Leadership Council

Apply Now to Join Leadership Council

The Austin/Travis County Homelessness Response System (HRS) is now accepting applications to serve on its Leadership Council, the primary decision-making body for the Austin/Travis County Continuum of Care, tasked with guiding local policy and directing the efforts of committees and workgroups in governance.

  • Open Seats

    The Leadership Council is recruiting 3 new members: one to serve in the Healthcare and/or Disability Seat, and two to serve in System Partner seats. These are unpaid, volunteer positions, though people with lived experience of homelessness may be eligible for compensation.

    • Healthcare and/or Disability Seat (Elected Seat) (1 opening):
      • This seat will act as a representative, advocate, and liaison for integrated healthcare systems and disability services as they pertain to the Action Plan to End Homelessness, ensuring that these services align with the HRS’ efforts and outcomes. This seat will understand that partnerships are necessary and important in contributing to the goal of ending homelessness, and will strive to be a subject matter expert in local healthcare and/or disability spaces, as they overlap with homelessness.
    • System Partner Seats (Elected Seats) (2 openings):
      • These seats are intended to increase diverse stakeholder representation on the Leadership Council, and can be filled by individuals representing entities, agencies, or systems of care that have resources dedicated to people experiencing homelessness, participate in activities that heavily interact with people experiencing homelessness, and/or have expertise that would advance the implementation of a more just and equitable HRS. These seats ensure the alignment of these resources, activities, and expertise in the HRS.
      • Examples of System Partners include but are not limited to: non-government funders, business leaders, equity subject matter experts, folks working in criminal justice (law enforcement, local jails, etc.), folks from historically marginalized communities (veterans, youth, domestic violence survivors, LGBTQIA+), folks from faith-based communities (synagogues, mosques, rescue missions, etc.), and hospital workers.
  • Expectations

    All Leadership Council Members are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct (PDF), which lays out specific expectations for decorum and attendance. In particular, Leadership Council Members are expected to attend public monthly meetings (from 12 – 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month), as well as monthly closed executive sessions (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month). They are also required to participate as a voting member of at least one Committee, most of which meet once a month for about an hour. Occasionally, there are items that require additional short-term attention, such as the Housing and Urban Development Department’s Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO), which will require an additional time commitment. Including meeting preparation, members should anticipate devoting between 5 to 15 hours per month on Leadership Council responsibilities. Terms for elected seats are a minimum of two years, and a maximum of three years.

  • Equity Statement

    The CoC has adopted the Board Selection Policy (PDF) to ensure that the Homelessness Response System (HRS) is composed of representatives of diverse racial backgrounds, lived experiences of homelessness, and diverse professional backgrounds from across and beyond the HRS.

  • Application Information

    The window for applications is now open, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If you submitted an application before January 1, 2023, and are still interested in serving, please submit a new application. Our hope is to fill these seats by July 1, 2023.

    The current Leadership Council members will evaluate and score candidates applying to fill vacant seats. Once the scored candidates have been selected, they will be added to a slate, and formally endorsed by the LC. The endorsed candidates will then be presented to the HRS stakeholders at an All Stakeholder Meeting, where they will be elected by majority vote.

    Please submit your application at this link. Questions and requests for accommodations can be directed to Mariana Krueger (Governance Manager at ECHO) via email at marianakrueger@austinecho.org.

Collaborative leadership

Leadership Council is the governing body for Austin/Travis County’s Homelessness Response System. The Council is made up of people with firsthand experience of homelessness, service providers, local government leaders, and community equity advocates. The group is responsible for setting and upholding best practices, policies, and procedures for organizations that provide services to unhoused people in our community.

Current Member Bios Apply for a Voting Seat

Members of Leadership Council holding signs in support of True Colors Day

About Leadership Council

  • Background & Composition

    Communities across the U.S. receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. These funds come with certain requirements, one of which is to create and facilitate a governing CoC Board to ensure the community works together toward solutions to end homelessness.

    The CoC Board existed in Austin and Travis County as Membership Council until 2021. In 2020, our community initiated an extensive restructuring of the Board to center firsthand experience of homelessness and racial equity in both the composition and the guiding charge of the group. Stakeholders at our annual spring meeting approved the first slate of Leadership Council voting members in May 2021.

    According to the CoC Board Selection Policy, Leadership Council voting seats are reserved as follows:

    HRS Leadership Council Seat CategoryNumber/ Seat TypesSeat Terms
    1. Local Government Representative - Travis County
    2. City of Austin Homeless Strategy Officer
    3. City of Austin Equity Office and/or Civil Rights Office
    3 Appointed SeatsNo term Limit
    Public Housing Authority Representative: Housing
    Authority City of Austin (HACA)
    1 Appointed SeatNo Term Limit
    Homeless Response System Providers
    1. HUD funded Provider
    2. Provider NOT a recipient of HUD funds
    2 Elected Seats2-year min to 3-
    year max
    Healthcare and/or Disability1 Elected Seat2-year min to 3-
    year max
    Mental Health/Substance Abuse1 Elected Seat2-year min to 3-
    year max
    Education or Workforce Development1 Elected Seat2-year min to 3-
    year max
    Other Funders (Elected)1 Elected Seat2-year min to 3-
    year max
    Persons with Lived Expertise of Homelessness
    1. Youth or Young Adult Community Advocate w/ Lived
    Experience of Homelessness
    2. Community Advocate w/ Lived Experience of
    3. Community Advocate w/ Lived Experience of
    3 Elected Seats2-year min to 3-
    year max
    To ensure maximum representation, the “Other” seats prioritize
    candidates that increase diverse stakeholder representation.
    0 or 2 Seats Elected
    Membership must equal
    an odd number
    2-year min to 3-
    year max
  • Committees & Workgroups

    One of Leadership Council’s duties is to oversee the activities of Committees and Workgroups. Currently there are five standing committees that create workgroups as needed for specific Committee tasks. Unless otherwise noted, all Committee and Workgroup meetings are open to the public. Find links to join virtually on our Governance Calendar.

    Five-column flow chart of Leadership Council Committees and Workgroups; In the far left column, Permanent Housing Committee at top, then Property Engagement Workgroup, Permanent Supportive Housing Workgroup, and Rapid Re-Housing Workgroup; in the second column, Performance Monitoring Committee at top, then CoC Scorecard Workgroup, Coordinated Entry Workgroup, and PIT Count Planning Workgroup (ad hoc); in the third column, Crisis Response Committee at top, then Shelter Beds Workgroup and Inclement Weather Shelter Workgroup; in the fourth column, Equity Committee at top, then APAT Development Workgroup, Best Practices for Working with Trans Clients, Equity Tools Workgroup, and PLE Support Space; in the fifth column, Systems Improvement Committee at top, then Harm Reduction Workgroup and SOAR Workgroup


  • Our Work

    Leadership Council is responsible for developing, approving, and enforcing policies and procedures for projects that are funded through our local Continuum of Care (CoC). Some additional funders in our community, including the City of Austin, often require projects they fund to follow these same standards.

    Written Standards Policies & Procedures


Leadership Council meets twice monthly, once with public participation and the other a closed executive session. The public meeting is held on the first Monday of each month from 12-2 p.m. Committees and Workgroups meet publicly according to the schedules of voting members and/or group leads. Upcoming meeting are displayed in the list to the right. Find the full public calendar here.

Agendas & Minutes
Submit Agenda Item


Governance Documents