June 2017 By-Laws


Article I. Name and Principal Business

The name of the corporation shall be the Boise/Ada County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., herein referred to as the Coalition, and its principal office shall be located in Boise, Idaho.

Article II. Purpose

The Boise/Ada County Coalition for the Homeless is a network of service providers, homeless persons, and concerned individuals committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, and coordinated services. Members of the Coalition act as a voice so that no homeless or at risk individual or family shall be without proper services or needed assistance; and provides a forum for exchanging information between member agencies and individuals.

Article III. Meetings
Section 1. Meeting Times and Conditions

  1. There shall be six (6) meetings per year of the Coalition; one meeting shall be the annual meeting.
  2. Persons requesting to be included in the agenda must have the request to the secretary prior to the mailing of the agenda.
  3. Email or telephone may make notice of additional meetings to the Executive Committee secretary at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of such meeting, informing members of the place and purpose of the meeting.
  4. Meetings shall be facilitated by the President of the Executive Committee or other Executive members so designated by the President of the Executive Committee.
  5. The annual meeting of the Coalition shall be in December of each calendar year.

Section 2. Goals and Objectives

At the annual meeting the Coalition members shall elect Executive Committee members for the next year, choose officers, discuss philosophy or policy matters of relevance to the corporation and develop goals and objectives for the next year.

Article IV. Members of the Coalition Section 1. Membership

  1. The Coalition membership shall be composed of any individual from a community agency providing services or advocacy to homeless people.
  2. All members of the Coalition shall be persons who have demonstrated interest in and support for the purposes of the corporation.
  3. It shall be the policy of the Coalition not to discriminate on the basis of race, disability, or handicap in any matter regarding the selection or treatment of Coalition board members, staff. Or volunteers.

d. Members of the Coalition must receive approval from the president prior to making public statements about the Coalition.

Section 2. Attendance

  1. All members are expected to attend 75% or regularly scheduled meetings.
  2. A member of the Coalition may resign by submitting a letter or resignation to theremaining members. Members requesting a leave of absence must do so in writing.
  3. All meetings are open to the public, except for the annual meeting.

Section 3. Dues

  1. Dues shall be paid to the Coalition by the March meeting of each calendar year.
  2. Dues shall be $20.00 for individual membership, $40.00 for organization membership;$75 for business membership.
  3. Agencies and individuals that are not financially able to pay dues may request a waiver.The release from the requirements for agency dues requires a vote from the Coalition membership. The release from the requirement for individual dues is at the discretion of the Coalition President.

Section 4. Compensation

No member of the Coalition shall receive compensation from the corporation except as reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses on behalf of the corporation or for professional services duly authorized and performed.

Section 5. Voting

  1. Each member providing services or advocacy to the homeless or at risk population shall have one (1) vote.
  2. Membership status entitles individuals and agency members voting privileges. Agencies must designate one representative as voting member or an alternate in the person’s absence. Non members have a voice, but no vote.
  3. A simple majority of those members present and voting at any duly called meeting of the Coalition shall decide all matters other than amendments to the bylaws.
  4. A member shall abstain from voting on any matter directly affecting persons employed by the corporation who are related to the member by blood or marriage or creating a conflict with the Coalition for his or her membership.

Article V. Executive Committee of the Coalition

Section 1. Committee Members

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Officers of the Board, President Elect, Past President Committee chairs and one (1) homeless or recently homeless individual who shall be elected by the members of the Coalition at the annual meeting.

Section 2. Terms of Office

  1. The term of office of a member of the Executive Committee Directors shall be one (1) year beginning in January of each year.
  2. A member of the Executive Committee may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to the remaining members.
  3. Attendance at regularly scheduled executive meetings, plus general membership meetings is expected.

Section 3. Duties of the Executive Committee

  1. The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to manage the affairs of the corporation.
  2. The Coalition Executive Committee shall be responsible for the fiscal management of theCoalition and may appoint a public accountant to audit the accounts of the Coalition at intervals appropriate considering the funding of the corporation.

Article VI. Officers of the Coalition

Section 1. Officers

  1. The officers of the Coalition Board shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  2. Officers shall be elected by the members of the Coalition at the annual meeting and shall hold their office until the next annual meeting.
  3. Officers shall be elected at each annual meeting and shall conform to conditions of the membership of the Coalition.

Section 3. Duties of Officers

  1. The President shall oversee the general operation of the corporation, may sign all legal documents authorized by the Coalition, may perform any and all duties as assigned by the Executive Committee and ratified by the Coalition members and may appoint committees she/he feels necessary to carry out the function and purpose of the Coalition.
  2. The Vice-President shall assist the President, shall serve in the place of the President as may be necessary to carry out the functions and purpose of the Coalition.
  3. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be responsible for the minutes and records of the Coalition, and assure that and accurate accounting of funds received and disbursed is kept and that financial statements are prepared and issued, and also any other Coalition duties as assigned by the President of Executive Committee.

Section 4. Removal from Office

An individual shall be removed as an officer upon the occurrence of any of the following events:

a. Non-attendance at three regularly scheduled meetings during a twelve month period, unless the Executive Committee has expressly excused the absence;

  1. Use of the position of officer of the Coalition for any activity, which may be deemed a “conflict of interest”;
  2. Inability to follow through with duties of the Officer position;
  3. Engages in behavior that does not promote or uphold the purpose of the Coalition.

Article VII. Staff
Section 1. Conditions of Staff
It shall be in the scope of the Coalition to hire and supervise staff. Section 2. Duties of Staff

It shall be the duty of staff in coordination with the Executive Committee to prepare the budget, assist in developing goals and objectives and carry out the day to day responsibilities of the business of the Coalition.

Article VIII. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year for the Coalition shall end on December 31st of a twelve-month period for annual reporting and audit purposes.

Article IX. Committees
Section 1. Standing Committees
The voting members in good standing shall determine standing committees.

a. Housing Development Committee: The Housing Development Committee exists to voice support for development of affordable housing projects that will help end homelessness in Boise/Ada County.

Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees

As the need arises, the Executive Committee shall appoint special or ad hoc committees to serve until the purpose of the committee has been accomplished.

Article X. Amendments

The by-laws may be altered; amended or repealed by resolution receiving a two-thirds vote of the voting members present at any duly called Coalition meeting.

Article XI. Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of business in all applicable cases that are not in conflict with these bylaws.

Dated this 1st day of March, 2017 at a duly called Coalition meeting.

Peg Richards, President Carol Craighill, Secretary