Who should be invited to join a supplemental or stand-alone ROSS PCC?
Whether supplementing an existing network of providers or establishing a new PCC, Service Coordinators should consider including the following types of participants:
- Local providers who deliver services ROSS program participants need;
- Leadership or staff from state, local, or tribal welfare and employment agencies, as well as other departments with programs likely to serve the needs of ROSS program participants;
- Representatives from units of local government within the grantee’s jurisdiction. Coordinating with local government—which has a broader view of community resources, new initiatives and funding possibilities—is key to a strong program; and
- Participants in the ROSS program. Building a responsive ROSS program cannot happen without resident input.
PHAs that administer the FSS program are required to include two additional types of stakeholders on their PCC:
- Public housing residents, drawn from an area-wide or city-wide resident council, the resident council or resident management corporation of a specific development, or any other resident group; and
- Leadership or staff representatives from the PHA.
Who should be on the ROSS PCC?
The list of services to be coordinated as part of the ROSS program are a starting point for thinking broadly about service providers to include in the ROSS PCC.
For practical tips and guidance on how to identify and reach out to potential ROSS PCC members, check out the Community Tool Box sections on Encouraging Involvement in Community Work and Increasing Participation and Membership
How large should the ROSS PCC be?
There is no “ideal” size for a ROSS PCC. The key goal of the PCC is to build relationships with service providers to meet the needs of the ROSS grantee’s clientele. PCC membership should be broad enough to achieve this goal. If a group grows too large, the Service Coordinator may have to restructure meetings so as to make participation meaningful to all members. This may include:
- Breaking up into subgroups on occasion;
- Rotating the meeting to focus on different topic areas; or
- Making other adaptations.
The size and membership of a PCC may fluctuate from year to year, with changes in the circumstances of individual members and changes in the local service-delivery environment.
Working with employers
Service Coordinators should consider approaching local employers to see whether they are interested in joining the PCC and exploring options to create partnerships, such as training or apprenticeship programs, that can create a possible employment pipeline for ROSS program participants.