of the Policy Council is to advise the FCH Board of Directors on matters of
policy and priorities of its external and governmental affairs, including the
- To establish the legislative agenda for FCH;
- To recommend policy to FCH;
- To identify and further FCH priorities that are meaningful to local homeless coalitions and communities;
- To engage in activities that carry out the above.
Membership of the Policy Council
2013 Policy Council Membership Roster
The total number of members of the Policy Council will
equal the number of Florida homeless coalitions and lead entities in good
standing, as determined by the FCH Board of Directors. A Coalition that is
also a Lead Agency may appoint two (2) representatives. The criteria for good
standing include the following:
Coalition or lead entity is recognized by the Office on Homelessness as
such by having an approved Continuum of Care plan on file;
Coalition or lead entity had paid its membership dues in full.
Homeless Coalitions not officially recognized by the
Office on Homelessness may apply to serve as a member of the Policy Council.
Such Coalitions must participate in the local community’s Continuum of Care,
and must be recommended by the local CoC or lead entity for membership in the
Policy Council. Such Coalitions must be approved by the full membership of the
Policy Council. Membership dues
will be required in the same manner for other Policy Council members. Term
limits and reappointment procedures related to all Policy Council members
apply. Policy Council members may serve a term of one year, with option to renew membership annually.
The Policy Council will elect three to eight of its members to
serve on the FCH Board OF Directors, in order to achieve 51% representation on the FCH Board.
FCH Board members may not also serve as members of the Policy Council, unless
they are elected by the Policy Council to serve on the FCH Board. Members who
are elected to the FCH Board and who resign or are not reappointed to their
position on the Policy Council automatically resign their position on the FCH
Meetings of the Policy Council
Policy Council members are expected to attend two meetings
per year, one of which will be scheduled during the FCH annual conference.
Failure to attend at least one meeting annually may be cause for termination of
membership in the Policy Council. All other requirements for meeting participation are
outlined in the FCH Bylaws. Termination of organizational membership
will be approved by the full membership of the Policy Council.
Benefits of membership of the Policy Council
for FCH to be effective, a broad and strong membership is needed. The
current affairs of homelessness are in a crisis in our state, we must continue
to address the issues. Benefits of Policy Council membership include:
opportunity to serve as a Board member of the Florida Coalition for the
Homeless Board of Directors.
abreast of changing, relevant issues in real-time that affect the state’s
advocacy (for federal and state levels) on behalf of local organizations
as a state-wide organization.
part of the solution and joining those who are making an impact.
with others in the field; learning and implementing best practices.
with experts in developing an operating homeless programs and services.
Rights (one per organization).
Homeless Conference attendance at a reduced rate.
Homeless Advocacy attendance.
Recognized coalitions may join at any time by submitting nomination form and paying dues. Annual membership dues are required of all Policy Council members. If interested in joining the FCH Policy Council, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org membership details and dues.