Individual Services Committee
July 9, 2015

In attendance: Beth Barbra, Veterans Inc, Steve Connor, Northampton Veterans Services, Julie Federman, Town of Amherst, Erin Forbush, ServiceNet, Hwei-Ling Greeney, Amherst Community Connections, Peg Keller, City of Northampton, Charlie Knight, Rainville/Post consumer, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS-Homeless Services, Katie Miernecki, ServiceNet, Dave Modzelewski, Network/REACH, Donna Nadeau, DHCD, Claudie Phillips, Health Care for the Homeless, Anna Quan, Amherst, Community Connections, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Rachel Weiss, Craig’s Doors, Lynn White, HRU, Sabrina Willard, Springfield Partners

 Review and Discussion of HUD CoC Performance and Strategic Planning Objectives

In the context of our just released Network Plan and its strategies to end homelessness among chronically homeless individuals, we discussed the impending HUD application (due out in the next couple of weeks, due to submit by sometime in Sept/Oct) and how our Plan and the HUD CoC objectives intersect with and complement each other. The HUD objectives and strategies are the basis for CoC evaluation in the funding competition.

Gerry provided us with a template for reviewing those objectives and we agreed to use this meeting to brainstorm initial responses to each one. Please click here  for the results of this initial brainstorm.

We then cross-referenced it with the Plan’s strategies to end chronic homelessness. We noted that “coordinated entry” – our Plan’s first strategy – and a “by-name registry” and “take-down targets” are not listed on the HUD template. Pamela will follow-up with Gerry about this since we know coordinated entry is a HUD requirement and that by-name registry and targeted numbers to house each month are part of Zero 2016. We will clarify this at our next meeting.

We also noted that the Plan strategies missed “discharge planning” (from foster care, medical care, mental health, corrections) from its list. Not only should it be in there for the future, but it’s something we have already worked on to a substantial extent. Pamela will take note and be sure to add it to the evolving edition.

This discussion is a first step to the committee making concrete decisions on what to “own” as part of implementing the Plan and meeting HUD expectations. We will get to that concrete at our next meeting on:

August 6, 2015, 10:30-noon, Friends of the Homeless, Springfield

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