6.1 The HEARTH Act: Implications for Rural Communities (Harrison)


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Last year Congress passed the HEARTH Act, the first major reforms of HUD’s homeless assistance programs in nearly two decades. This workshop will address HEARTH implementation for rural, statewide, and Balance of State CoC’s.

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6.1 The HEARTH Act: Implications for Rural Communities (Harrison)

  1. 2. Campaign to End Homelessness in Michigan <ul><li>Michigan began the Campaign in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Every square inch of Michigan is covered by a ten-year plan to end homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>There is an over-arching statewide plan </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Departments of Human Services, Community Health, Corrections, Education and MSHDA all collaborate regularly to end homelessness </li></ul>
  2. 3. Campaign Structure
  3. 4. REGIONALIZATION Communicating
  4. 5. Campaign to End Homelessness in Michigan <ul><li>Used HOME and state money to fund Tenant Based Rental Assistance – providing over 1,500 units to serve: </li></ul><ul><li>Chronically Homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Aging of Foster Care </li></ul><ul><li>Family Homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors of Domestic Violence </li></ul>
  5. 6. Campaign to End Homelessness in Michigan <ul><li>Target HUD Housing Choice Vouchers to the homeless as they become available through attrition </li></ul><ul><li>Target HUD Project Based Vouchers to supportive housing developments </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Credit Allocation Plan – QAP – requires construction of units for the homeless. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Supportive Housing Building Opportunity
  7. 9. Coming Home
  8. 10. Job Training
  9. 12. Campaign to End Homelessness in Michigan <ul><li>Created 13 Housing Resource Centers </li></ul><ul><li>SOAR Across Michigan – assists with SSI </li></ul><ul><li>The Campaign To End Homelessness web site – www.thecampaigntoendhomeless.com </li></ul><ul><li>Divided the state into 8 Regions </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) </li></ul>
  10. 13. Campaign to End Homelessness in Michigan <ul><li>Developed the Michigan Housing Locator after Hurricane Katrina – the Michigan housing locator . com </li></ul><ul><li>Have a monthly Campaign e-news letter to keep our partners informed. </li></ul>
  11. 14. 5 th Annual Summit on Ending Homelessness in Michigan <ul><li>Fall conference held on the campus of Michigan State University </li></ul><ul><li>October 12-13, 2010 </li></ul>
  12. 15. Transitioning to HEARTH HPRP Streamlined Process <ul><li>Each CoC Body has one Lead Community Housing Assistance Plan (CHAP) </li></ul><ul><li>The Lead CHAP is the fiduciary for the grant </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a centralized, easy to navigate intake process for those living in homelessness </li></ul>
  13. 16. Transitioning to HEARTH Emergency Solutions Grants <ul><li>Michigan has already began the transition process – closing a shelter in Grand Rapids by following Prevention/Rapid Re-Housing </li></ul><ul><li>October 2010 funding requires CoC Body’s to spend 20% of their allocation on Prevention, Rapid Re-Housing, or Housing related Case Management. </li></ul>
  14. 17. Transitioning to HEARTH Emergency Solutions Grants <ul><li>Michigan is moving one grant fiduciary per CoC Body; and </li></ul><ul><li>One Single Point of Entry Agency per CoC Body - Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>Streamline/Ease the housing process for people living in homelessness; </li></ul><ul><li>Staff who works with landlords – Housing Resources Specialist </li></ul>
  15. 18. HMIS Measuring Our Performance
  16. 19. Data Matters <ul><li>Determining Need </li></ul><ul><li>Allocating Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Quality and Effectiveness of Service Delivery </li></ul>
  17. 20. Determining Need & Allocating Resources <ul><li>HPRP </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Choice Vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Solutions Grants </li></ul>
  18. 21. Quality & Effectiveness of Services <ul><li>Measurement has been prioritized at both the Campaign Planning level and the service delivery level. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting the Planning Process, the Campaigns Measurement Group: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveyed a diversity of data options from the MSHMIS Outcomes Suite to DHS TANF data. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on common “themes” identified across Plans, developed a menu of logical change measures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided training statewide on how to write measurable objectives, access information on performance and evaluate success. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 22. Quality & Effectiveness of Services <ul><li>Leadership issued Guidelines to evaluate service delivery for agencies receiving a diversity of both state and federal dollars. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All Providers are required to measure performance using standardized outcomes included on the MSHMIS. MSHMIS provides data by program type, client characteristics and location to support benchmarking. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurement targets are defined by both historical performance and through benchmarked performance (comparison to peer programs). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providers are required to regularly review their performance and demonstrate Continuous Quality Improvement documenting problem-solving efforts associated with substandard performance and/or implementing opportunities to improve care. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness / CoCs host benchmarking groups to share best practices and support problem resolution. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future funding decisions reflect both performance on defined measures and agency efforts to resolve performance issues. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 23. HMIS as a Management Tool <ul><li>HPRP Monday morning financial report (HALO); </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly Performance Report (HMIS/HALO); </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Performance Report (HMIS/HALO); </li></ul><ul><li>Using a statewide centralized intake to screening qualifications for HPRP, providers track risk factors and goal achievement across a variety of domains defined in their housing plan. The Housing Plan is automated to allow for reporting on patterns of change statewide. </li></ul>
  21. 24. State Leadership Oversight <ul><li>Monthly Michigan Homeless Assistance Advisory Board consists of </li></ul><ul><li>State Agencies – including DHS, Corrections, VA, Education, Community Health, and the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, Corporation for Supportive Housing </li></ul>