|Nonprofit Homeless Assistance Provider||John Eckstrom||Shelter, Inc.||2022 - 2025|
|Nonprofit Homeless Assistance Provider||Amani Sawires-Rapaski||Volunteers of America||2021 - 2024|
|Faith-Based Representative||Scott Mulvey, Secretary||City Church 2:42||2020 - 2023|
|Government Representative||Sullina Sanchez||City of Fairfield||N/A (Appointed)|
|Government Representative||Tamara Colden||City of Vacaville||N/A (Appointed)|
|Government Representative||Natalie Peterson||City of Vallejo||N/A (Appointed)|
|Government Representative||Meghan Freebeck||City of Benicia||N/A (Appointed)|
|Government Representative||Kathy Lawton-Caesar||City of Suisun City||N/A (Appointed)|
|Government Representative||VACANT||City of Rio Vista||N/A (Appointed)|
|Government Representative||Miranda Ramirez||County of Solano||N/A (Appointed)|
|Government Representative||VACANT||City of Dixon||N/A (Appointed)|
|Educational Representative||Akon Walker||County of Solano Office of Education||2021 - 2024|
|Mental Health Provider Representative||Amanda Russell||Caminar||2022 - 2025|
|Affordable Housing Developer Representative||VACANT|
|Law Enforcement Representative||Katie Ward||Solano County Probation Department||2021 - 2024|
|Veterans Services Representative||Lori Bowley||Veterans Administration||2020 - 2023|
|Homeless or Formerly Homeless Representative||Joey Carrizales||Formerly Homeless/Unsheltered||2021 - 2024|
|Homeless or Formerly Homeless Representative||Reggie Sironen||Berkeley Food & Housing Project||2021 - 2024|
|At-Large Representative||Kari Rader, Chair||Community Action North Bay||2019. - 2022|
|At-Large Representative||Colleen Berumen||Vacaville Solano Services||2022 - 2025|
|At-Large Representative||Brandon Wirth||Shelter, Inc.||2022-2025|
|Health Service Provider Representative||Elizabeth Muniz-Palomera||La Clinica; HFS LEAC Co-Chair||2022-2025|
|Business Representative||Tara Beasley-Stansberry, Vice. Chair||Black Chamber of Commerce||2021 - 2024|
Housing First Solano General Membership is open to all community members. If you have questions or wish to join, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No one should be denied access to services simply because they showed up after someone else. Coordinated Entry seeks to eliminate arbitrary reasons for service denial as well as streamline the delivery of services to ensure those who need help the most get it. Coordinated Entry is a high priority for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Coordinated Entry committee works to develop Housing First Solano's coordinated entry infrastructure. The committee also develops the tools used to assess client vulnerability. Finally, the committee works to develop the procedures providers will follow as coordinated entry is implemented across Solano County.
More than 1,100 people in Solano County currently experience homelessness. Housing First Solano wants to change that. We have a simple mission: find homes for those without. This goal seems simple, but could not be more complicated. High rents to the Bay Area, low housing stock, and a lack of affordable service options prevent many from affording a place to live. Housing First Solano works to solve that problem by connecting housing developers, mental and health service providers, and social services to effectively deliver the kind of help people need at the time they need it.
Housing First Solano utilizes committees to help it complete its mission. Committee membership is open to all members of Housing First Solano. If you are interested in any of these committees, please visit the "contact us" page and fill out the join form.
Housing First Solano is working with the entire County of Solano in creating a five year plan to address poverty and homelessness. The Strategic Planning Committee will work to develop this plan by providing insight and expertise from a provider's perspective in this broader planning effort. For more information this committee please click here.
Any functioning organization requires solid foundational documents. The Governance Committee reviews Housing First Solano's governing documents on an annual basis to ensure they meet the organization's needs. Governing documents include bylaws, the policies and procedures for the Homeless Management Information System, and Housing First Solano's policies for prioritizing persons in housing. The Governance Committee ensures these documents align with Housing First Solano's Charter and its mission to end homelessness in Solano County.
LIVED EXPERIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Lived Experience Advisory Committee (LEAC) is a Standing Committee of the CoC intended to ensure the leadership and inclusion of those with current or past lived experience of homelessness within the Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (HFS CoC). The Committee amplifies the voices of lived expertise in HFS CoC policymaking and provides pathways to develop the leadership skills of members. The goals of the Committee are to foster a trusting feedback loop between members with lived expertise and the system of homeless and housing services in Solano, and to engage that expertise in decision-making. To do so, Committee members use this platform to share their experiences and knowledge, make recommendations for improvement, and participate in Housing First Solano CoC Board decision-making processes.
If you have lived experience of homelessness and wish to join the LEAC, you can apply here or contact email@example.com for more information. Applications may also be found at these links in English and Spanish.
The Performance and Evaluation committee evaluates the policies and procedures used to score projects that receive Housing First Solano funding. The Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates Continuums of Care create a non-biased, performance based review and rank process resulting in a prioritized listing of local projects.
The Performance and Evaluation committee reviews the tools used to score projects for the priority listing. The scoring tool includes objective metrics generated from data inputted into the Homeless Management Information System as well as subjective metrics provided by the participating projects through narrative responses in the Local Application. The Performance and Evaluation committee creates the scoring metrics and local application questions with an eye towards local and federal goals and priorities.
The Performance and Evaluation committee also creates the procedure for the review and rank competition. These procedures allow each project to equally participate in the competition and be ranked solely based on performance. Participating projects have an opportunity to appeal any scoring decision before it is final. These procedures also apply to the Mid-Year Review and Rank designed to give participating programs interim feedback prior to the Continuum of Care Competition.