Funder Council

Funders' Council Responsibilities

Every little bit helps

  • Make recommendations to the full HLB on funding of homeless/at-risk programs and services, either in response to HLB requests or on issues raised by Funders Council members.
  • Make recommendations on strategically aligning funding resources available for homeless-at-risk programs and services based on HLB-approved priorities, to make the most effective use of scarce resources.
  • Annually review and make recommendations to the HLB on the best use of funds from specific resources and activities that enable the Pinellas system of service to meet and exceed applicable performance standards as approved by the HLB. Such resources may include the HUD Continuum of Care, Sate of Florida homeless funding and/-or local public or private sources.
  • Coordinate funding planning and recommendations with other community-wide funding and planning groups.
  • Research and recommend potential common activities, requirements, and contract language across local funders that will advance a more coordinated system of services. (An example: current multiple local funders require that any service provider receiving funds for homeless services will enter consumer data into TBIN, the Pinellas Homeless management information system.

The Funders' Council


Cliff Smith, Chair

Manager: Veterans, Social Services, Homeless, City of St. Petersburg

Brian Jaruszewski, JD

Chief Financial Officer, JWB


Anderson, Matt

Housing Manager, City of Largo

Benedict, Lourdes

Director, Human Services, Pinellas County Human Services

Kochen, Robert P.

Chief, City of Tarpon Springs Police Dept

Laycox, Michelle

Section Chief, Homeless Programs, Bay Pines VA Health Care System

Lopez, Geri Campos

Director of Economic Development & Housing, City of Clearwater, City Hall

Murphy, Patrick

Assistant City Manager, City of Pinellas Park, City Hall

Niermann, Peggy

Community Development Administrator, Florida Dept. of Children and Families

Steinocher, Chris

CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Stoffer, Ellen

Director, Income Strategies, United Way Suncoast

Stricklin, Carol

Director of Community Development, City of Largo