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Maricopa County Regional Continuum of Care Committee (CoCC) on Homelessness is seeking new members

The Maricopa County Regional Continuum of Care Committee (CoCC) on Homelessness is seeking new members for a 2, 3 or 4 year term beginning March 2017.  The Committee has a limited number of vacant seats to be filled through the CoCC recruitment process.  The Membership Work Group will be reviewing applications and recommending candidates to the CoCC.  Candidates not selected in this round may opt to keep their applications on file for the July 2017 CoCC recruitment.

Recruitment priorities
Vacancies will be filled according to the following priorities:

  1. HUD CoC Program funded agency representatives
  2. Other representatives:  recipient of Emergency Solutions Grant funding, state housing agency, business or multi-family housing, behavioral health agency, and advocate agency.
  3. Other community stakeholders

Application process
The application is a two-part process:

  1. Email a current resume to Anne Scott at AScott@azmag.gov with “CoCC Candidate” in the subject line
  2. Upon receipt of the candidate’s resume, the candidate will be provided a link to a brief online application

Recruitment Timeline

1/10/2017

Announcement published, application process open

1/24/2017

Online applications due by 4 p.m.

2/2/2017

Applicants notified of decisions by the CoCC Membership Work Group by 4 p.m., pending CoCC approval on 2/8/2017

2/8/2017

CoCC meeting—CoCC will approve new members

3/15/2017

First CoCC meeting with new members

Questions and Information
For more information, contact Anne Scott by email at this link, or by phone at: 602-452-5006.

Continuum of Care Background

The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care has worked with a dive rse array of partners to develop regional solutions to end homelessness. Each year, the expertise of the Committee and community partners has resulted in more people being housed and supported in their quest for stability. Staffed by the Maricopa Association of Governments since 1999, the Continuum of Care has successfully competed well in the national application for funding. Over the years, the HUD funding award has increased and now supports more than 60 homeless assistance programs in 24 different agencies. This award has been an important and consistent source of funding for the community.

In response to the HEARTH Act, changes are being made to improve the efficacy of the Continuum of Care. These changes have been identified and championed by talented partners throughout the region. Thanks to the dedication of the people involved, the Continuum of Care is positioned to continue making a difference in the lives of those who are homeless.

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is a once-a-year street and shelter count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County during a given point-in-time (PIT). The count includes a brief survey to identify the needs of those experiencing homelessness in the community. As the lead agency for the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care, MAG coordinates the regional count each year.

The 2017 PIT street count will take place during the early morning hours of Tuesday, January, 24, 2017, beginning at 5:30 a.m. and ending at 12:00 p.m.  The street count will enumerate people that spent the night of January 23 on the streets, in vehicles or abandoned buildings, or in other settings not meant for human habitation.

Why a Point-In-Time Homeless Count?

The PIT count is an effort to learn more about the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County.  In order to accomplish community goals and make a difference in the lives of homeless men, women, children, we first need to know who they are, where they are, and better understand the factors that led to their homelessness.

The data gathered in the count can be used to measure progress and make the case for additional resources. Data from the count also helps to indicate how well we are meeting community goals to prevent and end homelessness. 

To volunteer for the 2017 Point-In-Time street count, please contact your local coordinator. For more information about the 2017 PIT Count, contact Kinari Patel via email at this link.

Avondale

Donna Gardner

dgardner@avondale.org

Buckeye

Bill Savage

bsavage@buckeyeaz.gov

Carefree

Stacy

stacey@carefree.org

Cave Creek

Tom Clark

tommacclark@gmail.com

Chandler

Niki Tapia

Niki.Tapia@chandleraz.gov

El Mirage

Sgt. Chris Culp

cculp@cityofelmirage.org

Fountain Hills

Ken Valverde

kvalverde@fh.az.gov

Gila Bend

Kathy Venzuela

kvalenzuela@gilabendaz.org

Gilbert

Robert Kropp

Robert.kropp@gilbertaz.gov

Glendale

Renee Ayres-Benavidez

Rayres-Benavidez@glendaleaz.com

Goodyear

Christina Plante

cplante@goodyearaz.gov

 

Sgt. Alison Braughton

Abraughton@goodyearaz.gov

Guadalupe

Crystal Martinez

cmartinez@guadalupeaz.org

Litchfield Park

Sonny Culbreth

sculbreth@litchfield-park.org

Mesa

Emily Greco

Emily.Greco@mesaaz.gov

Paradise Valley

Kevin Volpe

kvolpe@paradisevalleyaz.gov

Peoria

Jack Stroud

jack.stroud@peoriaaz.gov

 

Carin Imig

Carin.Imig@peoriaaz.gov

Phoenix

Scott Hall

Scott.hall@phoenix.gov

Queen Creek

Joe La Fortune

Joe.LaFortune@queencreek.org

Scottsdale

Greg Bestgen

gbestgen@scottsdaleaz.gov

 

Gene Munoz-Villafane

emunozvi@scottsdaleaz.gov

Surprise

Christina Ramirez

Christina.Ramirez@surpriseaz.gov

 

Lieutenant John Bacon

John.Bacon@surpriseaz.gov

Tempe

Kimberly Van Nimwegen

Kim VanNimwegen@tempe.gov

 

Brian Ornelas

brian_ornelas@tempe.gov

Tolleson

Janey Montoya

jmontoya@tollesonaz.org

 

Adriana Morado

amorado@tollesonaz.org

Wickenburg

Lieutenant Amy Sloan

asloane@wickenburgaz.org

Youngtown

Gregory Arrington

garrington@youngtownaz.org

2016 Continuum of Care Funding

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the FY 2016 CoC Awards on December 20, 2016. The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care was awarded $25,418,465 in funding for 44 local programs to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Highlights of the award include:

  • 42 programs that provide housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  • $855,158 for a new Coordinated Entry project.
  • Funding for Continuum of Care planning and implementing the Homeless Management Information System, a local information technology system used to collect data on the provision of housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The mission of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, is as follows:

  • To promote communitywide goals to end homelessness.
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation to those persons.
  • Promote access to, and effective utilization of, mainstream programs.
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individual and families experiencing homelessness. 

The program is composed of transitional housing, permanent supportive housing for disabled persons, permanent housing, supportive services, and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Goals

  • The mission of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, is as follows:
  • To promote communitywide goals to end homelessness.
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation to those persons.
  • Promote access to, and effective utilization of, mainstream programs.
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individual and families experiencing homelessness.

The program is composed of transitional housing, permanent supportive housing for disabled persons, permanent housing, supportive services, and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Duties of the Continuum of Care

The three major duties of a Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule, are to:

  1. Operate the Continuum of Care.
  2. Designate an HMIS for the Continuum of Care.
  3. Plan for the Continuum of Care.

CoC Governance Structure

The Continuum of Care will have a CoC Board, Continuum of Care Committee, Ad Hoc Stakeholder Groups, and HMIS Groups established to accomplish the responsibilities of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act Interim Rule and available in the “Responsibilities of the Continuum of Care” section. Please use the link below to view the Continuum of Care Governance Charter for additional information.

Continuum of Care Board

The role of the Continuum of Care Board is to be the decision-making body for the CoC. Decisions will be made with input from the CoC Committee.  Click here for a list of Continuum of Care Board members approved on October 24, 2016.

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Co-Chair:
Kevin Hartke
City of Chandler

Co-Chair:
Amy Schwabenlender
Valley of the Sun united Way

Human Services Planner:
Anne Scott
Human Services