Texas Balance of State Public Comment Portal

Per the TX BoS CoC Public Comment Policy, the TX BoS CoC will invite public comments when the CoC is considering a change to a CoC governance document. A public comment period allows stakeholders within the TX BoS CoC to review proposed changes to items such as policies or standards and provide input on those changes and potential impacts of the changes. Stakeholders are any persons who live or work in the CoC’s geographic area and have an interest in preventing and ending homelessness. Governance documents include the CoC Governance Charter, CoC Policies and Procedures, CoC Written Standards for Service Delivery, Coordinated Entry Written Standards, and HMIS governance documents.

TX BoS CoC staff at Texas Homeless Network (THN) will tailor the public comment process to the item that will be open for introduction or amendment. The guiding principle of the process is making the proposed changes and their potential implications accessible and understandable.
Public comment may be solicited and accepted in a number of ways:

  • Posting information and documents on THN’s website
  • Conducting an online/electronic survey
  • Accepting written comments by mail or email
  • Consulting during a CoC General Meeting
  • Holding a webinar about the changes and soliciting input from attendees
  • Reviewing the proposed changes and seeking feedback at pertinent group meetings (for
    example, CoC committee meetings, LHC meetings, and partner agency meetings)

In general, public comment should be directed to the person listed as the contact person in the document.

Tips for Generating Good Comments

  • Read the document thoroughly
  • Be concise but support your claims
  • The support for your claims should be based on sound reasoning, scientific evidence, and/or how you will be impacted
  • Address trade-offs and opposing views in your comment
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for an effective comment
  • If you are commenting on a specific question, please include the page and/or section title in your comment
  • Focus on content, not on formatting

 

Opportunities for in-person public participation are on hold due to the novel coronavirus, and the associated disease COVID-19.  The TX BoS CoC may offer virtual opportunities for Public Comment via the TX BoS CoC Newsletter.  To sign up for the TX BoS CoC Newsletter follow this link

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 the online form. letter, fax, or email, as directed in each document.

Each item open for public comment is accompanied by a cover page, listing the contact person for that document and instructions for submitting public comment. 

Topic Area
Specific Topic
Item(s)
Public Comment Period
CoC Program Competition Policy
Review and Scoring Policy
DRAFT Reveiw and Scoring Policy for CoC Program Funds
In the TX BoS CoC

Comment Submission Form

9/15/2020-9/25/2020
CoC Program Competition Policy
Ranking Policy
DRAFT Ranking Policy for CoC Program Funds in the TX BoS CoC

Comment Submission Form

9/15/2020-9/25/2020
CoC Program Competition Policy
Reallocation Policy
DRAFT Reallocation Policy for CoC Program Funds
in the TX BoS CoC

Comment Submission Form

9/15/2020-9/25/2020
CoC Program Competition Policy
Conditional Inclusion Policy
DRAFT Conditional Inclusion Policy for CoC Program Funds
in the TX BoS CoC

Comment Submission Form

9/15/2020-9/25/2020

Topic Area
Specific Topic
Item(s)
Public Comment Period
CoC-Wide Policy
Anti-Discrimination and Equal Access Policy
DRAFT Anti Discrimination and Equal Access Policy

6/12/2020-6/22/2020
6/25/2020-7/05/2020
7/10/2020-7/20/2020
CoC Coordinated Entry Policy
Coordinated Entry COVID-19 Prioritization Standards
DRAFT Coordinated Entry COVID-19 Prioritization Standards
in the TX BoS CoC
7/13/2020-7/24/2020

THN will provide reasonable accommodations and language assistance. For those seeking assistance, please contact Mary Stahlke, Asst. Director of Engagement, at mary@thn.org.

The information provided on this page is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only, and nothing on this page is either a legal opinion or a complete statement of the laws or administrative rules of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  In any conflict between this information and U.S. or Texas laws or administrative rules, the laws and administrative rules shall prevail.

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