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January 25, 2021 | April 28, 2021 | 5,295 total views

LA Continuum of Care Board Special Election 2021

As the designated lead agency for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC), the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is conducting a special election to fill three (3) vacant LA CoC Board at-large seats. The LA CoC Board provides advice and counsel to the LAHSA Commission and LAHSA staff on matters related to HUD CoC-funded operations, policies, resource allocation, and program and system performance. The Board consists of 8 SPA-specific seats and 9 at-large seats.

For this special election, the LA CoC Board is looking for nominees who can represent one or more constituent groups and who possess the qualifications listed in the Special Election Packet. The elected individuals will be filling the balance of the existing term for these seats, which expires in 2022, and will be eligible to renew their term if they so desire.

The Board currently has the maximum number of homeless service provider representatives (8) among its membership pursuant to its bylaws; therefore, candidates for the three seats cannot represent a homeless services provider. There is preference for at least one seat to be filled with a person with lived experience of homelessness, particularly a transition-age youth (TAY, ages 18-25).  


Dates Actions
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

All nominations, endorsements, and forms are due by 5:00 p.m. This is a received-by deadline. No exceptions. 

Update: Due to the federal holiday, LAHSA's office will be closed Monday, February 15. To ensure any in-person deliveries can be accepted, the submission deadline has been extended one day to Tuesday, February 16, 5:00 p.m. LAHSA staff will be available onsite on February 16 until 5:00 p.m. to receive applications. 

Monday, March 1, 2021 Nominations will be vetted for eligibility and, if eligible, posted on the LAHSA website.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Pursuant to the LA CoC bylaws, the LA CoC Board selects candidates for vacant at-large representative positions through a special election. The Board will vote to select new at-large representatives at the regular LA CoC Board meeting scheduled for: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

Update: At its regular meeting, the LA CoC Board voted on cadidates to serve as At-Large Representatives. See below for results.

Candidates Candidate Statements                     Candidate Selected
Alex Furtado LINK Yes
Belinda Allen LINK No
Jennifer Kottke LINK Yes
Reba Stevens LINK Yes

Election Packet:

Special Election Packet

Election Online Application


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: How can I apply?

A: There are multiple ways you can submit your application:

  • By Email: Candidates can apply by completing the application and emailing the form in its entirety to LACoCBoard@lahsa.org
  • By Completing the Online Application: Using the packet as guidance, candidates can complete the online application. Supporting documentation (e.g., resumes, candidate statements, etc.) can be emailed to LACoCBoard@lahsa.org. Please make sure to include your name and contact information in the body of the email when submitting supporting documents.
  • By Mail/Drop-Off: Send a completed packet to LAHSA. Must be received by the February 16 deadline. Our address is 811 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Q: How do I tell if my agency is considered a homeless services provider?

A: Due to the specific limitations on the number of homeless service providers that can serve on the board, we have defined homeless service providers as agencies that receive any homeless services funding from LAHSA or other significant housing programs, including HUD directly, the State of California, and/or municipal/county funding sources.

An agency that doesn't receive such funding but serves low-income participants generally, including some who may be experiencing homelessness, as part of mainstream programs (e.g., mental health, employment, education), is not considered a homeless service provider. An example of such an agency would be a WorkSource Center.



Questions regarding this special election can be emailed to LACoCBoard@lahsa.org until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

For reference, please visit the following pages: 


2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Results
COVID-19 Guidance for Los Angeles County Homeless Services Community
2022 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program RFP
Project Roomkey
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