Maryland’s Interagency Council on Homelessness
The Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) was established by SB 796 (2014) to examine statewide initiatives aimed at ending homelessness throughout the state of Maryland. The ICH includes representatives from 12 state agencies including the Governor’s Office for Children Youth And Families, 3 representatives from local Continuums of Care (the sixteen federally-recognized bodies created to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency) and 6 advocates from throughout the state as well as a community member who has experienced homelessness.
As Outlined by the Legislation, the ICH Will:
- Coordinate state policy recommendations and working relationships among state, local, and nonprofit agencies concerning efforts to remedy and prevent homelessness across the state.
- Disseminate information and educate the public about the prevalence and causes of and responses to homelessness.
- Coordinate data sharing between local Continuums of Care (CoC) and make annual recommendations to the state legislature that are in compliance with federal policy initiatives and funding strategies.
- Analyze the need for and availability of affordable and accessible housing resources and recommend changes necessary to move towards a statewide housing first approach.
- Solicit input from the advocacy, business and faith communities as well as from consumers, regarding policy and program development for the homeless population and identify supportive services necessary to best serve special populations such as veterans, youth, families and individuals with behavioral health barriers to housing.
Membership of the ICH
The legislation passed to establish the ICH dictated who would serve on the council to represent various stakeholders throughout the state. Although membership is closed, the meetings are open to the public and anyone can attend.
ICH Working Groups
Membership to the working groups is also open to the public and members of the community are free to join as well. If interested in participating on one of the working groups, please contact Heather Sheridan, Director of Homeless Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness
The Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness oversees the work of the state Interagency Council on Ending Homelessness.
For more information, please visit ICH Working Groups.