- very useful to get big-picture info (not client specific) around the work that is being done; very helpful and informative
- very important to have the opportunity for both CoC’s to come together and exchange info,
- challenging to deal with meeting overload in general; would be good to examine: what are we doing, what is the goal, what needs to happen to get us there
- Possible suggestions for reconfiguration included: inserting brief big picture updates at the start of case conferencing meetings (but it was noted that that would not allow for CoC’s to come together); meet bi-monthly or quarterly as a regional committee meeting, rotating facilitation duties; switch off between veterans and individuals so that still one monthly meeting
Veterans Committee Meeting Minutes – October 27, 2017
- the Network veteran meetings are very valuable for ensuring communication up and down the 91 corridor and for providing opportunities for innovative collaboration (e.g., the implementation of new systems to identify veterans in Hampden County Corrections flowed from these meetings). Everyone in attendance felt very committed to continuing to meet (and attributed this meeting’s low attendance to known conflicts, noting high level of attendance in preceding meetings)
- Meeting every 2 months, alternating between Springfield and Northampton would be sufficient to accomplish their goals
- Rotating the coordination of scheduling and reminder notice/agenda creation could be accomplished by committee members
- At our next meeting we will discuss assigning “volunteer” facilitation roles and schedule meetings for 2018
- Pamela will relay this discussion to the Network’s interim steering Committee which is meeting on Nov. 20 to discuss next steps for Network planning.
- Confirmed next meeting date (previously scheduled) for Friday, Dec. 1, 9:15 am, MHA
- 1-800 number: Jay shared an update regarding the nearing release of the 3 County CoC’s coordinated 1-800 number to provide resource and referral information to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Soldier On is administering the calling center (building off of their veterans hotline). It will be open Monday through Friday, exact hours still to be determined. Eliot Services and others are involved in training the staff.
- Jay also reported that the coordinated entry assessment tool (an adapted version of the AZ Matrix tool) will soon be launched. They are waiting on DHCD to integrate this tool into the HMIS system (suggested by November 1). This will make data entry and implementation of a prioritization list more immediately doable.
- Noted the increase in the unsheltered count, which Jay attributed to both better outreach and identification and the impact of the opioid crisis.
- Under housing inventory, it was recorded that there was an increase in rapid re-housing beds of 100. We agreed to follow-up with the CoC on this number since there is a lack of clarity around where those units came from (who is funded) and where they are located.
- Winter shelter beds were also pulled out as a data point and we agreed to follow-up to better understand that as a measure (is that HUD’s?).
- Interesting to see data around increase in job and income growth.
CareerPoint: Bud reported that CareerPoint is working hard in concert with others to prepare for providing support to Puerto Rican residents that will be moving into the area. A big effort to identify support mechanisms in all areas of life, including career support.