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Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to prevent and end homelessness. Cathy ten Broeke State Director Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference September 15, 2014. Our Vision Housing Stability for All Minnesotans

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Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to prevent and end homelessness

Cathy ten Broeke

State Director

Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference

September 15, 2014


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

Our Vision

Housing Stability for All Minnesotans

  • Prevent and End Homelessness for Families with Children and Unaccompanied Youth by 2020

  • Finish the Job of Ending Homelessness for Veterans and for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness by 2015


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

12 Priority Focus Areas

23 strategies

100 specific action items

Heading Home:

Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

www.headinghomeminnesota.org


Heading home minnesota project management update

Heading Home MinnesotaProject Management update

Amy Stetzel

Project Manager

Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference

September 15, 2014


Minnesota s path to end veteran homelessness

Minnesota’s Path toEnd Veteran Homelessness

Eric I. Grumdahl

Special Advisor on Ending Veteran Homelessness

Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference

September 15, 2014


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

HEADING HOME: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

BECAUSE WE ARE POISED TO END VETERANS HOMELESSNESS IN THIS STATE…

  • We will aggressively focus on finishing the job by ending homelessness for Veterans on a Veteran-by-Veteran basis. Collaboration between the VA and other homeless service providers will ensure that each Veteran experiencing homelessness has the tools they need to become stably housed.

  • FOR VETERANS, ending homelessness means there are fewer than 100 Veterans experiencing homelessness in Minnesota, or that Veterans make up no more than 1% of the total homeless population, whichever is less.


Mayors challenge to end veteran homelessness

Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama on June 4, 2014

  • Over 200 Mayors, County Executives, and Governors participating to date

  • Intended to create opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and marshal local efforts linked to Federal resources

  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and seven Minnesota Mayors have joined


Minnesota s path to end veteran homelessness1

Minnesota’s Path to End Veteran Homelessness

47%

reduction

3.3x

acceleration


Key data points on veteran homelessness

Key data points on Veteran homelessness

Aging Cohort of Veterans

Experiencing Homelessness (National)

Chronic and gender distribution for Veterans

experiencing homelessness in Minnesota

Wilder Survey 2012


Registry regional strategies acceleration

Registry + Regional Strategies = Acceleration


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

Outreach and

identification

flow

CVSO, outreach worker, shelter, etc. identifies a homeless Veteran

Subsequent outreach may yield willingness of the Veteran to add identifying data

Identifying entity calls or faxes LinkVet with anonymous record data

Identifying entity calls or faxes LinkVet to updateexisting record with identifying data

Veteran is invited to join the Registry and sign a release of information

No

Yes

LinkVet updates Registry with new information

Identifying entity calls or faxes LinkVet with known information for Registry entry

Veteran Registry

Housing status changes identified since last run are conveyed to LinkVet

Updates to Registry from team meeting are conveyed to LinkVet

Data

system

flow

Case

management

flow

Regional lists are regularly run against key data systems (HMIS, HOMES, etc.) to capture housing status changes

Regional list

Regional team meets to assign unassigned Veterans and troubleshoot cases


Mainstream systems review

Mainstream Systems Review

Cathy ten Broeke

State Director

Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Minnesota Interagency Council on

Homelessness Meeting

September 4, 2014


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

Heading Home

Priority Focus Area #4

Identify, assess and improve key mainstream programs by each state agency that could prevent and end homelessness for families and individuals


How we tackled the goal

How we Tackled the Goal

External Opinion Research

  • Nine initial programs selected for review

  • Conducted interviews across the State

  • 10 cross-cutting themes and 50 program-specific opportunities were identified

    • Assessment of each theme and opportunity’s potential to impact

      homelessness and feasibility of implementation

      This External Opinion Research informed the:

  • Development of Foundational Service Practices

    Developed using National Research, Current Federal and State Guidelines, and Program

    Subject Matter expertise

  • Development of Priority Impact Areas


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

Priority Impact Areas

Promising Opportunities

Foundational Service Practices


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

“What’s hard for people who are housed is impossible for people who are homeless.”


Foundational service practices

Foundational Service Practices

  • Know the housing status of the people you are serving

  • Actively reach out to people experiencing homelessness

  • Limit requirements for in-person appointments at a particular location or office

  • Assist with the process of gathering required verifications or documentation

  • Allow for multiple methods to communicate about benefits and services


2 year implementation plan foundational service practices

2 Year Implementation Plan: Foundational Service Practices

Year One

  • Self-Assessment by Agency

    • Current Status – both across agency and delivery networks

    • Identification of Barriers and Opportunities for Improvement

    • Plans for Improvement

      Year Two and on

  • Report out to the Interagency Council or the Senior Leadership Team on:

    • Progress on Implementation of the 5 Foundational Service Standards

    • How your Agency is Building on Successes and Improving Results


Priority impact areas

Priority Impact Areas

3 Priority Impact Areas

5 Accompanying Recommendations


Priority impact area 1 advance a first get stably housed policy

Priority Impact Area #1: Advance a “first, get stably housed” policy.

Recommendation A: Raise the MFIP grant and/or improve the way it is calculated

Recommendation B:Support the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Results Initiative and track whether parents served in results-focused counties are more likely to have housing-related activities and goals in their employment plans. The evaluators of the Results Initiative will explore whether helping parents address housing stability correlates with strong employment outcomes.


Priority impact area 2 stabilize childcare for children in families experiencing homelessness

Priority Impact Area #2: Stabilize childcare for children in families experiencing homelessness.

Recommendation A: Authorize childcare benefits for knowable, stable periods of time. Reduce the “in-out” cycling in childcare because of parent activity fluctuations.

Recommendation B: Increase access to early childhood scholarships for children ages 0-3 experiencing the crisis of homelessness. Increase dollars available and/or target children experiencing homelessness.


Heading home minnesota s plan to prevent and end homelessness

As an Interagency Council, support the development of a bold Minnesota response to the $200 million dollar USDA SNAP E&T RFA that was just released to maximize access, continued connection, and impact for those SNAP recipients who are facing and already experiencing homelessness

Priority Impact Area #3:

Seize Federal funding opportunities for employment services.


Contact information

Contact Information

  • Cathy ten Broeke, Director, MN Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

  • [email protected]

  • Amy Stetzel, Project Manager, MN Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

  • [email protected]

  • Eric Grumdahl, Special Advisor on Ending Veteran Homelessness, MN Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

  • [email protected]

  • Alison Niemi, Housing and Homelessness Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Services

  • [email protected]


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