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Heading Home: Minnesotas 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 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Heading Home: Minnesotas Plan to prevent and end homelessnessCathy ten BroekeState DirectorMinnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual ConferenceSeptember 15, 2014

1Our VisionHousing 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 2015Stable housing results in better educational outcomes for our children, a stronger workforce now and in the future, increased public safety, better health, reduced health care costs, and reduced disparities among communities. Governor Dayton

Population is ALL Minnesotans, but focus on the most egregious form of housing instability, homelessness

2Heading Home: Minnesotas Plan to Prevent and End Homelessnesswww.headinghomeminnesota.org

12 Priority Focus Areas23 strategies100 specific action items

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Amy StetzelProject ManagerMinnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual ConferenceSeptember 15, 2014

Heading Home MinnesotaProject Management updateExplain my role45Minnesotas Path toEnd Veteran HomelessnessEric I. GrumdahlSpecial Advisor on Ending Veteran HomelessnessMinnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual ConferenceSeptember 15, 2014

HEADING HOME: Minnesotas 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.

7Mayors Challenge to End Veteran HomelessnessLaunched by First Lady Michelle Obama on June 4, 2014Over 200 Mayors, County Executives, and Governors participating to dateIntended to create opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and marshal local efforts linked to Federal resourcesMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton and seven Minnesota Mayors have joined

8Minnesotas Path to End Veteran Homelessness3.3xacceleration47%reduction9Chronic and gender distribution for Veterans experiencing homelessness in MinnesotaWilder Survey 2012

Key data points on Veteran homelessness

Aging Cohort of Veterans Experiencing Homelessness (National)10Registry + Regional Strategies = Acceleration

CVSO, outreach worker, shelter, etc. identifies a homeless VeteranVeteran is invited to join the Registry and sign a release of informationIdentifying entity calls or faxes LinkVet with anonymous record dataIdentifying entity calls or faxes LinkVet with known information for Registry entryNoYesSubsequent outreach may yield willingness of the Veteran to add identifying dataLinkVet updates Registry with new informationOutreach andidentification flowCase management flowIdentifying entity calls or faxes LinkVet to update existing record with identifying dataRegional team meets to assign unassigned Veterans and troubleshoot casesUpdates to Registry from team meeting are conveyed to LinkVetVeteran RegistryDatasystemflowRegional lists are regularly run against key data systems (HMIS, HOMES, etc.) to capture housing status changesHousing status changes identified since last run are conveyed to LinkVetRegional listField nameField descriptionREGISTRY_IDUnique record ID for each rowREGION_IDUnique identifier for the region in which the Veteran is identified. Used for filtering the lists shared with regional teams.ROI_EXPIRATIONDate the Release of Information signed by the client expires.FIRST_NAMEFirst name (if known)MIDDLE_NAMEMiddle name(s) (if known)LAST_NAMELast name(s) (if known)ALIASESCommon delimited list of any known aliases used by the VeteranANONYMOUS_IDAn anonymous ID established for any Veterans who opt not to sign a release of information form, based on outreach workers name and date of encounter.BIRTH_DATEVeteran's date of birth, the the extent knownLAST4_SSNLast four digits of the Veteran's Social Security NumberBEST_CONTACTBest contact method for engaging and reaching this VeteranINTERVENTIONIntervention needed, typically resulting from an assessment conducted by Coordinated Assessment process.HOUSEHOLD_SIZENumber of household members, used to determine housing unit size requirements.VA_ELIGIBILITYPick-list of options for eligibility for VA homeless programs and health care.VETERAN_STATUSConfirmation of the Veteran's Veteran status and discharge by a qualified source.OTHER_ELIGIBILITYComma-delimited list of codes designating eligibility: long-term homeless ("LTH"), chronic homeless ("CH"), mental health ("MH"), or substance abuse ("SA"). Could also include additional free-form notes about client eligibility.INCOMEEstimated monthly income from all sourcesHOUSING_STATUSCurrent housing status, e.g, "Emergency shelter"; "Unsheltered / Outdoors"; "Transitional housing"; "Exiting a hospital or institution"; and "Housed"REFERRAL_SOURCEName of the person and organization or entity that added this Veteran to the Registry. Useful for follow-up.CURRENT_PROVIDERComma-delimited list of provider(s) working with the Veteran to secure housing.NOTESNotes field

Mainstream Systems ReviewCathy ten BroekeState DirectorMinnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness MeetingSeptember 4, 2014

14Heading 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

15How we Tackled the GoalExternal 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 opportunitys 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

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Priority Impact AreasPromising OpportunitiesFoundational Service Practices17

Whats hard for people who are housed is impossible for people who are homeless.

18Foundational Service PracticesKnow the housing status of the people you are servingActively reach out to people experiencing homelessnessLimit requirements for in-person appointments at a particular location or officeAssist with the process of gathering required verifications or documentationAllow for multiple methods to communicate about benefits and services192 Year Implementation Plan: Foundational Service PracticesYear One Self-Assessment by AgencyCurrent Status both across agency and delivery networks Identification of Barriers and Opportunities for ImprovementPlans for ImprovementYear Two and on Report out to the Interagency Council or the Senior Leadership Team on:Progress on Implementation of the 5 Foundational Service StandardsHow your Agency is Building on Successes and Improving Results20Priority Impact Areas3 Priority Impact Areas5 Accompanying Recommendations21

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.

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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.

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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. 24Contact InformationCathy ten Broeke, Director, MN Office to Prevent and End Homelessness cathy.tenbroeke@state.mn.us

Amy Stetzel, Project Manager, MN Office to Prevent and End Homelessness amy.stetzel@state.mn.us

Eric Grumdahl, Special Advisor on Ending Veteran Homelessness, MN Office to Prevent and End Homelessnesseric.grumdahl@state.mn.us

Alison Niemi, Housing and Homelessness Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Servicesalison.niemi@state.mn.us

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