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Schedules: Statewide Regional Network ICHH Evaluation Meeting, Meeting of all Statewide Regional Coordinators/Conveners

It’s been very difficult to schedule our baseline evaluation visit, last mentioned here and previously scheduled for August 26.  The visit has now been moved to August 11, all day, and I think we need to keep this date.  Please save the date–more info to follow.

One Family has taken the lead on scheduling a Regional Peer Network Learning Session for 4-5 participants from each network, including the network coordinator.  This meeting is scheduled for all day September 10, in Shrewsbury.

Weekly MA Family Homelessness Report (7/13 to 7/17)

Last Friday, Bob Pulster shared data on last week’s shelter admissions.  In his email, Bob said:

Hello friends and colleagues,

 In an ongoing effort to provide real time data as to what is happening on a daily basis in the family emergency shelter system, I am sharing this week-ending aggregated report that identifies number of entries by office and reasons for homelessness.  This will inform you as to what is occurring in your local region and assist in your efforts to help families and the Division of Housing Stabilization to prevent and end homelessness. 

We are able to roll up these reports to show weekly and monthly data but the true impact to families is observed on a daily basis.  Obviously, this underscores the need for coordinated diversion and rapid rehousing.  We continue to see growing numbers entering our system but the movement from the family shelter system into housing is very slow to state the obvious.  This of course is the focus of our ongoing work.

 Thank you for your ongoing concern.  Bob

The overall picture is that the motel number of families increased last week from 836 on Monday to 863 on Friday, a staewide increase of 27 families in one week.

In Western Mass, all new families entered through the Holyoke and Springfield offices: 16 from Holyoke and 14 from Springfield.  (The Holyoke and Springfield offices are the only offices in Hampden County; the next nearest office is Greenfield–so these numbers do not necessarily mean that all these families became homeless in these two cities.)

A little context for these local numbers:  fairly recently, Yasmin Otero (from DTA) calculated that, over the past several months, the average number of families from our region entering shelter each month has been 28-30.  Bob’s number indicate that 30 families in our region entered last week.  The numbers certainly create a sense of urgency for me!

In our region, the reasons for homelessness last week were: 7 families asked to leave private market housing; 9 families asked to leave subsidized housing; 2 families due to domeastic violence; 1 family for health & safety reasons; 2 families evicted for nonpayment of rent; 1 family left an overcrowded situation; and 8 families reported on the first day of the week, before the report tallied reasons for homelessness.

ICHH baseline evaluation visit scheduled for Aug. 26, 9 am to 4 pm

The ICHH has scheduled a site visit to the Western Mass Network on August 26, 2009, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  A proposed agenda for the day is attached.

The ICHH evaluation team wants to meet with the Leadership Council, the Convening Agency, the Network Coordinator, and members of the network that are working on Individual and Family initiatives.  This will be the funded providers (we should know who they are by this date) and the workgroups that have come together under Dave Modzelewski (for individuals) and Yasmin Otero (for families).

 Please hold the date available if you plan to participate.   The site visit team has provided the following information regarding the visit: Continue reading

Message from Bob Pulster re Evaluation, July Site Visit

Bob Pulster writes:

Dear ICHH Network Conveners and Coordinators,

As you all know evaluation is an important aspect of the ICHH Network pilots.  We have a tremendous opportunity to change the way homelessness is addressed in Massachusetts and we must document the successes and challenges of this pilot.

To that end, a group of network and innovation evaluators will be making visits out to the regions throughout July to conduct baseline site visits and to gather information on your\Network structure and your programmatic innovations for both families and individuals.  This team will be led by Madeleine Taylor of Arbor Consulting Partners and will include representatives from the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, One Family Inc, and the Fireman Foundation.

The goal of the baseline site visit in July is to get an updated picture of network plans and progress to date with a focus on family innovations, individual innovations, and network organizing.  In addition to collecting information on network organizing and innovation, the team may be able to provide some technical assistance at that time.   

These site visits will likely take a day to complete, with a meeting between the evaluation team and key members of the Leadership Councils in the morning and meetings with a family focused subcommittee, an individual focused subcommittee, and with the network coordinator in the afternoon.   The Network Coordinator or lead convener is responsible for ensuring that the key players from their region attend this session.

 In the first week of July, Madeleine Taylor will be contacting each convener/coordinator to schedule a 30 minute pre-visit phone call that will enable her to develop network maps for each region.  These maps will be the basis for on-going documentation of network evolution.

 The evaluation team has several dates reserved to conduct these visits throughout July.  Emily Cohen from One Family, Inc. will be contacting you to schedule these sessions shortly. 

Prior to the site visit we will be sending you a list of topics and questions for you to use in preparation for your site visit and to ensure that the appropriate network members are present for the session.