Homelessness

Moving Forward on Homelessness – Updates

January 2018

Correspondence from the Moving Forward Steering Committee as a follow-up to the Moving Forward session on January 25, 2018.

–  SHELTERS/TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

What We Have:

Neighborworks Umpqua
Coos Cares (3 Families)
THE House (19 beds)
Bay Area First Step
ADAPT Fresh Start (16 apts)
OSH (coming out of State Hospital –  Room & Board – 6months)
FAST program
College Park Warming Center (23)
Columbia Cares
Star of Hope
SAFE Project
Devereux Warming Center (49)

How Can We Build?

Youth
Properly collect data
look at different successful transitional housing structures
“Faces” of homeless experiences (interviews)
More foster homes (adult & youth) and aggressive at risk
Mentor individuals who want to reach self-sufficiency through education (released from incarceration (12)

What Next?

Tiny homes
Organizing volunteers
Better communication
Community partners – more collaboration, fewer silos
– INTEGRATED HEALTH

What We Have/ Successes:

BAH involved in Point In Time Count
Monthly law enforcement meetings; partners staffing cases can attend
Mental Health workers riding with law enforcement officers
Waterfall Clinic has qualified mental health professionals available to consult mid doctor’s appointment.
Coos Health and Wellness has a new EASA program: Early Assessment and Support Alliance for young persons who have started experiencing psychosis.
Coos Youth Drop – connecting clients (14 – 25) with wrap around services (OHP, Waterfall, CHW, KAIROS
Waterfall and community partners) starting case staffing meetings
FAST program (ORCCA)
Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative
Multi-organization release form
ARK – application assistance
Coos Cares provides wrap services
Hospice offers several kinds of Grief Support
ACT team at CHW has crisis line; high risk; adults only
Info re WOAH referral process — WOAH does not provide assistance to individuals and or families seeking to enroll in the Oregon Health Plan.  Once a person is enrolled if they are a resident of Coos County, they are assigned to WOAH where they are assisted in securing a primary care provider of their choice if the provider selected is accepting new patients.
**Application assisters in Coos County:  Coast Community Health Center, Coos Health & Wellness, Waterfall Clinic, The Coquille Tribe, Confederated Tribes.

The “directory” is available at:   http://healthcare.oregon.gov/Pages/find-help.aspx

New Action

“Fix-it: see on YouTube
Use more wrap around for adults
Set up trainings with older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative
More trauma Drug & Alcohol services w Child Welfare
More partners – Hospice looking for housing partners
More Mental Health Training wanted (SOCC?)
“Living Well with Chronic Conditions” Rita Hoover (BAH) – need a trainer

How Can We Build

**More peer support specialists
Integrated Database (Maggie from ORCCA working on this)
Bandon and Southern Coos – mental behavioral health team
Transitional Housing at Annex – for leaving State Hospital
**Partners for Coos Drop
Richardson’s Recovery Center (12 beds) in process
*Coos Cares looking for WRAP partners
 – TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD SECURITY

What We Have

Updated bus schedule – 3 loops
CCAT partnership with SWOCC for reduced rates
Emergency Food Box – not available through Food Share at this time
ORCCA can transport Homebound
Dial-a-Ride
Yellow Cab minimizing wait time
Bay Cities Brokerage
— Peer Support Services
–Local
Kids Snack Packs through schools

How Can We Build?

CCAT expand hours and include weekend times
7 day-a-week food pantries with later hours
More canned food included in food boxes/bags
Utilize unused/purchase food from local vendors and gardeners
Coordinate distribution of unused restaurant food
Establish network of mechanics to volunteer time to do vehicle and maintenance repairs
Shopping model is a food bank style that allows clients to select their own food rather than being given a box or bag.
Bay Cities Brokerage — Communication about what they offer and how to utilize their services.  Many clients don’t realize they can use BCB to get their prescriptions.
Hospice clients NEED transportation, maybe someone could donate taxi vouchers to hospice to use for the patients/spouses.  Often the hospice patient has been the primary driver but can no longer drive.  Bus tickets could be helpful but more difficult due to the time constraints.  Dial a ride is an option but, again, donations needed.

What’s Next?

