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Executive Committee

The CoC Executive Committee is the official governing and lead decision-making body of the Western Virginia CoC. This committee is responsible for administrative oversight of the CoC and is the lead entity managing community planning, coordination, and evaluation to ensure that the system of housing and homeless services rapidly and permanently ends homelessness. The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chairs of each standing committee, at least one representative each from the lead agencies for state and federal collaborative applications, a representative from the homeless community, and a representative from Centralized Housing Intake. In order to become a committee Chair, one must receive a majority vote from his/her respective committee.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide direction and leadership for CoC processes
  • Make all formal decisions of the CoC
  • Strategic planning and goal-setting
  • Establish priorities for and make decisions about the allocation of CoC resources
  • Coordinate CoC funds with other relevant resources in the jurisdiction
  • Monitor and evaluate both system wide and individual program performance on established goals
  • Establish committees and task groups as needed to perform CoC functions
  • Select Collaborative Applicant and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) administrator
  • Enter into all contracts and Memoranda of Understanding on behalf of the CoC and monitor performance under these contracts
  • Respond to changes from HUD and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  • Create and evaluate CoC guiding documents

Current Executive Committee members:

  • Michael Wong, Executive Director, Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Shannon Porter, Executive Director, Mercy House
  • Seli Perry, Director of Operations, Mercy House
  • Oscar Cerrito-Mendoza, Housing Services Program Manager, AIDS Response Efforts
  • Lynn Gray, Housing Services Program Manager, Northwestern Community Services Board
  • Laura Black, HMIS Coordinator, Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority