Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care Committees
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
For all meeting documents, click here to visit the Google Drive folder for the CESC.
Strategic Planning Committee
What They DoThe 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
How to Join
The Strategic Planning Committee is a closed committee, with two year terms. At the end of each two year terms, 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 email@example.com.
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.
Community Investment Committee
What They DoThis 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
How to Join
The Community Investment Committee is currently seeking additional regional representation. The TX BoS CoC Board recently voted to increase regional representation from one (1) committee representative per region to two (2) per region. Six (6) seats are open, one from each region.
Nominations are open to anyone who lives or works in the TX BoS CoC until 11:59:59 PM on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out this form.
Questions about this process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Meeting Minutes
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 email@example.com
Documents and Resources
Meeting minutes, presentations, materials, documents, and other resources can be found in the Dropbox link below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 are located in the Data Committee Dropbox.
Victim Service Providers Committee
What They DoVictim 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. Formore information email CoC Performance Coordinator Quiana Fisher at email@example.com
How to Join
If you are interested in joining the committee, reach out to CoC Performance Coordinator Quiana Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently the time commitment will be 1-3 hours a month for committee members and 2-5 hours for committee leadership.
- December 17, 2020
Performance Evaluation Committee
What They DoThis 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 email@example.com
How to Join
We are currently seeking CoC members who are interested in serving on the committee.