TWH Steering Committee

What Is The Steering Committee?

The Way Home (TWH) Continuum of Care (CoC) has a governing body and a number of sub-committees and working groups. The governing body for The Way Home is the Steering Committee and is representative of the geography and composition of the CoC. As the governing body, the steering committee is the lead decision-making body responsible for managing community planning, coordination and evaluation to ensure that the homeless response system rapidly ends people’s homelessness permanently. Representatives to the Steering Committee are chosen through an open and democratic process. 

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Steering Committee Members

Steering Committee Officers:
  • Chair – Tom McCasland, City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department
  • Vice Chair – Barbie Brashear, Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
  • Secretary – Don Titcombe, Rockwell Fund, Inc.
Fixed Position Representatives:
  • Carol Borrego, Fort Bend County Community Development
  • Daphne Lemelle, Harris County Community Services Department
  • Dr. Joanne Ducharme, Montgomery County Community Development
  • Horace Allison, Harris County Housing Authority
  • Mark Thiele, Houston Housing Authority
  • Melissa Quijano, City of Pasadena Community Development
At-Large Representatives: 
  • Dr. Sara McArthur, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  • Jennifer Herring, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kelly Opot, Harris County Youth Collective
  • Dr. Roberta Scott, Houston Independent School District
  • Scott Rule, The Harris Center
  • Tracey Burdine, Harris Health System
Consumer Representatives:
  • Gregory Dread
  • Nakia Sims
Provider Representatives: 
  • Becky Landes, The Beacon
  • Preston Witt, Harmony House

Meeting Information

The Way Home Steering Committee Meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Thursday of each month (unless noted otherwise on this page), from 3:30 – 5:00 pm virtually via an online meeting platform.


Packets (agenda + supporting materials) for each meeting will be posted one week before each meeting and linked on The Way Home Portal webpage of the Coalition’s website. (Please note that we will make every effort possible to adhere to the posted agenda, especially as it concerns voting items but, in during times of disaster response, the agenda may later be amended.)


Prior to attending the meeting, please review the CoC and Steering Committee Overview presentation. 

2021 Meeting Schedule & Registration

Use the registration links below to RSVP for upcoming Steering Committee meetings. To view upcoming or archived meeting materials, please visit The Way Home Portal – Meeting materials are typically shared one week in advance. 

Click here to register for any of the meeting dates listed below:

  • Jan 14, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Feb 11, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Mar 11, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Apr 8, 2021 3:30 PM
  • May 13, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Jun 10, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Jul 8, 2021 3:30 PM

Click here to register for any of the meeting dates listed below:

  • Aug 12, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Sep 9, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Oct 14, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Nov 11, 2021 3:30 PM
  • Dec 9, 2021 3:30 PM

Public Comment Guidelines

Duration of comment: 3 minutes. This time limit will be identified with a visible timer shared on the screen, followed by the speaker being muted when the 3 minutes is complete.

Timing of comments:

  • A speaker whose subject matter relates to an identifiable action item of business (i.e., action item and/or resolution) on the agenda will have the opportunity to speak during the course of the meeting, when it is time for the steering committee to deliberate on that item.
  • A speaker whose subject matter does not relate to an identifiable action item of business will have an opportunity to speak during the Open Public Comment portion at the end of the meeting.

Signing up to make a public comment:

  • Speakers may request to make a public comment prior to the meeting. All requests must be submitted to the lead agency at by 12:00 PM (Noon), the day of the meeting.
  • Speakers may also request to make a public comment during the meeting by using the Q&A feature or chat function in the virtual meeting software.
  • In either case, in their request, the speaker must inform the lead agency of which action item they wish to speak about by citing the resolution number, if applicable. If a specific resolution number is not cited, comments will be saved for the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting.

Authority of the Chair (or Vice Chair): The Chair will call upon the lead agency to assist with public comments. The Chair has the authority to open and close the public speaking portion of each action item on the agenda to ensure the meeting continues to move along at a reasonable pace. Should a speaker use foul, aggressive, or inappropriate language while making a public comment, they will be muted immediately and will no longer have the ability to make a comment at that meeting.