NY-606 Rockland County Continuum of Care

Rockland County Continuum of Care (RCCC)

The Rockland County Continuum of Care  is dedicated to preventing and eliminating homelessness while ensuring that an effective system of care and services is in place to respond to the needs of at-risk and homeless families and individuals.

The purpose of the Continuum of Care is to:
Comply with HEARTH Act and the regulations promulgated there-under.
To operate the Continuum of Care in compliance with HUD regulations.
Promote inter-agency coordination and collaboration.
Promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending 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 Rockland County CoC.

Rockland County Membership Information

The Rockland County Continuum of Care Membership is committed to ending homelessness in Rockland County. Membership is open to individuals and organizations in Rockland County including but not limited to nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, housing advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, organizations that serve veterans, and homeless or formerly homeless individuals.

Collaborative Applicant Information
CARES serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the Rockland County Continuum of Care (CoC) and partners with Rockland’s community members and local organizations to manage an effective Continuum.

Please view Coordinated Entry documents here.

Rockland County Executive Committee Information

The Executive Board shall implement the RCCoC mission and purpose by adopting plans and strategies for preventing and eliminating homelessness; by setting objectives and plans for implementing HUD requirements, including but not limited to selecting the collaborative applicant and applicants or unified funding agency; selecting the HMIS lead; designing and implementing a collaborative process for the development, submission and approval of the annual application for HUD funding; and ensuring that planning, systems development and implementation and program performance reviews occur in a collaborative and constructive manner.

Executive Board members shall serve 2-year staggered terms of office with the exception of the first term following the adoption of these by-laws.  At the first annual meeting following the adoption of these by-laws no less than two and no more than five members of the Executive Board shall be elected for a one-year term.

Board Members

Ya’el Williams Sr. MS, MPA; Co-Chair of the Board
CEO/Executive Director
Helping Hands Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless of Rockland County Inc.
ywilliams@helpinghandsofrockland.org

Alexander Bursztein; Co-Chair of the Board
Executive Director
Legal Aid society of Rockland County, Inc.
alexb@legalaidrockland.org

David E. Jacobsen, Psy.D.
Professional Executive Management
DE Jacobsen Consulting, LLC
dejacobsen@live.com
845-234-8839

Martha Robles
Executive Director, Catholic Chairities Community Services
martha.robles@archny.org

Venesia Defrank
Director of Residential Services; Center for Safety & Change
vdefrank@centerscs.org

Marion E. Breland, LCSW, CASAC, CPP
Coordinator of Behavioral Health Implementation, County of Rockland
brelandm@co.rockland.ny.us

CoC Committee Information

Performance and Evaluation Committee:
Responsible for reviewing the NOFA and annual progress reports of all participating agencies.

Point in Time Committee:
Responsible for the HUDs annual PIT/HIC counts and for aggregating and reporting the numbers.

System Collaboration Committee:
Responsible for ensuring that data informs the planning process and that this is in line with HUD’s priorities.

Coordinated Entry Committee:
Responsible for ensuring a community-wide method for assessing and placing people into housing and assessing homelessness or risk of homelessness.

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