May 2019 CVHPC Public Meeting Minutes

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May 8, 2019

CVHPC Public Meeting Minutes

No guest speaker was scheduled for the May 2019 CVHPC Public Meeting. Fifteen local service and support agencies introduced themselves and shared their current and planned activities for the summer.

A linked PDF version of the public meeting minutes is below. The documents contain the information presented by the 15 agencies. https://cvhpc.org/wp-content/uploads/Minutes-from-May-2019-Meeting.pdf

April 2019 CVHPC Public Meeting Minutes

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April 10, 2019
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Speakers

Eric Sanchez, CEO/Director of ADAAC

Discussion was held on How Can We Help You? How Can You Help Us?

The new facility, Journey to Recovery, is scheduled to open by the end of May 2019. They have raised $6 million, and need more funds. Eric is working on obtaining more funds o get detox facility open. It is a 72-bed facility: 30 men, 30 women, and 12 detox beds. Moms can take their children with them. ADAC currently has a waiting list.

ADAAC is here to help Call 800-880-9641 for the crisis line. A live person will answer, then a counselor will call the person back.

Jill Donegan with Tom Green County Library

Jill spoke about the homeless spending their days at the library, especially in inclement weather. They have policies but they try to offer a hospitable, safe environment.

Timothy Herbst-Davenport, Club House Board member

The Club House is located at 404 Irving Street. You do not have to be an MHMR patient or client to be a member. Amy Mizzell-Flint is the director. For more information, call Tim at St. Paul Presbyterian Church at 325-653-5691 or The Club House.

Announcements

Public Housing Authority

Family Fun Day is scheduled for 6/8/19 from 11-2 at PHA. It is located at 420 E. 28th Street, San Angelo, Texas.

Children’s Advocacy Center

Picnic in the Park at Kirby Park on 4/14/19 from 1-6 p.m. Be prepared to have pamphlets and snacks available for distribution. This is a very family-oriented day.

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church is offering a traveling shower service next month for those in need. Contact FUMC office for more information.

Christian Job Corps

CJC offers drinks, simple lunch to those who are hungry at the Star Stop on Main Street, mostly on weekends.

United Way Day of Caring

They are putting together some baskets for needy Veterans. You can go to the United Way website for drop off locations. Drive for donations is until May 10th. Volunteers are needed. Call United Way to help put baskets together…sign up first. This will be done on 5/17/19 at Concho Valley Food Bank.

  • $755,000.00 was allocated into our community for non-profits.

Nabors Café

Nabors Café at Rust Street Ministries started serving last Monday. This was possible from a grant from an anonymous donor. Food is served at lunch and a bag of food is sent with the person.

ADAAC

ADAAC is having a Spring Luncheon at Bentwood Country Club on 4/25/19 at 11:30 a.m. Speaker is Chris Raymer. Funds will go towards Journey to Recovery program/facility. Contact Paulette Schell at ADAC.

On 4/27/19 is the President’s drug take back. You can take unused over the counter or prescription drugs to ADAC at 3553 W. Houston Harte. No syringes, glass bottles nor inhalers. San Angelo Police Dept. also has an ongoing drop off at the police station.

Open Arms

Open Arms will have a Community Resource Fair at 113 N. Harrison Street, San Angelo, Texas on 4/11/19 form 10-3. They are also hosting an Empowering Survivor and Men Engagement Conference on 04/16/2019 with a guest speaker. Contact Open Arms at 325-655-2000 for more information.

San Angelo Gives

San Angelo Gives is set for May 7, 2019. You can go to their website, the Galilee Development Center and type in Homeless Coalition in the notes to designate your donation to non-profit.

St. Paul Presbyterian Church

St. Paul Presbyterian Church will have a summer food distribution on July 27, 2019. More information to be announced soon. This event will target families with children in school. It is geared for children who are at home after school or during the day as well as the homeless.

PDF version of meeting minutes available here – https://cvhpc.org/wp-content/uploads/Minutes-from-April-2019-Meeting.pdf

March 2019 Public Meeting Minutes

The Concho Valley Homeless Planning Coalition had its monthly public meeting on March 13, 2019, at the City Hall East Mezzanine downtown. Our next meeting is on April 10, 2019, at 9:00 AM. Highlights from the meeting include:

Guest speaker Chief Frank Cater talked about the “homeless issue from a police officer’s perspective.” Did you know the police are now using a drone to monitor tent encampments around the city? We didn’t either until we saw some very telling drone photos of hidden tent camps along the Concho River. Not so hidden anymore!


We were also presented with the overall results of the 2019 Point In Time Count conducted on January 24th of this year. 373 total homeless people we counted. That’s more than double the count from 2018 (164). See the attached THN Final Report below for details.

Sleep and Homelessness

Sleep and Homelessness

A good sleep environment requires darkness and quiet. Both are hard to come by when you’re staying in a homeless shelter or sleeping on the street surrounded by varied noise from cars, building noises, and other people.

Sleep is an overlooked issue for homeless people. There are resources, albeit insufficient, for food, shelter, and employment, but not for sleep.

You can find more information here:

Homelessness in the US: Sleep Study and Accommodation Directory

This link also appears on our Resource page under the section heading Research

THN Visits Homeless Coalition

Texas Homeless Network’s CoC Manager, Mary Rychlik, LMSW, and Jen Beardsley, THN’s Coordination & Engagement VISTA volunteer shared a lot of very interesting information about our 2018 Point in Time Count at the December 2018 homeless coalition meeting. They also provided excellent guidance on how agencies can use the data to make better-informed decisions about homeless issues in the Concho Valley. 

On January 24, 2019, the homeless coalition will be conducting another point in time count of people who are experiencing an episode of homelessness. The count will include both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people. In 2018, San Angelo had 165 homeless people of which 50 were unsheltered and 115 were sheltered. We still have a lot of work to do.

homeless camp
Homeless Camp at Christmas

Increasing the amount of federal and state funding we can bring into San Angelo is dependent on several things, two of which are the number of homeless people in San Angelo and our overall performance in preventing homelessness through programs such a Rapid Re-Housing.

2019 PIT Count in San Angelo

The Point In Time (PIT) survey is our primary tool for counting the number of people who are experiencing homelessness, whether they are sheltered or unsheltered, in San Angelo. The PIT requires a huge effort and many volunteers on the day of the survey. If you would like to help count the homeless who are unsheltered on January 24, 2019, please contact Bob Salas via email at  president@cvhpc.org

Downloadable Resources

2018 PIT Homeless Survey Results

THN Presentation Slides – December 2018

Funding sources to address homelessness in the Concho Valley

How to Use Your PIT Data After the Count