One of the main goals of the task force is to publish a report that includes information that will be helpful to cities and counties that are trying to create a homelessness plan for their area. This meeting focused on making final decisions on what the report should include.
Task force members reviewed draft materials that outline components and descriptions of homelessness plans and strategies. The information was collected through a review of existing homelessness plans, and can be used by cities and counties to target their work on the issue. They also provided staff with direction on what areas to focus on when collecting best practices in four areas: target populations, collaborative efforts, housing approaches and governance.
In addition to reviewing materials for the report, the task force heard several presentations from state agencies and community partners on available grants and program models.
Representatives from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) spoke to the committee about what BSCC is doing in the area of homelessness. Recent legislation has required that BSCC include housing of previously incarcerated persons as an issue in their grant guidelines. Specifically, they discussed three BSCC programs that include a housing component:
- MIOCR (Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction) — supports prevention, intervention, diversion, supervision, services and strategies aimed at reducing recidivism in California’s mentally ill offender population and to improve outcomes for these offenders while continuing to protect public safety.
- Pay for Success — provides funding through Social Innovation Financing for three pilot counties when investors, local government agencies and service providers to agree on outcome goals for programs that reduce recidivism. Repayment on the private investment is based on reaching those targets.
- LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) — improves public safety and reduces recidivism by increasing the availability and use of social service resources while reducing costs to law enforcement agencies and courts stemming from repeated incarceration.
A representative from Alameda County spoke on the Whole Person Care Pilot Program funded by the California Department of Health Care Services. Alameda County’s vision is to create a system of whole person care that helps high-need patients achieve optimal independence and health in safe and stable housing. In total, 18 counties are receiving funding from the first round. The task force also had a discussion on data sharing. Since some agencies are not included in HIPAA, there needs to be different levels of access.
The task force will now turn its full attention on preparing the report, which is expected to be published by the end of the year. For more information on the task force and the materials reviewed, please visit the League’s Homelessness Resources