Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Meeting Minutes – 6/15/18

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Meeting Minutes – 6/15/18
 
In attendance:  Emily English, Gandara Center, Rosemary Fiedler, Holyoke Community College, Lisa Goldsmith, DIAL/SELF, Ann Lentini, Domus, Inc., Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, Jean Rogers, CHD, Pamela Schwartz, Network
Homelessness Resource Fair Debrief:
Summary of comments and brainstorm: In the big picture, a success – such an amazing turn-out with great energy. In the smaller picture, it was too many people (a good problem!) to accomplish the most of what we want to accomplish (true resource sharing, a chance to dialogue and get to all the tables, a chance to get trained on sub-topics).
Our brainstorm landed us on the consensus recommendation that we should separate out the actual resource fair and tabling from the trainings.  Have the resource fair be JUST that – 2 hours of visiting tables and having conversation – and then have discrete trainings throughout the year on the range of topics offered at the fair.  This way, people are not being forced to choose among competing topics AND we can afford to give each topic the time it deserves based on the content and complexity (as opposed to based on fitting in the flow of other workshops).  Pamela will take this suggestion to the other committees and report back.
New youth housing units in Northampton:  
DIAL/SELF is managing these units.  For the pre-application form click here and for the brochure click here.

MANY learning collaborative:
MANY is the Mid-Atlantic Network for Youth – a national trade organization for runaway/homeless youth.  It is sponsoring a series of best practices phone/web meetings starting this Wed.  Our Committee members are able to participate (thanks to DIAL/SELF for leveraging their membership!).  The first call is this Wed.  We will stay posted.

Update on State Plan to End Homelessness: The report has been issued; the Commission is now focused on hiring an executive director.
FY19 State Budget update:  The budget is now in Conference Committee.  The Senate budget proposed funding at $3.3 million, the highest by far (House at $1m, Gov. at $2m).  We are calling our legislators and will keep everyone posted.
Evaluation of FY18 and Western MA youth homelessness: The group agreed that it would be useful to review this past year around both outcomes and the factors influencing those outcomes, e.g., the funding loss and the consequence to young adults’ engagement with services.  The groups will also review the basic indicators of:
# housed
# on wait list
length of stay
returns to homelessness
We will exchange reports and discuss at our next meeting.
Gander’s Youth Impact Center at 41 Taylor Street in Springfield:  Fantastic opening; fantastic resource for young people.  Everyone should visit!
 
Next meeting date:
August 8 9 am – 10:30 am, Frost Building, Room 309, HCC

Three County Individual Services Meeting Minutes – 6/11/18

Three County Individual Services Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2018
 
In attendance:  Colin Blair, Eliot Services, Steve Connor, Veterans Services, Jen Glover, Lifepath, Peg Keller, City of Northampton, Jay Levy, Eliot Services, Phyllis Lutsky, VA, Anne Marie Martineau, DMH, Danielle McColgan, CHD, Katie Miernecki, ServiceNet, Nikki Riello, Hilltown CDC, Kate Shapiro, DMH, 
Updates:
  • Youth housing in Northampton:  Thanks to the fundraising and planning of the Hampshire County Friends of the Homeless, 4 new youth housing units are now OPEN. DIAL/SELF is managing it.  Click here for the application and click here for the brochure.
  • Peg announced that a Northampton meeting on encampments – how best to assist and respond to all constituencies – is happening next week.  Will keep the group posted.
  • Shelter update from Friends of the Homeless in Springfield:
  • Coordinated entry update:  big progress with the fact that now all vulnerability assessments can get directly into ETO (the HMIS system that all DHCD and CoC funded programs use) which will afford better tracking and follow-up for all people assessed.  There is still catch-up to do around previously completed assessments and this is in process.
FY19 Budget Update:  Pamela reported the positive outcomes in the Senate budget and the Conference Committee is currently meeting to resolve differences between the House and Senate budgets.  Click here for the summary from CHAPA of recommendations to the Committee. The Conference Committee budget should be decided by the end of this week.
Homelessness Resource Fair: It’s happening!  June 14, 9 am, Kittredge Center, HCC.  The group discussed how the kinds of trainings being offered during this one day event can be offered in a more informal way throughout the year.  The group agreed that regular trainings would be valuable.  One idea was to offer a brown-bag lunch series on various topics. The group will continue to discuss this when it reconvenes.
Meeting schedule: The group decided to meet again in September in ServiceNet’s new building.  The next meeting date will be on Monday, September 17.  This will be a combined meeting of REACH, Coordinated Entry, and the Western MA Network to End Homelessness.

