Denver’s Road Home Mayor’s Commission to End Homelessness We Pray June 2016
Denver’s Road Home Mayor’s Commission to End Homelessness We Pray June 2016
# of Commissioners who are reasonably certain to be at Commission or any committee Meeting _____20 + 5 Council # who actually came _10____ # who participate in a committee ever _6_____
|Tom Luehrs <Tom@sfcdenver.org>|
|Lindi Sinton <email@example.com>,
Dale Wanty <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
“Conner, Christopher N – HS Office of Community Impact” <Christopher.Conner@denvergov.org>,
Laura Rossbert <email@example.com>,
Josh Geppelt <firstname.lastname@example.org>Cathy alderman JP
Tami Door, Tom Luehrs,, Doug Hock, Leanne Wheeler, Kim Easton – Executive Committee
“Please find attached the agenda for the Tuesday, MTami Door, Tom Luehrs, Lindi Sinton, Doug Hock, Leanne Wheeler, Kim Eastonay 24, 2016 Commission meeting. Also attached are the minutes from the special Commission meeting Mayor Hancock held on April 19, 2016 and minutes from the Steering Committee meeting of April 26, 2016. Both contain points of discussion for the upcoming meeting and specific asks of Commission members as we continue to move forward on determining what our future state should be in addressing the current state of homelessness in our community.”
Denver Homeless Commission
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Denver Human Services, Castro Building
1200 Federal Blvd
A G E N D A
- Introductions altogether there are 25 most are staff and gov officials no council people two guests one from a radio and the other from BURNS
- Discussion Topics: Bennie is speaking about structure
- Shelter Operations: Short and Long Term – Chris Peoria will proceed from month to month acquiring a more permanent site
- Policy Discussions for 2016 : commission structure committee membership
- Commission Structure: Steering Committee has hardly a soul here
- Committee Membership and Tasking: who should be on that committee? Environment / Landscape
all of these organizations do not need to be on this commission permanently
26th of April Mayor met at City Hall with Commission and City Council
Tom Luehrs is leading this discussion He is a member of the Steering Committee
Commission 11 years ago being representative: Broad Approach – Who would be key people to add to this. If people are not attending the meetings that they do not have the time or that they are less interested in participating.
we do not have a quorum 50% +1
7 service providers are around the table and the greatest number of people here are not commissioners
Councilwoman Kneich just arrived the sole council person attending this regularly
libraries and parks important to include these voices
Committee structure includes a number of people who are not on the commission – Cadence and scope of responsibility has been addressed for the changes in the by-laws in December.
including homeless people 1 of the target groups that we want to have represented on the Commission.
Community representatives and advocates
Blue Print Denver OED Banking Providers shelter and service four homeless people community advocates public safety neighborhood representative.
which neighborhood would you have representing the neighbors Page 21 and 22 steering committee minutes INC DENVER
Regina Huerter Office of Behavioral Health office of Behavioral Health subsumes the hospitals
PUBLIC SAFETY – is this POLICE? could be Commander Lopez helpful to have here at the Commission
Sheriff fire and EMS emergency management services – intersection of Behavioral Health CCPC C
Business Improvement District
25 people altogether on this Commission wants to pare all of this down
active committees this where the main work is accomplished
DON MARES emanated from Mayor’s Hancock’s rejoinder
I NEVER ACCEPTED THE INFRASTRUCTURE the HIERARCHY of this nonsense
BENNIE will update in a meeting with Mayor Hancock
HOW OFTEN MEETING Bimonthly professional development hook up to their eye balls in this world.
two professional development meetings annually
educational informational meeting regularly.
bring commissioners bringing people into the town halls and the PHC.
commissioners who are not service providers
Commission is not the same with committees half the size of this proposed size of the commission.
