The membership of the Providers Council includes representatives from homeless/at-risk service providers and other organizations that are actively involved in services that affect homeless/at-risk target groups in Pinellas County.
Make recommendations on homeless/at-risk services system issues, concerns and needed actions, either in response to Board requests or on issues raised by Providers Council members.
Address the needs of all target groups, such as individuals, families, Veterans, unaccompanied youth, etc., for permanent housing.
Annually review and make recommendations on activities and priorities that enable the Pinellas system of services to meet and exceed HUD/Continuum of Care and other performance standards.
Coordinate planning and recommendations with other community-wide planning groups.
April Lott, Chair
President and & CEO, Directions for Living
Micki Thompson, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares
Jennifer Stracick, Alpha House
Gary MacMath, Boley Centers
Pam Mesmer, Brookwood Florida
Lariana Forsythe, CASA
Danielle Husband, Catholic Charities
Gabe Parra, City of Clearwater
Theresa Jones, City of St. Petersburg
Jane Walker, Daystar Life Center
Lisa Davis, Family Resources
Steve Cleveland, Florida Dream Center
Ashley Lowery, HEP
Jaclyn Boland, Intercultural Advocacy Institute
Shirlene Lightsey Manuel, Metro Wellness and Community Centers
Dianne Clarke, Operation PAR
Jerry Wennlund, PEMHS
Michael Jalazo, PERC
Debbie Johnson, Pinellas Housing Auth.
Daisy Rodriguez, Pinellas Human Services
Christine Cantrell, Pinellas Schools
Lt. Zach Haisch, PCSO Safe Harbor
Beth Houghton, St. Petersburg Free Clinic
Michael Raposa, St. Vincent DePaul
Christopher Ortiz, The St. Petersburg City Refuge
Pam Qualls, UMCM Suncoast
James Dates, WestCare Foundation
Kevin Chinault, Salvation Army Clearwater
Lt. Gary Haupt, Salvation Army St. Pete
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.
Housing Manager, City of Largo
Director, Human Services, Pinellas County Human Services
Kochen, Robert P.
Section Chief, Homeless Programs, Bay Pines VA Health Care System
Community Development Manager, Economic Development & Housing, City of Clearwater
Assistant City Manager, City of Pinellas Park
Community Development Administrator, Florida Dept. of Children and Families
Veteran, Homeless and Social Services Manager, City of St. Petersburg
Director of Community Development, City of Largo
Program Officer, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg