Political Leadership for Ending Homelessness <br />Kay Moshier McDivitt<br />Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessnes...
Political Leadership for Ending HomelessnessThe Lancaster County Experience<br />Before<br />Lancaster Interagency Council...
Before Model – Lancaster ICH<br /><ul><li>No political leadership nor buy in
Neither the Mayor of the City nor the County Board of Commissioners “owned” the issue
Most services located in the city; those experiencing homelessness from rural areas came into the city
Fragmented system
Programs sprang up around organizational agendas/goals rather than clear response to identified needs or strategies: Many ...
Lacked strategy on how to move persons through the system to permanency and plan for ending homelessness
CoC Submission not “owned” by lead agency
Limited HMIS utilization</li></li></ul><li>Lancaster County<br />NO.<br />INDIVIDUALS<br />738<br />707<br />589<br />561<...
Getting Local Political Leadership-The “BUY IN” of WHY<br /><ul><li>First Step…</li></ul>Garner community support behind “...
2005:  United Way issues the “Community Impact Report on Housing and Homelessness in Lancaster”
Established the framework for the 10 Year plan
A System Shift with a “housing first” philosophy</li></li></ul><li>Getting Local Political LeadershipThe “BUY IN” of WHY (...
Lancaster CountyThe System Shift<br />NEW APPROACH<br />System of:<br /><ul><li>Prevention
Diversion
Rapid re-housing
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6.2 Leading the Way: Local Political Leadership for Ending Homelessness (McDivitt)

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Local political leaders have been crucial in efforts to move communities toward a solutions-focused homelessness system. In doing so, they have convinced other local opinion leaders to make ending homelessness a top priority. Speakers will facilitate a robust discussion around why it’s important to get political leaders involved in the fight to end homelessness locally, how to do so, and the benefits for the community.

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6.2 Leading the Way: Local Political Leadership for Ending Homelessness (McDivitt)

  1. 1. Political Leadership for Ending Homelessness <br />Kay Moshier McDivitt<br />Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness<br />150 North Queen Street, Suite 610<br />Lancaster, PA 17603<br />kmcdivitt@co.lancaster.pa.us<br />
  2. 2. Political Leadership for Ending HomelessnessThe Lancaster County Experience<br />Before<br />Lancaster Interagency Council for the Homeless<br />Primarily made up of service providers,<br />Often front line staff with limited organizational or community leveraging<br />Largely networking with small group of “volunteers” responsible for the Continuum of Care submission<br />After<br />Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness<br />Combined the former ICH, the CoC planning process and the 10 year plan to end homelessness under one umbrella<br />Led by a Leadership Council made up political and community leaders<br />Chaired by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners<br />
  3. 3. Before Model – Lancaster ICH<br /><ul><li>No political leadership nor buy in
  4. 4. Neither the Mayor of the City nor the County Board of Commissioners “owned” the issue
  5. 5. Most services located in the city; those experiencing homelessness from rural areas came into the city
  6. 6. Fragmented system
  7. 7. Programs sprang up around organizational agendas/goals rather than clear response to identified needs or strategies: Many “Silo’s
  8. 8. Lacked strategy on how to move persons through the system to permanency and plan for ending homelessness
  9. 9. CoC Submission not “owned” by lead agency
  10. 10. Limited HMIS utilization</li></li></ul><li>Lancaster County<br />NO.<br />INDIVIDUALS<br />738<br />707<br />589<br />561<br />545<br />537<br />384<br />YEAR<br />PREVIOUS MODEL<br />Service system that manages & shelters homeless<br />
  11. 11. Getting Local Political Leadership-The “BUY IN” of WHY<br /><ul><li>First Step…</li></ul>Garner community support behind “Why” Political Leadership is Important<br />Lancaster’s Journey<br /><ul><li>2004: United Way partnered with ICH to conduct community impact study on “Housing and Homelessness”
  12. 12. 2005: United Way issues the “Community Impact Report on Housing and Homelessness in Lancaster”
  13. 13. Established the framework for the 10 Year plan
  14. 14. A System Shift with a “housing first” philosophy</li></li></ul><li>Getting Local Political LeadershipThe “BUY IN” of WHY (cont.)<br />Lancaster’s Journey<br /><ul><li>Community Impact Steering Committee recognized need for political champion to make “shift” happen</li></ul>“Champion” - has trust and respect of the community<br />“if they believe this matters, then I do”<br />Political Leadership - critical to bringing together a fragmented system and shift toward common goal<br />Committee Chair was key<br />Local business leader with “clout” who could engage the political leader(s)<br />
  15. 15. Lancaster CountyThe System Shift<br />NEW APPROACH<br />System of:<br /><ul><li>Prevention
  16. 16. Diversion
  17. 17. Rapid re-housing
  18. 18. Permanent Housing</li></ul>Goal: <br />To provide the opportunity for a full and dignified life in the community for every resident of Lancaster City and County through a comprehensive, coordinated effort to prevent and end homelessness in the next decade.<br />PREVIOUS MODEL<br />Service system that manages & shelters homeless<br />
  19. 19. Identifying the “right” political champion<br />What do you need to affect change?<br /><ul><li>Issue: Needed buy-in and strategies to address homelessness in rural areas of community as well as in the City of Lancaster
  20. 20. Solution: Sought support from County Commissioners who could garner rural support that would create county wide change </li></li></ul><li>Identifying the “right” political champion<br />Who has the largest circles of influence?<br /><ul><li>Issue: Need for leadership from commissioner level, how do we “get it.”
  21. 21. Solution: Look for person(s) who can influence that political leader
  22. 22. One person can lead to another person.
  23. 23. Sell to that person you can first influence who can influence the next person etc.</li></ul>9<br />
  24. 24. Lancaster County Making the Shift<br />October 27, 2008<br />
  25. 25. Identifying the “right” political championThe result: A “system” change<br /><ul><li>2009: Commissioners established the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness resulting in:
  26. 26. The Continuum of Care, the Homeless Service Provider Network (former ICH ) and the 10 Year Plan in coordinated and collaborative effort
  27. 27. The LCCEH Leadership Council of key community leaders invited personally by the Commissioners to serve - they said “yes”</li></li></ul><li>LANCASTER COUNTY COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS<br />Leadership Council<br /> for the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness<br />Co-Chairs:<br />Lancaster County Board of Commissioners<br />Phil Wenger – CEO Isaac’s Restaurants & Deli<br />Community leaders<br />Chairs of Action Teams<br /><ul><li>Advocate in community & obtain community support
  28. 28. Champion plan
  29. 29. Monitor progress
  30. 30. Provide resources & assistance as needed
  31. 31. Remove roadblocks
  32. 32. Endorse new strategies</li></ul>Heading Home Plan<br />Action Team Leadership<br />Chairs & vice-chairs<br />Continuum of Care Planning Committee<br />Chair: Community Homeless Advisor<br />Action Team Chairs<br />Organizations receiving funding<br />Service Provider Network Meeting<br /> Facilitator & co-facilitator<br /><ul><li>Evaluate/implement ideas from networking meetings
  33. 33. Coordinate Action Team strategies
  34. 34. Annual HUD grant process
  35. 35. Sharing & networking
  36. 36. Identify gaps
  37. 37. Identify new strategies</li></ul>Housing First<br />Action Team<br />Chair: <br />Bob Thomas<br /> (Tabor)<br />Permanent Housing<br />Action Team<br />Chair: <br />Ken Smith (Community Basics)<br />Transitional Housing<br />Action Team<br />Chair: <br />Jennifer Powell (Clare House)<br />Employment<br />Action Team<br />Chair:<br />Lori Rank<br />(CareerLink) <br />Serv. to Chron. Home.<br />Action Team<br />Chair: <br />Jere Shertzer (WSM)<br />Prevention<br />Action Team<br />Chair: <br />Susan Eckert (United Way)<br />Communication & PR<br />Action Team<br />Lisa Riggs<br />(James St. Imp. Dist.)<br /><ul><li>Identify new strategies, action steps and outcomes
  38. 38. Accomplish Outcomes
  39. 39. Hold public forums
  40. 40. Communicate progress
  41. 41. Engage community for additional resources
  42. 42. Implement Heading Home plan
  43. 43. Implement current strategies & action steps</li></ul>Key:<br />= Communication <br />
  44. 44. Identifying the “right” political championThe Result<br /><ul><li>We are talking “to each other” instead of about each other
  45. 45. Working as a system towards common goals
  46. 46. Bipartisan support of the Board of Commissioner keeps the issue on the front lines
  47. 47. Commissioners used a system wide alignment of HPRP funding with 10 year plan goals</li></li></ul><li>Identifying the “right” political championThe Benefits<br /><ul><li>Established a county office as the first “official lead agency”, for the CoC process
  48. 48. HMIS now overseen by the county’s lead office</li></ul>Data vastly improved<br /><ul><li>Providers sitting at the same table creating system wide strategies and tools (Including faith based)
  49. 49. Resolutions passed:</li></ul>All proposed affordable housing projects seeking funding must set aside 10% of units<br />All strategies and funded services must align with HEARTH Act goals and Open Doors Plan<br />
  50. 50. Identifying the “right” political championThe Benefit<br /><ul><li>2010 Point in Time Count
  51. 51. 2% decrease overall
  52. 52. 7% decrease in family homelessness
  53. 53. FIRST overall decrease since beginning the count
  54. 54. In spite of 3% increase in unemployment during same period</li></li></ul><li>Final Thoughts<br /><ul><li>Identify the “right” Political Champion
  55. 55. Identify the “right” Community Champion to help obtain commitment
  56. 56. Key strategies for engagement</li></ul>Coordinate all systems under one umbrella<br />Strong communication strategy<br />Keep political leadership informed of all issues<br /><ul><li>Be prepared for challenges
  57. 57. Success breeds success</li></li></ul><li>THANK YOU<br />
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