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Join Texas BoS CoC General Meetings

THN’s Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC) General Meetings are open to anyone who lives or works in the TX BoS CoC’s geographic area

By joining, you have the opportunity to learn about TX BoS CoC programs and policy priorities, upcoming events, local initiatives to end homelessness, best practices, and more!

Meetings are held bi-monthly via webinar, so there’s no need to travel. 

Sign up to receive webinar invitations and other important BoS CoC news.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, December 09th, from 2:00-3:30, by webinar. 
  • Main topic — 
  • Community Conversation — 
  • Data Snapshot – 
  • Committee Updates
  • Announcements — events, dates, and updates

Register Here to Attend

If you have accessibility needs, please contact Mary Stahlke, Asst. Director of Engagement, at mary@thn.org or 512-861-2180.

Please note: CoC Grantees and Local Homeless Coalition (LHC) chairs are required to attend CoC General Meetings. 

Full 2020-2021 General Meeting Schedule. To review previous CoC General Membership Meeting Minutes and Materials, visit our References section.

Become a TX BoS Member

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 request for comment on proposed TX BoS CoC policies
    • And 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 donation process. Learn more about THN membership here.

How to become a member:

 

More information to come!

Join Your Local Homeless Coalition

Local Homeless Coalitions are groups of organizations, individuals, and leaders interested in ending homelessness that meet face-to-face locally within TX Balance of State communities. LHCs make plans to address homelessness in their communities, pursue CoC goals, and lead local initiatives. There are approximately 25 Local Homeless Coalitions across the Texas Balance of State at this time. 

For more information on how to join, click here.

Make Public Comment

THN considers public comment important to the development of the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care and, therefore, provides for a formal public comment period on numerous draft and/or proposed plans, policies. The public is invited to make comments via the Public Comment Portal, at meetings when the draft or proposed version of a document is under consideration, or by submitting comments in writing during applicable public comment periods to THN via letter, fax, or email, as directed for each document.

Public comments received outside of the specified public comment period may not be forwarded to the TX BoS CoC’s Governing Board for consideration or considered as part of the official record of public comment requiring reasoned responses.

Click here to access the TX BoS CoC Public Comment Portal.

Participate in Consolidated Planning

The Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care for homeless assistance (TX BoS CoC) is required to consult with the Consolidated Plan Jurisdictions (CPJs) within the CoC on the development of Consolidated Plans, Annual Action Plans, and CAPERs. Consultation helps jurisdictions and the CoC align planning efforts, goals, strategies, and evaluation, and working together make the best use of resources.

Forty CPJs are in the geographic area covered by the TX BoS CoC. Find CPJs’ Consolidated Plans, Action Plans, and CAPERs on the HUD Exchange.  

The CPJs receive HUD funding from one or more formulary grants that can be used to address homelessness and housing:

The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CPD formula block grant programs…The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. Grantees report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).” (from the HUD Exchange

The CoC recommends that jurisdictions also consult with their Local Homeless Coalitions (LHCs) who spearhead local planning, goals, strategy, and evaluation for homeless assistance in specific segments of the CoC. The LHCs know their communities’ needs and provide services. LHCs are an important component of CoC governance and are invaluable in Con Planning. Contact information for LHCs can be found here.

See HUD’s guide to Consolidated Plan Jurisdictions and CoCs working together. To assist with planning, the CoC will provide data from the Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of persons experiencing homelessness and the Housing Inventory Count (HIC) that shows homeless assistance units (emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rapid re-housing beds) operating in the CoC. Each community may then conduct a gaps analysis by comparing the demand (number of people experiencing homelessness on January 23, 2020) with the supply (number of units and beds available to house people experiencing homelessness on January 23, 2020) to see the gaps in housing. Then, goals and strategies can be set to address the gaps.

For communities that did not conduct a PIT Count, the CoC will estimate PIT data for your CPJ. For communities where no housing for homeless assistance operates, there is no HIC data for your CPJ. To participate in the PIT Count and HIC, contact data@thn.org. Learn more about the PIT and HIC, including regional infographics, in the Data section of THN’s website. 

 

CoC General Meetings are open to anyone who lives or works in the TX BoS CoC’s geographic area. Attendees learn about TX BoS CoC programs and policy priorities, upcoming events, local initiatives to end homelessness, best practices, and more!

Meetings are held bi-monthly via webinar, so there’s no need to travel. Sign up to receive webinar invitations and other important BoS CoC news.

 

2019-2020 Meeting Minutes
2018-2019 Meeting Minutes
2018-2019 Meeting Recordings:

Local Homeless Coalitions are groups of organizations, individuals, and leaders interested in ending homelessness that meet face-to-face locally within TX Balance of State communities. LHCs make plans to address homelessness in their communities, pursue CoC goals, and lead local initiatives. There are approximately 25 Local Homeless Coalitions across the Texas Balance of State at this time. 

For more information, click HERE

THN considers public comment important to the development of the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care and, therefore, provides for a formal public comment period on numerous draft and/or proposed plans, policies. The public is invited to make comments via the Public Comment Portal, at meetings when the draft or proposed version of a document is under consideration, or by submitting comments in writing during applicable public comment periods to THN via letter, fax, or email, as directed for each document.

Public comments received outside of the specified public comment period may not be forwarded to the TX BoS CoC’s Governing Board for consideration or considered as part of the 

official record of public comment requiring reasoned responses.

Click here to access the TX BoS CoC Public Comment Portal

Subscribe to receive updates on the Homeless Assistance Program.

The Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care for homeless assistance (TX BoS CoC) is required to consult with the Consolidated Plan Jurisdictions (CPJs) within the CoC on the development of Consolidated Plans, Annual Action Plans, and CAPERs. Consultation helps jurisdictions and the CoC align planning efforts,
goals, strategies, and evaluation,
and working together make the best use of resources.

Forty CPJs are in the geographic area covered by the TX BoS CoC. Find CPJs’ Consolidated Plans, Action Plans, and CAPERs on the HUD Exchange.  

The CPJs receive HUD funding from one or more formulary grants that can be used to address homelessness and housing:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

HOME Investments Partnership Program (HOME)

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) 

Housing Trust Fund

“The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CPD formula block grant programs…The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. Grantees report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).” (from the HUD Exchange

The CoC recommends that jurisdictions also consult with their local homeless coalitions (LHCs) who spearhead local planning, goals, strategy, and evaluation for homeless assistance in specific segments of the CoC. The LHCs know their communities’ needs and provide services. LHCs are an important component of CoC governance and are invaluable in Con Planning. Contact information for LHCs can be found here.

See HUD’s guide to Consolidated Plan Jurisdictions and CoCs working together. To assist with planning, the CoC will provide data from the Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of persons experiencing homelessness and the Housing Inventory Count (HIC) that shows homeless assistance units (emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rapid re-housing beds) operating in the CoC. Each community may then conduct a gaps analysis by comparing the demand (number of people experiencing homelessness on January 23, 2020) with the supply (number of units and beds available to house people experiencing homelessness on January 23, 2020) to see the gaps in housing. Then, goals and strategies can be set to address the gaps.

 

For communities that did not conduct a PIT Count, the CoC will estimate PIT data for your CPJ. For communities where no housing for homeless assistance operates, there is no HIC data for your CPJ. To participate in the PIT Count and HIC, contact data@thn.org. Learn more about the PIT and HIC, including regional infographics, in the Data section of THN’s website. 

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