NY-503 Albany City & County Continuum of Care

Albany County Coalition on Homelessness (ACCH)

The Albany County Coalition on Homelessness 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 individuals and families.

Unified Funding Agency (UFA) means an eligible applicant selected by the Continuum of Care to apply for a grant for the entire Continuum, which has the capacity to carry out the duties in §578.11 (b), which is approved by HUD and to which HUD awards a grant. The Albany CoC was granted UFA status through CARES under the FY2017 funding cycle.

Further information from HUD about UFAs:

CoC Program: Unified Funding Agencies Webinar (from April 2013)

24 CFR Part 578

Please view the 2019 NOFA page for final documents:

2019 NOFA

The coordinated entry process in Albany is designed to prioritize applicants for homeless services with the pilot phase and first phase focusing solely on permanent supportive housing. This process is not intended to determine acceptance into a program; it is meant to prioritize community services based on need.  This process is intended to assure household eligibility for waiting list acceptance with programs having the ability and responsibility to ensure that household needs are best served by their program.

Main Coordinated Entry ContactMaria Grillo, Deputy Director, Homeless and Traveler’s Aid Society (HATAS)

Vacancy List: Coordinated Entry Agency Vacancy List

Coordinated Entry Documents
Albany Program Eligibility & Waiting List Criteria

Albany County Coordinated Entry Contact Index 9.6.2018

Albany Homeless and Disability Checklist – coming soon

CARES Coordinated Entry Training Materials
Coordinated Assessment Presentation (ppt)
Albany Coordinated Entry Flow (ppt)


Fiscal Advisory Committee

The role of the Fiscal Advisory Committee is to provide financial oversight for the Albany County Coalition on Homelessness. Task areas include financial reporting ,and the development and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies. Specifically, the Committee will convene to accomplish the following:

a. Develop useful financial reports and determine the level of detail, frequency, deadlines and recipients of these reports.
b. Explain to the ACCH the implications of these reports.
c. Present the financial reports to the full board on a quarterly basis.
d. Create, approve, and update (as necessary) policies that help ensure the financials of the ACCH are efficiently utilized and remain protected.
e. Ensure policies and procedures for financial transactions are documented in a manual, and that the manual is reviewed on annual basis and updated as necessary (e.g., Where is the money held? Who can serve as signatory?  How are donations handled – for example, Community Foundations? How is record-keeping handled?)
f. Ensure approved financial policies and procedures are being followed.
g. Ensure consistent, monthly monitoring of all financials.
h. Present monitoring reports to the full ACCH Board of Directors.
i. Ensure follow up on any issues mentioned within monitoring reports.


Lisa Ostiguy


Liz Hitt

Governance Committee

The Committee conducts an annual review of and recommends, as needed, actions to be taken with respect to the bylaws and governance charter related issues to ensure compliance with HUD requirements regarding membership and Board of Directors composition. It oversees the membership application and renewal process.


Perry Junjulas


Christine Rodriguez
Michele McClave


Albany County Coalition on Homelessness (ACCH) Written Standards
ACCH Bylaws

Continuum of Care Operations Committee

The Committee prepares plans for review and approval by the Board, and carries out action plans approved by the Board with respect to: developing and establishing performance targets and outcomes, conducting evaluation and monitoring of program performance (including review of HMIS) and taking action, as warranted, in a constructive and positive manner, establishing written standards, and ensuring compliance with HUD requirements concerning the designation and operation of HMIS.


Nancy Andriano


Kaitlyn Walsh


Steve Lape
Lyn Mack
Mary Oill
Digna Betancourt Swingle

System Collaboration Committee

The Committee prepares plans for review and approval by the Board with respect to: coordinating with ESG program providers on ESG funding allocations, reporting and evaluation of program outcomes, establishing and operating a system for the assessment of needs of households seeking housing and services, facilitating dialogue and strategic action among public, private, and non-profit sectors to prevent and end homelessness, promoting affordable housing, and consulting and coordinating with the State and City of Albany in the development, updating, and implementation of the Consolidated Plans including established goals.


Dominick Sondrini, Chair

Maria Grillo, Chair

Kristen Giroux
Maggire Cusprine
Robin Roberts
Sarah Latzko
Erin Reale
Valerie Sacks
Wendy Wahlberg
Louisa Marra
Liz Hitt
Leticia Lind

Jeannette Hemingway
Faye Andrews
Donna Maylath
David Bradley
Crystal Steele
Willie Leak
Michael Asbury
Jim Ketcham

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.


Allyson Thiessen, Chair

Jeanette Hemingway

Strategic Planning Committee

The Ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for reviewing, preparing, and formulating the Strategic Plan to Prevent, Reduce and Combat Homelessness in Albany County. In order to create a meaningful and up-to-date Plan, 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.

Strategic Plan: ACCH SPC Plan 7.7.17

NOFA Committee

The Committee prepares, plans, and makes recommendations for review by the Board of Directors and carries out action plans approved by the Board with respect to the design, operation, and following of a collaborative process for the development of funding applications including funding priorities and the number and type of applicants.


Kristen Giroux, Chair

Mary Campagna

Frank Pindiak

Rachel Alexander

Annette Esposito

Jacqualine Lombardo