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4.09.14 Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – AGENDA

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – AGENDA

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

April 9, 2014 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Conference call  #1.877.455.0244; passcode: 2073564836#

 

1:00-1:05 Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet),

1:05-1:10 Adjustments to the agenda; approval minutes prior meeting

1:10-1:30 Statewide Homeless Council update

1:30 -2:15 Discussion Topics:

1.  Pressing issues in Region III

2.  Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council

2:15-2:30 Regional 3 Council – MaineCare expansion discussion – Quantifying the need for DHHS to support services, particularly to long term stayersDiscussion of other populations in need. 

2:30-2:40 State and Federal Updates

2:40-3:00 Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (5/21/14, 1-3pm) same location

 

 

3.12.14 Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – MINUTES

 Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – MINUTES

March 12, 2014 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

1:00-1:10 Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

Rindy Fogler, City of Bangor

Shawn Yardley, PCHC

Kat Perkins,  Spruce Run/Womancare

Cullen Ryan,  CHOM

Dennis Marble, BAHS

Catherine Sullivan, PCHC Hope House

Kerry Polyot-Stefani, Stepping Stones

Joe Locke, MSHA

Robert Jones, Preble Street VHS

 

Phone:  Sr. Lucille MacDonald/Emmaus, Mary Ellen Quinn/CHCS, Candy Eaton/SAMHS, Jackie Burpee & Gerald Bonner (H.O.M.E); Cindy Namer/MSHA, Francine Stark/Hope & Justice, David McCluskey/Community Care

Regrets:  Christine Brown, Jamie MaClay, Denise Lord,

Approve the minutes from 2.12.14 meeting:  moved, second, accepted

1:10-1:30 Statewide Homeless Council update

Cullen:  Don Gean stepped down; Serenity House stepping into role;

DHHS:  long-term stayer initiative – working with MHSA, Cindy Namer providing statistics – monthly basis; engage with shelter providers – what is going on with each long-term stayer;  engage at the shelter level to see what can do to help;

Guy:  changes – Ricker Hamilton overseeing RPC & DDPC; update on prisons / forensics – mental health ward at Warren

Behavioral Health Home Organization (BHHO) progressing; legislative action re: forensics – need to manage beds better;

BHHO – start up 4/1st; lot of collaborative info; PCHC signing MOUs with MH agencies without physical health component; MH clients receiving community integration services; may have individuals identified that have not been receiving Section 17 services; $$ rate per member per month; 

Concerned about not tying housing & services – stagnation is not recovery; state property to be used for veterans (on RPC campus)

White paper – challenging DHHS create solution re: long-term stayers; Commissioner / sr. staff have been meeting, issues presented, work done, work incomplete – away from waiver, looking at finding way to serve folks – discussion managed care aspect, affordable care expansion reaching them; services & housing (DHHS/MSHA successful collaboration) – 100 voucher campaign; sounds vague – want to, without commitment.  Maine Housing not getting clear signals from DHHS.   Op-ed draft pointed out SHC created long-term stayer initiative with MSHA, without DHHS meeting them half-way

Don’t want to force this on someone, not that someone has been languishing in shelter for long-term; interesting dialogue.  Need to continue until solved.

Cindy – next meeting end of March; several charged with tasks – how to get similar commitment from DHHS? 

Maine Housing – veterans, review of #, 499 found in shelters, #s going down – getting better counts; suggestion of lower successes

HUDvash program; chronic homelessness is not factor but service delivery to person is better indicator of success.

