Family Services Committee Meeting Minutes
April 11, 2016
In attendance: Yoshi Bird, CHD, Bonnie Caldwell, DHCD, Wendy Coco, CCA, Hillary Cronin, VAMC, Anthia Elliott, Safe Passage, Erin Forbush, ServiceNet (Berkshires), Sean Hemingway, CHD, Jamal Jacobs, Community Action, Cheryl LaChance, HAP, Fran Lemay, ServiceNet (Greenfield), Heather Marshall, Elizabeth Freemen Center, Cris Merrill, CHD, Donna Nadeau, DHCD, Steve Plummer, Springfield Partners for Community Action, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Janette Vigo, HAP, Lauren Voyer, HAP
Family Homelessness Data Review
Special thanks to Deputy Undersecretary Rose Evans who provided this summary data:
601 as of Friday April 8, 2016 – 56% reduction from same time last year, 62% reduction since January 2015; lower than when the system came over from DTA in 2009
- State Contracted Beds:
3279 as of Friday April 8, 2016
- Statewide Caseload: 3880 as of Friday April 8, 2016 – 14% reduction since January 2015
Diversion: As of March 2016: 25% Diversion for the month of March2016
HomeBASE: All numbers are as of February 29, 2016
- 1445 exits from shelter with HomeBASE (49%)
- 521 exits from hotels/motels with HomeBASE (18%)
- 980 families diverted with HomeBASE (33%)
- Western MA specifically – 368 families have utilized HomeBASE; 253 exits from shelter; 47 exits from hotels/motels; 68 diversions
Lauren Voyer announced that only 29 families remain in motels in Hampden CountyFran Lemay announced that only 3 families in remain in motels in Franklin County
Congratulations on the tremendous work across the region, and thanks to DHCD’s support to make it possible. We agreed we will plan a little celebration to mark this progress.
Bassuk Center Report: Services Matter: How Housing and Services Can End Family Homelessness
Thanks to Lauren Voyer’s initiative, HAPHousing hosted a forum that featured the Bassuk Center’s recently released report on family homelessness and specifically focused on the importance of combined housing and support services in making a lasting difference.
The report is available at http://bassukcenter.org
The report emphasizes the critical importance of trauma-informed care in the provision of services. We discussed the Network’s recent sponsorship of a very successful training on Trauma Informed Care (by T3, Center for Social Innovation) and our desire to focus on this approach and embed it in an entire organization’s staff (the forum stressed the importance of a whole organizational embrace of this approach for it to be effective).
We discussed and shared the Bassuk Center’s tools such as the “TICometer” – an in-house tool to take stock of an organization’s use of trauma informed care. More detail is available at: http://us.thinkt3.com/ticometer
And we discussed the Center’s assessment tool check list – available at: http://www.bassukcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Assessment-Checklist.pdf
We agreed that at our next meeting we will look at that check list in relation to the HUD assessment tool that must be done when a family enters the front door. Lauren and Janette will prepare to facilitate the conversation.
The Bassuk Center is also asking organizations to sign on as supporters of this report. Everyone is encouraged to bring this back to their organizations and consider signing on. The sign-on link can be found on the bottom of the main page of the report.
We agreed to use our meetings to further the study of this shift to a trauma informed care approach and use the committee to support the effort.