Working Together for a Housed and Healthy Brevard.

About the Brevard Continuum of Care (COC)

The Brevard County CoC Governance Structure

  • CoC General Membership: Anyone interested in preventing and ending homelessness who lives or works in Brevard County.
  • CoC Advisory Council: Decision-making entity elected by the CoC General Members to represent the general membership. 
  • CoC Committees: Groups composed of CoC General Members that carry out the high-level work of the CoC. Committees are responsible for ensuring that the CoC fulfills all of the requirements established by HUD.
  • CoC Collaborative Applicant: The agency that applies for CoC Program funds. This role is filled by the Brevard Homeless Coalition, the designated Lead Agency for the CoC.
  • CoC HMIS Lead Agency: The agency appointed by the CoC to administer and operate HMIS. This role is filled by the Brevard Homeless Coalition, the designated Lead Agency for the CoC.
  • CoC Lead Agency and Staff Support: The agency appointed by the CoC to carry out the legislatively mandated duties established by the CoC Interim Rule. This role is filled by the Brevard Homeless Coalition, the designated Lead Agency for the CoC.

You can learn more about how the Brevard CoC makes decisions and designates leadership by reading the documents below.

Brevard COC Governance Documents

Leadership

The Brevard CoC Advisory Council determines the policy direction of the CoC and ensures it fulfills its responsibilities, including oversight of CoC committees and the Lead Agency. The CoC Advisory Council is guided by the Governance Charter and meets bi-monthly.

 

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Meet the Advisory Council

Michael Bean

CEO

Housing Authority of Brevard County

Ibis Berardi

Assistant Director to CED

City of Palm Bay 

Ibis Berardi, the City of Palm Bay’s Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development possesses extensive experience in housing and various levels of grant administration (State & Federal). Having worked in government for over 15 years, Mrs. Berardi assists with business attraction and retention efforts as well as coordinating grant funding opportunities to implement new programs to cultivate economic growth within the city.  She also assists with creating economic development incentives to attract and retain commercial businesses. Mrs. Berardi holds various housing certifications for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dawn Bittar

Partner Relations Coordinator

Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce

Dawn Bittar is a seasoned business professional in the City of Palm Bay/Brevard County for over 25 years, she has worked with an impressive list of clients, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies and has helped them achieve their goals through strategic Communication initiatives.

In the past 25 years, Dawn has remained involved with the City of Palm Bay through a variety of committees and projects.  Her expertise spans across a range of industries including, finance, real estate, construction, banking, commercial, industrial, technology, health care, and consumer products.

Michael Blake

Mayor of Cocoa

City of Cocoa

Michael Blake was elected to City Council as a Councilman as in 1988 and served though 2001. In 2004 he was elected as Mayor and served two terms until 2012. in 2014 he was elected as Councilman for District 1 and served until June 2016. He was elected as Mayor in the November, 2020 general election and will serve until 2024. 

Michael Blake has Served as a member of the Cocoa CRA, as liaison to the Cocoa Housing Authority, Weed and Seed, and Save our Neighborhood organizations. He has also served on various other boards, committees, and task forces for the City of Cocoa. He was prior President of the Space Coast League of Cities, and is a current member of the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Board and served two years on the Florida League of Cities Mayoral Board.

He retired from teaching at Cocoa High School in early 2022 and has been a resident of Cocoa his entire life. 

Stanley Brizz

Executive Director

Brevard Prevention Coalition

Stanley Brizz is Executive Director of Brevard Prevention Coalition in Florida and chairperson of the county’s opioid misuse task force. In addition, he is an addiction counselor at a medication assisted treatment (MAT) clinic. He has a master’s degree in psychology specializing in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a graduate certificate in Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling from University of South Florida. Mr. Brizz oversees a substance misuse prevention media campaign with neighboring coalitions sponsored by Central Florida Cares Health System, Inc., and the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families. He has operated school-based substance misuse prevention programs, a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents, a therapeutic supervised visitation program and a rapid rehousing case management program. Mr. Brizz participates on the Together In Partnership steering committee of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners, serves on the Continuum of Care (CoC) advisory council for Brevard Homeless Coalition and is Vice Board Chair of Florida High School for Accelerated Learning.

Dr. Michael A. Cadore

Executive Director of Community Engagement External Affairs

Eastern Florida State College

Dr. Michael A. Cadore has proudly served his community for over four decades through education, public safety, volunteering, and mentoring. He is the Executive Director of Community Engagement for Eastern Florida State College.  

