Committees, Subcommittees, and Working Groups

Overview

The LA BOSCOC has commissioned several committees (including subcommittees and working groups) to carry out its functions.

Committees are an important part of the LA BOSCOC's governance structure. While the Board is responsible for implementing new policies and procedures, committees are the primary mechanism for LA BOSCOC members to submit proposals to the Board. 

Each committee has a general area of oversight; many committees also have specific responsibilities outlined in the LA BOSCOC Governance Charter.

Benefits of committee membership

There are two main benefits to joining a committee:

  • Committee members play a significant role in the LA BOSCOC's direction; if you have a policy or procedure you'd like to change or implement, you should join a committee!

  • To be considered in Good Standing, member organizations must have at least one staff person serve on at least one committee (or the Board). Only organizations in Good Standing can be certified by the LA BOSCOC to apply for CoC Program funds, ESG funds, and several other funding sources. For more information, please refer to the LA BOSCOC Governance Charter.

How to join a committee

All committees are open enrollment; any individual member, or any member organization's staff person, can join any committee at any time. (Exception: members of the Project Scoring Committee are appointed by the Board.)

To join a committee, simply email its Committee Chair (see below for a list), copying the Continuum of Care Manager at glevine@lhc.la.gov, and let them know which committee you'd like to join. 

List of committees and Committee Chairs

Last updated October 16, 2018. For more information about many of these committees, please refer to the LA BOSCOC Governance Charter.

Coordinated entry Committee

  • Chair: Laura Martinez at Start Corporation | laura.martinez@startcorp.org

  • Oversees the Coordinated Entry System, which is responsible for how people experiencing homelessness are prioritized for and referred to housing and services

HMIS Committee

  • Chair: Clay Boykin at the Louisiana Housign Corporation | cboykin@lhc.la.gov

  • Oversees the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), the statewide database for information about people experiencing homelessness

Membership and Rules Committee

  • Chair: Randy Nichols at Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless | rknichols@homelessinbr.org

  • Oversees policies and procedures for the CoC, including how the CoC votes and its membership criteria; also reviews all ethical issues

Written Standards committee

  • Chair: Addie Duval at Start Corporation | addie@startcorp.org

  • Oversees written standards for providing housing and services to people experiencing homelessness, including through the CoC Program and ESG

Youth Working Group

  • Chair: Tekoah Boatner at Youth Oasis | tboatner@youthoasis.org

  • Oversees delivery of housing and supportive services for youth experiencing homelessness

Domestic Violence Working Group

  • Chair: Delma Porter at Southwest Louisiana Law Center | dporter@swla-law-center.com

  • Oversees delivery of housing and supportive services for people fleeing domestic violence

Veterans Working Group

  • Chair: TBD; for more information, email Gordon Levine | glevine@lhc.la.gov

  • Oversees delivery of housing and supportive services for veterans experiencing homelessness

Substance abuse Working Group

  • Chair: Twanda Lewis at Laurent-Lewis Consultancy | twanda.lewis@gmail.com

  • Oversees delivery of housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness who live with substance abuse disorders

YOUTH Action Board

  • Co-Chairs: information not published; to join, or for more information, email Gordon Levine | glevine@lhc.la.gov

  • Provides youth input into CoC operations; committee is composed exclusively of youth aged 24 or under with lived experience of homelessness