How We Operate

Organizational Structure
The Western Virginia CoC has designated the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing
Authority (HRHA) as the Lead Agency and Collaborative Applicant. HRHA will manage the HUD CoC project and planning grants and may contract with a consultant or other organization to provide administrative functions for the CoC. The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority is designated as the Virginia Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Collaborative Applicant for the Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) project and planning grants and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Agency.

CoC members include individuals and agencies concerned with the development and
coordination of homeless assistance programs in the Shenandoah Valley. The CoC will make regular efforts to ensure equitable and diverse representation from the Western Virginia CoC coverage area. Organizations providing direct services to the homeless population, and nonhomeless service providers such as businesses, academic institutions, and government entities, etc. will be actively encouraged to participate in CoC activities.

CoC projects that extend outside of agency-specific activities, such as the creation of CoC policies or community information packets, are often completed within a committee. The CoC employs a CoC Coordinator, who is responsible for managing and executing administrative tasks on behalf of the CoC. There are currently five standing committees—Executive Committee, Best Practices Committee, Media Advocacy Committee, Compliance & Evaluation Committee, and the Data and Performance Committee. Individuals or entities that do not serve on a committee but have attended at least one CoC meeting in the last three months are considered to be “General Members.” The entire CoC will meet in person at least quarterly in different locations within the CoC. These meetings are open to any and all community members and organizations interested in the CoC.