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Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council

Description

On July 3, 2018, Metro Council approved Ordinance BL2018-1199, which eliminated the Homelessness Commission and instead created the Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council. The Homelessness Planning Council will serve as the Continuum of Care Governance Board for our community.

The Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council serves as an independent body and is empowered to make decisions and recommendations as the governance board for the Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care, as required by 24 C.F.R. Part 578.

The Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council has the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. To implement a coordinated and focused approach to ending homelessness and to develop measurable objectives;
  2. To fulfill all duties and responsibilities as the governance board for the Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care, including compliance with 24 C.F.R. Part 578;
  3. To hold regular meetings open to the public with published agendas;
  4. To assure participation of all stakeholders, including persons experiencing homelessness;
  5. To maintain accurate, current data on homeless populations; and
  6. To educate the public, service providers, and other interested parties on issues related to homelessness. For information on specific homeless initiatives, visit the Homeless Impact Division web page.

Strategic Community Plan

The Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council adopted a three-year Strategic Community Plan on August 14, 2019. The plan outlines four main goals:

  • Optimize All Resources: Nashville will expand and manage housing inventory and support services by leveraging government (local, state, and federal) resources as well as private and not-for-profit resources.
  • Improve Data Collection and Use: Nashville will create a culture of data-driven housing and service delivery by incorporating quantitative and qualitative data for best evidence-based decisions.
  • Enhance and Expand Formal Collaboration: Nashville will cultivate linkages, reduce barriers, and create effective collaborations that exponentially decrease homelessness.
  • Develop Commitment through Engagement: Nashville will develop more effective communication plans and tools that are designed for community engagement, empowerment, and adoption of the overall strategic plan and philosophy to end homelessness.

Related Department

Social Services

Contact

Judith Tackett, Homeless Impact Division Director

Members

By July 2019, the Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council will consist of 25 voting members. However, during the first year, the ordinance provides the following (which could result in a larger board for the initial year):

The initial slate of voting members shall be the existing voting members of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission and the Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care Governance Board. These members shall be divided into three classes, with terms expiring after one, two, and three years, respectively. Subsequent voting members shall serve three year terms. The number of members in each class shall be specified in the Nashville Davidson County Continuum of Care Governance Charter.

Voting Members Appointed by Mayor
Name Representing Term Expiration
Laura Bermudez Business Community June 30, 2022
Bob Freeman Business Community June 30, 2020
Paula Foster Human Services Association June 30, 2022
Tim Leeth Homeless Community June 30, 2020
Wendell Segroves Homeless Community June 30, 2021
Theresa Skiles Homeless Community June 30, 2020
Charles Strobel Provider Community June 30, 2021
Tom Turner Business Community June 30, 2021
Voting Members Elected by the Continuum of Care General Membership
Name Representing Term Expiration
April Calvin Provider Community June 30, 2020
Alaina Boyer Human Services Association June 30, 2022
Ryan Ellis State Government June 30, 2021
Trina Frierson Provider Community/Homeless Community June 30, 2020
Michelle Hall Provider Community June 30, 2021
Brian Hassett Provider Community June 30, 2022
Norman Humber Provider Community June 30, 2022
Catherine Knowles Local Education Agency June 30, 2021
Ingrid McIntyre Provider Community June 30, 2020
Marc Overlock Hospital/Provider Community June 30, 2021
Mary Katherine Rand Provider Community June 30, 2022
Beth Shinn University June 30, 2020
Ashley Oswald Homeless Community June 30, 2022
Dawn Deaner Provider Community/Legal June 30, 2020
Voting Members Appointed by the Vice Mayor
Name Representing Term Expiration
Mina Johnson Metro Council District 23 2019
Freddie O’Connell Metro Council District 19 2019
Mary Carolyn Roberts Metro Council District 20 2019
Non-voting Advisors
Name Agency
Renee Pratt Metro Social Services
James Harbison Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

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