COC monitoring of shelter

Shelter funding adhoc committee – meeting tomorrow.  SHC will look for increased funding.  Strategy help group stay together as one voice

Elder abuse – DV update from Holly.  High risk response team.  Where active – mortality rate has gone done,

Family homelessness

Op-ed – tabled for another month – see if DHHS responds

Lot of discussion on long-term, highlighted, will take place

Documents distributed prior to meeting: 

  • Statewide Homeless Council Long-term Stayer Initiative Monthly Report for February 28, 2014
  • 2013 Homeless Shelter Statistics Region III
  • 2013 Homeless Shelter Utilization Region III
  • 2013 Veterans in Emergency Shelters in Maine

 1:30 -2:15 Discussion Topics:

  1. Pressing issues in Region III – comments Councilor Durgin re: GA requests for medication; decisions around heat, meds, housing – will destabilize people; GA Meds are over housing requests; 50 people looking for meds because of loss of MC 1/1/14.  United Way – local funding; more going to dental / meds this year; is any legislator interested in hearing about MC cutback impacts?  Only defending current positions.  See Dennis letter to editor published today.  Chamber Hot Stove presentation on the weekend.  Other stakeholders?  BDN editorial – 3 physicians across state spoke to the importance of MC expansion.  Important for faith community to speak up; Emmaus helping people with 50 gal fuel; others helping with heat
  2. Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers – Cindy Namer / Sheldon Wheeler

DHHS staff will contact each shelter, link with each individual, similar initiative with WL, small increments each month, testing out for the next couple of months – will help SHC, lower #s with long-term stayers.  Will prepare message to shelter directors by end of month re: how to use reports.  Awa – add to list – could cross-check with reports, reach out to shelters directly.

Shawn / Cindy – question re: health insurance barrier to long-term housing solution.  Credit to Sheldon – making sure that people get linked with services quickly – wants this initiative to create communication between DHHS / PATH / Shelter providers; have dialogue about services needed.  SHC preamble include lack of policies / health care access.

Francine – add to data?  Do PATH need to report data?  Shelters reports monthly to Catholic Charities – reports to DHHS; putting all data in HMIS, helping with data collection; goes to CC then DHHS – as composite?  If data is important – ask DV coalition info.  Does HMIS have info re: PATH services?  Cindy to submit request to PATH data folks.  Candy to submit request to Sheldon re: posting to SAMHS website.

Veteran data referenced by Cullen (above) – approx. 10% shelter population.  Info comes from Vets in Shelter only at intake.

Annual shelter data – all participating – difference between 2012 & 2013; snapshot – all posted on Maine Housing website;

  1. Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council

Dennis re: stay engaged in shelter funding policy discussion – incredible case to be made need.  All dates back to 1987 – ridiculously clear case.  Shawn likes looking at data, is there analysis?  Discussion re: youth in shelters vs adults.  Spend a lot of resources to gather data – to what end?  Add to SHC agenda.  Use data to create learning circles?   Change the business model.  Open to lots of brain-storming ideas.  Longer term in shelters = reduced quality of life; increased services needed.

Sr. Lucille re: “Home-to-stay” working well in Ellsworth area – program makes different.  Allows navigator to follow them to new housing for 1 year.   Make sure core funding available to keep shelters open, but still need to change the model.  Awa == outreach!

2:15-2:30 Regional 3 Council – MaineCare expansion discussion – Quantifying the need for DHHS to support services, particularly to long term stayersDiscussion of other populations in need. 

no discussion

2:30-2:40 State and Federal Updates

Vote this week expansion of MC;  compromise includes managed care; Omnibus bill passing, president budget favorable 2.045 billion key housing assistance grant; congress will decide, funds to cure effects of sequester.  1 billion to national housing trust fund – could mean several millions to Maine for housing programs.  Appreciation letters to Sen. Collins & Sen. King. Unique opportunity to thank & ask for support during election year (Sen. Collins)

2:40-3:00 Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Bangor City:  Funding for folks in crisis looking for heating oil (Bangor will administer)

Emmaus:  Springfest 4/27 Ellsworth Elementary – Middle School

BAHS:  4/12 Hike for the Homeless – 19th annual – register pre 3/26 – free t-shirt – shooting for 1500 this year, 800 last year, 1000 year before, weather dependent

Safe Homes Aroostook 5K 5/4 1-5pm from Gentile Hall, Presque Isle – benefit DV & shelter

Hope House started construction project – rebuild entrance next week;

Preble Street – up & running, has flyers, has Bangor site; consumers need DD214 & other requirements

CHOM:  Maine Hall has preference for homeless vets.

