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May 7, 2012

Full Board - May 7, 2012
San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board
Full Board
Meeting Minutes
May 7, 2012
Approved June 4, 2012

Members Present: Kim Armbruster, Erick Brown, Richard Springwater, Rae Suber, Co-Chair Dr. Christine Ma

Members Absent: Joanne Peters, Wendy Phillips, Kevin Sharps, Co-Chair Laura Guzman

I. Introduction
The meeting was started at 11:05am

II. Minutes from March 5, 2012
Motion made to approve the minutes from the April 2, 2012 meeting (with edits to typos)
M/S/C (Armbruster/Brown/Unanimous)

III. Update from Bevan Dufty and the Mayor’s HOPE Office
Mr. Dufty provided an update on his office’s work related to mental health and substance abuse services. His office has been working on substance abuse issues and mental health issues with San Francisco General Hospital.

Mr. Dufty provided an update on the upcoming shelter access workgroup. Supervisor Kim asked the HOPE office to convene a shelter access workgroup with the LHCB and the Shelter Monitoring Committee. This group will evaluate options for shelter access beyond lines, possible other shelter access processes will include 311 and other modes. This working group will begin meeting in June. This group will be open to the public, and will consider other topics, including health outcomes, smoking policies, and mental health after the access discussion.

IV. Presentations about Workforce Development (Discussion)
Bill Wedemeyer from the Human Services Agency presented about the goals of the San Francisco Welfare to Work system. H.S.A. contracts to provide services and provides direct services. Mr. Wedemeyer presented about H.S.A. employment services for homeless people. Contract services include: 4 McKinney Grant Programs: Homeless Employment Collaborative, CHEFS: the Episcopal Community Services (ECS) food service training, the Goodwill San Francisco Training Partnership, and Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative, the ECS employment services, and SF Clean City programs. Direct services include: the Tenderloin workforce center, Personal Assisted Employment Services (PAES), and JOBS Now.

Amy Wallis presented about the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). OEWD coordinates the San Francisco Workforce Investment Act resources. One Major initiative is the sector academies: construction, green jobs, and medical academies. The sector academies reach clients through the One Stop Centers. One objective of the OEWD is to track outcomes more closely. The Five Year Strategic Plan of the OEWD is available online. In the next 28 months the OEWD hopes to refresh the work funded by the Workforce Investment Board of San Francisco, the Workforce Investment Community Advisory Committee, and the Youth Council to focus on career building and focus on clients getting a first job, and getting a next job in a career or after a layoff.

Board Member Ma asked if the OEWD had good data on retention, and what retention looks like.

Wallis replied that retention data is spotty; there is 50% to 90% retention, depending on program. The sector academies have a 90% placement rate, and 75% to 85% retention rate.

Board Member Ma requested that H.S.A. and OEWD analyze barriers to job retention and stated that the LHCB should be involved in planning.

Board Member Springwater asked about the housing status of the OEWD clients.

Wallis replied that housing status is not tracked by the OEWD, but some programs ask about housing status, and some clients report that they are not stably housed.

Board Member Brown asked what strategy they use to address the gap between training and placements.

Wallis replied that programs use a strategic relationship, and programs use a combination of approaches to working with employers on placement.

Board Member Brown asked what product the OEWD offers to employers.

Wallis replied that clients have the same skills and resources as other applicants from their trainings, and the staff of the programs have expertise in the HR processes, and retention supports, staff can even intervene if a placement is not working out.

Board Member Springwater recommended that OEWD streamline data collection and collect information about placements and retention.

Public Comment:

Nancy Cross recommended an audit of the bylaws of OEWD and an analysis of demographic information.

Julie from CHP said that it is a long way to self-sufficiency for many clients, and data is not always as simple as it seems. She recommended that people keep the personal story of each client in mind.

Charles Pitt recommended that the LHCB encourage providers to provide these services and not fund it directly.

V. Presentation from the Mayor’s Office of Housing about the San Francisco Housing Pipeline
Joan McNamara from the Mayor’s Office of Housing presented about the current Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) housing pipeline. For the past eight years, the Mayor’s Office of Housing has focused on housing for chronically homeless people. MOH planned to create 3,000 units for this population: 1,500 through master lease agreements and 1,500 owned and operated by Community Based Organization (CBO) partners. The Human Services Agency and the Department of Public Health are key partners in this process. There are 2,899 units identified in the pipeline. Currently, there are 470 units under construction and 190 in the predevelopment stage. There are currently 177 units on hold, because there are no funds identified to complete them, because of cuts in Federal funds, and state funds, most significantly the closure of the Redevelopment Agency.

There have not been any significant Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA’s) in the past 4 years for developing new housing. The current pipeline depends on capital expenditures to complete the pending projects.

The McKinney bonus project will be essential to the pipeline; it is projected to help with operations. There are two development candidates being proposed by MOH. One building will be in Mission Bay neighborhood, the other will be in the Bayview neighborhood. Clients will access the units through the Shelter+Care Access Points. Whichever project is not selected as the Bonus Project will be financed with San Francisco Local Operating Subsidy funds.

Board Member Ma said the Funding Committee will review the proposals and decide which development to award.

Public Comment:

Karen from ECS requested that the Board remember that the community process for selecting a Bonus Project is an open process, not necessarily limited to working with the MOH pipeline

VI. Presentation on a report regarding the City’s Sit/Lie Ordinance—tabled by Boardmember Ma

VII. Presentation on SFHA Preference Points
Sara Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee presented about the Preference Points system of the Housing Authority. The San Francisco Housing Authority has notified the public that they are re-evaluating their preference points system. Presently, the Housing Authority prioritizes veterans, displaced people, people paying more than 50% of their income towards rent, and people living in substandard housing for public housing. Additionally, the Housing Authority and the city-funded family shelter collaborate to place families in Housing Authority Units—a process called “Preference Points.” The Housing Authority is considering stopping all of these preference systems, and only using the minimum Federal standards for preference. The Housing Authority has set up a public comment process for this decision before submitting their plan.

Ms. Shortt recommended that the LHCB write a letter to the San Francisco Housing Authority stating the LHCB’s preference for the Housing Authority to preserve the existing preference categories, and expand the placement process for homeless people beyond city-funded family shelters.

There was a meeting scheduled for May 5, 2012 to gather public comment on this issue, there will also be a future meeting for more public comment. After the public input, the Housing Authority will submit a plan for approval to a Resident Advisory Board. If approved by the Resident Advisory Boards, the plan will be submitted to a Commission for approval.

Amanda from the HOPE Office agreed to make sure the letter from the LHCB is submitted.

Motion made to issue written input recommending the San Francisco Housing Authority to expedite and systematically place homeless people in San Francisco into Public Housing and Section 8 and preserve the existing preference points related to homelessness.

M/S/C (Suber/Armbruster/Unanimous)

VIII. Mayor’s Office of Community Development: Update on HUD Substantial Amendment to ESG Grant—tabled by Board member Ma

An announcement was made by a member of the public that the San Francisco City Hall Fellows will be presenting their findings regarding the San Francisco Sit/Lie Ordinance on May 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm in City Hall.

IX. Adjournment
1:05 pm

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