new blood commissioners could take turns hosting these meetings
broadening this beyond the Commissioner’s perspectives
sign up for the committees
Randle rags on everyone and the entire process
retreat being proposed
McVickers wants to be involved in real work tried a lot we are not moving
LINDI states that we need to look at the document and have a reason to meet
break out into the committees
what will look differently from the beginning of the year until the end of the year
WHY WHAT PURPOSE STRONGER CONNECTION TO WHAT END WE ARE NOT ADVISING ANYONE – Vickers
- 2016 Retreat Scheduling:
- Aging Needs Assessment
- IBM Smarter Cities Challenge
- Voices of Youth Count
- Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Grant Award
- Community Comments/Announcements
July 26, 2016 next next next next next
ROBIN HABLA access distinct – process role sat in a meeting should just talk about specific things to weigh in fear of mistakes and inclusion shaping the budget right now
HERE IS AN AGENDA ITEM 2017 budget press conference recommendations around families. I heard MAYOR tell me what you think never have a chance to send this message
MECHANISM what will be ROBIN DON’t NEED A RETREAT more you put this off is more unrealistic
LIST THEM RIGHT NOW Alright ROBIN
to this point: 1 pass out what committee on shelter and systems report
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1200 Federal Blvd, Denver CO 80204
Commission on Homelessness
Denver’s Road Home
Tuesday April 19th, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Parr-Widener Room, City & County Building
*Special Homeless Commission Meeting called by Mayor Hancock*
Attendees: Mayor Hancock, John Parvensky, Kim Easton, Victoria McVickers, Leslie Foster, Doug Hock, Cmdr. Tony Lopez, Councilman Wayne New, Randle Loeb, Richard Scharf, Councilwoman Robin Kniech, Goeff Bennett, Tom Luehrs, Lindi Sinton, Tyler Jaeckel, Cheryl Haggstrom, Regi Huerter
Staff: Bennie Milliner, Chris Conner, Jon Luper, Morina Duerson
Mayor Hancock opened the meeting addressing his decision to not attend the Commission meeting on March 22, 2016. He reiterated his comments contained in the letter presented to the Commission at the March 22, 2016 meeting that he decided not to attend based on information provided to his office concerning possible disruption of the meeting. He did not want to contribute to any disruption that would prevent the Commission from proceeding with its scheduled business. His letter indicated he would have staff work on scheduling an opportunity for him to follow up with a meeting in the near future. This meeting today fulfills that promise. He went on to explain the City’s decision to remove the sidewalk encumbrance located at Lawrence and Park Ave. West. He cited the unsafe, unhealthy, and inhumane conditions the encampments represented and that the situation was unacceptable and would not be allowed to continue. Outreach and other efforts to engage those at the location into services would continue as they have since September 2015.
John Parvensky stated that the actions seem to be sending a message that the City policy in addressing the homeless situation was to criminalize necessary acts of living and to make the homeless disperse to less visible areas. What was needed was for the City to expand shelters and crank up the efforts around housing. John and the mayor engaged in a robust discussion concerning City funding of housing including dollars sent to CCH for support of their projects.
Tom Luehrs expressed disappointment that the Commission was not engaged earlier in the encampment discussion feeling providers could have informed the process and final decision. He felt a new plan was necessary to discuss housing and other needs concerning those experiencing homelessness on the street level. Numbers are increasing as seen by St. Francis Center and that we aren’t addressing differently and it is becoming a bigger issue.
Randle Loeb wanted everyone not to lose sight of the need to utilize a trauma informed care approach as we search for solutions.
Cheryl Haggstrom wanted to know more about the direction the Administration was going and the Commission’s role in that. Mayor indicated he wanted to see a more streamlined, comprehensive approach to the entire issue. Efforts to date have been incrementally successful but the sheer volume of people demanding services and a changed landscape need all of us to think more creatively and collaboratively. He indicated he believes the Commission needs some restructuring and welcomed member’s thoughts and inputs on that.
Victoria McVickers asked what his vision was and what were his expectations of/for the Commission? Mayor Hancock believed the Commission remains a valuable partner in our ongoing efforts on this issue, that the Commission does need to be a more coordinated body in order to provide viable advice to him and that the staff should work on better communication to the Commission regarding City activities and places where Commission as a whole or individually can be involved.
