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Council on Homelessness

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  • Meetings

    All our meetings are open to the public. The Council on Homelessness meets remotely the first Thursday of every month from 1:00-3:00 pm. These meetings focus on governance and oversight of the Continuum of Care programs and services, partners, processes, and policy. There are a number of Council on Homelessness Sub-Committees that meet regularly. The Continuum of Care meets approximately quarterly (dates TBD). These community wide meetings are topic specific meetings. Learn how to receive notification of meeting dates and times here or email

    ADA Accommodations: The Council will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities planning to attend meetings. Please email or call 925-608-6700 at least 72 hours before the meeting.

    See full calendar of all meetings, trainings and events for 2021.

    Agendas/Minutes - Council on Homelessness

    All publicly noticed Continuum of Care meeting agendas, slide decks and minutes are posted in the "Council on Homelessness" section of the Public Meetings Agenda Center at Links to meeting recordings can be found at the very end of the slide decks and also at the top of posted minutes.

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  • 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 Council on Homelessness is charged with providing advice and input on the operations of homeless services, program operations, and program development efforts in Contra Costa County. Council members are appointed and serve two year terms.

      Seat Name Appointee/Affiliation Term
    1. Affordable Housing Developer Iman Novin
    Novin Development Consulting
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    2. Behavioral Health Representative Margaret Schlitz
    Portia Bell HumeCenter's West County FSP program
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    3. City Government Seat Teri House
    CDBG Consultant, City of Antioch
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    4. CoC/ESG Program Grantee Leslie Gleason
    Executive Director, Trinity Center
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    5. Community Member Seat Lindy Lavender
    Policy Director, East Bay Leadership Council
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    6. Consumer/Consumer Advocate Jo Bruno
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    7. Education and Vocational Services Representative Alejandra Chamberlain
    Homeless Education Liaison, Contra Costa Office of Education
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    8. Emergency Solutions Grants Representative Gabriel Lemus
    Contra Costa Department of Conservation and Development
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    9. Employment and Human Services (EHSD) Representative Sherry Lynn Peralta
    Program Director, EHSD
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    10. Faith Community Representative Doug Leich
    Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    11. Health Care Representative Linae Altman
    Healthcare for the Homeless
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    12. Homeless Service Provider Deanne Pearn
    Executive Director, Hope Solutions
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    13. Public Housing Authority Tony Ucciferri
    Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Housing Authority of County of Contra Costa
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    14. Public Safety Representative #2 Shawn Ray
    Lieutenant, San Pablo Police Department
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    15. Public Safety Representative #1 Manjit Sappal
    Chief, Martinez Police Department
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    16. Reentry Services Representative Patrice Guillory
    Managing Director, Healthright 360
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    17. Veterans Administration Representative Masaki Hiriyama
    Northern California VA Healthcare System
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    18. Workforce Development Representative Maureen Nelson
    One Stop Consortium
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    19. Youth Representative Juno Hedrick
    YAC Member
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22

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    Contact Us

    Council on Homelessness
    2400 Bisso Lane, Suite D, 2nd Floor
    Concord, CA 94520

    Phone: 925-608-6700

  • About

    The Council on Homelessness is the governing body for the Contra Costa CoC. The Council is compliant with federal and state regulations and is the planning body that coordinates the community’s policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness in Contra Costa County. The COH is responsible for approving some funding allocations for proposed projects and monitoring and tracking performance and compliance in coordination with the CoC and HMIS Lead Agency.

    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. The Council provides a forum for the Continuum of Care to communicate about the implementation of strategies to prevent and end homelessness.


    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 19 seats including representation from 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. online. Meeting details can be found here.