Community Human Services Advisory Board

Meetings

The Community Human Services Advisory Board regularly meets on the first third Thursday each month at 6:00 p.m. 
Meetings are held in hybrid format: in-person in the Monroe Coordination Center adjacent to City Hall, 806 W. Main Street and virtually via Zoom meeting platform.

Purpose

On February 25, 2020, Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and the Monroe City Council adopted the recommendations of the Homelessness Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC) by resolution. In order to assist the City in implementation of the recommendations and advise on new human services policy issues, the HPAC recommended it be made a standing committee.Untitled design

Following adoption of the recommendations, the City formed an ad-hoc committee of technical advisory experts to advise in the implementation process. This committee identified the need to respond not only to those experiencing homelessness, but also to those at risk of becoming homeless, those who are living in poverty, those who are adversely affected by crisis, and those in marginalized communities.

In order to expand the ability to discuss and respond to these topics, Mayor Thomas and City staff proposed the standing committee be established as the Community Human Services Advisory Board (CHSAB) to reflect the range of subject. At its June 23, 2020 meeting, the Monroe City Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing the CHSAB.

Organization

The CHSAB consists of 7 voting members representing a cross section of local residents, businesses, faith communities, and services providers; the initial terms of appointment are staggered, and the Mayor, City Administrator, Chief of Police and Human Services Coordinator will serve as ex-officio members.

Membership

Members of the CHSAB were appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Terms of appointment are for four years.

The following are the current members of the CHSAB:

Position NumberVoting MembersTerm Expires
Position 1Megan WirschingDecember 31, 2025
Position 2VACANTDecember 31, 2025
Position 3Lynsey GagnonDecember 31, 2022
Position 4Tony BalkDecember 31, 2022
Position 5
Marci Scott-Weis
December 31, 2023
Position 6
James Harrigan
December 31, 2023
Position 7
Paul Stayback
December 31, 2023
Position 8VACANTDecember 31, 2023


Ad-hoc Members
Vacant position


Membership Applications will be accepted as seats become vacant.

Board Responsibilities

The CHSAB is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, and all recommendations by the CHSAB addressing work program, policy issues, and related budget issues will be made to the Mayor and Council. Additionally, members of the CHSAB have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide nonbinding recommendations on how to assist community members: experiencing homelessness, who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are experiencing poverty or are adversely impacted by a crisis;
  • As directed by the Council, represent the City at established community events;
  • As directed by the Council, provide nonbinding recommendations for advocating for change at the local, county and state level along with elected City officials;
  • Act honestly, in good faith;
  • Perform their duties in a manner ensuring that the public trust in the integrity, objectivity, and impartiality of the CHSAB is preserved and enhanced;
  • Provide the coordination of information among local citizens and stakeholders to seek thoughtful, effective, and lasting solutions;
  • Provide nonbinding advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in the formulation, monitoring, implementation, and review of the City’s programs and policies;
  • Provide a communication link between the City, the community and local service providers on the community perspective and perception on how to assist community members: experiencing homelessness, who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are experiencing poverty or are adversely impacted by a crisis;
  • Participate in ongoing education on topics relating to equity and human services;
  • Provide nonbinding recommendations to the Mayor and the Council regarding a multi-year implementation strategy and funding;
  • Advise the City on the implementation of the HPAC recommendations.
  • Advise the City on human service policy issues.
  1. Agendas and Minutes
  2. Community Needs Assessment
  3. Work Reports
  4. Human Services Awards

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available upon adoption.
For Agendas and Minutes since January 1, 2021, please visit the City's new Agenda Center.
For Agendas and Minutes prior to January 1, 2021, please visit the Agendas & Minutes Archive.