Continuum of Care
Council on Homelessness
The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, provides advice and input on the operations of homeless services, program operations, and program development efforts in Contra Costa County. Further, the Council on Homelessness establishes the local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding in HUD Homeless Assistance Grant Competitions, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.
The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness provides a forum for the Continuum of Care to communicate about the implementation of strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The purpose of the forum is to educate the community on homeless issues, and advocate on federal, state, county and city policy issues that affect people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
The Council on Homelessness is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves for a two-year term, which may be renewed. All Council members must reside, or be employed, in Contra Costa County, demonstrate a professional interest in or personal commitment to addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness, and contribute unique expertise, opinions and viewpoints on homeless issues. The Council consists of 17 seats representing homeless or formerly homeless persons, health care (including behavioral health), education, the faith community, government, housing providers, public safety, public housing authority, nonprofit homeless service providers and Veterans Administration. Members of the Council assist with and provide guidance in the development and implementation of long range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues in Contra Costa County, attend monthly meetings, participate (as needed and able) in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings as they are able. The Council on Homelessness meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in Martinez.
All our meetings are open to the public. The Continuum of Care meets quarterly (on the 3rd Friday, in the months of January, April, July, and October). These meetings are topic specific stakeholder meetings. The Council on Homelessness meets the first Thursday of every month from 2-3:30 pm. These meetings focus on policy and oversight of the Continuum of Care. There are a number of Council on Homelessness Sub-Committees that meet every month. For more information about sub-committees and/or to receive notification of meeting dates and times, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ADA Accommodations: The Council will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities planning to attend meetings. Please email email@example.com or call 925-313-7720 at least 72 hours before the meeting.
Continuum of Care - 2017
July 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation April 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation January 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation
Council on Homelessness - 2017
August 3, 2017 Agenda Presentation July 6, 2017 Agenda Presentation June 1, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation May 4, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation April 6, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation March 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation February 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation January 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes Presentation
Meet the Members
The Board of Supervisors has established many boards, committees, and commissions to which it appoints Contra Costa residents to serve, on a volunteer basis, to advise the Board on the myriad of programs and issues under the Board's jurisdiction.
The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness is charged with providing advice and input on the operations of homeless services, program operations, and program development efforts in Contra Costa County. Council members are appointed and serve two year terms.
Seat Name Appointee Affiliation Term Expiration 1. Behavioral Health Representative Miguel Hidalgo-Barnes, PsyD Program Manager, Hume Center 12/31/2017 2. CoC/ESG Program Grantee John Eckstrom Chief Executive Officer, SHELTER, Inc. 12/31/2018 3. Community Member Seat #1 Teri House CDBG Consultant, City of Antioch 12/31/2017 4. Community Member Seat #2 Gary Kingsbury New Life Dream Center 12/31/2017 5. Community Member Seat #3 Cecelia McCloy Business person 12/31/2018 6. Consumer/Consumer Advocate Stephanie Batchelor Former Consumer 2/31/2017 7. Education and Vocational Services Representative Alejandra Chamberlain Contra Costa County Office of Education 12/31/2017 8. Emergency Solutions Grants Representative Gabriel Lemus CDBG Program Planner, Contra Costa County 12/31/2017 9. Faith Community Representative Doug Leich Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition 12/31/2018 10. Government Seat #1 Anne Struthers Homeless Manager, Contra Costa Employment and Human Services 12/31/2018 11. Government Seat #2 Brenda Kain Community Services Program Manager, City of Concord 12/31/2018 12. Health Care Representative John Barclay, R.N. Director of Community Based Services, Contra Costa Health Plan 12/31/2018 13. Homeless Housing Provider Dan Sawislak Executive Director, Resources for Community Development 12/31/2017 14. Philanthropy Representative VACANT - 12/31/2017 15. Public Housing Authority Joseph Villarreal Executive Director, Housing Authority of Contra Costa County 12/31/2018 16. Public Safety Representative Diane Aguinaga Captain, Police Department, City of Antioch 12/31/2017 17. Veteran Administration Representative Tracy Cascio Department of Veteran Affairs 12/31/2017 18. Consumer/Consumer Advocate - Alternate ** VACANT - 12/31/2018
Apply to Join
The Council on Homelessness is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves for a two-year term, which may be renewed. All Council members must reside, or be employed, in Contra Costa County, demonstrate a professional interest in or personal commitment to addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness, and contribute unique expertise, opinions and viewpoints on homeless issues. The Council on Homelessness meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 1 pm- 3 pm in Martinez.
The Council consists of 17 seats representing homeless or formerly homeless persons, health care (including behavioral health), education, faith community, government, housing providers, public safety, public housing authority, nonprofit homeless service providers and Veterans Administration.
Read more information about the Council on Homelessness.
The following seats are open:
- There are currently no open seats
If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Council on Homelessness, please complete an application.
If you have any questions, please contact Jaime Jenett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-313-7720.
On any given night in Contra Costa County, there are roughly 3,800 people experiencing homelessness...
Health, Housing & Homeless Services offers several volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals who want to make a difference in their local community. Help support our efforts to provide much needed services and supports to homeless individuals and families in our county.
November 12-20th is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week and the Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, on behalf of the Homeless Continuum of Care, is launching an on-going effort to engage community members in helping to end homelessness in the county. The Homeless Awareness Toolkit promotes events happening in the month of November and connects individuals with ways to become educated about homelessness, become involved in activism and find volunteer opportunities.
Project Homeless Connect is focused on helping the homeless by bringing together multiple services and resources to one place at one time. These on-site services include medical and mental health screenings, legal advice, shelter, youth services, employment, and more. Volunteers help homeless and at-risk individuals navigate the various services, answer questions, and share the experience of the event.
Each year in January, Contra Costa’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) conducts a comprehensive point-in-time count of families and individuals experiencing homelessness. The point-in-time count tallies information about people sleeping in emergency shelters and transitional housing as well as people sleeping in cars, in abandoned properties, or in other places not meant for human habitation. It provides a one-day snapshot of homelessness and includes data about families, youth, chronically homeless, veterans, as well as gender, ethnicity, and race. Volunteer drivers and counters are needed to help count those living outside the morning of the count. Training is provided one week before the event.
While we currently do not have volunteer opportunities at our facilities working directly with clients we do have other opportunities to support people facing homelessness in Contra Costa. Our work could not happen without the generous donations of community members. Every donation helps to further increase the quality and level of services we provide.
Built for Zero
Built for Zero is a rigorous national campaign coordinated by Community Solutions to help our community end chronic and veteran homelessness by December 2017. In Contra Costa County, we realized that in order to end homelessness, we needed to know exactly who needs help. To do this, we have created a By-Name List of homeless veterans and the chronically homeless in our community. This tool is becoming a national standard to help communities get a clearer picture of who needs help, how many people are being housed and how many people are entering or returning to homelessness each month. Learn more about this campaign.
Council on Homelessness
1350 Arnold Drive, Suite 202
Martinez, CA 94553