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Chuck Flacks, executive director of Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness, speaks during a meeting for volunteers in January.

Len Wood, Staff

The executive director of Santa Barbara County's collaborative to solve homelessness will be stepping down Nov. 3 to take a position with PATH Santa Barbara.

“I was offered, and have accepted, a position as program director for PATH Santa Barbara, part of the larger statewide PATH initiatives toward ending homelessness," Chuck Flacks explained. "I'm eager to have a greater role in providing direct service.” 

C3H will continue under the leadership of United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, with Eddie Taylor as president and CEO. C3H staff -- Jeff Shaffer, director of regional coordination; Maggy Elsousou, regional coordinator; Andrea Cabanas, team leader; and Dawn Humphrey, team leader -- also will continue to serve the Central Coast with added support from Americorps and the Landlord Liaison Partnership.

Flacks said he will continue to lead C3H over the next several months. 

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PATH took over Casa Esperanza several years ago and changed the focus of the shelter toward a housing-first model aimed at rapidly housing participants.

“I'm proud to be part of their team,” Flacks said.

C3H will hold its next policy council meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Betteravia Government Center in Santa Maria and in Santa Barbara. The meeting will focus on the group’s leadership and efforts to expand its services.