The recently passed Housing Omnibus bill established a new Task Force on Shelter, which will convene in August and work together until August 2022.
The group is required to examine existing shelter policies and practices in shelters of all types, engage stakeholders, and make recommendations to the legislature regarding standards that will strengthen the shelter system and ensure that shelters have the ability and resources to provide safe and appropriate shelter services to those in need.
The Task Force is comprised of 24 members. Eighteen members will be appointed to fill seats defined in the legislation that represent various groups with a stake in the Task Force’s work, including people who have experienced homelessness, shelter providers, local government representatives, and others. The remaining members will be filled by the Commissioners of Human Services, Health, Corrections, Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs or their designee.
Are you interested in serving? Applications are being accepted now through the Secretary of State’s open appointments site: Task Force on Shelter.
An additional set of questions will be emailed to applicants once they complete the online application.
Initial application review will begin on July 26 and appointments to the Task Force will be made the first week of August. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be held online.
If anyone is unable to apply via computer, please reach out to Elizabeth Dressel, 651-248-5548, to request assistance in completing the application. If you have any questions about the appointments process, email Elizabeth Dressel.