Dr. Cadore has received national recognition as a record-setting kick returner at Eastern Kentucky University.  He continued his athletic professionalism in the National Football League when the New Orleans Saints drafted him. His athletic excellence led him to be inducted into the 2014 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame and the 2020 Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame. He served as a policeman until his retirement in 2019 and now serving as a Rockledge city councilman. He continues to support the community through mentoring, community service, and workshops on leadership and business. He has received the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Florida State College and the 2022 Distinguished Service Award from Eastern Kentucky University.

Colleen Cantin

Community Care Coordinator

Central Florida Cares Health System 

Colleen Cantin is the Community Care Coordinator and Lead Housing Coordinator for Central Florida Cares Health Systems Inc. Colleen Cantin has worked in homeless services for eight years, specializing in individuals with behavioral health concerns. As the Community Care Coordinator, Colleen is dedicated to assisting the CFCHS network service providers in transitioning individuals with behavioral health needs into long-term, safe, affordable housing with wrap-around services. Her social work background drives her to ensure individuals receive person center services. She completed her bachelor’s in social work at the University of Central Florida and her master’s in social work at Florida State University.

Rob Cramp

Executive Director

HfH Supportive Services

Rob Cramp is the Executive Director at ​Housing for Homeless. Prior to Housing for Homeless, Rob was President of Legacy for Life, a global corporation in the nutritional product space. Previously, he was Vice President of Customer at ​Unisource and before that Director of International Operations for Avon Products. He has a ​Masters in Chemical Engineering from ​Leeds University (UK) . In his/her spare time, he lectures on global affairs, and plays the guitar.

Cindy Dittmer

Community Development Director

City of Melbourne

Cindy Dittmer is the Community Development Director for the City of Melbourne and has held this position for over 20 years.  She oversees the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Divisions within the City, managing 17 employees and over $8 million dollars in various funds and programs.  Dittmer has worked for the City for almost 30 years and has held various positions in planning and economic development.  She holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida and a Master of City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Georganna Gillette

Executive Director

Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization

Throughout her 31 years of experience in the transportation industry, Ms. Gillette has established professional relationships with transportation leaders throughout the region and the state.  Previously, she worked for the Florida Department of Transportation as an MPO Liaison.  In her role, Ms. Gillette oversees regional transportation planning for 16 municipalities and the county, and has the unique opportunity to collaborate with five transportation modes: highways, airports, rail, a seaport and spaceport.  As executive director, Ms. Gillette is dedicated to developing master plans that are meaningful, implementable, and cutting edge. She passionately strives to develop and foster regional multimodal transportation projects that improve quality of life and economic development for our citizens and businesses. 

Linda Graham

Assistant Director

Brevard County Housing and Human Services

Linda Graham is the Assistant Director for Brevard County Housing and Human Services.  She is a community advocate whose spare time is spent assisting those in need.  She currently serves in many volunteer capacities including; Chair of the Brevard Homeless Coalition’s Advisory Board, Member of the Brevard Homeless Coalition, Early Learning Coalition of Brevard Board Member, United Way’s Grant and Oversight Committee, The Behavioral Health Task Force; and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and the National Congress of Black Women.  Motto:  “Do Your Best At Whatever You Do…And If You Find You Can No Longer Do Your Best, It’s Probably Something You Shouldn’t Be Doing”. 

Faith Hartsock

Peer Support Specialist

Brevard CARES

Faith Hartsock is a Peer Support Specialist with Brevard C.A.R.E.S. With her lived experience in homelessness, foster care, substance misuse, and mental health, she brings a great deal of insight and understanding. She has a degree from Eastern Florida State College, University of Central Florida, and is currently attending Florida State University to obtain her Masters in Social Work. In her free time, Faith enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.

Austin Helton

Chief Executive Officer

Brevard Health Alliance, Inc.

Traci Klinkbeil

C18 Community Development Administrator

Florida Department of Children and Families 

Traci Klinkbeil is the Circuit 18 (Brevard & Seminole counties) Community Development Administrator for the Department of Children and Families. She has worked for DCF for 28 years, and most recently has served in this role for the past 8 years. She currently serves on several community boards and taskforces within the Circuit. She has received a Master of Art degree from the University of Central Florida and is a Certified Public Manager.

Steven Lord

President & CEO

Circles of Care, Inc.

Since 1991, Mr. Lord has served in various roles, including emergency services counselor, CIO, and Executive Vice President. Under his direction, Circles of Care has continued to expand community services and operations while providing high-quality patient care. He works with local and state legislative delegations advocating for the interests of behavioral healthcare in Florida and specifically Brevard County. These efforts have expanded programs throughout the organization, including the Central Receiving Facility, Geriatric Inpatient, CORe, MAT, Child Welfare services, and Sally’s House. He has degrees from the University of Florida in Marriage & Family Counseling and post-grad work in Statistical Computing. In his spare time, he enjoys his family, traveling, and reading.

