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    • 1. A place to call home: taking the next step to build school-housing partnerships
    • 2. Overview of today’s workshop
      DeKalb KidsHome Collaborative Presenters:
      • SandreaJones, School Social Worker, DeKalb County School System
      • 3. Margaret Schuelke, Executive Director, Project Community Connections, Inc. (PCCI)
      Other Collaborative Partners:
      • Decatur Cooperative Ministry
      • 4. DeKalb County Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
      • 5. First Step Staffing
    • Overview of today’s workshop
      Inspired by a mother and son struggling with homelessness in early 2010. Project Community Connections, Inc. (PCCI) and Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) partnered with the DeKalb County School System, DeKalb County Public Schools Foundation, and First Step Staffing to launch the DeKalb KidsHome Collaborative.
      The purpose of the collaborative is to create whole, stable lives for families with school-age students struggling against homelessness.
    • 6. What we did and why
      • Collaboration between organizations serving homeless families and local school systems has long been mandated through legislation such as HUD’s McKinney-Vento Act.
      • 7. However, with the reauthorization of HUD’s McKinney Vento programs through the HEARTH Act the bar on the level of collaboration required among schools and homeless service providers has been raised.  This “mainstreaming” approach also rewardsCoCs that leverage HUD assistance with mainstream resources.
      • 8. We realized we could do more … and better.
    • What we did and why
      • Started informal meetings in February 2010 to discuss the successful outcome of the Perry Family through our collaborative efforts and how we could duplicate these initiatives.
      • 9. Discussed challenges to family success.
      • 10. Lack of affordable housing and/or family emergency and transitional housing options
      • 11. Fragmented system and lack of capacity make it hard for families, on their own, to negotiate the system and address their needs
      • 12. Lack of stable employment
    • What we did and why
      • Discussed opportunities for increased success.
      • 13. One-stop shopping concept where family needs can be addressed in individualized fashion.
      • 14. Reduce redundancy in services, specialize in areas of expertise, and ensure more comprehensive approaches for clients.
      • 15. Get/keep families stably housed and provide educational environment that has been shown to be important for good child outcomes.
    • What we did and whyIdentified Additional Resources
      Short Term Needs
      • Employment and Benefit Specialist
      • 16. Fiscal Agent for New Funding
      Longer Term Needs
      • Program/Logic Model – “Roadmap”
      • 17. Marketing and Educational Awareness
      • 18. Unrestricted Financial Resources to “fill in gaps”
    • What we did and whyIdentified Additional Resources
      Program/Logic Model – “Roadmap”
      • Tom Chapel, CDC, Chief Evaluation Officer
      • 19. Community Consulting Teams Atlanta
      Marketing and Educational Awareness
      • Dr. Neil Shulman and Zoe Haugo
      • 20. Script production
      • 21. Filming and Editing
      • 22. DVD Production
    • Initial Logic Model/Program Roadmap
      Created by Tom Chapel, Community Consulting Team (CCT Atlanta)
    • 23. Marketing and Educational Awareness
      Getting “Buy In”
      • In-Service Training with School Social Workers
      • 24. Trained homeless services staff on education definition of homelessness in order to refer families and youth.
      • 25. Presentation at Regional and Statewide Meetings
      • 26. Video Production and Brochure
    • Financial Resources
      Fundraising Efforts – New Resources
      • Seed funds from School Foundation for marketing
      • 27. Focus on private funding:
      • 28. Family and Corporate Foundations
      • 29. United Way and Community Foundation
      • 30. Chamber of Commerce
      • 31. Received over $150,000 to date in commitments, grants and pro bono assistance
      • 32. Joint fundraising meetings and coordinated strategy
    • Where Do We Go From Here?
    • 33. Client Population
      • Over the past three years, increase of families experiencing homelessness:
      • 34. In FY 2008, 928 students identified and served.
      • 35. In FY 2011, 1,442 students were identified and served.
    • Things We Need to Work On…
      • Building Support and Activated Decision Makers
      • 36. Long-term desire to do “big things”
      • 37. Short-run is about demonstrating we can make a difference
      • 38. Focus will be on those with low to moderate complexities – We can’t be “everything to everyone”
      • 39. Refine Program Design
    • Sustaining the Collaborative
      • Developing MOUs on protocols
      • 40. Develop joint release of information forms
      • 41. Developing data tracking system
      • 42. Expanding collaborative partnerships
      • 43. Create Advisory Committee
      • 44. Secure new facility – One Stop Shop
      • 45. Funding… funding… funding
      The DeKalb KidsHome Collaborative Working together to support stable housing, stable work, stable schooling, whole lives
      321 West Hill Street, Suite 3, Decatur, GA 30030
      404-371-1230 ext 213
    • 46. THANK YOU