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (4/9/14, 1-3pm) same location

 

1.08.14 Region 3 Homeless Coalition MINUTES

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – MINUTES

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

January 8, 2014 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm Note time change this meeting only

Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

Francine Stark (via telephone); Steve Eyler (via telephone); Kat Perkins (via telephone); Christine Brown (via telephone); MaryEllen Quinn (via telephone); Candy Eaton; Cullen Ryan; Awa Conteh; Rowena Griffin; Karen Martin

REGRETS:  Rindy Fogler, Dennis Marble, Dave McCluskey,

Statewide Homeless Council update:  Not met since December.  Next meeting 1/14/14 – Steve will represent Region 3

Rally this morning:  Cover Me Now – Maine People’s Alliance; press conference; meeting with representatives & senators; explain expansion of MaineCare coverage.  Within 1-2 weeks, hearing on expansion – packed, aiming for 400 people, lines out the door; counter demonstration re: welfare expansion. 

Good long conversation with Sen. Margaret Craven – bill entered today – calls for $750K to support homeless shelters.  She is well connected with New Beginnings – youth homelessness.  Tell the real story of people’s lives affected.  Dennis will be active on this bill.  Issue brought up to Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.

Discussion Topics:

1.      Pressing issues in Region III:

Rowena/BAHS residents are stuck – not eligible for any other voucher program.  If working, over income for GA, WRAP $ need MH diagnosis, folks who are working – need additional time to save $$ for security deposits, vouchers are taking some time, homelessness not priority for BRAP, STEP voucher (HOPE House) for people to get back on their feet within year, SSVF have funds for rapid rehousing, many lost MC 1/1/14, individual story re: lost MC / not able to afford $800 injections/month; those on disability (SSI) have full MC 30% or less; 2/3rds don’t have MC (Rowena to send #s);   discussed couple in van at Brewer Walmart

AWA – security deposits and loss of MC, do not meet criteria for MC – losing other services ie: case managers; inhumane, continues to provide case management.

Francine – same story – need vouchers really badly, access project-based voucher, used other grant funding for security deposits; gathers info re: shelter residents MC status;

Steve – 30 days, transportation remains issue, housing, employment challenges, vouchers dried up, easily less than 50% do not have MaineCare; 43 beds; 466 people turned away (2012); for everyone helped, turned away 3; could only help 25% of those who requested; (2013) 180 unduplicated, turned away 2.25 times; only ones they know about.  Busiest in springtime – nowhere else to turn; same story across the state;

Kat (Spruce Run) – agree with voucher shortage – housing is full-time job; 50% have / 50% do not have MC;

Christine (AMHC) – WRAP, BRAP, Shelter+Care, Section 17 related, much higher volume who have lost MC, TBI rehabilitation lost MC – cannot access services thru brain-injury program.  Excellent story for LD hearing; sent request to CI programs re: client stories – difference between MC/non-MC – value recovery; transportation continues to be large issue.  Good situation in vouchers, re: PATH services, BRAP vouchers – continue to ask.  AMHC will take referrals from other agencies as long as they have capacity & funding.   Compliments to Steve serving homeless population and partnerships; noted decentralized areas in need of shelter.

MaryEllen Quinn (CHCS) – change in non-cat availability – may not be seeing the full impact yet – paying for therapy, addiction treatment, med management, etc.  Huge impact over next 3 months (negative).  Increase jail census.  Important to stay vocal.  Seeing people who are still living in cars – severe this time of year.  Some couch-surfing.  No resources for emergency motel.  Coordination meeting with 1st responders (crisis) and shelter folks to keep communication open.  More pressure on shelters.  In PATH – not serving MC funded.  Non-cat did not pay for CI.  State funding to keep continuity.  When CHCS opens up CI – how to communicate info.  Brian Moynihan is intake coordinator for CHCS. 

