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Buffalo and Erie County’s Ten-Year Plan. A collaborative initiative to end homelessness. Katie McHugh Connolly Program Director Homeless Alliance of Western New York Buffalo, New York. Context. Buffalo and Erie County Rust Belt Control Boards High poverty rates

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Buffalo and Erie County’s Ten-Year Plan

A collaborative initiative to end homelessness

Katie McHugh Connolly

Program Director

Homeless Alliance of Western New York

Buffalo, New York

context
Context
  • Buffalo and Erie County
    • Rust Belt
    • Control Boards
    • High poverty rates
  • Homelessness
    • In-line with cities of its size
  • Continuum of Care
    • Run by a non-profit lead agency
  • Homeless Alliance
    • Membership organization
getting started timeline
Getting Started/Timeline
  • Outreach about 10-Year Plans at monthly meetings
    • ICH representative presentation
    • Discussion amongst the group
  • Decision from the group to develop a plan
  • Steering Committee assembled
    • Volunteers from membership
  • Funding secured
    • Small grant, local foundation
  • Lead person identified
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Homeless Alliance

Small Staff

Membership

Research Culture

Root Causes

VERY Limited Budget

Groundwork

Background Research

Review of Other Plans

Commitment to Change

Member Buy-In

Community Support

How do we make a ten-year plan RIGHT for our community?

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Prevention

Enacting policies and developing services needed to prevent homelessness

Resources

Using mainstream government resources to prevent and end homelessness

Independencethrough Housing

Developing housing opportunities to end homelessness and aid self-sufficiency

Services

Improving collaboration among existing service providers and filling gaps

Maintenance

Ensuring that formerly homeless individuals and families can stay housed

guiding principles
Guiding Principles
  • Ground process in the voices of people experiencing homeless and persons at-risk of homelessness
  • Maintain an open and community-driven process
  • Stay abreast of trends, policies, and best practices
  • Ensure continuing relevance of the plan
new data
NEW DATA!
  • Need for comprehensive data to inform the plan and the process
  • Don’t rely on census data
  • Can meet HUD’s required Point-in-Time count (last week of January)
  • Use a survey to glean the most information
phase i data collection

Questionnaire

Construction

Committee

Service

Location Committee

Street

Location

Committee

Volunteer

Committee

Phase I: Data Collection

Community-Wide

Data Collection

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Phase I: Data Collection

  • 24-hours
  • 165Community Volunteers
  • 35 Service Sites
  • Dozens of Street Locations
  • 1,000+Respondents
findings
Findings

Service/Street Respondents

  • 65% indicated they had been homeless in their lifetime.
  • 40% were currently homeless
  • 92% had been homeless more than once
  • 10% met “chronic” criteria

Shelter Respondents

  • 53% were homeless for the first time
  • 47% had been homeless more than once
  • 7% met “chronic” criteria

Self-Identified Reasons for Homelessness

  • Lack of Income
  • Lack of Work
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Substance Abuse
phase ii planning
Phase II: Planning

Community Forums and

Homeless Think Tanks

Outreach

Committee

Best Practices

Committee

Environmental Scan Committee

Research

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Forums

Activity-Based

Brainstorming

Problem-Solving

Sharing Expertise

Think Tanks

Conversational

Review of Process

Sounding Board

Sharing Experience

who s around the table
Who’s around the table?
  • Homeless service providers (All subpopulations)
  • Government departments and officials
  • Law enforcement
  • Private sector (foundations, banks, business)
  • Universities
  • Concerned citizens
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Consultation with Key Players

Think Tanks with Homeless Persons

Written Plan

Phase II: Planning

Prevention

Committee

Resources

Committee

Independence Through

Housing

Committee

Services

Committee

Maintenance

Committee

phase iii plan implementation and progress evaluation
Phase III: Plan Implementation and Progress Evaluation
  • Concurrent processes to both:
  • cooperatively implement the plan’s recommendations community-wide, including the development of an implementation plan and community indicators; and
  • provide continuous evaluation and monitoring of the plan’s progress to ensure relevance and success
prism participants
PRISM Participants

Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt’s Office

Back to Basics Ministries

Belmont Shelter Corporation

Buffalo City Mission

Buffalo Metropolitan Housing Authority

Buffalo Urban League

Catholic Charities

Cazenovia Recovery Systems

Community Action Organization

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled

Compass House

Cornerstone Manor

Crisis Services

Durham Memorial AME Zion Church/Central City Café

Eden United Methodist Church Food Pantry

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Erie County Department of Mental Health

Erie County Department of Senior Services

Erie County Department of Social Services

Erie County Office for the Disabled

Feed My Sheep

Franciscan Center

Friends of the Night People

Gerard Place

Group Ministries

Hearts for the Homeless

Hillside Children’s Center

Hispanics United of Buffalo

Homespace, Inc.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Key Bank

Lake Shore Behavioral Health

Living Opportunities of DePaul

Loaves and Fishes

M and T Bank

Mental Health Peer Connection/Independent Living Program

Mid-Erie Counseling

Neighborhood Legal Services

Restoration Society

The Salvation Army – Buffalo Area Services

Social Security Administration

South Buffalo Community Table

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy

Transitional Services, Inc.

FLARE - Teaching and Restoring Youth

UB Department of Social Work

UB Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth

United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Veterans Administration

Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition

YWCA of Western New York

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To learn more about the PRISM Project, visit our website:

www.wnyhomeless.org

Or call the Homeless Alliance of Western New York at

(716) 853-1101