Board To Promote Self Sufficiency

The Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency was created in 2008 to act as a planning and coordinating body for initiatives that promote the economic stability of individuals and families and reduce the incidence of poverty in Howard County.  The Board envisions a community where those in need have the opportunities and pathways for getting ahead.

The Board generally meets the fourth Thursday of each month, from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M., in the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, Md. 21046. Contact the Department of Community Resources and Services at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) to confirm meeting time and location.

Board members include key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. Current Community and Ex-Officio Board Members include:  

Sherry Banks, Temporary Cash Assistance Unit, Family Investment Administration, Howard County Department of Social Services (Term ends 11-1-20)

Mike Couch, Executive Director, MakingChange, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-17) 

Bita Dayhoff, President, Community Action Council of Howard County, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-16) 

Brad Closs, Community Volunteer (Term ends 11-1-19)

Joan Driessen, Director, Association of Community Services  (Term ends 11-1-1)

Andrea Ingram, Executive Director, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-17)  

Lisa Jablonover, Community Volunteer (Term ends 11-1-16)  

Julie Keough, Business Process Manager, Integrated Waste Analysts, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-16)     

Stan Levi, Community Volunteer (Term ends 11-1-20)

Stephen Martin, Account Executive, FEI Systems (Term ends 11-1-20)   

Millicent Nwolisa, Executive Director, Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-21)  

Jenn Pollitt Hill, Executive Director, HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-20) 

Matt Poole, Lead Pastor, Glen Mar United Methodist Church (Term ends 11-1-19)   

OPEN, Chamber of Commerce 

Karen Butler, Director, Howard County Department of Social Services   

Tom Carbo, Director, Howard County Department of Housing & Community Development 

Renee Foose, Superintendent, Howard County Public School System

Kate Hetherington, President, Howard Community College

Jack Kavanagh, Director, Howard County Department of Corrections      

Maura Rossman, Health Officer, Howard County Health Department  

Phyllis Madachy, Director, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services     

Francine Trout, Administrator, Howard County Office of Workforce Development      

Donna Wells, Executive Director, Howard County Mental Health Authority 

  • Plan to End Homelessness    

In 2010 The Board adopted the “Plan to End Homelessness,” which was the culmination of the dedicated work of the Committee to End Homelessness. The Plan outlines strategies to end homelessness in Howard County and reflects best practices nationwide. It is one of the key focus areas for the board. 

  • Apprenticeship Program     

As another example of the Board's ongoing efforts, Howard County announced that Elkridge-based E-Structors, Inc., a leading company in the electronics recycling industry, is launching an “Electronic Asset Recovery Technician Apprenticeship Program” at their warehouse facility to support job seekers reentering the workforce.  The apprenticeship program grew out of the work of the Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency.      

Community Outreach Committee 
The Community Outreach Committee was formed to address needs in the strategic plan. The committee includes key community members with the goal of informing and engaging community stakeholders about the work of the Board. Tasks include creating a one-page document that summarizes the work of the Board that can be shared with members of the community and managing the annual Hire Power Awards. 
June 2015 Hire Power Awards
June 2016 Hire Power Awards 

Evaluation and Resource Allocation Committee (ERA) 
The Evaluation and Resource Allocation Committee reviews and evaluates homeless assistance program grants. They review data and local, state and federal programs and are responsible for allocating projects funded through the Continuum of Care.

      ERA Meeting Schedule:
             •  August 25, 2016      9 am - 11:00 am
             •  October 4, 2016      10 am - 12:00 am
             •  November 1, 2016  10 am - 12:00 am 
             •  December 6, 2016  10 am - 12:00 am 

      ERA Meeting Schedule:
             •  ERA Meeting Minutes - July
             •  ERA Meeting Minutes - August
Steering Committee on Homeless Services 
The Steering Committee on Homeless Services was formed to address the planning needs of the Continuum of Care. Since the BPSS is the advisory Board of the Continuum of Care program, this Committee meets bimonthly to discuss ongoing needs for those in the County who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Additionally, workgroups of this Committee meet to address specific needs identified by the Committee, including but not limited to subpopulations and services.