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  • The Planning Council needs a membership committee and a clear and open nominations process to choose new Planning Council members and to replace members when a member’s term ends or the person resigns. This includes making sure that the Planning Council membership overall and the consumer membership meet the requirements of reflectiveness— having characteristics that reflect the local epidemic in such areas as race, ethnicity, gender, age, and representation—filling the required membership categories stated in the legislation.

  • Reflectiveness refers to a Planning Council’s membership consisting of at least 33 percent HIV+, non-aligned individuals who receive Part A funded services. (A non-aligned individual is someone who is not an officer, employee, spouse or family member of an employee, or consultant to any subrecipient that receives Part A funding)

*Please note that council membership is limited to two representatives from any organization.


Your Time on the Council  

  • Planning Council and Committee meetings will be held monthly. 

  • Your commitment to the planning council and committees includes attending all scheduled meetings.

  • Membership shall be for two years and shall commence upon the date of appointment by the City of Paterson Mayor. Members may serve three consecutive two-year terms (a total of 6-years) if they continue to meet all membership requirements.


New Member Application Process

Applying to become a Planning Council member is easy! Just follow the step-by-step directions when you go to our membership application page.

Any questions can be directed to:

Planning Council Support Staff

Phone: 888-405-6610








  • All information in this application is confidential.

  • Once received, your application will be reviewed to ensure it is complete. We will contact you to confirm we have received it.

  • At each monthly Steering Committee meeting, the membership profile of the Planning Council is reviewed. If new members are needed, the committee will review all of the current applications.

  • If your application is chosen, you will be contacted to confirm that you wish to participate. If you agree, you will be recommended for interview with the Steering Committee, and then Planning Council. If approved, your application will be forwarded to the Mayor of the City of Paterson for an appointment. You will also be encouraged to begin taking part in Planning Council activities.

  • If we do not choose your application right away, don’t worry!
    New members are appointed as people leave the Council, so sometimes it can take a while. We will keep your application active for future membership reviews, and we will keep you informed of the status of your application. In the meantime, you are welcome to join a committee, and take part in any of our meetings as a member of the public.


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