Individual Services Committee Meeting Minutes
November 5, 2015
In attendance: Beth Barbra, Veterans Inc., Darlene Ducott, Forum House, Courtnee Godbolt, Friends of the Homeless, Hwei-Ling Greeney, Amherst Community Connections, Nichole King, Friends of the Homeless, Charles Knight, former consumer, Todd Koniezhny, HRU/Lighthouse, Emily Kopler, Catholic Charities, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS-Homeless Services, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, David McClosky, Open Pantry, Dave Modzelewski, Network, Lizzy Ortiz, City of Springfield, Erin Pike, Amherst Community Connections, Anna Quan, Amherst Community Connections, Jerry Ray, Mental Health Association, Denise Rivera, Friends of the Homeless, Tom Ray, Friends of the Homeless, Laura Saponare, Catholic Charities, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Sarah Tanner, Friends of the Homeless, Rachel Weiss, Craig’s Doors, Rebekah Wilder, Craig’s Doors, Delphine Wray, Friends of the Homeless
Zero 2016 Campaign Update:
Gerry McCafferty distributed a hand-out capturing Hampden County’s progress (see attached). A shared congratulations in housing chronically homeless individuals. Right now roughly 18-19 chronically homeless individuals are identified as chronically homeless.
As the numbers decline, Gerry is regularly running reports to see who is newly becoming chronically homeless while using a by-name list as the vehicle for housing all CH individuals as quickly as possible. Over the coming months, Hampden County will be able to track how many people have become homeless over the course of a month, who they are and their priority level and needs for housing.
Report on police/hospital coordination
This coordinated effort continues between Springfield housing department and the police department and health care providers. The police have created a by-name list of 18-20 individuals – almost all of whom were known already by providers – and the goal is to build partnerships to allow for quick and appropriate assistance when housing is the issue and not police enforcement (and visa versa).
Gerry will also reach out to the Sheriff Dept. to include them around this table (the Sheriff’s office dropped someone off at FOH immediately after release from jail the other day).
The goal is to build similar partnerships in other large Hampden communities such as Holyoke and Westfield and Chicopee.
Critical Response Team – Jay Levy and Dave Modzelewski provided an update on the increase in overall system coordination among state agencies to provide appropriate, “cross-silo” assistance for the hardest-to-serve individuals. Identification and development of strategies occur in REACH meetings. Cross-agency collaboration has produced significant results in housing people who have not been housed for many years.
Three County CoC Update: Dave Christopolis was unable to attend this meeting but asked to relay that its board met last week and will be releasing shortly its ranking of projects for the CoC application (due 11/20). It will also be retaining a consultant under the Network’s Opening Doors Plan project to assist the CoC in developing its performance measures and outcomes for each committee.