INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS

Kenneth C. Holt, Chair (chosen by Council, 2-year term)

Appointed by the Governor: Kim M. Ball; Shannon Frey; Jeffrey L. Kendrick; Elizabeth Kinney; Kevin Lindamood; Sandra L. Monck; Courtney A. Thomas; five vacancies. Terms expire 2016.

Vidia Dhanraj. Term expires 2018.

Ex officio: Stevanne A. Ellis, designee of Secretary of Aging; Carolyn J. Ellison, designee of Secretary of Budget & Management; Patricia R. Sylvester, designee of Secretary of Disabilities; Sylvia A. Lawson, Ph.D., designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Shalewa Noel-Thomas, Ph.D., designee of Secretary of Health; Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary of Housing and Community Development; vacancy, designee of Secretary of Human Services; Patricia M. Flanigan, designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Lloyd H. Day, designee of Secretary of Labor, Licensing & Regulation; Kristina M. Donnelly, designee of Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Leslie A. Dews, designee of Secretary of Transportation; Dana E. Hendrickson, designee of Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Staff: Heather M. Sheridan

c/o Bureau of Homeless Services
Department of Housing & Community Development
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 429-7522
e-mail: heather.sheridan@maryland.gov


Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly (Chapter 341, Acts of 2014).

Annual Report to Joint Committee on Homelessness due Oct. 1 (Chapter 427, Acts of 2014).


The Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness was created by the Governor in June 2002 (Executive Order 01.01.2002.14). This council coordinated State policy regarding the homeless, and devised strategies by which State agencies could collaborate to help those without shelter and prevent homelessness in Maryland. In July 2014, the council was superceded by the Interagency Council on Homelessness (Chapter 341, Acts of 2014).

The Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates State policy and working relationships among State, local and nonprofit agencies that work to remedy and prevent homelessness. For local continuums of care, which are those local or regional bodies that coordinate the funding of housing and services for homeless individuals and families, the Council coordinates both data sharing and outreach to develop joint plans to secure State and federal homelessness prevention and remediation funding. The need for affordable and accessible housing and its availability for homeless individuals is analyzed by the Council.

To prevent and alleviate homelessness, the Council devises strategies that address the needs of different geographical areas in the State. Moreover, the needs of special groups, such as veterans, youth, families, and those with behavioral health issues are identified by the Council, as are support services available to them. In addition, the Council educates the public about the prevalence, roots, and responses to homelessness; and seeks comment on policy and program development from the advocacy community, business groups, religious groups, and consumers.

By legislation enacted in 2015, the Council determines models and best practices for providing emergency shelter and shelter diversion. These best practices and models must ensure the health, safety, and security of shelter residents; provide client-centered and trauma-informed support services; and follow all federal, State and local civil rights laws regarding equal access by protected classes (Chapter 460, Acts of 2015).

Twenty-six members constitute the Council. Fourteen are appointed by the Governor, and twelve serve ex officio (Chapter 332, Acts of 2016; Code Human Services Article, secs. 6-418 through 6-424).

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