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  • Building Community Support for Preventing Homelessness Kay Moshier McDivitt Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness 150 North Queen Street, Suite 610 Lancaster, PA 17603
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  • Community Support for Preventing and Ending Homelessness Community Support for Preventing and Ending Homelessness The Lancaster County Experience Before Lancaster Interagency Council for the Homeless Primarily made up of service providers Focus on sheltering Often front line staff with limited organizational or community leveraging Largely networking with small group of volunteers responsible for the Continuum of Care submission After Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness Combined the former ICH, the CoC planning process and the 10 year plan under one umbrella Focus on prevention and ending homelessness Led by a Leadership Council made up political and community leaders, chaired by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners
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  • Before Model Lancaster ICH No political leadership nor buy in Neither the Mayor of the City nor the County Board of Commissioners owned the issue Most services located in the city; those experiencing homelessness from rural areas came into the city Fragmented system Programs sprang up around organizational agendas/goals rather than clear response to identified needs or strategies: Many Silos Lacked strategy on how to prevent (front door strategies) and plan for ending homelessness Resources dedicated to sheltering and managing Limited HMIS utilization meant limited understanding to target prevention resources
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  • PREVIOUS MODEL Service system that manages & shelters homeless Lancaster County NO. INDIVIDUALS 537 545 561 589 738 YEAR 707 384
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  • Identifying the right champions for your system change What do you need to affect change? Who has the largest circles of influence? Who needs to be brought to the table?
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  • Getting Local Political Leadership The BUY IN of WHY Community Impact Steering Committee (started 10 year planning process) recognized need for political leadership and champions to make shift happen Champion - has trust and respect of the community if they believe this matters, then I do Political Leadership - critical to bringing together a fragmented system and shift toward common goal Community Leadership- key for widespread support Local business leader with clout who could engage the political leader(s) Lancasters Journey
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  • Mobilizing the Community -The BUY IN of WHY Basic shared principals part of the messaging Shift from system that shelters and manages to system that prevents, diverts, rapidly re-houses County wide issue translates to county wide strategies Use data cost effectiveness Develop clear communication strategy Develop the elevator speech with key message Tweak presentation to fit the audience/key targets Identify who takes the message to whom Next Step Garner community buy-in through shared vision and education
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  • PREVIOUS MODEL Service system that manages & shelters homeless NEW APPROACH System of: Prevention Diversion Rapid re-housing Permanent Housing Goal: To provide the opportunity for a full and dignified life in the community for every resident of Lancaster City and County through a comprehensive, coordinated effort to prevent and end homelessness in the next decade. Lancaster County The System Shift
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  • Identifying the right champion The result: A system change 2009: Commissioners established the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness resulting in: The Continuum of Care, the Homeless Service Provider Network (former ICH ) and the 10 Year Plan in coordinated and collaborative effort Preventing and ending homelessness are key components The LCCEH Leadership Council of key community leaders invited personally by the Commissioners to serve - they said yes Community Homeless Advisor Position
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  • Identifying the right champions The Result We are talking to each other instead of about each other Shift to front end approach as a system Central intake system for prevention Partnering with shelter providers Include in planning for prevention Support of the Board of Commissioners keeps the issue on the front lines Commissioners used a system wide alignment of HPRP funding with 10 year plan goals
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  • Identifying the right political champion The Benefits Established a county office as the lead agency HMIS now overseen by the countys lead office Data vastly improved Providers sitting at the same table creating system wide prevention strategies and tools Includes Faith based, non HUD funded Resolutions passed: All proposed affordable housing projects seeking funding must set aside 10% of units All strategies and funded services must align with HEARTH Act goals and Open Doors Plan
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  • Identifying the right champions The Benefit 2010 Point in Time Count 2% decrease overall 7% decrease in family homelessness FIRST overall decrease since beginning the count In spite of 3% increase in unemployment during same period
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  • Final Thoughts Identify the right Political Champion Identify the right Community Champions to help obtain commitment Keep message of shift to prevention at the forefront Key strategies for engagement Coordinate all systems under one umbrella Strong communication strategy Keep political leadership informed of all issues Be prepared for challenges: change is hard Success breeds success: build on small victories
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