About: Homeless Alliance of Rutherford County

-The Homeless Alliance of Rutherford County (formerly the Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Homeless Task Force), was established in 1999 as the Mayor’s Homeless Task Force when Mayor Richard Reeves brought together a group of organizations and citizens interested in addressing the problem of homelessness in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.

-In 2013, with the encouragement of Mayor Tommy Bragg and responding to guidelines set forth in the HEARTH Act and HUD’s Continuum of Care interim rule (24 CFR 578) the task force re-organized itself and changed its name to reflect its position as the lead entity for the Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Continuum of Care.

-HARC adopted by-laws in 2013. The task force has delegated administrative functions to an Executive Committee of 11 members, eight of them elected by the general membership for staggered three-year terms. The annual election is held at the January General Membership Meeting. Additional members are the Mayor of Murfreesboro (or designee), Murfreesboro Housing Authority Executive Director (or designee), and the Chairman of the Consumer Council. Members of the Consumer Council are persons who are homeless or are formerly homeless.

Each working group is chaired by a member of the Executive Committee. Active members of the task force are expected to be involved with one or more working group. For more information about meeting places, contact the chairperson or see look under the Subcommittee tab

-Membership in the Homeless Alliance of Rutherford County is open to interested individuals and relevant organizations, including – but not limited to – nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement and organizations that serve veterans. 
-The Community Development Department represents the Mayor on the HARC Executive Committee.

Ending Homelessness:
In 2006, the task force developed a document, The Strategic Framework for Ending Chronic Homelessness in Murfreesboro, which is the city’s 10-year blueprint for meeting the challenge of chronic homelessness. The plan is being updated in 2014. You may also be interested in Opening Doors, the national plan for ending homelessness issued by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Emergency Solutions Grant:
The City uses its Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) allocation to fund grants to agencies that provide direct services to the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.

Continuum of Care Housing Program:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed the Continuum of Care Program to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and to provide funding for efforts to quickly re-house the homeless. The task force is the primary decision making body for the Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Continuum of Care. Find out more about the Continuum of Care Program.The City of Murfreesboro is the collaborative applicant for HUD’s Continuum of Care Housing Program.