Organizations and interested stakeholders, including people with lived experience, working together to implement solutions to homelessness in Austin and Travis County. ECHO’s role includes providing a framework for community collaborations that produce evidence-informed programs and community standards that inform local policy decisions. Austin’s Action Plan to End Homelessness guides the work of ECHO and our partners as we work together to eradicate homelessness in our community.
Homelessness Response System Governance
The Homelessness Response System Leadership Council ensures that the community has a strong community effort in place that is based on evidence-informed practices and meets the needs of those experiencing homelessness. The Council is responsible for setting the policies and procedures for the governance, operations, and written standards for assistance and coordination of the Homelessness Response System and Continuum of Care funds.
The Governance Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Leadership Council and the governing oversight provided on behalf of the Coalition. Leadership Council’s duties include:
- Overseeing and approving the work of Coalition committees and workgroups
- Serving as the primary decision-making body for the Austin/Travis County Continuum of Care (CoC) funding
- Providing oversight of CoC funds, ensuring all CoC funded agencies fulfill their responsibilities as assigned by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The coalition of homelessness stakeholders meets twice a year, and the meetings are open to the public. For more information about how to get involved in Membership Council or the Coalition, email Kate Moore.
Local Policies & Procedures
CoC Grant Amendment Policy
Decision Making and Conflict of Interest Policy
Education Services Policy
(Please see further info here.)
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Policy
Leadership Council Selection Policy
Outreach Request Policy & Procedures
PSH Transfer Policy
VAWA Policy and Procedures
Committees & Workgroups
The Membership Council creates Committees and Workgroups as necessary to accomplish the system-level coordination to address homelessness. For further information about the governance structure’s committees and workgroups see here.
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