Veterans Committee Meeting Minutes – 6/6/18

Veterans Committee Meeting Minutes – June 6, 2018

In attendance: Grechar Aquino, Friends of the Homeless, Heather Cahillane, Soldier, Steve Connor, Veterans Services, Craig Deraway, SoldierOn, Janice Humason, FOH, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, Digno Ortiz, FOH, Lizzy Ortiz, Mercy Medical Center, Katherine Person, Veterans, Inc., Kate Sweetster-Owens, HUD-VASH, Stephanie Tonelli, FOH, Alison Wilson-Pierce, HUD VASH

 
Update on Non-VA Eligible HUD VASH vouchers:

Great news!  Thanks to Steve Connors’ and others’ assistance, there are now 11 HUD-VASH vouchers available through the Northampton Housing Authority for non-VA eligible veterans.  This will allow housing for some of the most long-term, chronically homeless people in Hampden County and the Three County region.  Very exciting progress.  Veterans will likely be housed over the summer.
It is possible that Northampton Housing Authority (NHA) could have additional vouchers to release to non-VA eligible veterans.  Gerry also relayed her understanding that another 5,000 HUD-VASH vouchers will be released this summer.
Built for Zero campaign:
Gerry updated all on the Built for Zero campaign, a learning community to support the effort to end homelessness for chronically homeless individuals and veterans. They have periodic gatherings through the year and Kate Sweetster-Owens is part of the local team attending the next one in Detroit.  They will focus on ending veteran homelessness which has just become more possible with the availability of non-VA eligible vouchers.
Homelessness Resource Fair – June 14:
Pamela reported on the upcoming Resource Fair next week, Thurs., 6/14 9 am – 12:30 pm at Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, Room 301-303. Roughly 200 people are attending with 60 organizations tabling and 8 workshops.  Thanks to the providers in the room for leading the Veterans Services workshop (twice!) during the day.  If you haven’t already, please email Pamela at pschwartz77@gmail.com if you plan to attend.
FY19 State Budget Update:
The FY19 State Budget is now in the Conference Committee.  Pamela reviewed the key provisions impacting individual homelessness as summarized in CHAPA’s attached summary. Representative Steve Kulik from our region is on the Committee and Pamela will be reaching out to summarize Network priorities.
Next meeting date:  because the usual first Wed. is July 4th, and Pamela is away the following week, the Network will convene as part of the monthly case-conferencing meeting on:
 
Wed., August 1
2 pm – 2:30 pm (case conferencing to follow 2:30-3:30 pm)
Friends of the Homeless
755 Worthington Street, Springfield
 
The next regular veterans case conferencing meeting will take place on Wed. July 11.

Impressions of Home Art Show and Silent Auction – Monday, 6/18, 5 pm

From Friends of the Homeless/CSO:

3rd Annual 
Impressions of Home
Art Show and Silent Auction

Monday, June 18, 2018
5 pm-8 pm
Hadley Farms Meeting House
41 Russell Street
Hadley, MA  01035

Impressions of Home is our annual presentation of creative works by guests and clients of Friends of the Homeless andCSO through the use of art therapy. We also are pleased to feature works created by artists throughout the Pioneer Valley that celebrate our theme of ‘home’.

All proceeds from the art auction support programming to directly impact the lives of our artists and help them find permanent homes as they build self-sufficient, healthy lives.

Tickets available here or at www.csoinc.org
You may also reserve tickets by calling 413-773-1314 ext. 1047