Who can become a CoC member?
A CoC member is any individual or organization* with an interest in understanding and addressing the issues related to homelessness, and a desire to participate in some way in the City of Chicago’s coordinated plan to end homelessness.
*Please note that for voting purposes at semi-annual All CoC Meetings, there is one vote per organization. That means that multiple individuals from an organization can attend the meetings, but there is only one vote per organization on voting decisions.
Current CoC Members
- Agreement with the mission, values and goals of the CoC. **
- Attendance at semi-annual public CoC meetings
- Participation in advocacy initiatives
- Pay annual dues, if applicable
- Invitation to semi-annual open CoC meetings
- CoC orientation
- Voting rights on issues of CoC
- Eligible for committee and board service
- Access to training and technical assistance opportunities
- Access to CoC information via special website portal and CoC listservs
- Opportunities to network with people doing similar work
The Chicago Continuum of Care carries out its Mission through a set of Core Values that guide its governance:
- Clear and logical governance processes, structures and lines of accountability.
- Transparent decision making that makes the greatest possible use of data.
- Open, accessible, inclusive Continuum of Care that includes all stakeholders and allies needed to achieve the goals of the Plan to End Homelessness.
- Compliance with federal requirements for Continuums of Care.
- Communication between all members, committees, and bodies that make up the Continuum of Care.
- Flexibility to respond to emerging ideas and challenges.
These Core Values are incorporated into the Goals of the Chicago Continuum of Care that include:
- Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit and faith-based providers, and state and local governments to prevent homelessness when possible and quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness
- Promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs and resources by homeless individuals and families
- Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness