CoC Governing Council

The Mississippi Balance of State Continuum of Care (MSBoSCoC) is led by a governing council of representatives from various disciplines. A total of fifteen chartered voting members are the primary decision-making group of the CoC Membership.

In the Spring of 2023, the membership of the MSBoS voted to confirm our new Governing Council:

Council Members

Executive Committee
  • Executive Committee Chair: Rebecca Nelson – United Way of Northeast MS, Tupelo, MS
  • Vice Chair: Colleen HartfieldHinds Community College – Raymond, MS
  • Secretary/ Treasurer: Jason Spencer – Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority, Corinth, MS
Council Members
  • Allrick Young – Laurel Housing Authority, Laurel, MS
  • Chantel Maye – G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center – Jackson, MS
  • Florida McKay – Bolivar County Community Action Agency, Cleveland, MS
  • Cindy Cheeks – Hope Science Institute – Brandon, MS
  • Samantha Kalahar – First Place for Youth, Jackson, MS
  • Ledger Parker – MUTEH, INC.(Collaborative Applicant), Jackson, MS
  • Karley Williams – Mississippi Municipal League, Jackson, MS

Leadership, Governance, & Oversight

The CoC Governing Council is responsible for multiple CoC actions:

  • Annually assess needs for housing and homeless services and recommend prioritization of gaps in services to be filled through reallocation of existing resources and/or additional resource development
  • Directly make policy and funding decisions related to HUD Continuum of Care funds and HUD Emergency Solutions Grant funds
  • Assist in developing and adopt a plan to end homelessness in Mississippi and associated annual updates
  • Approve all portions of the Consolidated Plan and associated Annual Action Plans as specifically related to the use of HUD Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grant funds
  • Approve the annual HUD Continuum of Care application, including associated strategic plan goals and project ranking
  • Direct the scope of work of the Regional Coalitions, including working with the Regional Coalitions Chairs to establish Regional Coalitions meeting agendas
  • Establish any associated CoC committees, task forces, or ad hoc work groups, define their membership and generally establish and direct their scopes of work.
  • Hire a CoC Coordinator and determine the responsibilities of that position by developing and updating a Job Description annually

More Information

For more information about the CoC Governing Council, see the following resources:

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