Coordinated Entry Committee
Launched in September 2015, this committee is creating detailed plains and protocols for how suburban Cook County can better organize the front door to homeless housing and services. The committee will determine how people in housing crisis will be connected to an intervention that fits their needs. Coordinated Entry is being fully implemented over the course of 2017, and the committee will evaluate progress and recommend changes as needed.
This Committee acts on behalf of the Alliance board of directors in-between meetings when timely action is required. The Executive Committee is made up of board officers and a chair from each of the three regional councils.
Finance & Operations Committee
This Committee reviews monthly financial statements in advance of board meetings. The Committee reviews and monitors the Alliance’s financial policies, assists in developing annual budgets, and reviews yearly audits and tax reporting. The Committee advises the Board and staff on financial practices. Periodically, this Committee will review Human Resource policies. If applicable, this Committee will oversee the process of becoming a Unified Funding Agency. The Board Treasurer is its chair.
This Committee considers issues of membership, corporate bylaws, voting and representative structure of the Alliance. The Nominating Committee is now formally merged into it. The group will respond to Strategic Plan goals around board diversity and cultivation. The Alliance’s immediate past chair is this committee’s chair.
This Committee reviews HMIS Policies & Procedures annually for the Alliance. It cultivates ways in which data measurement can fulfill the goals of our Strategic Plan. In consultation with the Plan Committee and the Board, it drafted and developed a Data Dashboard, presenting it quarterly to the board of directors. It recommends areas for improving the measurements.
Homelessness Prevention Committee
This Committee continues to advise on call center implementation. It makes recommendations and monitors how the Emergency Solutions Grant is implemented. The Committee advocates for state and other prevention funding. The Committee is charged with investigating and recommending centralized referral and intake options.
During HUD’s Continuum of Care application season, this Committee focuses on the goal-setting narrative for the Alliance’s response. During the balance of the year, the Committee focuses on implementing the Alliance’s strategic plan and promoting the Community Plan to End Homelessness. It responds to the Strategic Plan's quality assurance goals by recommending system improvements based on data from the Data Dashboard.
Project Prioritization Committee and Project Review Panel
The Project Review Panel is responsible for ranking project applications submitted to HUD for Continuum of Care funding. This Committee carries out the project review process as outlined in the Tenets of Project Review. In addition, the Project Prioritization Committee leads a discussion of the right mix of housing model types and the relative priority of targeted subpopulations informed by data on unmet need in our Continuum.
Resource Development Committee
This Committee recommends and helps implement a fundraising strategy, including seeking foundation support and investigating alternative funding sources. It advises on communications-related activities outlined in the Strategic Plan.
SubCook Zero: 2016
This Committee leads the Alliance's local implementation of the Built for Zero initiative. It meets monthly to monitor the engagement and placement of vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in suburban Cook County. The group recommends system changes to increase housing options and targeting for those who are hardest-to-house.
For committee meeting dates, time and locations, please go to the Calendar page.