Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care Governance Structure (SNH CoC )
The Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care (SHN CoC) Governance Structure was presented and considered at the August 14, 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting with unanimous approval by all of the CoC members in attendance. This SHN CoC Governance Structure recognizes the initial regional framework designed by the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC) in 2003, while incorporating the rules and regulations enacted and mandated from the HEARTH Act and the Continuum of Care Program in 2009; hence the re-authorization of the SNRPC CoH and CoC into one cohesive structure. The file cover below is a link to the approved Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care Governance Structure.
With the adoption of the SHN CoC Governance Structure, more work will be occurring over the next several months that includes putting the remaining Community Stakeholders in place, to make up the 27 member Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care (SNH CoC) Board. To establish members for the expanded SNH CoC Board, a Board Selection Ad Hoc Committee was created at the August 14, 2014 meeting to review applications of individuals interested in representing one of the 27 seats on the SNH CoC Board. The Board Selection Ad Hoc Committee is made up of the Jurisdictional Stakeholders and includes City of Las Vegas, Stephen Harsin (lead); City of Henderson, Barbara Geach; City of North Las Vegas, Mary Ellen Donner; Clark County, Timothy Burch; Clark County School District, Paula Zier; and City of Boulder City, Julie Calloway (alternate). Final recommendations of appointments are scheduled to be made to the SNH CoC Board in January 2015.
CoC Membership is unlimited and the SNH CoC Board has initiated an open invitation. Anyone or any agency may become a member of the Southern Nevada Homelessness CoC, with the common denominator that there is an interest to work with or serve the homeless population. Membership forms for the CoC helps the CoC establish a comprehensive database for all future notices to meetings and information sharing. CoC Membership and Board Interest Forms for the SNH CoC Board are available at the link to the left of this page. Please take the time to submit the information so you continue to get notified of upcoming meetings, important events and other information sharing. Completing the Board Interest Form is necessary to be considered for a seat on the SNH CoC Board.
All future meetings of the SNH CoC Board will be held at United Way located at 5830 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103, in order to accommodate both the expanded, CoC members and the general public.
The CoC is an entity that implements the HUD CoC program and includes all who elect to participate and are concerned with and/or providing services to the various homeless subpopulations furthering the direction of the HEARTH Act. A CoC member can be an individual or agency who is concerned with and/or providing services to the various homeless sub-populations furthering the direction of the CoC. To become a member of the Southern Nevada CoC, please click on the Membership Form cover below that will link you to the form online. Upon submitting the form, all information will be considered public information.
The Southern Nevada CoC Board is the official board acting on behalf of the Continuum of Care (CoC) to take care of all related business requiring direction and/or formal actions and furthering the mission to end homelessness in Southern Nevada. The SNH CoC Board reflects the sub-populations defined within the HEARTH Act as well as furthering the intent of the Continuum of Care (CoC). If you are interested in being considered to serve on the SNH CoC Board, please click on the Board Interest Form cover below that will link you to the form online. Upon submitting the form, all information will be considered public information.
During the period of January 29-30 2014, Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition Committee on Homelessness conducted the 2014 Southern Nevada Homeless Census. In an attempt to end homelessness, the U.S. Congress has required that governments receiving federal funds under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act must conduct annual counts of their homeless population. The region has implemented the homeless census and survey for this reason, to obtain more accurate and useful data.
It is the intention that the results of this research will assist service providers, policy makers, funding sources, and local, state and federal governments to better understand and plan for the needs of the homeless population by examining current statistics in various geographical contexts. The information for the 2014 Southern Nevada Homeless Census and Survey will hopefully help policy makers and service providers more effectively develop services and programs to serve the County's homeless population, especially in comparison to census information collected in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.
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A message from Kathi Thomas-Gibson,
SNRPC’s Committee on Homelessness, Chair
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead,
Used with Permission
This statement attributed to anthropologist Mead has become a motto and rallying challenge for those of us committed to meaningful change in the face of intractable challenges. It is an ethos that drives the regional work we must do to address homelessness in Southern Nevada.
Our regional collaboration, HELP HOPE HOME, is a partnership that coordinates efforts to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Nevada. We know that homelessness cannot be solved by one individual or by one entity; it requires the commitment and compassion of the entire community working together to find solutions.
Lasting solutions must come from all sectors of our community including residents, faith-based organizations, non-profit providers, businesses, civic groups, education, law enforcement, healthcare agencies, and governmental entities. You are an important part of the solution. Help raise awareness by discussing the issue of homelessness with your family, friends, and colleagues. Educate yourself and others about the true nature of the problem. Learn about the needs of children, senior citizens, and even whole families faced with homelessness. Engage with others who are a part of a "group of thoughtful, committed citizens" that are impacting the scope of homelessness across the valley.
There are many ways for you to support this regional effort through volunteering, in-kind donations, or financial contributions. I invite you to join Clark County and the cities of Boulder, Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas in our efforts to end homelessness in Southern Nevada.
Please contact the SNRPC Regional Initiatives Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to find ways you can get involved and become a part of the solution. We cannot do this alone. We need your help!