CATEGORYNAMEORGANIZATIONTERM
Nonprofit Homeless Assistance ProviderJohn EckstromShelter, Inc.2022 - 2025
Nonprofit Homeless Assistance ProviderAmani Sawires-RapaskiVolunteers of America2021 - 2024
Faith-Based RepresentativeScott Mulvey, SecretaryCity Church 2:422020 - 2023
Government RepresentativeSullina SanchezCity of FairfieldN/A (Appointed)
Government RepresentativeTamara ColdenCity of VacavilleN/A (Appointed)
Government RepresentativeNatalie PetersonCity of VallejoN/A (Appointed)
Government RepresentativeMeghan FreebeckCity of BeniciaN/A (Appointed)
Government RepresentativeKathy Lawton-CaesarCity of Suisun CityN/A (Appointed)
Government RepresentativeVACANTCity of Rio VistaN/A (Appointed)
Government RepresentativeMiranda RamirezCounty of SolanoN/A (Appointed)
Government RepresentativeVACANTCity of DixonN/A (Appointed)
Educational RepresentativeAkon WalkerCounty of Solano Office of Education2021 - 2024
Mental Health Provider RepresentativeAmanda Russell
Caminar2022 - 2025
Affordable Housing Developer RepresentativeVACANT

Law Enforcement RepresentativeKatie WardSolano County Probation Department2021 - 2024
Veterans Services RepresentativeLori BowleyVeterans Administration2020 - 2023
Homeless or Formerly Homeless RepresentativeJoey CarrizalesN/A2021 - 2024
Homeless or Formerly Homeless RepresentativeReggie SironenBerkeley Food & Housing Project2021 - 2024
​At-Large RepresentativeKari Rader, ChairCommunity Action North Bay2019. - 2022
At-Large RepresentativeColleen BerumenVacaville Solano Services2022 - 2025
At-Large Representative Brandon Wirth
Shelter, Inc.2022-2025
Health Service Provider RepresentativeElizabeth Muniz-Palomera
La Clinica; HFS LEAC Co-Chair2022-2025
Business Representative
Tara Beasley-Stansberry, Vice. Chair
Black Chamber of Commerce2021 - 2024


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP


Housing First Solano General Membership is open to all community members. If you have questions or wish to join, please send an email to reneep@capsolanojpa.org.

COORDINATED ENTRY


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.

HOUSING FIRST SOLANO BOARD


The HFS CoC Board is currently seeking nominations to fill the Affordable Housing Developer seat. Interested community members should submit a completed copy of the application form to reneep@capsolanojpa.org.


COMMITTEES


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.​

PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION


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.

WHO WE ARE

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 is guided by its Governance Charter, available here.  Other Housing First Governance documents include its Written Standards for Service.

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE


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.



GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

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 solano@homebaseccc.org for more information. Applications may also be found at these links in English and Spanish.