Meeting notes from the CVHPC members’ meeting on 06/09/2016. Thank you to A.J. Fawver for taking notes.
The Mission statement needs to be shorter, more concise, and something that is easy to relay to others, the “elevator pitch”.
This mission statement should include:
Mobilize resources, seek/identify/help eliminate;
The mention of or allusion to “continuum of care”;
Actions – recognizing, describing, ministering to, diminishing homelessness;
Helping the homeless become “self-sufficient”;
The possible new mission statement formulated in the meeting with a consensus reached is: “To mobilize all available resources in the community to identify the cause of and help reduce homelessness.”
Needs articulated in the meeting:
Need to be more focused (coalition) and define that focus clearly;
Need to maintain transparency within the coalition;
Need to align the name with the purpose & responsibilities (suggestion made that the name already implies the group is a support group);
Decide on the appropriate definition of “homeless”;
Use the HUD definition? (more standardized)
Use the McKinney-Vento definition? (more inclusive)
Need to articulate who is the lead in this scenario, and who is support – is the Coalition the lead or a support/coordination group?
Discussion of “role” was a large focus of the meeting as well; that is, the Coalition becoming the “umbrella” for services throughout the community for the issue of homelessness. Is this to be accomplished by utilizing another organization? By incorporating? By facilitating partnership(s)? By sharing information?