2.13 Matters of State: Advancing Policy Priorities in State Capitals


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2.13 Matters of State: Advancing Policy Priorities in State Capitals

  1. 1. 2.13 Matters of State: Advancing Policy Priorities in State Capitals July 22, 2013 430-6pm
  2. 2. Why State Advocacy Matters: • Educating leaders and elected officials • Directing policy and resource allocation • Building coalitions to drive collaborative solutions • Homelessness is a local issue!
  3. 3. The Agenda: • Emily Carmody, LCSW – North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness • Richard A. Hooks Wayman, JD – Hearth Connection • Edward SanFilippo, JD – National Alliance to End Homelessness • Q&A
  4. 4. ADVOCACY AT THE STATE LEVEL North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness securing resources encouraging public dialogue advocating for public policy change 919.755.4393 www.ncceh.org
  5. 5. Organizational Filter Will this end homelessness? Do we have or can we find the resources to be successful? Are we the best organization to do this work?
  6. 6. It’s all about relationships…  Never assume  Be confident, believe that you’re a good catch  Put yourself out there and ask!  Always think about the next step
  7. 7. Legislative Advocacy vs. Executive Branch Advocacy Legislative Advocacy  Creating framework for programs, general rules  Appropriations Executive Branch Advocacy  Program Implementation  Decisions about how the program will be run, what priorities will be set  Decisions about how to disperse funding
  8. 8. Executive Branch Advocacy  Identify strategic targets  Focus on who makes the program decisions  Before you meet:  Learn what their program goals are  Learn the language of the program  Identify where you are part of the solution  Goals:  Viewed and valued as a resource  A seat at the table
  9. 9. Examples: SOAR  Began as a State program  Saw potential for improvement and growth  Sold solution to key decision makers  Now contracted to NCCEH  More time and resources for organizing trainings  Allowed for targeted follow up and technical assistance  More time to develop a state-wide SOAR program  Allowed for program changes at DDS and SSA  Our role with SOAR allows a seat at the table for other policy decisions
  10. 10. Examples: NC ESG Program  Program designed and implemented by NC DHHS  NCCEH invited to the table to help redesign application and program  New application aligns with Federal Strategic Plan and CoC goals  Emphasizes rapid re-housing  Encourages innovation and strategic use of funds by communities  Partnered with the State to provide ongoing technical support for CoCs throughout the application process
  11. 11. Examples: Medicaid Crosswalk  Identified Medicaid as target at NAEH conference in 2010  Researched current system and possible solutions  Shopped around white paper on PSH & Medicaid  Identified internal DHHS champions and external allies  Identified funding source  And now…
  12. 12. Contact NCCEH  Emily Carmody, LCSW Project Specialist (919) 755-4393 emily@ncceh.org  NCCEH Webpage: www.ncceh.org  Learn more! Join our mailing list! Become a member!
  13. 13. NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS NATIONAL CONFERENCE JULY 22-24, 2013 Washington, D.C. 2.13 Matters of State: Advancing Policy Priorities in State Capitals HEARTH CONNECTION, HOMES FOR ALL Rich Hooks Wayman
  14. 14. Hearth Connection www.hearthconnection.org • Hearth Connection is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to ending long-term homelessness in Minnesota. • 3 Regional Collaboratives • Intermediary Role- securing resources • Serve over 1,300 children, adults, and youth each year • PSH - Break the cycle of homelessness and achieve housing stability and health recovery. • Data focused on outcomes – CoPilot Data Base (HMIS)
  15. 15. OLD CHALLENGE – DIVIDED STRATEGIES AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPERS • New construction • Rehabilitation • Home Ownership • Rental Assistance HOMELESS ADVOCATES AND PROVIDERS • Shelter Services • Community Case management Supportive Services • Homeless Youth Services • Rental Assistance
  16. 16. HOMES FOR ALL UNITY!! • 40 nonprofit organizations • Affordable housing developers & Homeless Service Providers • Common policy initiatives leading to stable and affordable housing and an end to homelessness in Minnesota.
  17. 17. Homes for All – Accomplishments • Secured $37 million in new affordable housing bonding in 2012 • Secured a $33 million boost for housing and homeless services in state budget in 2013!
