The Monterey/San Benito Counties Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is pleased to announce the selection of an interim Executive Officer.
Elliott C. Robinson has agreed to serve the Coalition as interim Executive Officer, replacing Katherine Thoeni, until a permanent replacement can be selected, expected before September 30. Mr. Robinson will also serve on the permanent Executive Officer Selection Committee, which includes Dan Baldwin, CEO of Community Foundation for Monterey County, Manny Gonzalez, former Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Monterey County, Tracey Beltran, Interim Director of San Benito County Health & Human Services Administration and Coalition Vice President, Anna Foglia, CEO of Sun Street Centers and Coalition Board Secretary, and Jill Allen, Executive Director of Dorothy’s Place and Coalition President.

Mr. Robinson was the Director of the Monterey County Department of Social Services from 2001 – 2018, a span in which many human services within that department saw innovation and improvement. He concurrently served in executive positions on dozens of associations including president of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, chair of the National Council of Local Human Services Administrators and chair of the State’s Interim Statewide Automated Welfare System Consortium. Mr. Robinson has assisted in crafting local and statewide policy and has been an ardent supporter of services for the homeless.

Mr. Robinson begins his service on July 15th. His predecessor, Katherine Thoeni, served as the executive officer of the Coalition for half a decade, and promoted an age of expansion of Coalition services to include partnership with San Benito County’s Continuum of Care, one of California’s first “no-wrong-door” coordinated entry system for people experiencing homelessness, a Continuum-wide master housing list that refers the most vulnerable homeless people and families into housing first, and the recent application and award of $12.5 million from California’s Homeless Emergency Assistance Program for our joint Continuum of Care.

The Monterey/San Benito Counties Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness. Our mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.” The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.