Effective advisory groups of various types serve to provide expertise, guidance, and practical support informing the work of the Governance Board. Such groups provide multiple opportunities for community engagement, collaboration on and contribution to those issues and concerns facing the CoC.
For decisions about new issues or actions not readily assignable to an existing advisory group, the Board may make a decision after soliciting and considering recommendations from an existing advisory group, or the Board will form a new work group, task force, or action committee to consider the issue and provide recommendations. The Board will ensure that all CoC members receive an invitation to join the new advisory group or to participate on a specific advisory committee for the purpose of providing recommendations regarding the issue.
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Youth Action Board
Youth Action Board (YAB) The YAB is comprised of 12 youth and young adults ages 24 and younger who have current or former experiences of homelessness. The YAB was formed as a task group committee of the CoC in 2016. It was formally adopted by the governance board of the CoC as an ad hoc committee of the CoC in January 2019. With this adoption, the has gained full membership in the CoC and will be included in policy making decisions of the CoC moving forward, with a focus on policies that relate to preventing and ending youth homelessness. In addition, the YAB creates an organized space and processes to ensure continuous youth voice throughout the development of the CCP and beyond. The YAB will retain its structure and function through the publishing of the YHDP RFP and awarding of projects, while continuing to be an integral part of the CoC, on an ongoing basis.
Governance Advisory Committee
The committee evaluates and recommends changes to improve RTFH’s structure and ensures it is meeting the mission. Governance reviews Board Member nominations and provides recommendations to the Board. It also reviews the Charter and provides recommendations to the Board and Full Membership.
In order to engage key government representatives in the effort to end homelessness, RTFH will form an Intergovernmental Council (IC). The purpose of the IC will be to promote and coordinate local government activities to assist homeless persons. The IC will consist of current public officials representing various levels of government such as cities, county, state, and federal. The positions of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson will be elected and rotate among the represented agencies on an annual basis. The Council meets as needed.
Evaluation Advisory Committee
Responsible for evaluating the homeless system of care and make recommendations to the Board and/or the Full Membership which includes the CES support and effectiveness, HMIS data system and/or other relevant data and systems, support of the HUD NOFA competitive process and collaborative application, review of HUD CoC and ESG program monitoring and grievances of any corrective action or final funding recommendations of any competitive process RTFH may be party to, review of annually submitted reports to HUD, review of performance measures and metrics, and creating a strategic annual plan with the RTFH staff to schedule committee activities and areas of focus.
Rating & Ranking Subcommittee
Responsible for monitoring, evaluating and recommending improvements to enhance RTFH and RTFH Member Organization performance. Agencies receiving CoC funding are unable to participate in the annual rating and ranking process for HUD CoC funds. The Rating & Ranking Committee meets as needed during the NOFA process.
Responsible for making recommendations to the Board on hiring and firing independent auditors, negotiating the auditor’s compensation, conferring with the auditor to satisfy its members that the RTFH’s financial affairs are in order, reviewing and determining whether to accept an audit, assuring non‐audit services performed by the auditors conform with standards for auditor independence, and approving performance of any non‐audit services provided by the auditor. The Audit Committee meets as needed.