Community Partnership - Housing Options Interagency Work Group



Housing Options Interagency Work Group (HOIWG)

Mission

The mission of the HOIWG is to collectively manage the operational aspects of the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community to achieve the goal of ending homelessness by December 31, 2018. The Housing Options Interagency Work Group will coordinate collaboration between partners and systems involved in providing housing and homeless services, develop new models for service delivery, and define and recommend policy direction to the Governing Board. The HOIWG will be the operational oversight body of the Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Roles, Responsibilities and Functions

  • Coordinate the execution of strategies and activities in the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.
  • Coordinate shared responsibility and decision-making among all partners involved in providing homelessness services and coordinate with all service providers to ensure efficient and effective responses to consumer need.
  • Develop and recommend policy to the Governing Board that will further the goals and objectives of the Implementation Plan.
  • Upon direction from the Governing Board, incorporate identified policies and strategies within respective HOIWG agencies, programs, and service areas to assure the successful execution of the Implementation Plan. Assure operational alignment of programs, services, and agency policies with the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
  • Educate and influence policy makers and advocate for system reform and necessary funding at the federal, state, local, and community levels in support of the Implementation Plan.
  • Identify opportunities to coordinate countywide strategies and funding to end homelessness, especially linkages between housing and services, and collaborate on grant opportunities as appropriate.
  • Encourage and sustain partnerships through incentives and targeted funding opportunities, and review grant applications and funding recommendations for consistency with the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Accountability
The HOIWG will be accountable to the Governing Board for the operational execution of the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Membership

The Housing Options Interagency Work Group will be comprised of agency directors or other senior staff members from organizations providing housing, social services, health services, mental health and substance abuse services, emergency services, and other supportive and prevention-related services to persons who become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. In addition, agencies and organizations with a significant stake in the outcomes of the Implementation Plan or whose policies, practices, and resources may be critical to the success of the Implementation Plan will serve on the HOIWG. These agencies and institutions are vital to creating changes in current programs and moving local institutions forward in support of the Implementation Plan. For the most part, members of the HOIWG will be those who have authority within their organizations to make policy, process, and budgetary decisions, as they relate to impacting and ending homelessness, on behalf of their organization.

The Housing Options Interagency Work Group may be chaired by any member as selected by the total membership of the HOIWG in accordance with a process to be set forth in bylaws of the HOIWG.

The HOIWG will meet as necessary, but no less frequently than monthly. Staff support for the HOIWG will be provided by the Office to End Homelessness.

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