Bus system navigation – volunteers as Navigators
Taxi education
Gas Vouchers
Dial-a-Ride in town vs out of CB/NB
More faith-based meals/info/collaboration/ education
COOSHUB.ORG   — use it!!!
Food garden; edible landscaping
Gold Beach nonprofit to help facilitate those with needs – Annual/monthly fee subscription
 – COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS & EMPLOYMENT

What We Have

Housing Study
Inter-agency coordinated entry (HMIS)
Moving Forward sessions to integrate and network more effectively
Employment Partnerships
Hospice item needed are donated to nonprofits and Salvation Army
Communication – CoosHub.org
Success services coordinated with Devereux Center
ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences ..) training team – Free- build awareness of trauma-informed training

How Can We Build?

More in-person forums and networking
Economic Development & Coordination
Wednesday Business Lunches puts faces to successes and makes connections
Beyond agency to interpersonal ties
Smooth shelter-to-home transition
Diversify foster support network (Child Welfare Advisory team)
Every Child Foster night out
Master lease programs to provide available rentals
Transitionus.org
Shiftnetwork.com
fixit – YouTube

What’s Next?

United Way Day of Caring II
OHP registration, birth certificate/ID procurement, Haircuts, Pet services – for adults and youth becoming adults
Board Diversity / Representation
Volunteer coordination – get one-stop fingerprinting/background check for volunteers
Community Education
City of Coos Bay Homeless Committee
Funding champions/partner agencies

Data Sharing on service-related statistics

 


September 2017

Correspondence from the Moving Forward Steering Committee as a follow-up to the Moving Forward session on September 26, 2017.

211 INFO – RESOURCE ACCESS

  • FREE guidance and information about health and social services
  • Only as good as participation – be sure your agency is listed and current

EMERGENCY SHELTER, SHORT-TERM & TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

  • Coos Cares: partnership between Harmony United Methodist Church and Faith Lutheran Church – temporary housing for families, projected to open in January,
  • College Park Warming Shelter – College Park Community Church in addition to its community breakfast is hoping to open a warming shelter this winter. They will be utilizing volunteers from several area churches
  • FAST partnerships – ORCCA, Coos Bay Housing Authority and DHS Child Welfare are partnering to support homeless families through intensive case management, transitional and permanent housing.  Coos Bay Housing Authority will be allocating 3 apartments in Coos Bay for program participants.

EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS

  1. Working Wonders serves individuals 16 and older who suffer from mental illness.
  • Focused on strengths and skills
  • Fits those skills to workforce available
  • Time-unlimited support
  1. Goodwill Job Connection
  • Individual Career Counseling
  • Career Skills Development
  • Job Leads
  • Application Assistance
  • Referrals to employers & community resources
  • Services available to everyone

ADDICTION SERVICES

1) “Fresh Start”: residential program through ADAPT.  16-unit residential facility in Coos Bay. Offers people coming out of rehab a place to go rather than end up homeless.

  1. Participants who have more than 30 days clean and sober
  2. Treatment programs 5 hours per day/5 days a week
  3. Medical treatment
  4. Employment counseling
  5. Supported by Coordinated Care provider, Western Oregon Advanced Health

FOOD SECURITY

South Coast Food Share is a program of Oregon Coast Community Action

  • functions as the Regional Food Bank of Coos and Curry County and partners with most of the local emergency food box sites as well as other emergency and supplemental food programs in our community.
  • SCFS is also part of a larger statewide network, which gathers quarterly to find ways to best support the ideal that no one should be hungry.
  • In spring of 2017 a Client preference survey addressed many questions including frequency of use, desired foods, dietary needs, storage abilities and more. This survey was administered to low income/homeless families and individuals accessing the emergency food system. This data is currently being analyzed and turned into easily digestible/reportable data. SCFS should have more information later this calendar year on the results for our area.
  • A program called Link2Feed is just now being launched locally at emergency food box sites in our area. This program will allow us to see trends in access, assess needs surrounding diet, allergies preference and more. We hope to have all Emergency Food Box sites have this system in place so that we can get a better idea of what hunger in our community actually looks like.

