Protection of Children

Housing & Transportation Update - April 2018

Key Highlights This Month:  

State and County Data (Kristine Davis- DHS Housing Supports)

Kristine presented on the work DHS and some county partners are doing to create a “Top 10 List” of individuals who are in our state information systems and can be identified as Long Term Homeless. 

See attached documents:

  • Housing Support Settings by Race
  • Housing Support:  County Numbers
  • State wide People in DHS Supportive Housing
  • Anoka County People in DHS Supportive Housing
  • Anoka Adults with 3+ years in Homelessness
  • Housing Support Vendor by County

DHS is working with counties to evaluate the dollar cost savings by creating the housing and supports to end                   the cycles of LTH that are increasing costs across the county service delivery areas.

Mental Health Crisis Bed Room & Board Funding (Kristine Davis-DHS Housing Supports)

The state has agreed to Presumptive Eligibility for Housing Support Funding for individuals open to MA while in a Crisis Residential Bed for the room and board costs.  There have been a variety of issues that have popped up and DHS is asking how it is best to discuss the issues with counties.  One of the issues is that the CFR may not match the location of the Crisis Bed.  They are also seeing that providers may be under the impression that they do not need to process financial assistance applications.  This is not the case.  However, some counties EA staff are not willing to process when it is a different CFR.  Providers cannot see the CFR.  County representatives talked about bringing this issue to the MACSSA Topic Group that handles Economic Assistance.

Community Infrastructure Funding

  • RFP was released on March 19, 2018.
  • Proposals are due Monday, April 23rd by 4:00 PM.

Communication on Housing Issues

There was a discussion about all the state, county and non-profit efforts that are going on regarding housing and homelessness and if there is a way to increase communication and collaboration across this big system.  Erin Sullivan Sutton-DHS encouraged counties to utilize the new State Plan to End Homelessness as a template to frame discussions and bring groups together.  This plan was endorsed by MACSSA and AMC.

Meeting Date and Time:

The attendees voice their desire to not have this meeting duplicate other meetings that are happening on the same topics.  They also would like to possibly move the meeting to 11:30 on the Thursday of the MACSSA monthly meetings.

Requested Actions Needed From MACSSA:  None

New Trends in This Area:  NA

Issues/Concerns Regarding This Topic:  NA

Legislative Impacts:  

Supporting Materials:  
Anoka Adults with 3 years of Homelessness
Anoka People in Supportive Housing
Housing Support County Numbers
Housing Support Settings by Race
Housing Support Vendor by County
People in Supportive Housing State Wide

Contact(s):  Janet Goligowski and George Borrell

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