Membership

The heart of the Guilford County homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) is its membership.

AN INVITATION – Membership in the CoC is open to any organization or individual that has an interest in the community-wide commitment to prevent and end homelessness in Guilford County.
 
The CoC defines this commitment by the willingness to assist and impact the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness, as well as to prevent and end the socially important condition of homelessness. The Guilford County Continuum of Care includes all parts of Guilford County, North Carolina. 

 

There are no dues and new members are welcome to join at any time.  Non-voting members must attend at least one meeting during the fiscal year.  In order to become a voting member of the CoC, a person must attend at least one CoC meeting, complete a Guilford County Continuum of Care Voting Member Application Form, and sign the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy.  For more information about membership, please consult the CoC Governance Charter at this link or visit the CoC website (guilfordcoc.org). 
 
Please feel free to share this invitation with others who are interested in this vital work in our community.  If you have questions about membership, please contact CoC Secretary Sarah Roethlinger (sroethlinger@youthfocus.org).   If you know of someone who would like to stay informed via the CoC newsletter, please contact Gwen Taylor (gwen@partnersendinghomelessness.org).

 

GOVERNANCE:  The governance structure of the CoC consists of two main bodies, the full CoC membership (comprised of service providers and associated organizations from throughout Guilford County) and the CoC Board.

The Guilford CoC Board establishes the local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding in the annual HUD Homeless Assistance CoC Grants competition. It is an independent board appointed by the CoC to provide oversight and governance of the CoC to represent the geographic, programmatic, and cultural diversity of the continuum.

PURPOSE:  The primary purpose of the Guilford CoC is to carry out the responsibilities of a Continuum of Care as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUC CoC Program Interim Rule establishes three major suites for which the Continuum of Care is responsible: to operate the Continuum of Care, to designate an HMIS for the Continuum of Care, and to plan for the Continuum of Care.

The Guilford CoC also identifies and addresses membership gaps in essential sectors, from key providers or other vital stakeholders and recruits members to ensure that it meets all membership requirements set forth in its governance charter, including representation of certain populations and certain organizations. Specifically, outreach is conducted to obtain membership from the following groups as they exist within the Guilford CoC geographic area and are available to participate in the CoC:

  • Nonprofit homeless assistance providers
  • Victim service providers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Governments
  • Businesses
  • Advocates
  • Public housing agencies
  • School districts
  • Social service providers
  • Mental health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Affordable housing developers
  • Law enforcement
  • Organizations that serve veterans
  • Homeless and formerly homeless individuals
  • Other relevant organizations within the CoC’s geography (which may include mental health service providers and funders, substance abuse service providers and funders, foster care, local job councils, etc.).

Join the CoC

New members are welcome to join at any time during the year. There are two levels of membership: non-voting members and voting members.

Non-Voting Members
Any person who attends at least one meeting per calendar year is considered a Non-Voting Member. Non-Voting Members may receive information from the Continuum of Care including, but not limited to, meeting notices, Continuum of Care meeting minutes and Continuum of Care reports. To remain in good standing, Non-Voting Members must attend at least one meeting a calendar year in order to maintain their membership.

Voting Members
There is no minimum or maximum number of voting members on the Guilford Continuum of Care.

In order to become a voting member of the Guilford CoC, a person/agency must attend at least one CoC meeting and complete a Guilford Continuum of Care Voting Member Application Form [pdf] (or use our online membership application) and sign the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy (see appendices to the Governance Charter).

Each application will be reviewed and approved by the Membership Committee and Secretary of the Guilford County Continuum of Care Board following CoC-approved application standards. Once the application form has been approved and the attendance requirements met, the Membership Committee will notify the person/agency of their voting status. There is no minimum or maximum number of voting members in the Guilford County Continuum of Care.

An agency may identify two (2) persons who may vote on its behalf. Only one (1) representative of an agency may cast a vote on each action.

There are currently no dues for the Continuum of Care.

Further information about membership is contained in the Governance Charter.

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