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Changes in transit service from 4.5 loops a day to 7 loops a day
  2. Dial a Ride now operates 7:30 – 5:30 Monday thru Friday
  3. House Transportation Committee created a Dedicated Transit Fund
  4. $900,000 dedicated to Coos County for operations if projects/programs are developed. Funds can:
  • Decrease length of time for routes from 90 minutes to 60 minutes
  • Add more stops
  • The more people move; the more people move

INTEGRATED HEALTH

  • Western Oregon Advanced Health investing in strategic areas – training Community Health Outreach Workers to be a resource person in different facilities around the county for people experiencing homelessness or a variety of other needs.
  • Community Health Workers have met to share resources, identify gaps, stay connected
  • Finding ways to address lack of sharing information among providers of services
  • Working on Community Partner Consent Form – a global consent form that any agency can be part of. Client gives permission to share information back and forth to effectively meet the client needs for all services.  Will be ready to present at Moving Forward session in January.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

  • Focused on helping general population understand the face of homelessness – attending City Council meetings etc. to educate
  • Looking for others to participate in Public Relations efforts (Tara Johnson ndccoosbay@gmail.com )
  • Homeward Bound Program – if person experiencing homelessness can provide verifiable documentation of support in another location, City of Coos Bay will pay for bus ticket to return there. This program is administered by Oregon Coast Community Action.
  • Devereux Center is moving forward with Warming Center for winter … need funds, materials, food, volunteers
  • RE Integrated Health, Devereux works hard to interview clients to provide information to other service providers

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

  • 622 homeless youth in Coos County
  • Melinda from ARK received grant to fund homeless youth being placed in homes
  • Accolades for increased communication across community partners
  • Much work to be done

COOS COUNTY HOUSING STUDY

  • Selection Committee conducted extensive process resulting in a contract with czb LLC, based in Virginia and Utah.
  • Funds were granted in part because of the commitment and engagement of the community
  • Extensive process by Selection Committee resuarlylted in a contract with czb LLC based in Virginia and Utah.
  • Study projected to be completed by e 2018 with roll-out and celebration in April, 2018
  • Expected outcomes of study:
  1. identify housing resources available in Coos County
  2. determine housing needs
  3. identify the barriers to meeting those needs
  4. recommend solutions
  • County recommendations on what we can do as a community to be proactive in creating solutions.

 


May 2017
Correspondence from the Moving Forward Steering Committee
as a follow-up to the Moving Forward session at the Coos History Museum on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Many community members have expressed a desire to actively work to improve our community. This could have been at the Homeless Summit on April 14, the Poverty Simulation on May 5 or the Moving Forward session of May 16. Some participated in Nonprofit Trainings last year.

The Moving Forward Action Groups are:

• INTEGRATED HEALTH (Physical, Mental, Oral)
• HOUSING -Short-term & Transitional
• YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
• TRANSPORTATION
• EMERGENCY SHELTER
• FOOD SECURITY
• PUBLIC RELATIONS

The document linked below contains a lot of information that was gathered from the Moving Forward session on May 16.

Download the PDFMoving Forward – 5-16-17-Summary

Several possible Homeless Moving Forward Strategies are already posted on this site.

For summaries of the April 14, 2017 Homeless Summit event, see the Recap page.

Individual Moving Forward group meetings will be posted on the Coos Hub calendar.

The next FULL-GROUP MOVING FORWARD MEETING will be Tuesday, September 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Pony Village Mall.


Clearinghouse for questions, concerns, ideas, suggestions, etc.

PLEASE send notice of small-group meetings scheduled and any notes or action that is taken by the group. This will be posted to CoosHub.org for shared knowledge and collaboration. Please also submit helpful feedback, especially on ways to collaborate and communicate across the sectors and agencies. Contact Char Luther at info.newcommunity@gmail.com or 541.244.0589.

Together, we can bring positive change!
Thank you for caring enough to step up and ACT!

Char Luther and the Moving Forward Steering Committee (Tara Johnson, Marcia Hart, Lennae Wright, Gail Small, Jill Vandehey, Scott Cooper, Maggie Sackrider, Barbara Stevenson, Jessica Lloyd-Rogers, Leslie Lintner, Peg Crowley)

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