Meeting notes from the CVHPC members’ meeting on 06/09/2016. Thank you to A.J. Fawver for taking notes.
The Mission statement needs to be shorter, more concise, and something that is easy to relay to others, the “elevator pitch”.
This mission statement should include:
Mobilize resources, seek/identify/help eliminate;
The mention of or allusion to “continuum of care”;
Actions – recognizing, describing, ministering to, diminishing homelessness;
Helping the homeless become “self-sufficient”;
The possible new mission statement formulated in the meeting with a consensus reached is: “To mobilize all available resources in the community to identify the cause of and help reduce homelessness.”
Needs articulated in the meeting:
Need to be more focused (coalition) and define that focus clearly;
Need to maintain transparency within the coalition;
Need to align the name with the purpose & responsibilities (suggestion made that the name already implies the group is a support group);
Decide on the appropriate definition of “homeless”;
Use the HUD definition? (more standardized)
Use the McKinney-Vento definition? (more inclusive)
Need to articulate who is the lead in this scenario, and who is support – is the Coalition the lead or a support/coordination group?
Discussion of “role” was a large focus of the meeting as well; that is, the Coalition becoming the “umbrella” for services throughout the community for the issue of homelessness. Is this to be accomplished by utilizing another organization? By incorporating? By facilitating partnership(s)? By sharing information?
Police Praying and Feeding Homeless
2016 PIT Survey Results
The 2016 PIT Survey (Point-In-Time) results are back from the Texas Homeless Network.
Number of surveys recorded – 70
Number of adults in households – 123
Number of children in households – 30
Total number of people – 153
Chronically Homeless* – 5
* A person living in emergency shelter, safe haven, or a place not meant for habitation who has a disability, and who has been homeless for at least one year or at least four times in the past three years (total time would equal 12 months or more).
Click HERE to download a copy of the “Concho Valley Tabular Report 2016.pdf.”
Although we submitted 129 surveys (209 total number of people) to THN, only 70 surveys qualified under HUD’s homeless definition: only those staying in emergency shelter, Domestic Violence shelters, transitional housing, hotel/motel (paid for by voucher), and places not meant for human habitation are homeless for the PIT.
The highlighted numbers from the PIT Survey are the ones that agencies will use when applying for HUD grant money.
Please be careful when using numbers from the tabulated results in the PIT Survey. For example: 61.5 percent of people reported having had a domestic violence experience. This number reflects 61.5% of the 65 people who responded to the question and not all 153 people counted in the survey.
CVHPC To Conduct Secondary PIT Survey
In the next few months, we are going to conduct our own survey, expanding the PIT Survey definition of homeless to also include the number of at-risk people living in the Concho Valley (people and families that are couch-surfing and living doubled up). This number will be more in line with the numbers used by Health and Human Services and many of the organizations in San Angelo for other than housing purposes.
If you would like to take part in planning and conducting the survey, please contact Scott Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeless In San Angelo – Part 5 of 5
You had a few weeks to read and think about the articles I presented in Homeless In San Angelo – the stories of Raymundo, Adam and Carol. I haven’t been able to catch up with them since the PIT count but I will be trying again later this week. Hopefully I will run into them at the Soup Kitchen. In the mean time, my efforts to set up a continuum of care moves forward.
I met with Eric Sanchez, Executive Director of the ‘Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley’ (ADACCV) last week. We had a very interesting conversation about how to work out a continuum of care for someone I refer to them for treatment. (Oh yeah, when I say ‘I’, I am speaking for and on behalf of the ARKcentric housing program of SonLight Ministries of which I am the Director). Although all three of my new friends did not need addiction treatment services, the concept we talked about and I present below in two different scenarios is valid when working with any mental heath treatment program, medical treatment facility or hospital, physical disability programs, or prison release/probation program.
If I accept someone into our housing program and he/she has an addiction to illegal drugs or alcohol, this is the first thing we must address in crafting the Covenant Agreement between the client and ARKcentric. Suggesting the services of ADACCV to help with his/her addition, the client will schedule an intake assessment with ADACCV and we will make sure he/she gets to the appointment. If our client is accepted into a treatment program, he/she can count on two things: 1) he/she is guaranteed housing on discharge from ADACCV, and 2) we will continue to work on his/her recovery program once discharged from
treatment. The client will be required to sign a ‘Release of Information’ with ADACCV so that ARKcentric will receive a copy of the client’s ‘Discharge Plan.’ When the client returns to ARKcentric, we will revisit the Covenant Agreement and integrate the actions called for in the “Discharge Plan.” Our goal is to see all of our clients healed and restored and we can best do this by ensuring our clients are adhering to their Discharge and Treatment Plans by way of a Memorandum of Agreement with the organization who provided the treatment services.
SonLight Ministries and ADACCV will work out a Memorandum of Agreement by which ARKcentric will commit to continuing to help our clients who have been discharged from ADACCV keep up their sobriety/abstinence. ADACCV will commit to informing their clients of the housing, services and supports provided by ARKcentric. If the client is interested and wants to talk to ARKcentric, he/she will schedule an appointment with an ARKcentric Peer Specialist a week or two before his/her anticipated discharge date. An ARKcentric Peer Specialist will meet with the ADACCV client and fully explain our
program. If the ADACCV client agrees to seek the services at ARKcentric, we will guarantee him/her housing and support services the day of discharge.
As we get closer to launching ARKcentric, we will work out the details of each Memorandum of Agreement. In the meantime, I will be scheduling appointments with other organizations later this week and next week to discuss the same issue – continuum of care. I don’t want anyone falling through the cracks and widening gaps between service providers. I am approaching this from a provision of housing by ARKcentric standpoint but there is no reason the same process cannot work between organizations when there is a client that needs a multiplicity of services to be healed, restored and set on a path to increase.
If you have not read Homeless In San Angelo – Part 1-4, the links are listed below.