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NY-519 Columbia, Greene Counties CoC

Columbia Greene Housing Coalition (CGHC)

The Columbia Greene Housing Coalition Continuum of Care (CGHC CoC) is a two county collaborative which partners with local community members and organizations to end homelessness through a comprehensive planning and assessment process which engages and educates county residents on the housing needs of our most vulnerable populations.

CARES serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the CGHC CoC and partners with the counties’ 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.


Columbia-Greene County Coordinated Entry

The Coordinated Entry process in Columbia-Greene is designed to prioritize applicants for homeless services. The coordinated entry committee has been placed in charge of leading the development of the coordinated entry process. Over the last few months a process was developed to meet current Federal regulations. This new process of entry will coordinate services that will assess and assist agencies in meeting the needs of those whom are homeless and those at risk. The goal of the coordinate entry process is for client centered services to be allocated as effectively as possible.

Columbia-Greene Housing Coalition Board Members & Documents

The Board of Directors agree to developing affordable housing options and residential supports to end homelessness in Columbia and Greene Counties. Relevant projects and organizations whom serve homeless sub-populations are encouraged to participate.

The board will meet at least quarterly. A meeting agenda will be prepared and distributed prior to each meeting, along with a draft of the minutes from the prior meeting and committee meeting summaries.

Board Members

Tina Sharpe, Chair
Executive Director, Columbia Opportunities, Inc

Florence Ohle, Vice-Chair
Executive Director, Community Action of Greene County, Inc

Sue Paolino
Staff Development Coordinator, Homeless Program- Greene County DSS

Susan Cody
Residential Division Director, Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, Inc

Michelle Guyleon
Twin County Recovery Services

Margaret Graham
Director of Community Services, Greene County Mental Health

Kai Hillmann
Homeless Intervention Case Manager, Saint Catherine’s Center for Children

Margaret S. Kennedy, Secretary/Treasurer
Community Member

Robert R. Romaker
Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY

Lynn A. Kutski
Columbia County Department of Social Services

Michael Cole

Tara McSherry-Wolfe
Hudson City School District


Ranking and Monitoring Committee:

This Committee is responsible for implementing the CoC funding application review and ranking process.  Reviews and scores all funding applications, recommends selection of qualified applicants to the Advisory Board. Responsible for ongoing monitoring and evaluating the performance of HUD funded CoC projects.

Margaret Kennedy, Chair
Maggie Graham
Susan Cody

Point in Time Committee:
Responsible for the electronic management of data and the required Point in Time Survey Instrument, deployment, and data collection.
Susan Cody, Chair
Florence Ohle
Sue Paolino
Tammy Hall
Kate Smith

Education/Outreach Committee:
Responsible for engaging and educating local community members and elected officials about homelessness and the need for permanent housing opportunities with a mechanism to routinely access community feedback on the issue.
Robert R. Romaker, Chair
Barbara Palmateer
Kai Hillmann
Renee Pine
Dean Hale
Tracey Brimmer

HMIS Advisory Committee:
The purpose of this Committee is to work with the HMIS System Administrator to ensure proper and effective HMIS policies and procedures.

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.