Jeffrey Njus

Executive Director

Daily Bread

Jeffrey Njus provides overall direction to the dynamic network of people and programs at Daily Bread, the Homeless Outreach Center in Melbourne, to ensure that no one in our area faces hunger or homelessness alone. Jeff brings to his leadership a compassionate respect for the dignity of every person, an admiration for the resilience of people facing difficult challenges, and the joy that comes from serving together.

Caroline Joseph-Paul

Senior Managing Director

Career Source Brevard

Joe Robinson

Vice Mayor

City of Titusville

Pastor of Antioch Christian Baptist Church – Vice Mayor of the City of Titusville, Florida – Retired Executive Director of North Brevard Charities Sharing Center, Past Vice President of Brevard Workforce Development Board. BA Columbia College.

Drew Warren

Executive Director

Community of Hope 

Drew Warren is the Chief Executive Officer of Community of Hope, He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Stetson University and his Master’s Degree at Florida Institute of Technology. He has a passion and calling to work with families and children in need. Prior to coming to Community of Hope, Mr. Warren served as a mental health therapist, a college professor, and college dean and President.  Mr. Warren is a tireless advocate for children and families serving in community leadership positions including having chaired the Brevard Homeless Coalition (BHC) Provider’s Board and serving on the BHC Board of Directors.  Currently he chairs the Brevard Homeless Services Affordable Housing Committee and serves on the Continuum of Care for Homeless Services in Brevard County as well as the North Brevard Charities Coalition Board.

Competition Materials

The BHC serves as the “Collaborative Applicant” for the Brevard County CoC and leads the HUD CoC Grant process. The BHC provides technical assistance and guidance to agencies and communities applying for funding to create new housing and service programs. Applicants must submit proposals through BHC in the annual CoC Program Competition. This Prezi is a great overview of HUD’s CoC program.  We are interested in working with Service Partners we have not worked with before! If your Organization has never administered CoC Program Funding, we encourage you to review the materials below and reach out to us with any questions at info@brevardhomelesscoalition.org.  If we have worked with you before, welcome back!

Competition Application Materials

THIS IS THE SECTION FOR THE MOST RECENT COMPETITION

The Brevard CoC is interested in Applicants that can demonstrate a commitment to leveraging private Housing and Healthcare resources, such as Mainstream Vouchers or reduced/no-cost healthcare for participants in HUD programming as well as applicants that can demonstrate the need for Projects targeted for Survivors of Domestic Violence

In general, the CoC program will fund Rapid Re-HousingPermanent Supportive HousingJoint Transitional Housing & Rapid Re-Housing (TH/RRH)HMIS, and Coordinated Entry. To learn more about each of these activities, please click the hyperlinks above. Please note, the availability of funding and required applicant eligibility for each of the activities above is dependent both the CoC Request for Proposals (RFP) and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CoC Program Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), or the relevant Funding Opportunity. You can learn about these programs and more on the HUD exchange by clicking here

Competition Application Materials

This is the section to post all the updates for the current competition

Questions about the CoC Competition? Contact NOFO@brevardhomelesscoalition.org

Visit the Resources and Archives page to view prior Grant Materials

General Application Materials/Resource

HUD Resources

 

New Project Materials/Resources

 

Renewal Project Materials/Resources

 

CoC Program Recipient Resources

Start Up Training Materials (In Development)

 

CoC Program-Funded Project Forms & Tools

All CoC Program-Funded Projects

  • Housing First Assessment Tool
  • CoC Quarterly Performance Score Card and Training Resources
  • CoC Quarterly Performance Score Care Submission Page
  • CoC Funded Participant Occupancy Charge (Rent) Calculator  
  • Internal Wellness Checklist for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program
  • THN Internal Monitoring Guidance
  • Memo to File of Identified Deficiency Template
  • PSH Project File Review Form
  • PSH Eligibility Packet
  • RRH Project File Review Form
  • RRH Eligibility Packet

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Resources & Archive

Prior Year Grant and Funding Opportunities

  • 2022 HUD/COC SPECIAL Unsheltered NOFO
  • 2022 HUD/CoC NOFO
  • 2022- 2023 Unified Grant Competition
  • 2021 HUD/CoC NOFA
  • 2019 HUD/CoC NOFA
  • 2018 HUD/CoC NOFA
  • 2018 HUD/CoC NOFA
  • 2017 HUD/CoC NOFA

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