BTG is a group of diverse stakeholders representing the rural counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii that carries out the operating and planning responsibilities of the Continuum of Care, as defined in the HEARTH Act. BTG’s composition reflects the unique nature of each island comprising the CoC. BTG promotes a community-wide commitment to the goals of preventing and ending homelessness by quickly re-housing homeless households while minimizing trauma and dislocation.
To end homelessness across the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui through collaborative, coordinated and effective service delivery by agents for change, unified by a common vision where all Hawaii's people have safe, decent, affordable housing.
A minimum of nine individuals comprise the BTG Board. Community Alliance Partners (Hawaii County), Kauai Community Alliance and the Maui Homeless Alliance select three individuals from their respective membership at least every other year. One out of the three is a representative of its corresponding county government. The second delegate is the chair of the local chapter, or a designated representative. The remaining member of the counties' delegation is chosen from each chapter’s general voting membership.
Executive Director. Alison has more than 10 years of experience working with local nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on corporate level training and event production. Alison is currently responsible for managing technical aspects of the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for the Neighbor Islands as well as developing and integrating Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) training curriculum and technical resources on a statewide basis.
Carlos has over 15 years of experience working in Hawaii's homeless and human services sectors. Over the last 10 years, he has provided an array of analytical and evaluative services to the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, and numerous public and private organizations statewide. Current responsibilities include report design and development, expanding CES automation, grant writing, data analysis, program evaluation, and the provision of technical support to end users and clients.
Heidi has more than 25 years of experience working in the non-profit and social services sectors. She currently provides technical guidance to providers that utilize the HMIS, as well as support to address program specific issues. Heidi is responsible for providing detailed monthly and quarterly reports to the executive team and key funders. She also provides ongoing ad-hoc reports to homeless service providers, focused on improving program outcomes.
Tien is the owner of Hybrid International, LLC, a software company that provides database solutions in the human services sector. Tien has 30 years of experience in developing information systems for public and private companies. Tien was the lead architect and developer for Hawaii’s first HMIS in 2002. Tien currently provides consulting and programming services for the HMIS in the form of customized reports, forms, dashboards and business intelligence processes. Tien was integral in developing the automated CES currently being utilized by the Neighbor Islands CoC, Bridging the Gap.
BTG is comprised of three distinct local chapters representing Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii counties. The BTG Board of Directors executes the responsibilities of the CoC through its officers and board members selected by each chapter. The BTG Governance Charter details the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, committees, HMIS Lead, and Collaborative Applicant; and describes policies and procedures related to operational duties and standards of conduct.
The following chart defines the hierarchy within BTG. It identifies lines of authority and communication between each group.
This document sets overarching standards for rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing projects funded through the ESG and CoC Program. The document includes links to various resources to aid providers in effectively managing these projects. BTG ratified this document in Nov 2020.
An effective Coordinated Entry System (CES) is a critical component to a community's efforts to to prevent and end homelessness. BTG's CES Manual establishes written standards for consistent, transparent and impartial access to housing and support services interventions. The written standards describe who will be prioritized for assistance and define specific roles and responsibilites of access points and county conveners.
This notice establishes requirements related to the development and use of a coordinated entry system. It provides guidance on additional policies that CoCs and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) recipients should consider incorporating into written policies and procedures to achieve improved outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.
BTG invites all interested stakeholders to attend and participate in chapter meetings and encourages membership through the local chapter. The meeting schedules for Kauai Community Alliance (KCA), Maui Homeless Alliance (MHA), and Community Alliance Partners (CAP) are provided below.
**Dates and locations are subject to change and will be announced via local chapter meetings and email distribution lists.
The BTG Board of Directors strives for transparency and objectivity in its operations. The following are the meeting minutes for 2021.