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  • Our Mission

    The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, provides advice and input on the operations of homeless services, program operations, and program development efforts in Contra Costa County. Further, the Council on Homelessness establishes the local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding in HUD Homeless Assistance Grant Competitions, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. The Council will review, update, and approve the Council on Homelessness Governance Charter at least annually and will update these By-Laws when appropriate.

    The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness provides a forum for the Continuum of Care to communicate about the implementation of strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The purpose of the forum is to educate the community on homeless issues, and advocate on federal, state, county and city policy issues that affect people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

    Governance

    The Council on Homelessness is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves for a two-year term, which may be renewed. All Council members must reside, or be employed, in Contra Costa County, demonstrate a professional interest in or personal commitment to addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness, and contribute unique expertise, opinions and viewpoints on homeless issues. The Council consists of 17 seats representing homeless or formerly homeless persons, health care (including behavioral health), education, the faith community, government, housing providers, public safety, public housing authority, nonprofit homeless service providers and Veterans Administration. Members of the Council assist with and provide guidance in the development and implementation of long range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues in Contra Costa County, attend monthly meetings, participate (as needed and able) in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings as they are able. The Council on Homelessness meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in Martinez.

    Council on Homelessness Orientation Binder


  • Meetings

    The Continuum of Care meets quarterly (on the 3rd Friday, in the months of January, April, July, and October). The Council on Homelessness meets the first Thursday of every month from 2-3:30 pm. There are a number of Council on Homelessness Sub-Committees that meet every month. For more information about sub-committees and/or to receive notification of meeting dates and times, email jaime.jenett@hsd.cccounty.us

    ADA Accommodations: The Council will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities planning to attend meetings. Please email jaime.jenett@hsd.cccounty.us or call 925-313-7720 at least 72 hours before the meeting.

    2017

    DATE
    MEETING
    AGENDA
    MINUTES
    OTHER LINKS
    June 1, 2017 Council on Homelessness Agenda    
    May 4, 2017 Council on Homelessness Agenda   Presentation
    April 21, 2017 Continuum of Care Agenda Minutes Presentation
    April 6, 2017 Council on Homelessness Agenda Minutes Presentation
    March 2, 2017 Council on Homelessness Agenda Minutes Presentation
    February 2, 2017 Council on Homelessness Agenda Minutes Presentation
    January 20, 2017 Council on Homelessness Agenda Minutes Presentation
    January 20, 2017 Continuum of Care Agenda Minutes Presentation

    Archive »


  • Meet the Members

    The Board of Supervisors has established many boards, committees, and commissions to which it appoints Contra Costa residents to serve, on a volunteer basis, to advise the Board on the myriad of programs and issues under the Board's jurisdiction.

    The Contra Costa Inter-jurisdictional Council on Homelessness (CCICH) Advisory Board is charged with providing a forum for communication about the implementation of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and for providing advice and input on the operations of homeless services, program operations, and program development efforts in Contra Costa County. Advisory Board members are appointed and serve two year terms.

      Seat Name Appointee Affiliation Term Expiration
    1. Behavioral Health Representative Miguel Hidalgo-Barnes, PsyD Program Manager, Hume Center 12/31/2017
    2. CoC/ESG Program Grantee John Eckstrom Chief Executive Officer, SHELTER, Inc. 12/31/2018
    3. Community Member Seat #1 Teri House CDBG Consultant, City of Antioch 12/31/2017
    4. Community Member Seat #2 Gary Kingsbury New Life Dream Center 12/31/2017
    5. Community Member Seat #3 Cecelia McCloy Business person 12/31/2018
    6. Consumer/Consumer Advocate Stephanie Batchelor Former Consumer 2/31/2017
    7. Education and Vocational Services Representative Alejandra Chamberlain Contra Costa County Office of Education 12/31/2017
    8. Emergency Solutions Grants Representative Gabriel Lemus CDBG Program Planner, Contra Costa County 12/31/2017
    9. Faith Community Representative Doug Leich Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition 12/31/2018
    10. Government Seat #1 Anne Struthers Homeless Manager, Contra Costa Employment and Human Services 12/31/2018
    11. Government Seat #2 Brenda Kain Community Services Program Manager, City of Concord 12/31/2018
    12. Health Care Representative John Barclay, R.N. Director of Community Based Services, Contra Costa Health Plan 12/31/2018
    13. Homeless Housing Provider Dan Sawislak Executive Director, Resources for Community Development 12/31/2017
    14. Philanthropy Representative VACANT - 12/31/2017
    15. Public Housing Authority Joseph Villarreal Executive Director, Housing Authority of Contra Costa County 12/31/2018
    16. Public Safety Representative Diane Aguinaga Captain, Police Department, City of Antioch 12/31/2017
    17. Veteran Administration Representative Tracy Cascio Department of Veteran Affairs 12/31/2017
    18. Consumer/Consumer Advocate - Alternate ** VACANT - 12/31/2018

