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Reminder: SHC 12/10/19

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 from 9:30 to 12:30 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta.

Please note: This month we will be using GoToMeeting to connect remotely – NOT the usual conference call number! Please see the agenda for details. Minutes here are from October, as the November meeting was canceled due to bad weather.

Accepting Nominations for MCOC Chair Position

The Maine Continuum of Care is accepting nominations for one of our three Tri-Chair positions. This is an annual process, with each Chair serving a three year term of office. If you wish to nominate someone, please check with them first to be sure they are willing and able to serve. Please send your nominations to me at . The deadline for nominations is Thursday, December 12th, by 5:00 PM.

More information about the MCOC election process can be found in Article 6 of our Governance:

Article 6.  Officers & Elections:

MCOC will have three Chairs, who will each serve for a three-year term.

Chairs shall be responsible for planning and conducting MCOC meetings.

Any Chair may act as the designated signatory for MCOC correspondence.

Chairs must be members of eligible voting organizations.

One new Chair shall be nominated and elected by MCOC on an annual basis.  Notifications for upcoming nominations shall occur in November. Nominations for a new Chair will be taken prior to and at the December MCOC meeting.  Should there be more than one nominee, each nominee will submit a brief bio summarizing their background, capacity, and interest in being Chair. Bios will be posted, with the formal announcement for open voting. Elections shall be held at the January meeting. The new Chair will begin serving upon election.  

Term of Office shall be three years.  There is no limit on terms, but all Chairs must be re-nominated and re-elected to serve another term once their initial term has expired.

Chairs may resign in writing during their term and shall, to the best of their ability, give at least a one-month notice of such resignation.  Any vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the term by nomination and election at the next regular meeting.

Reminder: MCOC Meeting 11-21-19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting Thursday, November 21st, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at three locations:

MaineHousing, 353 Water St, Augusta
New Beginnings, 134 College Street, Lewiston
Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street, Portland

You may also attend via GoToMeeting, for those not able to make it to one of the meeting rooms.

See the agenda packet for details including the GoToMeeting link and call-in number…and please remember…you can use your computer audio or you can use the conference phone line – but you cannot use both!

And double please mute your phone or computer when you are not speaking.


Fair Housing Training

Presented by the Regional Homeless Councils and the Maine CoC Resource Committee

Presenter: Patricia Ender, Esq. from Pine Tree Legal

When: 9:00-11:00 am, Friday, December 13, 2019

Locations: Live presentation at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta

Additional “GoToMeeting” group sites with video are available at:

  • Community Health and Counseling Services, 42 Cedar Street, Rm. 304 in Bangor
  • Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street in Portland

If you are unable to attend one of the in-person locations, please register for the GoToWebinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We also wanted to make sure everyone knows that we have corrected the sound quality issues from the last training. There won’t be an opportunity to ask questions via audio, but there will be a text chat option available.

What do renters and landlords need to know?  This training will cover:

  • fair housing laws
  • your rights as a renter
  • assistance and therapy animals (in housing and at emergency shelters)
  • reasonable accommodations landlords are sometimes required to make.

Who should attend?

Landlords, housing providers, shelter staff, General Assistance staff, case managers, and anyone who is concerned about fair treatment and housing rights.

Any questions? Contact Resource Committee Co-Chairs, Mike Mooney- or Norman Maze-

LGBTQ/ HUD Equal Access Rule Training (September 13, 2019)

Attached are the final slides from the LGBTQ/ HUD Equal Access Training held on September 13, 2019.

The first attachment is the Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression presented by Ophelia Hu Kinney from the Reconciling Ministries Network.

The second is the HUD Equal Access Rule portion of the training presented by Mary Bonauto from GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).

The link below is the full training with audio. Since we had some challenges with sound quality, you can decide if you would like to take in the training using this revised version (audio cleaned up a bit).