You can learn more about how the Brevard CoC makes decisions and designates leadership by reading the documents below.
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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Housing Authority of Brevard County
City of Cocoa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aging Matters in Brevard
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Career Source Brevard
Brevard Public Schools
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have worked with you before, welcome back!
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-Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Joint Transitional Housing & Rapid Re-Housing (TH/RRH), HMIS (Link to HMIS PAGE), and Coordinated Entry (Link to Coordinated Entry PAGE). 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. (https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/e-snaps/)
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
Start Up Training Materials (In Development)
All CoC Program-Funded Projects