Karen (VA) – not as many referrals, don’t have health care access issue, vets sitting in shelters not eligible for VA services – getting upsurge of people living in cars, not willing to consider shelters.   5 nights couch-surfing vs. 25 nights in car.  Ellsworth guy couch-surfing / car – income too good for shelters ($2200/mo), made bad choices – tough to reach with treatment.

Common theme:  lack of rental vouchers; losing MaineCare eligibility at 1/1/14 – remember to discuss with media & legislators

2.      Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers (no update)

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council (no update)

Regional Council take on MaineCare expansion with local representatives. (no update)

State and Federal Updates

Point in time:  Maine COC conducts Point In Time in Maine (last Weds in January) conducted in collaboration with MSHA, collaborate with shelters, BPD ride-along, Hope House (2012) & BAHS went out with BPD, Karen wants to be trained (Awa will forward info to Karen); MSHA – housing inventory chart; if not in HMIS – receive paper version; may be a webinar that will be posted to MSHA website; shelters, streets, housing in transition, those in places unfit for human habitation; Public Health nurses participate;

2 bills:  funding for homeless shelters; expansion MC; cuts to GA – Governor painting picture of wide-spread

One targets immigrants (GA – Portland, Lewiston, Bangor) – lengthen time in order to be eligible for benefits; if have green card – eligible for any national program; asylum seekers – difficult paper trail; Catholic Charities – documents those they bring into the state;

Carryover bills – process in January; lots of vigor against those in poverty.  Governor moving Portland DHHS office to South Portland.  Cutting transportation funding. 

Fed:  National Housing Trust Fund – Mr. Watt – expect Maine to get $3 million for extremely low income housing development.  Food stamp benefits cut.

Nomination process for Chair

Karen wants to be co-chair; nominated

Rindy —  another possibility – Cullen to twist arm (Awa nominated Rindy)

Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Cullen’s project in Brewer (48 units – at least 12 will be for chronically homeless) – 2 years; efficiency apt. in Maine Hall available; Rowena / Awa have candidate;

Karen:  VASH openings (3) Bangor – has candidates to screen for these openings; SSVF supportive services for families – connect with Preble Street – since hired Robert Jones & Deb Hook (CHCS) starting Monday.  VASH coordinates with SSVF if organized properly.  SSVF designed for 3 month help – can extend to 6 months.

Awa:  collaborate with shelters long-term stayers, 3 ½ year camper got into nice building – spent Thanksgiving, Hope House just sent list of long term stayers – please get in touch with City of Bangor – also link with Case Management

Rowen:  not huge attendance on Saturday vigil (started freezing rain) – program was really good, ton of media coverage, Paul Edwards BPD impromptu opening with BAHS resident; Tripp Gardner’s boys sang, next year simulcast on local access;

Francine:  continue to provide services – very cold!  Citizen’s Energy — $8K heating bill – hoping that funding comes through this year!

Steve:  Citizen’s Energy — $35K heating bill; no VASH, no funding for veterans in Aroostook County – substantial #, only reported thru shelter.  See about a dozen vets each year.  Trying to get vets fast-tracked & plugged into VA system. 

MaryEllen:  share good stories – in shelter, outdoors – housed last month – in tent near airport mall, had some survival skills, finally got voucher & moved to Lincoln where some support; couple others who were particularly difficult – Waterworks and one apartment.  CHCS has primary care practitioner – Kathleen Bernard , (St. Joseph Hospital) in CHCS med clinic – part of WIN program – Wellness Integration Now.  Health care team approach – MaineCare;  access other services – peer / nurse care manager for those without MC.  Contact Kim Donovan for more info (922-4495)

12.11.13 Minutes to approve:  so moved, second, accepted as distributed

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (2/12/14, 1-3pm) same location

 

2.12.14 Region 3 Homeless Coalition AGENDA

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – AGENDA

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

February 12, 2014 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Conference call  #1.877.455.0244; passcode: 2073564836#

 

1:00-1:10 Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

1:10-1:30 Statewide Homeless Council update

1:30 -2:15 Discussion Topics:

1.  Pressing issues in Region III

2.  Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council

2:15-2:30 Regional 3 Council – MaineCare expansion discussion – local representatives.

