What is the LA BOSCOC?

 

The LA BOSCOC is a self-governing collaborative. Members come together to share best practices, expand their referral networks, and collaboratively develop policies and procedures to guide how people experiencing homelessness are served in their communities.

Who can be a member?

Any agency or person can be a member if they live or operate in the LA BOSCOC's geography. There are no dues or fees; every member is a voluntary participant in the fight to end homelessness in Louisiana.

Funding Opportunities

The LA BOSCOC funds housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness through HUD's Continuum of Care Program. It also certifies its members to apply for other related funding, like the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Click here for more information.

General Meetings

The LA BOSCOC hosts general meetings at least twice per year for the entire Continuum of Care membership. General meetings are an opportunity for members to learn about what's going on in their service networks and provide input into how homeless services are delivered in their communities. Often, there are presentations from service providers who are doing great work and training from experts on how to improve projects that serve people experiencing homelessness.

The next LA BOSCOC quarterly meeting is April 1, 2019.

Good Standing

The following CoC member organizations are considered to be in Good Standing.

Requirements

All organizations on this list currently meet all three of the following criteria:

  • They have attended at least one of the most recent two LA BOSCOC General Meetings (these are currently held semiannually);

  • They are active members of at least one LA BOSCOC committee, subcommittee, working group, or the Board; and,

  • They participated in the most recent sheltered or unsheltered Point in Time (PIT) Count.

Benefits

Organizations on this list enjoy the following benefits:

  • They can be certified to apply for funding through the CoC Program, ESG, and many other funding sources;

  • They can vote as part of the LA BOSCOC general membership.

This list is in the process of being updated as of April 2019.

Organizations in Good Standing

ASSIST Agency
Alexandria Veterans Affairs Medical CEnter
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
Calcasieu Parish School Board
Capital Area Alliance for the Hoemless
Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana
City of Lake Charles, the
Education and Treatment Council
Gulf Coast Social Services
HAART
Habitat for Humanity of Louisiana
Healthy Blue
Empower 225
Iris Domestic Violence Shelter
Jeff Davis CADA
Laurant-Lewis Consultancy
Lean on Me
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Louisiana Health and Rehab Center
Louisiana Housing Corporation
Maison des Amis
Mental Health America of Louisiana
Metro Health
O’Brien House
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Options for Independence
Options Villa
Particular Council of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, the
Salvation Army of Baton Rouge
St. Bernard Battered Women’s Place
Start Corporation
South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority
Southwest Louisiana Law Center
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Haven, the
United Way of Southwest Louisiana

Forms, Policies, and Procedures

The LA BOSCOC creates forms, policies, and procedures that HUD requires certain projects to use. Those projects include those funded by the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program, and certain other projects funded by HUD, SAMHSA, the Veteran's Administration, or the Louisiana Housing Corporation.

Governance Documents

Governance Charter (v4.0) - defines the basic aspects and functions of the CoC, including its geography and governance structure. (Click here for a searchable PDF of the Governance Charter.)

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Regional Board Seat Election Process - defines how each Region elects its member to the CoC's Board of Directors.

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Youth Action Board Charter - defines the powers, responsibilities, and scope of the CoC's Youth Action Board.

General POLICIES/FORMS

Program Standards (v0.9) - requirements for many aspects of program delivery for projects funded by the CoC Program, ESG, and others.

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HMIS Comparable Databases Policy - requirements for HMIS comparable databases for victim services and legal services providers

Coordinated Entry

Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures (v2.0) - detailed outline of the CoC's Coordinated Entry System

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APR Submission Process - guide for CoC Program projects that are required to submit Annual Performance Reports (APRs) to HUD

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Coordinated Entry Request for Referrals - form submitted by any project to request referrals from Coordinated Entry

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Coordinated Entry Workflow - guide to resolving (receiving, approving/rejecting, returning) a referral from Coordinated Entry in HMIS

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: TBD

  • 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, 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: Garrick Gordon at Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge | ggordon@voagbr.org

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

Substance abuse Working Group

  • Chair: Twanda Lewis at Louisiana Health and Rehab Center | tlewis@lahealthandrehab.org

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

Monitoring

Overview

The LA BOSCOC is required to monitor each CoC Program-funded project at least once annually.

Generally, the LA BOSCOC tries to monitor each CoC Program recipient once annually, monitoring all of their CoC Program-funded projects during the same session. Whenever possible, the LA BOSCOC attempts to jointly monitor shared recipients with other, similar Louisiana Housing Corporation funding sources to reduce the monitoring burden for each recipient.

The projected monitoring schedule for calendar year 2019 can be found here.

At least 30 days in advance of the monitoring date, the LA BOSCOC will send each recipient a monitoring letter and a copy of that recipient’s Monitoring Tool. The Monitoring Tool is composed of several different documents (“sections”): one for each project based on its project type, plus the General Section and the Financial Section.

You can find sample versions of the monitoring letter and the different Monitoring Tool sections below.

April 1, 2019 General Meeting

When: April 1, 2019 from 1 PM to 4 PM

Where: Bluebonnet Library @ 9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Call-in Number (listen-only; doesn't count for Good Standing)1-877-273-4202 * Room Number 518-637-083

Lunch Information: no lunch will be provided

Agenda: agenda will be released as the meeting approaches via the LA BOSCOC email distribution list; to be added to that list, please email Gordon Levine, Continuum of Care Manager, at glevine@lhc.la.gov

Selected Topics: 

  • CoC Program FY19 funding

  • Coordinated Entry

  • Board Structure