The purpose of this 5-minute survey is to gather your feedback about how the current governance structure is functioning in the Austin/Travis County Continuum of Care (CoC). We want to assure you that your responses are completely anonymous.

Background for this Survey:

Governance refers to the organizational structure in place that allows the CoC to make decisions and meet HUD requirements. In Austin/Travis County CoC, the Membership Council acts as the primary decision-making body, and its members determine the direction of the CoC and ensure the CoC fulfills its responsibilities to HUD. The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) acts as both the Collaborative Applicant and HMIS Lead for the CoC; in doing so it manages many of the logistical and administrative aspects of the CoC.

For more information about the governance of the CoC, please refer to the CoC’s Governance Charter.

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* 1. Please check the following organization/group with which you most closely identify.

Please state how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements:

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* 2. I am familiar with local efforts to address homelessness.

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* 3. I regularly attend meetings of the Membership Council, CoC Committees/Workgroups, and/or general CoC meetings.

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* 4. The leadership structure of the current CoC (headed by Membership Council) is effective at spearheading efforts to end homelessness.

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* 5. ECHO provides the support needed to successfully manage the CoC’s requirements.

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* 6. The current structure of the CoC allows the community to set, and meet, clear goals for addressing homelessness in the county.

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* 7. All of the essential partners to end homelessness, including people with lived experience of homelessness, are adequately represented in the current CoC structure.

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* 8. The CoC respects diversity and strives to include a variety of opinions in its decision-making processes.

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* 9. The leadership of the CoC addresses all conflicts of interest that arise in decision-making processes, including ensuring that members do not participate in decisions regarding financial benefit to the organization that member represents.

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* 10. The CoC has a clear and effective process for engaging in strategic planning and setting a vision for the CoC.

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* 11. The CoC and CoC leadership communicate in ways that ensure I feel informed about the work being done to end homelessness in the community.

Please answer the following questions with as much detail as possible.

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* 12. From your perspective, what changes should be made to the structure and/or governance of the homeless response system in Austin/Travis County?

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* 13. From your perspective, should the role ECHO plays within the homeless response system change? If so, how? 

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