2:30-2:40 State and Federal Updates

2:40-2:45 Nomination / ELECTION for Chair

2:45-3:00 Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (3/12/14, 1-3pm) same location

 

1.08.14 Region 3 Homeless Council AGENDA

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – AGENDA

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

January 8, 2014 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm Note time change this meeting only

Conference call  #1.877.455.0244; passcode: 2073564836#

 

2:00-2:10 Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

2:10-2:30 Statewide Homeless Council update

2:30 -3:15 Discussion Topics:

1.  Pressing issues in Region III

2.  Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council

3:15-3:30 Regional Council take on MaineCare expansion with local representatives.

3:30-3:40 State and Federal Updates

2:40-2:45 Nomination process for Chair

3:45-4:00 Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (2/12/14, 1-3pm) same location

 

12.11.13 Region 3 Homeless Council minutes

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – Minutes

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

December 11, 2013 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

 

1:00-1:10 Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

  • Rindy Fogler, City of Bangor
  • Kat Perkins , Spruce Run/Womancare Alliance
  • Cullen Ryan, CHOM
  • Catherine Sullivan, PCHC Hope House,
  • Phil Allen, Preble Street Veteran Housing Services
  • Keri Dunton Preble Street Veteran Housing Services
  • Dennis Marble, BAHS
  • Karen Martin,  Bangor VA Clinic
  • Joe Locke, MSHA (phone) 
  • Steve Eyler (phone)
  • Candy Eaton, DHHS/SAMHS (phone) note-taker
  • Kerry Polyot-Stefani, Stepping Stones (phone)
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  • Regrets:  Rebecca Hobbs, The Next Step; Mary Ellen Quinn, CHCS

 

1:10-1:30 Statewide Homeless Council update

            Steve will start attending the SHC meetings in the future.

Yesterday:   Lewiston/Auburn – roundtable – review SHC 12-13, 3 each region, director Maine Housing, DHHS/SAMHS, DOC, Regional participation,  reviewed plan, Bob Rowe, New Beginnings welcome –

Dialogue about all the new changes in Lewiston/Auburn.  Issues with political environment, teens / adults unable to access services, adult homeless shelter access – gospel mission seen as challenging high barrier, receive MSH $, don’t proselytize, underground homelessness in area; political climate – mayor & city council not supporting low income housing or shelters; solutions – using point in time data more effectively, count numbers well, get more people involved, military, CDBG planning, jobs & housing ideas, data collection.  Action steps:  data collection, trading volunteers, personal stories, relationships, urban development plan – drive around (parts of Lewiston are looking like New Orleans after the hurricane) condemned buildings, entire areas, driving people out of affordable housing; huge problem – fire depts. won’t go into area.  Not a clear plan – group continue to meet, access resources.  Keep funds in Region 2.  Good turnout–60 attended meeting. 

 

Lewiston facing extreme economic challenges.  Reasonable discussion with city manager re: workforce housing, homeless housing.  Quite a bit behind the rest of the state.  Recommend formal discussion at next SHC re: fed/state funding for homeless shelters (elephant in the room).  Advise MSHA to hold shelters accountable.  Prior advisory report to legislation, MSHA, DHHS, etc. re: this issue.

 

Barriers to general assistance.  1.800.442.6003 – call if denied services. 

