Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Committee Minutes
May 28, 2014
In attendance: Danielle DeBerry, ServiceNet, Lisa Goldsmith, Dial/SELF, Rani Gould, YWCA, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS-Homeless Services, Kim Majewski, Gandara Center, Lizzy Ortiz, City of Springfield, Jean Rogers, CHD, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Karen Tracana, DYS
Senate budget did not include provisions for unaccompanied homeless youth. But now onto Conference Committee where we can advocate for House provisions to be included (funding for Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth; to fund programs for unaccompanied youth pursuant to House Bill 135, and for LGBTQ pilot project). Both Senator Rosenberg and Vice-Chair Kulik are supportive of these programs. We should contact them and our own legislators to urge support for these provisions in Conference Committee.
Gandara Center (Shine, Kim Majewski): one female resident just graduated from STCC – first resident to graduate from college – moving out of homelessness (to NJ for a job). Good progress.
YWCA – Youth Build (Rani Gould): a GED (now HISET)/vocational program for 27 youth, ages 17-24 years old. Housing not provided but case management provides overall support. Program full now but new start every fall. Rani will send materials to Pamela who will forward to the group.
Springfield Office of Housing (Lizzy Ortiz): waiting list at Springfield Housing Authority for chronically homeless housing is very low. If youth qualify as chronically homeless, they should get on this list! Spread the word on this. Continue reading