TX BoS CoC Committees

Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care Committees

The Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC) Committees are designed to carry out the high-level work of the CoC, ensuring that the CoC fulfills all of the requirements established by HUD. Committees are an opportunity for CoC general members to be directly involved in CoC-wide decision making. For more information about the role of committees within the TX BoS CoC, see the TX BoS CoC Governance Charter. We encourage all CoC general members to pursue committee membership. For more information about how to join a committee, reach out to the contact listed below each committee description.

Coordinated Entry Steering Committee

What They Do

The Coordinated Entry Steering Committee is composed of elected representatives from each Coordinated Entry Planning Entity (CEPE) within the TX BoS CoC. This committee provides direct support and guidance to the CoC Board on systems change efforts and influences the direction of the CE process in the TX BoS CoC. Committee members are nominated annually by the regional CEPEs. Representatives may serve consecutive terms as long as the CEPE has voted and a majority is in favor of that nominee continuing to serve in that role. Responsibilities include:

  • Attending meetings with all current CESC Representatives to discuss and share experiences related to CE, develop and approve policies and procedures that impact the CE system and/or local CE processes, and communicate regional needs to the TX BoS CoC.
  • Communicating any guidance or requests from the TX BoS to their region.
  • Communicating to the TX BoS CoC about changes in their region, which may call for a review of and revisions to regional governance documents.
  • Assisting agencies and/or individuals in understanding the local CE process and the TX BoS CoC training process for CE.

For more information email Systems Change Manager Linda Xiong: linda@thn.org

How to Join

The CESC is a closed committee. If you are interested in representing your CE region in the CESC, please contact your current CESC Chair or CEPE membership. Currently, the CESC meets once a month for 1.5 hours. There is a time commitment to your CE region, such as reviewing CE data and reports, which varies from region to region based on the governance structure of your region.

Meeting Minutes

2021 Meetings
To find all meeting documents, past and present, visit the Google Drive folder for the Coordinated Entry Steering Committee.

Strategic Planning Committee

What They Do

The SPC formally represents the voices of CoC members, who are stakeholders in the CoC’s work, in the researching and writing of the CoC’s strategic plan. SPC members use their broad range of experience, expertise, and demographic characteristics to represent the interests of people experiencing homelessness in the CoC. The committee uses data and community input from various level of the CoC to inform the plan. The SPC ensures that the plan:

  • Includes all components required by HUD, and complies with the CoC Program Interim Rule
  • Aligns with communities’ respective plans and goals
  • Assists the CoC with setting and achieving strategic goals
  • Improves the CoC’s and communities’ functioning as housing crisis response systems
  • Advances the CoC’s effectiveness in preventing and ending homelessness

Committee members will be expected to represent their community’s interests in the Strategic Planning Process. Their duties will include helping to organize local public comment meetings in order to get buy-in on the plan, and review and evaluation of the CoC’s progress in meeting the plan’s goals.

For more information email Governance Specialist Margaret Hill: margaret@thn.org

How to Join

The Strategic Planning Committee is a closed committee, with two year terms. At the end of each two year term, new member will be chosen to fill the committee’s seats. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please reach out to Governance Specialist Margaret Hill at margaret@thn.org.

Members will be expected to attend meetings at least quarterly, sometimes more frequently. These meetings will be 1.5 hours long, and will require some familiarization with the meeting materials ahead of time. The time required of members will vary based on where the CoC is in the planning cycle.

Meeting Minutes

2020 Minutes
2021 Minutes

Community Investment Committee

What They Do

This committee evaluates applications for funding and professional development opportunities that Texas Homeless Network, as the CoC Lead Agency for the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care, makes available to CoC Members. The goals of this committee are:

  • to assist the CoC in making decisions that ensure equitable access across the CoC to funding and professional development opportunities THN makes available to CoC Members
  • to ensure a transparent process to stakeholders across the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care

For more information email Assistant Director of Planning Jim Ward at jim@thn.org

How to Join

The Community Investment Committee consists of two representatives per each of the six CIC regions. Representatives are elected to serve a two-year term. In April of 2021, as approved by the CoC Board, a second representative was elected for each region. The results of this election can be found here.

A list of current committee members can be found here.

