September 12, 2011
San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board
September 12, 2011
Members Present: Joanne Peters; Christine Ma; Wendy Phillips; Richard Springwater; Erick Brown; Kim Armbruster
Members Absent: Laura Guzman; Kevin Sharps; Rae Suber
The meeting was started by honoring Miguel Wooding. Miguel was the founder and executive director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative. He suddenly past away recently. He was honored by the Board. His work and memory will not be forgotten. Also, in honor of Miguel’s work, especially with eviction prevention, it was suggested that there be a permanent fund set up in his name that would fund such services to homeless people.
II. Minutes from August 1, 2011
Staff was not at the August meeting of the LHCB. Therefore the minutes were not complete at the time of the September meeting as staff was still seeking input from Board members who were in attendance in August. It was requested by staff that the minutes stay in their current draft form and are approved at the October meeting.
III. Update on McKinney Vento Application
Jason from Homebase did an overview of the 2011 McKinney Vento application that was just recently released.
A) Overview of NOFA and changes
The application is very similar to last year. Some noted changes were that 1) The CoC can consider using 10% of grant funds towards a more expanded definition of homelessness (pending HUD regulations) 2) SHP Bonus projects can only serve the chronically homeless and will be funded on a one year grant term 3) HUD is awarding points for extremely high need communities (SF is not applicable) 4) Grantees must include a form related to drug free workplace 5) Projects do not have to submit a logic model.
Staff and Homebase will ensure that all program staff are aware of changes and in compliance.
A brief overview of the projected application timeline was presented. The Bidders Conference will take place on Wednesday September 14, 2011. Final application is due to HUD on October 28, 2011.
C) Revisions to project scoring tools
In order to be in compliance with guidance that was issued in the NOFA, the scoring tools were slightly altered. The Board reviewed the revisions made. No objections were made.
Motion made to approve the renewal and new scoring tools for the 2011 McKinney Vento Application
The board had an extended discussion about the possibility, proposed in the NOFA, that CoCs can use 10% of their grant funds to serve people who meet an expanded definition of homelessness which includes couch surfers and other marginally housed people.
Board member Springwater would like current McKinney programs who have experience in serving this population to present to the board their plan and have it be considered. The presentation should include data.
Board member Phillips thinks its good idea to consider using the funds towards this population because it aligns with the SF definition of homelessness.
As for timeline, Board member Ma thinks that we can work towards considering programs now who might want to serve the expanded population during their next operating year, however we should take our time in doing long term strategic planning around the issue.
Devra from Hamilton Family Center thinks that it is a great opportunity to serve families and divert them from the shelter waitlist and shelter. She could see the Hamilton McKinney funded programs possibly taking advantage of this.
Jane from Compass said that the data from Connecting Point waitlist could help to inform this discussion and expanded definition could help to serve families at Clara House.
Daryl of HSA stated that the LHCB should consider that an expanded definition will mean longer list of people who are seeking services, services which are already limited and not enough to meet the current need.
Joyce of HSA stated that the City might have some old data on couch surfers that could inform this discussion and Holly from Larkin Street said they might have some data also.
The LHCB will move forward with Board member Springwater’s suggestion and have programs present to the LHCB if they have an interest in using their funds in this way.
IV. Old Business
A) Update from the Workforce Investment Community Advisory Committee (WICAC)
Phil Clark, who is the LHCB appointee to the WICAC, provided an update on the work of the WICAC and the LHCB around employment. As was previously discussed at the LHCB meetings, the LHCB has hosted a couple of employment roundtable meetings and the WICAC hosted a specific community meeting around homelessness and employment. Out of that came recommendations, that were reviewed at the last meeting. In particular Phil stated focus will be on increased communication; support for the one stop that would result in increased access for people who are homeless; and commitment to funding homeless specific employment programs.
In particular Phil would like to work towards a meeting with the key decision makers at HSA and OEWD along with LHCB and WICAC representation to discuss the current state and priorities around homelessness and employment. Phil said that this discussion would align well with an HSA planning process that is about to start around the same issue.
Finally it was noted that this analysis on employment programs is good as the LHCB prepares for the implementation of HEARTH. In addition to employment HUD is also now looking at income growth.
Board member Springwater asked for info on data on how many homeless people are getting jobs. And asked that this data, which has been presented before, be re-sent to him.
It was noted that the percent for McKinney funded homeless programs is that 19% are employed at exit, however for employment specific McKinney funded programs the percent is 60-70%.
Board member Armbruster asked how the 19% compares to other CoCs. Bridget stated that other communities are similar unless they are smaller or serve less disabled populations.
Jane from Compass stated that while data is important it is also important to have the other conversation about what the barriers are to people getting employed and its impact. Data must also have narrative to accompany the data.
Marcy from Salvation Army said that her program has high employment outcomes but she knows that having a staff that focuses just on employment has allowed her program to be very successful. Not all programs can hire staff just to do that.
Board member Springwater said that he wants to find what works well (using data) and spend money on what works well and don’t spend money on what does not work well. Expand programs that are designed to succeed.
V. New Business
A) Partnership between CoC and the Unified School District
Staff provided a brief update on the status of the partnership with the homeless education liaison of the San Francisco Unified School District. Staff met with the new liaison who was hired in the past month. The new staff is eager and willing to work with the LHCB. It was suggested that his first presentation be to the LHCB in January. The LHCB would like two updates during the year from the SFUSD homeless education liaison.
Also Board members asked if the liaison does any regular updates or reports to the school board that the LHCB be sent that information also.
Jane from Compass suggested that when the presentation is given to the LHCB in January that someone from the school board also attend.
B) Agenda for next meeting
Presentation from the Mayor's Office on Housing; Presentation on domestic violence and homelessness; McKinney Vento Application
C) Other items
Board member Phillips announced the sad passing of Dolores Street Community Services Executive Director Eric Quezada. A memorial for Eric will be held on September 25th.
VI. General Public Comment
Joyce Crum announced that HSA employee, Mikyung Kim is leaving her position in the Housing and Homeless Division. Mikyung was the SHP McKinney Grant manager.