Archive for February 2011
January 19, 2011 Meeting Minutes
1. Meeting called to order at 2:00 PM by Chair Phedra Elliott.
2. Attendance: Phedra Elliott – Chair, Sarah VanCleve – Secretary, Sally Santana – Member at Large, Walt LeCouteur, Manny Cruz, Beverly Kincaid, Darin Gemmer, Linda Hollingsworth, Michiele Shaw, Shannon Bauman, Greg Alkire, Jim Stowers, Dave Frederick, Danielle Perez, Kirsten Jewell, David Foote, Joseph Montalbo, Martha Wightman, Tamee Cyphers, Trudy Stacy, Imari Stone, Raelenea Rodriguez, Terry Schroeder
3. Introductions were made around the table.
4. Agenda Review: No changes were made to the agenda.
Minutes: December Meeting minutes – Walt LeCouteur moved to approve, Sally Santana seconded and they were approved as corrected. The correction was the report made by Kitsap County Health District. As corrected, the report reads: Kitsap County Health District – Ruth Westergaard: Their school-based clinic at Spectrum High School in Kingston will close at the end of December 2010. As part of the program, the coordinator, Carol Bruce, recruited and coordinated volunteer dentists to provide services to individuals who had no other access to dental care.
Clegg Report on Homeless Service Delivery – Kirsten Jewel: The report is completed, with the bulk of the report 35 pages long. The first part of the report talks about the state of homelessness in Kitsap County. It then talks about how services are provided in Kitsap County, indicating things that we are doing well and areas where we could improve. The primary recommendations are: 1) Implement a coordinated entry system using a one-stop center; 2) Integrate different funding streams; 3) Figure ways to prioritize Housing First and Rapid Rehousing in our homeless services system. The local funders, KRCC and CDBG are already working on a coordinated funding stream, which should be in place for the 2012 funding cycle. The coordinated entry/one stop center is something that can be accomplished. From the information gathered for the report, there seems to be a consensus that this would be a good thing for Kitsap to do. With Housing First/Rapid Rehousing, we need to move forward slowly and think about how we can actually accomplish this. Kirsten suggested setting up an advisory group to look at the coordinated entry. Dave Frederick recommended separate entry points for youth and adults. It is felt that persons become overwhelmed trying to navigate the system. It was suggested that Housing First is an important issue as well and a recommendation that it not be put on the back burner for too long. Kirsten stated that a Housing First committee could be formed if there was ample interest. It will take longer to shift over our existing framework for that. Sally Santana, Joseph Montalbo, Michiele Shaw, Jim Stowers, Sarah VanCleve, Dave Frederick volunteered to be on the Coordinated Entry Advisory Group. Other suggestions were: YWCA, Denise Agee, NK Fishline, and CCS. For Housing First, Bev Kincaid is interested; other suggestions were Westsound Treatment and YWCA.
DSHS – Danielle Perez: The changes that took effect on January 1:
· 21% reduction in Disability Lifeline grant. The amount goes from $339/month down to $266/month.
· Diversion cash assistance, which is program for those who (would otherwise be eligible for TANF) need some short-term help. This program is only available to clients once in a 12 month period of time. The program was reduced in October from a maximum of $1500 to $1250 and is now reduced to a maximum of $1000. If a person who receives Diversion comes onto TANF during the 12 month period, they must pay back a proportionate amount of the money they received.
· Working connections child care assistance was reduced from 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 175% FPL.
The changes that will take effect on February 1:
· TANF will be reduced by 15%. For a 3 person HH, it will go from $562 down to $478 and a 1 person HH (pregnant woman) will go from $349 down to $305.
· 60 month time limit for TANF will start TANF cuts. Unless families, who have been receiving TANF for 60 months or more, meet certain hardship extension criteria, they will be terminated as of February 1. Some of the criteria that will allow them to continue to receive assistance are: a relative caretaker over age 55, disabled or caring for a disabled child or adult, actively pursuing SSI/SSD, involved with Child Welfare Services (child in foster care) with a first-time dependency, or those households where the adult is working 32 hours per week or more. The CSO anticipates that about 100 families will be terminated in February. Each month, some additional families, who reach the five year time limit and don’t meet the hardship extension criteria, will be terminated.
