As part of its response to the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness’ funding opportunity, the Network proposed the creation of a “Rapid Response Diversion Team” in Hampden County. This meeting signals the launch of this part of the Network’s comprehensive effort to divert families from homelessness.
Rapid Response Diversion Team Meeting Minutes: 1/10/11
What percentage of families eligible could stay another week? Sometimes DCF can negotiate 2-3 days from primary tenant, at most a week.
Push on HAP mediation – incentive: if you participate in this, possible incentive for assistance.
Springfield Partners budget classes, financial literacy, credit counseling – should that be required to continue to receive assistance (was done for RAFT)?
Healthy Families (Square One) can serve pregnant, parenting teens living in motels. DHCD needs to speak with Healthy Families staff. DHCD and Healthy Families will follow-up and learn more about each other. Healthy Families has 13 home visitors (4 bilingual, 2 men) can take up to 250 families. Eligibility = under 21 and first time parent. Services provided from pre-natal to 3 years. Strength-based program – working them through referrals to get GED, housing, job placement, credit counseling. To refer families, contact David Geld, 413-858-3120. Can email referral form, within 24 hours will be in touch with that family.
YWCA also has program for teen parents; can pick up services for second sibling (Healthy Families only funds first child). YWCA and Square One will email me criteria for support services and I will email out to group.
Next meeting: Monday, January 31, 2011, 10 am, HAP office, 322 Main Street
For next meeting agenda: Who do we need at the diversion teams at the local office, e.g., DHCD, DCF, DTA domestic violence, DTA teen unit, HAP mediation, NEFWC – develop assessment tool to pull all criteria for resources/referrals
Diversion phase 1, stabilization phase 2 – eventually will bifurcate but now recognize the fluid nature of both and will continue to meet together. Need universal release form, will address this at next meeting as well.