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 Murfreesboro 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 welcomes all organizations and individuals who want to join in ending homelessness in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.
HARC adopted by-laws in 2013. The task force has delegated administrative functions to an Executive Committee of 12 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), the Mayor of Rutherford County (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 have been homeless.
Work of the task force is done by its five working groups:
Service Delivery - meets 2nd Wednesday (2 p.m.) monthly; two meetings in January to plan and train for the annual Point in Time Count - Greenhouse Ministries
Planning - Meets 2nd Tuesday (10 a.m.) of each month - McFadden Community Center, Meeting Room A (211 Bridge Avenue)
Membership and Advocacy - meets 3rd Thursday (noon) of each month at WGNS Radio (306 South Church Street)
Rating and Ranking - meets as needed
Consumer Council - meets: 3rd Tuesday of each quarter (2018 meetings on January 16, April 17, July 17 and October 16)
12-1 p.m. - Stepping Stones
1-2 p.m. - The Journey Home
4-4:45 p.m. - The Salvation Army
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. See working groups for more information about the work of each group. View the task force organizational chart.