Heading Home Advisory Council

The Heading Home Advisory Council is the community-directed entity responsible for oversight of homelessness planning, coordinating, and funding activities in the St Louis County Continuum of Care (CoC).  The board meets monthly to vote on key issues that impact federal, state, county, and local stakeholders.  There are also committees that meet to work on detailed proposals: Housing Response Committee; Advocacy and Planning Committees (North and South); Evaluation and Planning Committee; Youth Committee; Ad Hoc Veteran Committee; and others.  This website contains relevant information and documentation for these committees – including agendas and minutes – and will be updated as needed.


Heading Home Announcements

Meeting date change for November 2021

In lieu of the regular 3rd Thursday of the Month Meeting of the Heading Home Advisory Committee, there will be a Special November meeting to vote on the final HUD CoC NOFO Collaborative Application and CoC Nondiscrimination Policy (attached).  This meeting schedule changed due to time sensitive grant application approval. This is meeting is scheduled from 1pm-2pm on November 10th, 2021 via Microsoft teams. Please email cochranc@stlouiscountymn.gov to get the link or call-in number for this meeting.
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Meeting Date Change for August 2021

New Meeting date for the May Planning & Evaluation Committee of Heading Home Advisory Council: Thursday, August 12th from 9am to 11am via WebEx. This meeting will return to the regular scheduled time in September. 
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Heading Home Land Acknowledgment

Land Acknowledgment
Approved for Use By Heading Home Advisory Committee on 07/15/2021
We know that American Indian people, People of African Heritage, Black, Indigenous and People of Color disproportionately experience homelessness and housing instability due to systemic racism and oppression. It is of the utmost importance that we acknowledge the lands that we reside on and the trauma that has and continues to occur in order to better serve in a culturally responsive, trauma informed and person-centered approach as we work to end homelessness. We collectively acknowledge that St. Louis County is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of Indigenous people. Our buildings reside on land that was cared for and called home by the Ojibwe people, before them the Dakota and Northern Cheyenne people, and other Native peoples from time immemorial. Ceded by the Ojibwe in an 1854 treaty, this land holds great historical, spiritual, and personal significance for its original stewards, the Native nations and peoples of this region. We recognize and continually support and advocate for the sovereignty of the Native nations in this territory and beyond. We acknowledge the collective and historical trauma Indigenous People, People of African Heritage, Black, and People of Color have endured and experienced as a result of systemic racism, and we acknowledge our own ignorance and complicity. We have all inherited the repercussions of this unjust system and the impacts and outcomes have rippled forward to what we feel and experience today, including but not limited to the work we do to support people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. We pause for a moment of silence to acknowledge the human lives lost as a result: Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, Elias Clayton, Ahmed Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Estavon Elioff and countless other lives of People of African Heritage, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color [at this moment, we invite others to speak names of people who are missing, murdered or lost due to systems of violence and oppression]. We hold them in our hearts, we honor their lives, and we commit to doing all we can to dismantle racist systems of oppression in our communities, and within ourselves. By offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm tribal sovereignty and will work to hold the St. Louis County Heading Home Advisory Council and our work accountable to American Indian peoples and nations as well as those communities most impacted by homelessness.
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06/08/2021: Special Meeting of Heading Home Advisory Council

This is a public note about a special meeting of the Heading Home Advisory Council. This meeting will occur via WebEx (meeting detail below) at Noon on Tuesday, June 8th and last a maximum of 30 minutes. This meeting is being called to respond to a time sensitive Continuum of Care vote need to review and vote on HUD CoC grant program transfers. Please email cochranc@stlouiscountymn.gov to receive a WebEx link to join this meeting or with and questions regarding this meeting. 
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FHPAP Advisory recommendation vote

There will be a short additional meeting of the Heading Home Advisory Council to vote on the Recommendation of the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program (FHPAP) application budget to MN Housing Finance Agency or the 10/1/2021-23 grant cycle
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Meeting Date Change for May 2021

New Meeting date for the May Planning & Evaluation Committee of Heading Home Advisory Council: Monday, May 24th from Noon to 2pm via WebEx. This meeting will return to the regular scheduled time in June. 
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SLC Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator 

Courtney Cochran MSW, LGSW

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
320 West Second Street, 101
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-725-5158
Email: CochranC@stlouiscountymn.gov