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CoC Committees & Meetings

Below are the committees, boards, and groups that make up the Continuum of Care. For any questions, please contact Laura Urteaga-Fuentes.

Continuum of Care All-Membership Meetings

The CoC membership is composed of any parties with an interest in ending homelessness in Washtenaw County. To become a member, those interested need to attend a semi-annual all-membership meeting (schedule is listed below). These meetings help members learn about the work that is being done to combat homelessness, as well as hear about events, committees, workgroups and other ways to be involved.

The best way to stay abreast of these opportunities is to be on the CoC listserv. The CoC listserv is used to:

        • Make announcements about CoC membership and CoC Board meetings, including meeting agendas, minutes and materials.
        • Release information about relevant policies affecting housing and homelessness in Washtenaw County, including  policy updates and information from HUD and MSHDA
        • Provide community-wide education opportunities and events for best practices in Washtenaw County
        • Share news stories, publications, and other media related to housing and homelessness in Washtenaw County

To sign-up on the list-serv, please email Laura Urteaga-Fuentes.

If you are interested in information about media appearances, community education opportunities, general community advocacy, and other related matters, please contact Amanda Carlisle at the Washtenaw Housing Alliance at


All-Membership Meetings and Materials

May 29, 2014 1-2:30pm

5305 Elliot Drive, Ypsilanti, MI

St. Joseph's Education Center Auditorium

Meeting Flyer


January 8, 2014 9-11am

4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building

December 10, 2015 9-11am

4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center

June 15, 2016 12.30-2.30pm

4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center

August 17, 2016 1-3pm

5305 Elliot Drive, Ypsilanti MI, 48197

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center

February 28, 2017 9-11am

4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building

August 16, 2017 1-2pm

2305 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

United Way of Washtenaw County



CoC Board Executive Committee

The CoC Board Executive Committee provides leadership to the CoC Board and membership is made up two co-chairpersons, a secretary, and chairs of each of the CoC Committees. Co-chairs and secretary are selected into leadership by the CoC Board by a majority vote and serve one-year terms.



Renee Smith, City of Ypsilanti representative (Co-Chairperson)

John Hieftje, City of Ann Arbor representative (Co-Chairperson)

Reece Correll, PATH (Secretary)

Marla Conkin, Director of Social Services, Salvation Army

Amanda Carlisle, Executive Director, Washtenaw Housing Alliance

Rhonda Weathers, Executive Director, SOS Community Service


Funding Review Team (FRT)

The Funding Review Team (FRT) reviews program outcomes, compliance, and data quality in order to make funding recommendations to the CoC Board for the Continuum of Care (CoC) and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) annual funding competitions.

The FRT only has duties during the annual CoC and ESG Funding Competitions. Currently, the FRT is still in need of 1 to 2 additional members. Staff is actively working with current members as well as the CoC Board to identify candidates. Candidates cannot have a conflict of interest with ESG and/or CoC funds and programs (e.g. cannot be part of an agency that receives CoC and/or ESG funds). Any interested individuals should contact Laura Urteaga-Fuentes.



Renee Smith- CoC Board member representing the City of Ypsilanti

Pam Smith- Executive Director, United Way; CoC Board member

Jean Carlberg- Washtenaw Housing Alliance Board member

Sarah Stanton- Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity

Amanda Sternberg- Performance Management Analyst, Homeless Action Network of Detroit

Amanda Carlisle- Executive Director, Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA); CoC Board member


For reports, please see our documents page.


Data & Performance Measurement committee (DPMC)

The DPMC seeks to ensure local compliance with HUD Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) data standards, improve agency and community-wide data quality, as well as use HMIS data to inform CoC program/system design and measure progress on community goals and plans to end homelessness.This committee is currently being revamped and will be reconvened in 2018.


Coordinated Entry Oversight & Evaluation Committee

The Coordinated Entry Oversight & Evaluation Committee’s responsibility is to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of Washtenaw County’s coordinated entry. The committee reviews customer service evaluation results, relevant policies and procedures, and marketing materials in order to make improvement recommendations to the system and to Housing Access for Washtenaw County.



Amanda Carlisle (WHA)

Marla Conkin (Salvation Army)

Aubrey Patiño (Avalon)

Ashlee Cunningham (Salvation Army)

Sarah Munro (LSSCM)

Rhonda Weathers (SOS)

Dan Kelly (SAWC)

Mercedes Brown (OCED)

Laura Urteaga-Fuentes (OCED)

Crystal Balogh (OCED)

Andrew Kraemer (OCED)


Washtenaw Housing Alliance Operations Committee

The WHA Operations Committee is a committee comprised of executive leadership of approximately 35 WHA member-agencies that provide housing or services to people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in Washtenaw County. The OC is responsible for informing and implementing the community’s Blueprint to End Homelessness, as part of the WHA. The OC meets bi-monthly to discuss progress in achieving community goals, emerging barriers or issues in homeless services, Coordinated Funding, and the OC meetings provide an opportunity for professional development, resource/information sharing, and networking. Please contact Amanda Carlisle of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance for more information.



Executive leadership from approximately 35 non-profit and government entities that provide housing or services to people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in Washtenaw County.


Community Housing Prioritization Committee (CHP)

The Community Housing Prioritization (CHP) committee meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month to prioritize the most vulnerable into available permanent housing units. A by-name-list is used to prioritized based on acuity and appropriate housing intervention informed by common assessment tool VI-SPDAT. Case conferencing during these meetings ensures the sharing of resources and reduces barriers to stable housing.


CHP Partner Agencies:

The VA

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC)

PORT (street outreach)

HAWC (coordinated entry)


Ozone House





Ann Arbor Housing Commission

Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA)


Michigan Ability Partners

SafeHouse Center

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