  • Apply to Join

    The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness has a number of vacancies and is recruiting new members! We are looking for great people willing to bring their time and talents to the important work we are doing to end homelessness here in Contra Costa County. Our key priority is finding people who care about ending homelessness, and who bring a perspective to the group that we need, as well as talents from which the whole can benefit.

    Below is some information that may be helpful in understanding what the Council on Homelessness is and does:

    The Council on Homelessness is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves for a two-year term, which may be renewed. All Council members must reside, or be employed, in Contra Costa County, demonstrate a professional interest in or personal commitment to addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness, and contribute unique expertise, opinions and viewpoints on homeless issues. The Council consists of 17 seats representing homeless or formerly homeless persons, health care (including behavioral health), education, the faith community, government, housing providers, public safety, public housing authority, nonprofit homeless service providers and Veterans Administration. Members of the Council assist with and provide guidance in the development and implementation of long range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues in Contra Costa County, attend monthly meetings, participate (as needed and able) in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings as they are able. The Council on Homelessness meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 1 pm- 3 pm in Martinez.

    The following seats are open:

    • There are currently no open seats

    If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Council on Homelessness, please complete an application.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jaime Jenett at jaime.jenett@hsd.cccounty.us or 925-313-7720.


  • Get Involved


    On any given night in Contra Costa County, there are roughly 3,800 people experiencing homelessness...

    Health, Housing & Homeless Services offers several volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals who want to make a difference in their local community. Help support our efforts to provide much needed services and supports to homeless individuals and families in our county.

    Homeless Awareness Toolkit

    November 12-20th is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week and the Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, on behalf of the Homeless Continuum of Care, is launching an on-going effort to engage community members in helping to end homelessness in the county. The Homeless Awareness Toolkit promotes events happening in the month of November and connects individuals with ways to become educated about homelessness, become involved in activism and find volunteer opportunities.

    Project Homeless Connect

    Project Homeless Connect is focused on helping the homeless by bringing together multiple services and resources to one place at one time. These on-site services include medical and mental health screenings, legal advice, shelter, youth services, employment, and more. Volunteers help homeless and at-risk individuals navigate the various services, answer questions, and share the experience of the event.

    Point-in-Time Count

    Each year in January, Contra Costa’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) conducts a comprehensive point-in-time count of families and individuals experiencing homelessness. The point-in-time count tallies information about people sleeping in emergency shelters and transitional housing as well as people sleeping in cars, in abandoned properties, or in other places not meant for human habitation. It provides a one-day snapshot of homelessness and includes data about families, youth, chronically homeless, veterans, as well as gender, ethnicity, and race. Volunteer drivers and counters are needed to help count those living outside the morning of the count. Training is provided one week before the event.

    Support Our Work

    While we currently do not have volunteer opportunities at our facilities working directly with clients we do have other opportunities to support people facing homelessness in Contra Costa. Our work could not happen without the generous donations of community members. Every donation helps to further increase the quality and level of services we provide.


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  • Contact COH

    Contact Us

    Council on Homelessness
    1350 Arnold Drive, Suite 202
    Martinez, CA 94553

    E-mail: cchomelesscouncil@hsd.cccounty.us
    Phone: 925-313-7700