· Food assistance for legal aliens, who are receiving the state food assistance program (not eligible for federal food assistance), will be terminated effective January 31, 2011. Notices were sent out on January 15, 2011
· Co-payments are going up $10 for those who currently pay a $50 or more co-pay
· Those who receive WCCC will continue to receive the subsidies until their income is more than 175%
· Families newly applying for WCCC must be receiving a TANF grant or be eligible for one to be eligible for WCCC.
Danielle will send a copy of the standards chart to Terry to be put in the TJ. Effective March 1, SSI income will be budgeted for TANF (it has not been previously), so those families who have a member receiving SSI will have the SSI amount taken off their TANF grant. This will affect 7100 families statewide. Basic Health is still up in the air.
Washington State Coalition for the Homeless – Terry Schroeder: Terry encouraged members to attend the Homeless Advocacy Day on Monday February 14, 2011. Registration is done through the Washington State Low Income Housing Alliance. Terry will put information in the TJ with a link. Also the WSCH Homeless Conference is May 11 to 13 in the Tri Cities.
Project Connect – Bev Kincaid: This event is coming together nicely. All mayors and city council members have been invited. The flyer and Kitsap Sun inserts have been distributed throughout the county. Some of the new additions is the Bremerton Symphony will provide a string quartet to play music during the hot lunch. Bev exceeded her fund raising goal and has raised $15,000 for the event. She is using the extra money to purchase gift cards, which will be given out through a door prize drawing. Each participant will receive a door prize ticket as they enter. Americorps is assisting with set up and take down, as well as picking up tables from the county. Left over items will be made available to any service providers who would like the items. Anything that is left after that will be donated to Goodwill Industries. Transportation is looking good. There are two runs from Silverdale: Stops are at Old Mill Park, The Hub, Rite Aid (Wheaton Way), and Sheridan Park.
Point in Time Count – Terry Schroeder: Thursday is the primary date for the PIT count. For those people who are in a shelter/transitional housing, and the agency is doing HMIS for them, the count will be done in HMIS. There are six additional questions that have to be answered after they are put in the PIT Count activity. The count is being done at various meal sites, food banks, chemical dependency programs and other providers as well as at Project Connect.
Outside Homeless – Sally Santana: Their next meeting will be January 18. The Salvation Army hopes to open Sally’s Camp on January 17. There is currently no shelter, other than Benedict House for individuals, so the committee will be looking at what can be done to assist individuals who are living out of doors or in vehicles. There is an effort to put together a small tent camp for veterans in coordination with the Unitarian Church in East Bremerton. They are working with Leif Bentsen on this project. Georgia House, coordination between The Weaver Foundation and Bremerton Rescue Mission will be opening a temporary shelter in West Bremerton in February. The shelter will be for women and children and will be open for up to 6 months. During the day, they will have a resource center in the building. The resource center plans to continue, during the day, after the overnight shelter closes. The shelter can only be temporary (up to 6 months) due to zoning and permitting regulations. This will be housed at the former Bremerton Police Station on Auto Center Way. The building is owned by Para transit Services who will be donating some of costs of the building.
Community Education and Outreach – Sally Santana: They have a meeting scheduled for February 9. They are scheduled to do a presentation at the Kingston Rotary in February and plan to do another movie at The Salvation Army in March.
Severe Weather Shelter – Jim Stowers: Jason’s position has been eliminated, so DEM will not be able to continue to provide severe weather shelter assistance. The committee has a meeting scheduled for January 31, 2011, so more information will be available next month.
DSHS – Danie Perez: Information on service cuts that are slated to happen were provided in their presentation (see above). Their next furlough day is Friday January 25.
Kitsap Transit – Trudy Stacy: They are willing to help wherever needed. They want to get out into the community and see what they can provide to help get information out and break down any barriers. The Board did vote to keep paper transfers through June 2011. Kitsap Transit encourages all riders to get and use ORCA cards. Kitsap Transit will provide ORCA cards to low-income riders for no cost.
