Please contact Mary Stahlke, CoC Manager, if you have any questions or need assistance.

TX BoS CoC Governance Documents

The TX BoS CoC is responsible for updating the  TX BoS CoC Governance Charter and CoC Written Standards at minimum, annually. The documents governing the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care activities can be found below.

TX BoS CoC Policies & Procedures

The TX BoS CoC is responsible for updating the  TX BoS CoC Policies & Procedures document annually. This document outlines key operational components of the Continuum of Care (CoC), including universal policies and procedures, which have been adopted by the CoC Board, or references to other policy and procedure or guideline documents for the CoC. The TX BoS CoC Policies & Procedures document is a companion document to the TX BoS CoC Governance Charter.

The most recent revision of the TX BoS CoC Policies & Procedures document can be found below:

TX BoS CoC Policies & Procedures

The following policies have been adopted for the TX BoS CoC by the CoC Board since the last TX BoS CoC Policies & Procedures annual review:

Anti-Discrimination and Equal Access Policy
VAWA Emergency Transfer Policy
Continuum of Care Committees Policy
Public Comment Policy
Continuum of Care Board Officers Policy

The TX BoS CoC Governance Structure consists of:

  • CoC General Members: Anyone interested in ending homelessness who lives or works in the TX BoS CoC geographic area.
  • CoC Board: 15 member decision-making entity elected by the CoC General Members
  • Local Homeless Coalitions (LHCs): Local-level groups within the TX BoS CoC that make specific plans to end homelessness in their communities.
    • CoC Standing Committees
      • Executive Committee
      • HMIS Committee
      • Coordinated Entry Steering Committee
    • CoC Ad Hoc Committees
  • CoC Collaborative Applicant- The agency that applies for CoC Program funds. In the TX BoS CoC, this role is filled by Texas Homeless Network.
  • CoC HMIS Lead Agency- The agency appointed by the CoC to administer and operate HMIS. In the TX BoS CoC, this role is filled by Texas Homeless Network.
  • CoC Lead Agency and staff support- The agency appointed by the CoC to carry out the legislatively mandated duties established by the CoC Interim Rule. In the TX BoS CoC, this role is filled by Texas Homeless Network.

You can learn more about how the TX BoS CoC makes decisions and designates leadership by reading the documents above.

TX BoS CoC Board

The CoC Board is the primary decision-making body for the TX BoS CoC. Board members determine the policy direction of the CoC and ensure that the CoC fulfills its responsibilities as assigned by HUD. Additionally, the Board oversees and approves the work of CoC committees and work groups.

Local Homeless Coalitions (LHCs)

Local Homeless Coalitions (LHCs) lead homeless assistance efforts in their coverage area. In order to be formally recognized as an LHC by the TX BoS CoC, LHCs must adhere to some requirements. Don’t see an LHC near you? Fill out the form below to get started.

CoC General Membership

The TX BoS CoC General Membership is made up of all service providers, advocates, local government officials, and individuals who work to eliminate homelessness in the TX BoS CoC’s geographic area.

General Members can:

  • Run or vote for CoC Board positions
  • Participate in Local Homeless Coalition meetings
  • Attend CoC General Membership Meetings
  • Respond to requests for comment on proposed TX BoS CoC policies
  • Much more!

Please note: CoC General Membership is different from THN Membership. While anyone who lives or works in the TX BoS CoC is considered a General Member, THN membership requires a separate sign-up and payment process.