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The Action Agenda

The Action Agenda

What is the Action Agenda?

The Action Agenda is a strategy and work plan to encourage the CoC, the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), and All Chicago to become more responsive, collaborative, and action-oriented in our work to end homelessness. It encompasses four key strategies to strengthen and focus the work of All Chicago, DFSS, and the CoC:

  • Organize. Create an infrastructure of working groups focused on actions that advance the goals of Plan 2.0.
  • Empower. Empower All Chicago as the backbone organization leading the CoC to achieve the goals of Plan 2.0.
  • Elevate. The CoC Board approves policies recommended by working groups and aligns the resources and activities to support policies.
  • Amplify. Build political will to align leadership, set concrete targets, and expand housing inventory. 

Workgroups and Committees

A key component of the CoC Action Agenda is to create an infrastructure of working groups focused on actions that advance the goals of Plan 2.0. This structure is organized around 12 lines of work.  Learn more here >> 

The Background

All Chicago has been working with consultants from national CSH since mid-2016 to develop and implement a plan that will strengthen the CoC's capacity to end homelessness. This plan, which has been referred to as the CSH Strategy Memo, is now called The CoC Action Agenda. 

After collecting feedback from the community, national CSH consultants developed a  Strategy Memo ​that was endorsed by the CoC Board of Directors in June. The CSH consultants conducted a webinar about the memo in June. After more community feedback, national CSH identified 12 lines of work  that the CoC will use to streamline its work, be more efficient, make key decisions, and meet only when necessary to complete their work.

The Charter Amendment and Interpretation Committee (CAIC) presented a motion to the CoC at the All CoC Meeting on Dec. 7 to approve a demonstration period to allow for flexibility in the Charter to test out the Action Agenda work structure. It also asked to amend "Section 3: Board Composition" of the CoC Charter. The CoC passed an amended version of the motion, with 64 voting yes, 9 voting no, and 1 abstaining. Read the amended motion here. ​

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Download Previous Action Agenda Alerts:
November 14, 2017
February 1, 2018

Watch recordings of two webinars about the Action Agenda:
Nov. 21 webinar
Nov. 28 webinar

Give Us Your Feedback

Have questions or concerns about the Action Agenda? Feel free to email Dave Thomas or Maura McCauley with any feedback.