  18. 18. State Advocacy Coalition Building Upstart Work • Strategic Mapping of Partnership • Roles and Responsibility – Bylaws • Tools – Development of Communication Products • Prioritization of Policy Agenda • Operational Management – Structure of Coalition Work
  19. 19. Homes for All- Structure • Communication Strategies Committee • Policy Committee • Steering Committee • General Coalition Meetings
  20. 20. Homes for All – Policy Spectrum with Prioritization Minnesota Housing – Affordable Housing Production, Rehabilitation and Rental Assistance • Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program Challenge Fund — production and rehab • Housing Trust Fund — Rental Assistance • Preservation (PARIF) — rental housing • Rental Rehab Loans — smaller rental properties • Homebuyer Education • Capacity Building
  21. 21. Homes for All – Policy Spectrum with Prioritization • MN Department of Human Services – Homeless Services • Long-Term Homeless Supportive Services • Homeless Youth Act • Transitional Housing • Emergency Services Program
  22. 22. Homes for All – Administrative Advocacy Beyond Legislative Advocacy – Relationship Building and Advocacy to Governor and State Agencies • Governor’s Liaison to the Legislature • MN Housing • MN Department of Human Services
  23. 23. ENGAGEMENT IN MAINSTREAM COALITIONS • Disability Rights and Services – Olmstead Sub-Cabinet – NAMI (Mental Health) • Ending Poverty – Minnesota Without Poverty Coalition – Legal Services & TANF Working Group • Health Care – Affordable Care Act – Reform 2020 - 1115i Waiver to Medicaid Plan – PSH as Evidence Based Practice • Children’s Issues – Homeless Youth Act – Safe Harbors Legislation
  24. 24. CONTACT INFORMATION Rich Hooks Wayman richard@hearthconnection.org 651-645-0676 Hearth Connection, St. Paul, MN
  25. 25. Tools to Drive Policy Edward J. SanFilippo, NAEH Policy Fellow July 22, 2013
  26. 26. Learning from the field • What are people doing • Where do they need support • What resources are they already utilizing • What resources can they provide • Where are the openings
  27. 27. Tools that tell a story Outcomes: what do you want? Data: use your tools Message: choose a sound byte
  28. 28. Tools that tell a story: Data Worksheets Last PIT Count Year Before PIT 5 Years Ago PIT Year Total homeless population Chronic Substance Abuse Disorder Severely Mentally Ill Homeless Subpopulations in Your Community Source: This info can be searched for at: http://www.hudhre.info -- under CoC/GranteeInfo/Coc Reports
  29. 29. Tools that tell a story: Data Worksheets Health and Health Care Information Your County Next County Over Your State U.S. How healthy are people? countyhealthrankings.org - health outcomes ranking Can they get what they need? countyhealthrankings.org - clinical care ranking What is the rate of disability? statehealthfacts.org Do people lack health insurance? countyhealthrankings.org Are people on Medicaid? statehealthfacts.org Do people have high housing costs? countyhealthrankings.org (Find your state, then click on ‘Measures,’ then ‘Additional Measures,’ and then ‘High Housing Costs’) Community Health
  30. 30. Tools that tell a story: State Worksheet State Political Climate Governor/Political Party: Majority Party in State Legislature: Overall Climate: Key Players in Homelessness 1. 2. 3. Key Players in Healthcare 1. 2. 3. Possible Champions 1. 2. 3. Grassroots Tactics Effective Language Medicaid Expansion Timeline: Progress: Opportunities:
  31. 31. Tools that tell a story: Strategic Advocacy Plan GOAL OBJECTIVES STRATEGIES ACTIVITIES
  32. 32. Tools that tell a story: Setting Priorities as a State The Ask: Prioritize advocacy for Medicaid health home models with strong housing focus The Audience: Health Care Coalition Model Talking Points: Health Homes The Ask: Revitalized state-level interagency council on homelessness The Audience: Governor’s Office Model Talking Points: State Interagency Council The Ask: Prioritize TANF resources to stabilize homeless families The Audience: State TANF director and local administrators Model Talking Points: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  33. 33. Gearing Up for State Advocacy
  34. 34. Any questions? Edward J. SanFilippo esanfilippo@naeh.org www.endhomelessness.org