Kim Easton brought up concerns around the Office of Economic Development (OED) recent award of the Workforce Development contract to an out of state firm with a really different point of focus concerning youth that seem to present that servicing disadvantaged youth versus opportunity youth was the same. She felt emphatic that it was not and that if OED had consulted with local providers that difference could have been explained and weighted differently. The out of state firm has not communicated with local providers so local providers are at a loss to know how if at all they will be utilized in the delivery of these services to youth. Mayor believed that contact would be forthcoming and that some inquiry to OED would be made. It is his expectation that local providers would be involved in service delivery, perhaps in a sub-contracting role.
Kim also voiced a concern that the Denver Cares van was dropping off persons released from Detox in front of the Urban Peak facility. (Regi Huerter has since taken care of this issue.)
Victoria followed up Kim’s questioning of the Work Force contract with her concerns as to what it will mean for Domestic Violence victims. Re: TANF waivers. The contract with Safe House expires June 30, 2016 and no communication has come from OED as to what that future status is and what the transition to a new outsource will look like. We will reach out to OED to schedule a presentation to the Commission regarding the new workforce contract.
Mayor Hancock need to leave the meeting but prior to leaving he charged the commission to consider what a reformatted Commission might look like and to provide their input as he considers that action.
Councilwoman Kniech provided an update regarding the Ad Hoc Group working to develop governance and protocols for the $15 million Housing Fund that will begin to flow to the City in 2017. The group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month, usually at different location in the City and County Building. Kniech asked the Commission to consider providing input around goals for supportive housing numbers, actual production versus vouchers. As she remains involved with the Commission; council looks to inform discussions.
Homeless Commission Steering Committee Minutes
April 26, 2016 by phone
Attendees: Tami Door, Tom Luehrs, Lindi Sinton, Doug Hock, Leanne Wheeler, Kim Easton
Staff: Bennie Milliner
Three agenda items were discussed:
- Commission Structure
- Future Retreat
Steering Committee members who were at the special Commission meeting with Mayor Hancock began a discussion around his charge to the Commission to strongly consider what a reformatted Commission might look like. A preliminary list of organizations and individuals was discussed. The idea is to determine what should be the mix of organizations and individuals be on the Commission to address the current landscape and environment of homelessness in our community. The following form the first cut:
- Shelters-Day, night, female, youth
- Denver Public Schools
- Homeless Representatives (4)
- Faith Based
- Mental/Behavioral Health
- Office of Drug Strategy
- Community representative/advocate (2)
- Public Safety
As the discussion moved to Committee work clearly the Steering Committee expressed a desire to look at ways for Road Home, the Steering Committee and the Commission to find avenues to truly build something together and work together for a greater community effort. We need to push Commission members to get active in committee work to really help in prioritizing work for committees and the Commission.
Future Retreat Planning
In light of the heightened focus on homelessness and conversations around Commission restructuring, organizational review of some city departments and agencies, including Road Home; potential implications of the IBM Smarter Cities initiative; discussion of the Housing Fund, etc. the Steering Committee believes planning for a retreat is prudent at this time. One of the recommendations is to return to a review of the Rebound Solutions report that provided good guidance some of which has been acted upon, some that has not. Initial thought was to try for June but Road Home has not nailed down a good facilitator so July, August or September appear to be good options at this time. We will look for the full Commission to provide input on this.
General Discussion Points
In light of the meeting with Mayor Hancock last week, April 19, 2016 improved and more frequent communication from the Mayor’s office is hoped for. Road Home has committed to increased communication through a bi-weekly e-mail update of activities, initiatives, etc.
Articulate ideas of future planning, moving from the big picture to the small aspects with an eye to simplify, simplify, simplify!
It would be helpful for Road Home to identify two or three core questions we need to consider to focus on our desired future state in (Road Home and the Commission) roles and expectations.
In an attempt to move beyond some of our circular discussions at Commission meetings, the Steering Committee is recommending that members of the Steering Committee run the Commission meeting and allow Road Home staff to operate as staff, supporting Commission work, not directing the outcomes.