 

Maine Military Community Network – point in time count in area, creative ideas, distribute info

Open 800 # at Preble St to get better idea of true homeless count in Lewiston.  Grassroots efforts.  PATH program is assisting.  Sanford had success with weeklong data gathering – 1 day too short.  Coaching of survey takers – sensitive to community (trained) – what does homelessness look like.

Difficult to count those who want to be off the grid.

 

Phil Allen, homless vets Preble St., expand services statewide – support services from VA

Bangor area, L/A area, case managers – 15 Main St, Bangor – as far south / north as needed.

Short term intensive case management, connect vets to services to stabilize housing, BRAP, Shelter+ care – any alternative housing options.

Partner with Pine Tree Legal, direct client representation at eviction court, successful in negotiating accommodations for families in the Portland area – reasonable.  Legal, temp financial assistance, rent, utilities, pay arrears, security deposits for vets, transportation costs, public transportation (unlimited), child care (contract with any day care provider); moving expenses, emergency fund (comes with restrictions)

 

Keri — on the job –working 1-1/2 weeks – welcome; graduate from UMaine; 1-800 referral line;

Dennis – welcome and stop by BAHS – contact Rowena Griffin

Intensive case management – primarily 90 days, can be extended if needed.  Average time in program = 75 days, but some vulnerable folks on case load over 1 year.  Flexibility important.

Contrast in numbers –dual diagnosis, rural nature of challenge – not on radar until “crash & burn”; lots of networking.   HUD-VASH has some restrictions.  Update 211. WHCA new program – coordinate with Preble Street & VA.  Collaborate and reach out.  Open to having hours at shelters, GA office, wherever needed.  VFW & Veterans for Peace.  Roving outreach may be more effective.  Can work with anyone with military service as long as not “dishonorable” discharge.

 

1:30 -2:15 Discussion Topics:

  1. 1.                  Pressing issues in Region III — same old, same old – increasing length of stay at BAHS, 6 nights increase to 6 weeks, increasing health issues.  Federal Budget deal yesterday re: cut sequester in half.  New director at BHA – more open, helpful.  Continue to place folks at locales that reinforce homelessness.  4 open beds last night.  Structurally not encouraged.  Where is the voice of leadership?  Oldest housing stock in USA.  Watching resources get cut.  Ad-hoc committee (shelter directors) – placeholder bill in – increase resources for homeless shelters.  State share is less than 25 years ago.  1 year ago:  Folks sleeping outside, BPD picking up, current status:  5 over capacity last week, guesstimate 10 still outside.  Discussion about PATH, Home to Stay PCHC, stepping stones, Emmaus, TNS / Washington County, Homeless services in Aroostook; GA seeing a lot of young families coming in with no place to stay.  – happens on Friday afternoon.  Hotels less inclined to take families while waiting for Section 8 vouchers.  Ann’s House (3-4 slots) – back up & running? BHA – Park woods development. Seeing high medical need in shelter?  Don’t know how to quantify.  Need medical step-down facility.  HOPE House has terrific psychiatrist.  DV:  Communal living – fearful, different, working to nail-down intake process, helping support children & mom.  Has there been an increase in DV incidents over the past 2 months?  Yes.  Seeing extreme violence, increase in attempted / successful murders.  Substance abuse treatment – definitely city council initiative – Suboxone / Methodone clinics – higher numbers than anywhere else in state.  Impending drop-off MaineCare recipients – 1000 in Bangor area currently receiving addiction services will lose MC services 1/1/14.  General Assistance, law enforcement, shelters will begin picking up cost.   Loss of MC coverage will have concrete consequences.   Rally at State House 1/8/14 from 8-1 for Cover ME Now – bringing the Affordable Care Act funding into Maine.  Recent legislative presentation Bangor City Health (Jamie Comstock). 