Kitsap County CDBG – Shannon Bauman: They are working to develop a program for this year for the coordinated grant process between city and county CDBG and the Affordable Housing for All and Homeless Housing grant programs. All four would be on one cycle, which would follow the CDBG cycle. The specific dates are dependent on the KRCC meetings, so are not set yet. Applications should be due about mid-July. The big difference is that one application will be used. One issue is developing an application that is simple but still has all of the criteria from federal, state, etc.
WorkSource – Linda Hollingsworth: WorkSource is the primary place for people to go who are looking for employment. All of their classes are free. They also offer Microsoft training for anyone who is interested. Go to the WorkSource homepage, www.go2worksource.org and then click on the WOW button on the right-hand side of the page. You can register online or contact the local office to register. Linda works with veterans so also wanted to highlight the Building 9 Transitional Housing program for individual veterans. It is a case managed program to assist homeless veterans in getting back on their feet. There is space for 40 individuals, both male and female.
Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council – Kirsten Jewell: They lost a board member, Commissioner Bauer, when he resigned from his post. They are having a challenge in determining dates for their board meetings, since they are now meeting every other month and will need to have longer meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for January 25, but unsure after that. There are a group of elected officials who are interested in looking at homeless issues.
Youth for Christ – Darin Gemmer: YFC works with foster youth, run the county’s Independent Living Services (ILS) program and City Life. City Life is a new program that is just beginning. Darin is the City Life Director and, at this time, he wants to learn the needs of Kitsap County so that he is not duplicating services or missing any gaps.
Kitsap Mental Health Services – Manny Cruz: Burwell Place is almost complete. They are preparing the units to open in January. The units are completely furnished. Bremerton Housing Authority is a partner, providing project-based section 8 for these apartments.
O’Hana House – Tamee Cyphers: Both O’Hana and Lighthouse are completely full. They have received funding for a new program, which is contingent on receiving Housing Choice vouchers for the program. The program will have 14 units and will work with chronic homeless families and pregnant women. It is a harm-reduction model and will include wrap-around services. WestSound will be working with many community partners in this project. The units that they have identified for this program are two and three-bedroom units.
Lighthouse – Imari Stone: Lighthouse is Westsound’s transitional housing for homeless men. They have found that case management has a positive effect on men who are in recovery from substance abuse. There is a success story from one of their men in the Project Connect insert that came out earlier this week.
Habitat for Humanity – Greg Alkire: From March 1 to March 18, they will be open for applications. They will be building six homes in Bremerton, in Bay Vista.
Kitsap Recovery Center – Joseph Montalbo: The Guest Program is usually full, but they currently have one male bed available. At this point, their funding, after June 30 is unsure.
Kitsap Mental Health Services – Manny Cruz: The sock drive brought in just under 2000 pairs of socks, which will be distributed at Project Connect as well as various sites on the day of the Point in Time count.
Goodwill – Martha Wightman: At their job training program in Silverdale, they offer computer training and a retail program. In the retail program, they have about a 75% placement rate. It is a nine-week program with a stipend while in the program and case management for the participants for one year after graduation.
Kitsap Community Resources – Jim Stowers: They are putting in a grant request for working with veterans in a program similar to their Rapid Rehousing program.
Bremerton Housing Authority – Sarah Van Cleve: The Summit, an 82-unit apartment building with 47 public housing units, is nearing the application stage. Persons who were displaced out of Westpark have first option on the public housing apartments. After that, they will be open to the general public. They have pulled 100 families from their waiting list for 100 new Housing Choice vouchers.
Bremerton Rescue Mission – Walt LeCouteur: The Weaver Foundation and Bremerton Rescue Mission hope to be opening Georgia House in February. They will be able to house a maximum of 7 families, women and children only. They are currently in negotiation on the lease. They will be able to open temporarily as a shelter for up to six months. During the summer, it will be used during the day, as a Resource Center.
North Kitsap Fishline – Rae Rodriguez: They have two Community Jobs workers who are doing phone screening for emergency services, for persons who are not homeless. They do have an opening in their Safe Park program for single women who are living in their car.
Housing Resources Board – Phedra Elliott: They have a 2 bedroom and a 3 bedroom units available. Terry will include those on the Current Rental Availability list in tomorrow’s TJ.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.
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