Questions about this process can be directed to jim@thn.org

Meeting Minutes

2020 Meeting Minutes
2021 Meeting Minutes

Data Committee

What They Do

The purpose of the THN Data Committee is to provide data-driven insight and education to multiple groups/stakeholders about homelessness in the Texas Balance of State. These groups/stakeholders are: THN HMIS end users, internal THN staff, and the overall Texas Balance of State Membership. The THN Data Committee is also a way for HMIS end users to providing feedback on specific data matters such as HMIS Policies and Procedures, the HMIS Data Quality and Management Plan, and the HMIS implementation.

For more information email Data and Policy Analyst Victoria Lopez at victoria@thn.org

Documents and Resources

Meeting minutes, presentations, materials, documents, and other resources can be found in the Dropbox link below.

Data Committee Dropbox

How to Join

The TX BoS CoC Data Committee is “open enrollment”, that is, CoC members may opt to join any committee at any time. To join the committee, CoC members will email the Committee Chair, copying the Data and Policy Analyst Victoria Lopez at victoria@thn.org, and specifying the member’s contact information and intent that the member wishes to join the Data Committee.

Members must be able to commit to 1-3 hours a month to the committee, with more time spent during months with a Data Committee Meeting. This time would include webinars, calls, and reviews of data and policy documents.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are located in the Data Committee Dropbox.

Victim Service Providers Committee

What They Do

Victim service providers serve individuals and families fleeing or attempting to flee their housing or the place they are staying because of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions related to violence. According to the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), historically Victim Service Providers have not pursued funding designated for homeless services such as Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Funding, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program Funding, or Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program Funding. Also, Victim Service providers are federally prohibited from entering information into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), but if they receive certain pools of federal funding, they must use a database that has the same functionality and is comparable to an HMIS. These factors have limited our ability as a CoC to engage with Victim Service Providers.

The purpose of this committee is to provide an opportunity to coordinate with Victim Service Providers across the CoC in a more substantial and intentional way, to ensure that survivors and Victim Service Providers can have representation at the CoC level and have a direct line of communication with the staff who are helping shape and form policies that impact this population.

For more information email CoC Performance Coordinator Quiana Fisher at quiana@thn.org

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the committee, reach out to CoC Performance Coordinator Quiana Fisher at quiana@thn.org.

Currently the time commitment will be 1-3 hours a month for committee members and 2-5 hours for committee leadership.

Meeting Minutes

Ending Veteran Homelessness Committee

What They Do

This committee will implement and monitor a plan to end Veteran homelessness across the TX BoS CoC by bringing local, state, and regional stakeholders for ending veteran homelessness together to share information on events, funding opportunities, and troubleshoot problems. 

The goal of this committee is to end Veteran homelessness in all 215 counties in the TX BoS CoC. To meet this goal, the TX BoS CoC will need to work alongside key partners in the design and implementation of a plan to End Veteran Homelessness. This committee will include key federal, state and local partners who will oversee the implementation of the plan to end veteran homelessness and will develop CoC-wide and local strategies to achieve and maintain an End to Veteran Homelessness. Committee activities will include:

  • Creating and executing a plan to ending veteran homelessness through collaborative community efforts.
  • Create a space in which stakeholders for ending veteran homelessness meet regularly to discuss ideas, troubleshoot problems, and relay funding opportunities.
  • Create a regional veteran system to meet the federal benchmarks and criteria in all 6 Community Investment Committee Regions. This process will help to quickly identify and house veterans in all 6 regions.

For more information email Ending Veteran Homelessness Specialist Marliza Marin at marliza@thn.org

How to Join

The Ending Veteran Homelessness Committee is currently recruiting. If you would like to serve on the committee, please fill out the Ending Veteran Homelessness Committee Interest Form.

Meeting Minutes

Coming Soon!

Performance Evaluation Committee

What They Do

This committee establishes performance outcome targets, participates in the performance evaluation of funded agencies, and may make funding recommendations to the TX BoS CoC, TX BoS CoC, Board of Directors, and other funders. For more information email Assistant Director of Planning Jim Ward at jim@thn.org

How to Join

We are currently seeking CoC members who are interested in serving on the committee. 

Meeting Minutes

Coming Soon!

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