Almost 900 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.
|Nonprofit Homeless Assistance Provider|
|Circle of Friends|
|Faith-Based Representative||Scott Mulvey||City Church 2:42|
|Government Representatives||Shelley Tiran, Secretary||City of Fairfield|
|Emily Cantu||City of Vacaville|
|Judy Shepard-Hall||City of Vallejo|
|Kristin Kamm||City of Benicia|
|City of Suisun City|
|Vacant||City of Rio Vista|
|Sandy Rose||County of Solano|
|Vacant||City of Dixon|
Mental Health Provider Representative
|Tranine Chisom||Caminar, Inc.|
|Affordable Housing Developer Representative||Maurilio Leon||CHOC Housing|
|Law Enforcement Representative||Michael Ambrose||Fairfield Police Department|
|Veterans Services Representative||Lori Bowley||Veterans Administration|
|Homeless or Formerly Homeless Representative||Reginald Doss||3rd Degree Grace|
Members at Large
|Ruth Matz||Community Action North Bay|
|Colleen Berumen, Chair||Opportunity House|
|Business Representative||Debi Tavey, Vice-Chair||Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce|
|Health Service Provider Representative||Madonna Garcia-Crowley||La Clinica de la Raza|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any functioning organization requires solid foundational documents. The Governance Committee reviews Housing First Solano's governing documents on an annual basis to make sure they meet the organization's needs. Governing documents include the 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.