 

2.  Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers:  subcommittee to work with Joe Flynn, Massachusetts Housing Alliance – waiver, chronic homeless.  DRAFT white paper – for Maine DHHS Commissioner & Guy Cousins.  Small population, higher morbidity rates, numerous communities cost of homelessness vs. housing, effective models, behavioral health partnerships, C-SPECH, other successful pilot projects.  Go out in the next couple weeks – challenge DHHS.  Would enhance services so that housing can occur.  Shelter + Care, copy Bangor, target resources to long-term stayers.  Penquis has many properties that may be eligible for priority populations.  20-30 of 100 vouchers may be coming to Bangor. 

 

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council:  see above.  Existing statute – reauthorize?  Needs to be bi-partisan support or withdraw request.  Other recommendations – email to representatives (Shawn, Steve & Sister Lucille)

 

2:15-2:30 Regional Council take on MaineCare expansion with local representatives.

(11/13/13)  All to contact local State Representatives and Senators re: need for healthcare for people who are homeless; review of draft talking points;

Bangor City Health presentation to local legislators; Maine Public Health system – district (advisory) – regional effort to all area legislators.  Ed Youngblood has long history of serving legislature.  Cover ME Now has Ed on short-list; he attended event, but did not make any statements or ask questions.  Forward info to Candy for distribution through list-serve

 

2:30-2:40 State and Federal Updates.  Nuclear option (federal) – many appointments confirmed yesterday.  New head of Federal Finance authority may finally fund the National Housing Trust Fund, which was authorized in 2008 and is designed to set-aside $$ to target affordable housing with 75% for extremely low-income.  Tax credits have helped but it has been since the Ford administration that we have developed major Section 8 housing; sequestration softened a bit; 2 year plan – no January shut-down; State: redo LD598 did not get approved for reconsideration by the legislature to go forward.  Rally – 1/8/14.

 

2:40-2:45 Nomination process for Chair:  Dedicated agenda time next month – need someone for 2014. 

2:45-3:00 Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

  • Develop count each month – see BDN snapshot (weekly); # people served at each shelter
  • HOPE House – in transition, negotiated with City, trying to hold to agreed-upon #(69 or 79) beds; running 3-7 over nightly;
  • BAHS – using cots some nights, 35-36/38 beds full, not a big line at 6:30pm – turn-aways over phone; long-time stayers 180 days cumulating – fewer than 8 people; (43 units in winter); Bangor vigil info distributed – allows for more families to bring kids; exploring pilot project with hospital chronically ill – arrangement for direct linkage to med support – tiny house, general outreach, direct monitored re: med piece.
  • VA:  Upsurge in Hancock County – VA partnership with new WHCA program; big number of vets need housing support, relying upon partnerships with Region 3 coalition.
  • Bangor City:  Waterfront corridor — 6 buildings demolished; balancing act, rates set above what GA will pay (still reasonable); Cedar Street – curb, paving sidewalks; support workforce housing; where is cheap housing?  Working poor; struggling to find affordable housing
  • Spruce Run:  Working things out with WomenCare merger, sharing resources; language (yours/ours); 6WC / 18SR staff; hotline; so many levels; any merger takes a lot of work 
  • Joe:  Home to stay trained all round 2 folks; applications trickling in from new providers;
  • Discussion re: posting minutes on website without email contact info.

 NOTE NEW TIME:  Next Meeting: 1/08/14 2-4pm

12.11.13 Region 3 Homeless Council AGENDA

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – AGENDA

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

December 11, 2013 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Conference call  #1.877.455.0244; passcode: 2073564836#

 

1:00-1:10 Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

1:10-1:30 Statewide Homeless Council update

1:30 -2:15 Discussion Topics: 1.  Pressing issues in Region III

2. Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council

2:15-2:30 Regional Council take on MaineCare expansion with local representatives.

(11/13/13)  All to contact local State Representatives and Senators re: need for healthcare for people who are homeless; review of draft talking points; 

2:30-2:40 State and Federal Updates

2:40-2:45 Nomination process for Chair       

2:45-3:00 Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (date) same location