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.
Homeless Response System Governance
Note: If you are creating a new CommunityForce account to apply for the HRS Leadership Council as an individual (rather than on behalf of an organization), please feel free to enter “N/A” or “Individual” when prompted for your organization during signup.
Leadership Council Flyer
Dear Austin / Travis County Stakeholders, Our community is looking for the next group of leaders to serve on the Homeless Response System (HRS) Leadership Council! Please see this flyer to learn more about the TX-503 Austin / Travis County CoC governance structure and how the HRS Leadership Council supports our community’s goal to end and prevent homelessness! Please share with any and all of your contacts – including committees and workgroups!
CoC Board Selection Policy
The Austin/Travis County CoC (TX-503) will follow the written process outlined in the HRS Leadership Council Selection Policy to select HRS Leadership Council members and will ensure that the recruitment process meets the needs and guidelines outlined throughout the policy.
The Leadership Council application uses an online form system called CommunityForce. This PowerPoint contains instructions for accessing the application, creating an account, logging in, and how to contact us if you need assistance.
HRS Leadership Council Application (Word Document)
Please feel free to use this Word Document Version as a preview of the application which should be filled out HERE. (Candidates who are unable to apply using the online form may fill out the Word Document or a paper copy and return it to ECHO staff. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for assistance.)
The Membership Council ensures that the community has a strong homelessness response system 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 voting members of the Membership Council are elected by the coalition of homelessness stakeholders at the Fall Stakeholder meeting. The Governance Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Membership Council and the governing oversight provided on behalf of the Coalition. Membership 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
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Policy
Membership Council Governance Charter
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. The current workgroup structure includes:
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