In 2021, the Leadership Board focused on restructuring our governance to be more diverse and equitable, more inclusive of stakeholders across our county, and more streamlined to encourage meaningful community engagement. The Leadership Board proposes these new changes for approval to the Continuum of Care (CoC) membership which will be voted at the annual Community Meeting.
During the governance review process, the Leadership Board voted unanimously to propose two new bold changes to the new governance structure:
- Each board and committee will be comprised of 1/3 people with lived experience.
- The Point In Time Count will determine the benchmark for ensuring diversity on our board and committees by recruiting people of color and Black/African Americans.
This is a novel approach across the nation’s Continuum of Cares (CoC) and we are excited about the potential impact this will have on our housing response system in Alameda County. The new proposed governance structure subcommittees include 1) Outreach, Access and Coordination, 2) CoC Standards, Compliance and Funding, 3) System Impact, 4) Housing Stability, and Homelessness Prevention, and 5) Housing Capacity. Please see the draft of the New Proposed Governance Charter below.