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San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board
June 19, 2009
The co-chairs of this committee were not able to be in attendance; therefore Local Homeless Coordinating Board staff Ali Schlageter facilitated the meeting.
II. Meeting minutes from May 1, 2009
Minutes from the last meeting were reviewed and no edits/changes were made.
III. 2009 McKinney Application
Bridget from Homebase led this part of the meeting. Committee members were asked to review the goals, action steps, and objectives to be included in the 2009 McKinney application, exhibit one. Before getting into those action steps and goals Bridget passed around the service provider inventory sheet, which also has to be included in the application Providers were asked to review, make changes, and get the updated information back to Homebase.
Objective 1: Increase percentage of homeless persons staying in permanent housing (PH) over 6 months.
Committee reviewed the steps listed in last year's application and reported back on progress of those steps and gaps in achievement. The committee then suggested additional action steps to be included in this year's application (in addition to the ones provided by Homebase).
· Maintain the goal of peer mentoring amongst providers and the sharing of best practices for housing retention, such as the trainings/coordination done by agencies such as CHP, VLSP, SHEC, and DPH. Also focus on eviction prevention.
· Goal of increasing clients' income level and access/obtainment of mainstream benefits.
· Money management and payee services.
· Standardize MOUs between property management and service providers in order to provide effective services to clients that will assist in housing retention.
The committee members discussed that due to budget cuts and possible loss of services to those in housing the numeric goal should be less than it was in the past. Conesus was: 12 month goal=82%; 5 year goal=85%; 10 year goal=88%
Objective 2: Create new PH for chronically homeless persons.
Goals included (in addition to the ones presented by Homebase):
· Maintain current stock of housing
Information provided by the MOH housing pipeline. Numeric goals: 12 month goal=+191 beds; 5 year goal= +191 beds; 10 year goal= unknown.
Objective 3: Decrease the number of homeless households with children.
Committee reviewed the action steps from last year. The committee was in agreement with the action steps Homebase presented for 2009.
Numeric Goals: 12month= 180 families; 5 year= 176 families; 10 year= 148 families.
(to get baseline numbers it was suggested to look at the connecting point waitlist and the families doubled up, however HUD is very prescriptive on how to get this baseline number.)
Objective 4: Increase percentage of homeless persons employed at exit.
Committee reviewed the action steps from 2008, appears we are on track for having completed them. The committee agreed with the action steps presented by Homebase. In addition some goals suggested were:
· Use City College and CalWorks career planning resources
· Seek access to employment that is sustainable
· Serve undocumented workers
· Housing subsidies attached with educational or vocational subsidies
· Use of re-entry funding for employment?
Consensus was given for the following numeric goals, the committee decided to go for the minimum goal that HUD presents due to the current economic and employment situation.
12 month= 21.5%; 5 year= 23.5%; 10 year = 25.5%.
Objective 5: Increase the percentage of homeless persons moving from transitional housing to permanent housing.
Committee reviewed the action steps from last year, it appeared that we did not complete all of them as stated.
The committee then discussed the reasons why San Francisco did not meet the HUD numeric goal of placing TH clients into PH and ways we can improve our percentage.
Swords to Plowshares noted difficulties working with landlords, but stated that the recent disbursement of HUD VASH vouchers for veterans that qualify will assist in access to PH. Also having VA staff onsite at their programs is helpful.
Mikyung Kim of Human Services stated another challenge is that HUD has created a barrier by providing incentives for chronically homeless persons , and these do not include residents of transitional housing.
Also those living in our transitional housing programs have multiple barriers to housing and it is sometimes a challenge to get them into PH on a short timeline.
An increase in rental subsides and permanent supportive housing for families has been helpful in getting TH residents into PH.
Also DPH Housing and Urban Health has changed its referral process, which might be helpful in exiting folks out of TH to PH. Another suggestion was that the City give some priority to folks in TH to access units within the local operating subsidy program.
Challenges for youth providers are the need for more services, employability of youth, increase of income, and not wanting to push clients out before they are ready for exit. Also exiting youth into a permanent housing setting is not always the appropriate goal.
It was also noted that a goal should always be to increase clients employability and income levels so that people can exit Permanent Supportive Housing which will in turn open up units in these buildings for TH clients.
Numeric Goal: Consensus was to have the goal set at the minimum that meets HUD requirements. 12 month goal= 64%; 5 year goal=66%; 10 year goal= 68%.
Finally, it was suggested that if this is a goal that other continuums are struggling to meet we should approach HUD on the issue.
IV. Old Business
A) Local Budget Update:
No new news was reported regarding the local budget. The budget is currently in the hands of the Board of Supervisors and they are scheduled to vote on the budget in the early party of July. The Local Homeless Coordinating Board is meeting with separate Board of Supervisor members and lobbying on the budget priorities they set.
V. New Business
A) There is a Fund Accounting Training on August 4th sponsored by HUD. All who have not attended this training in the past are encouraged to register and attend.
VI. Transitional Housing Programs
The discussion on transitional housing was had under item III, McKinney Vento Application when discussion last year and this year's goal of getting transitional housing residents to exit into permanent housing.