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Rensselaer County Homeless Services Collaborative (RCHSC)

CARES serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the Rensselaer Continuum of Care (CoC) and partners with Rensselaer’s community members and local organizations to manage an effective Continuum.  The purpose of a Continuum is to:

  • Promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
  • Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness.
  • Promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs for homeless individuals and families.
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Within this page, you will find detailed information about the Rensselaer County CoC.


____ CoC Committee Information ____

Outreach Committee:

This Committee is responsible for conducting an annual Point-In-Time Count, assisting the Collaborative Applicant in preparing and submitting the Continuum of Care application, conducting homeless awareness activities, participate in local planning, and any other activities identified and voted on by the membership.

Kevin O’Connor, Chair Tom Coates Tom Hulihan Tim Mattice Tracy Pitcher

Coordinated Assessment Ad Hoc Sub-Committee:

Kevin O’Connor, Chair Donna Elia Wendy Wahlberg Bonnie Benson

Data and Goals Committee:


CoC Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee:

Pat Dinkelaker, Chair Kevin O’Connor Tracy Pitcher Michelle Sandoz-Dennis

HMIS Advisory Committe:

The purpose of this Committee is to work with the HMIS Data Administrator to ensure that all HMIS policies and procedures are meeting HUD standards and are being properly enforced.

Allyson Thiessen, Chair Andra Zubkovs Andrea Ryan Daquetta Jones

Strategic Planning Committee:

The Committee regularly conducts outreach to community stakeholders and analyzes data related to community needs and assets. The Committee reports to the Board on this progress.

Pat Dinkelaker, Chair

Capital Region Advisory Committee on Youth Homelessness
This committee spans over multiple CoC’s with a mission to provide leadership, develop, advocate, and coordinate community strategies to accurately count homeless youth.

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