About 15 people in our weekly Homeless Action! meeting did a 20 minute brainstorming exercise on the question, “If we were in the decision-making position for the HEAP grants, how would we prioritize the money?” We thought you might be interested in the result. Adrienne
1) MOST IMPORTANT
Get it done! (cheapest cost – largest outcome)
Ground up! Immediate, Imminent…tent, safe parking, villages…progressive stages of housing.
Get homeless people Out of The Elements.
Ask “How Many? How Fast?” Fund what serves the most people in the shortest time.
Time is of the Essence
2) FUND PROJECTS WITH SOME OR ALL OF THESE THINGS (in no particular order)
A Path to Permanence
Office/desk space for homeless guests where they can pull their paperwork together
Improvement in Income and Benefits (such as General Assistance)
Data showing improved Mental and Physical Health
Measures of success in ‘soft’ areas, well-being in addition to paths to housing.
Measures of clear outcomes rather than process measures. (ie number of people sheltered for more than 6 months vs number of people served.)
Self-Satisfaction Surveys for homeless guests
Data on number of involuntary exits per month and number of appeals per month. (Fund those with low numbers.)
Lack of barriers, low barriers to services.
Peer training so that homeless people learn good ways to stay in shelter and housing
Clear timelines and step-by-step goals…(In the way contractors are given conditions of contract)
Clarity of detail and accountability
Inclusive secular daily recovery groups
Meals as part of the service
Number of people who are given intensive case management or other counseling (intensive = more than 2 X a week)
Post-management work for Community Development Commission (CDC). Technical Advisory Committee and Leadership Council direct CDC to manage programs as a partnership, rather than top down business-management approach in order to get the best bang for the buck in everything that is funded.
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