Denver’s Road Home Commission
Homeless Systems and Services Committee
Recommendations for DRH Concentration Areas
Primary Group Focus: Single Individuals experiencing homelessness
Primary Goal: Provide the best opportunity for each homeless event to be brief, productive, respectful of the individual and the least traumatizing.
WHAT TWO OF THEM DO WE WANT TO ADDRESS IMMEDIATELY?
Immediate needs – To meet this goal for the single populations currently accessing Denver area shelter, the current gaps and needs were identified:
- Improved emergency shelter conditions for all populations
- Develop generals standards of care – select those which do not have $
- Provide beds or cots instead of mats – no cots and mats on the floor ever again
- Provide designated square footage per person sleeping-
- Include shelter options for couples – families
- Increased shelter options for families and youth a safe space for development
- Specific accommodations for those with high medical needs, including hospice, medical respite, hospital recuperation
- Separate from overnight shelter
- Include nursing care
- Ensure physical and geographical accessibility
- Facility open 24/7 –“rest and resource” HOW MANY BEDS DO WE NEED?
- Provide a variety of needed resources on site
- Include case management services
- Ensure physical and geographical accessibility
- Incorporate Trauma informed approach
- Transportation access – bus passes, bus tickets, vans
- Storage spaces for personal possessions
Longer Term and Ongoing Needs:
- Increased access to substance abuse and mental health services
- Diverse housing options, such as congregate living, roommate matching
- Added services in shelters and day centers- stepping stones to jobs and housing
- Funding from stable, ongoing sources
- Increased partnerships with faith communities for shelter provision, reimburse for costs
General recommendations (all populations):
- Incorporate trauma informed practices and trauma trained staff in programs serving people in crisis
- Ensure safety is prioritized in all shelter locations
- Service delivery includes those who have experienced homelessness
- Opportunities to serve, job opportunities and peer support
- Continued community emphasis on coordination of services for all populations
- Better coordinated emergency shelter and services
- Continue and grow CAHPS System (Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement) for housing prioritization for all vulnerable populations
to be continued: 2017
HOUSING would be a separate set of recommendations
EMPLOYMENT would work on their recommendations
CHILDREN AND FAMILY COMMITTEE
POLICY MAKERS CHOOSE WHAT THEY ARE ALREADY DOING AND FORGET THE REST
7 things on this list – standards protocols only beds separate accommodations for medical care for the NEW SHELTER
I want to hear from you no matter what
MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE WITH THIS LIST ON THE COUNCIL
LESS YOU HAVE PEOPLE MAKING THIS UP IF YOU MAKE THIS EXACT
Robin is attempting to guide this group which is important because it is needed. NEXT STEP IS NOT MAILING THIS TO THE MAYOR
committees need to be as engaged
Luehrs – take recommendations and come up with 3 only standards of care are related to $
CITY WILL DO THIS SHELTER ASSERTIVE WHAT WE NEED BE ASSERTIVE TO MOVE FROM MATS TO BEDS
BRILLIANT NEW START FOR A SHELTER THAT IS IMMINENT
VOICES OF YOUTH COUNT KIM EASTON this summer JUNE focus groups Hot spotting JULY IS THE COUNT 15th
paying the youth as counters and getting them involved
SPRING 2017 results from their surveys across the country Chapin and Hall
WHAT PROJECTS WERE FUNDED MDHI tier 2 3 were cut STRIDE CCH
AGING NEEDS ASSESSMENT: COMMISSION ON AGING 3 year assessment over 65 timeline information will be mailed
IBM SET UP TECHNOLOGY 200 interviews 7 county assessment in a month the responses
subject matter experts influence people outside of CITY HALL
DENVER DAY TO WORK HOW TO PROVIDE WORK OPPORTUNITY AT CURB SIDE LEVEL
on going assistance has stepped up to keep families housed
ADAMS COUNTY WE DO NOT KNOW YET 1,000,000 doesn’t exist anymore
state tax credits redevelopment of the site building 35 permenent units of housing units 95 low-income housing ground breaking in an year
mobile laundry at Bayaud in next month –
Laundry on the FAX free laundry for unhoused neighbors