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Council on Homelessness

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  • Meetings

    All our meetings are open to the public. The Council on Homelessness meets remotely the first Thursday of every month from 1:00-3:00 pm. These meetings focus on governance and oversight of the Continuum of Care programs and services, partners, processes, and policy. There are a number of Council on Homelessness Sub-Committees that meet regularly. The Continuum of Care meets approximately quarterly (dates TBD). These community wide meetings are topic specific meetings. Learn how to receive notification of meeting dates and times here or email

    ADA Accommodations: The Council will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities planning to attend meetings. Please email or call 925-608-6700 at least 72 hours before the meeting.

    See full calendar of all meetings, trainings and events for 2021.

    Agendas/Minutes - Council on Homelessness

    All publicly noticed Continuum of Care meeting agendas, slide decks and minutes are posted in the "Council on Homelessness" section of the Public Meetings Agenda Center at Links to meeting recordings can be found at the very end of the slide decks and also at the top of posted minutes.

    Meeting Agenda Archive »

  • 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
    1. Affordable Housing Developer Iman Novin
    Novin Development Consulting
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    2. Behavioral Health Representative Margaret Schlitz
    Portia Bell HumeCenter's West County FSP program
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    3. City Government Seat Teri House
    CDBG Consultant, City of Antioch
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    4. CoC/ESG Program Grantee Leslie Gleason
    Executive Director, Trinity Center
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    5. Community Member Seat Lindy Lavender
    Policy Director, East Bay Leadership Council
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    6. Consumer/Consumer Advocate Jo Bruno
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    7. Education and Vocational Services Representative Alejandra Chamberlain
    Homeless Education Liaison, Contra Costa Office of Education
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    8. Emergency Solutions Grants Representative Gabriel Lemus
    Contra Costa Department of Conservation and Development
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    9. Employment and Human Services (EHSD) Representative Sherry Lynn Peralta
    Program Director, EHSD
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    10. Faith Community Representative Doug Leich
    Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    11. Health Care Representative Linae Altman
    Healthcare for the Homeless
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    12. Homeless Service Provider Deanne Pearn
    Executive Director, Hope Solutions
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    13. Public Housing Authority Tony Ucciferri
    Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Housing Authority of County of Contra Costa
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    14. Public Safety Representative #2 Shawn Ray
    Lieutenant, San Pablo Police Department
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    15. Public Safety Representative #1 Manjit Sappal
    Chief, Martinez Police Department
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    16. Reentry Services Representative Patrice Guillory
    Managing Director, Healthright 360
    3/12/19 - 12/31/21
    17. Veterans Administration Representative Masaki Hiriyama
    Northern California VA Healthcare System
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    18. Workforce Development Representative Maureen Nelson
    One Stop Consortium
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    19. Youth Representative Juno Hedrick
    YAC Member
    1/1/21 - 12/31/22

  • Contra Costa Council on Homelessness Recruitment FAQ

    What is the Council on Homelessness?

    The Council on Homelessness (COH) is an advisory board appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The COH is the planning body that coordinates the community's policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness in Contra Costa County, California. It is a regional, year-round collective planning body of stakeholders ranging from non-profit service providers to local governmental entities. The Council's work includes gathering and analyzing information in order to determine the local needs of people experiencing homelessness, implementing strategic responses, educating the community on homeless issues, providing advice and input on the operations of homeless services, and measuring performance as related to serving the homeless population in Contra Costa County.

    What do Councilmembers do?

    Members of the Council on Homelessness:

    • Attend required monthly meetings, participate in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings
    • Provide advice and input on homeless service operations and development
    • Review and prioritize project applications for some federal funding sources
    • Gather and analyze information to determine local needs
    • Educate the community and policy makers on issues relating to homelessness
    • Measure homeless system performance
    • Provide guidance to the development and implementation of long-range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues

    Who Can Apply?

    All Council members must reside or be employed in Contra Costa County and be willing to sign and abide by the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policy upon being seated as a Council member and annually thereafter.

    What qualities is the Council seeking in an applicant?

    Council members must demonstrate a professional interest in, or personal commitment to,addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness. A person must contribute unique expertise, opinions, and viewpoints on homeless issues. The Council is comprised of 19 seats designated by areaof expertise.

    The Council aims to include and engage as broad a representation as possible of abilities, ages, sexualand gender identities, immigration statuses, and racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and geographical representation within the County. Getting the composition of the Council to more closely represent the demographics of those experiencing homelessness is a priority for recruitment and filling vacancies. In addition, we would like both public and private sector seats to, as much as possible, include representation from organizations or agencies who serve various homeless subpopulations such as: persons with chronic substance abuse issues, persons with serious mental illness, persons experiencing chronic homelessness, persons with HIV/AIDS, veterans, families with children, homeless or formerly homeless youth and young adults, seniors, and victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking.

    How long would I serve?

    Council on Homelessness members serve for a two-year term, which may be renewed.

    What is the time commitment?

    Council on Homelessness meetings take place the first Thursday of the month from 1 pm – 3 pm in Concord or online. Continuum of Care meetings take place quarterly. Members of the Council also participate in various subcommittees.

    Where can I learn more about the Council on Homelessness?

    What seats are open?

    The following seats are accepting applications:

    • Reentry Services Representative: Candidates must work in the Reentry (supporting people reentering the community after criminal justice involvement) field in Contra Costa County in a role that includes shaping and/or implementing policy at agency or in field of Reentry.

    How do I apply?

    If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Council on Homelessness,

    • Complete the online application here

    • NOTE: Select "Contra Costa Council on Homelessness" from the drop-down menu and enter the Seat Name you are applying for
    • You may be contacted for an in person or phone interview.

    How long are applications being accepted?
    • Initial application must be received by Friday, July 9, 2021.

    When will I know if I got a seat on the Council?
    • We expect to notify people of the status of their applications after August 5, 2021.

    Whom do I contact if I have questions?

    Phone: 925-608-6716

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    Contact Us

    Council on Homelessness
    2400 Bisso Lane, Suite D, 2nd Floor
    Concord, CA 94520

    Phone: 925-608-6700

  • About

    The Council on Homelessness is the governing body for the Contra Costa CoC. The Council is compliant with federal and state regulations and is the planning body that coordinates the community's policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness in Contra Costa County. The COH is responsible for approving some funding allocations for proposed projects and monitoring and tracking performance and compliance in coordination with the CoC and HMIS Lead Agency.

    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. The Council provides a forum for the Continuum of Care to communicate about the implementation of strategies to prevent and end 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 19 seats including representation from 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. online. Meeting details can be found here.