Putting Kids First: Missouri’s Solution for Developing Localized Funding Streams National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference Funding Strategies for Programs Serving Homeless Youth Thursday, July 14, 2:30pm-4pm Presenters: Pat Holterman-Hommes Chief Program Officer Youth In Need 1815 Boone’s Lick Road St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 946-5600 firstname.lastname@example.org Todd Patterson Public Progress 1529 14th Street NW, 405 Washington, DC 20005 (202) 412-1234 email@example.com A.Missouri -mirrors the demographic, economic and political makeup of thenation (in general) with a mix of urban, suburban & rural culture -considered a political bellwether state -Missouri has its two Blue "coasts" of St. Louis and Kansas Citywith Red middle and southern areas -Missouri is in the center of the country, distant from the coast andthe national borders, and the center of U.S. population is in MO B.Problem: -Gradual erosion of state funding over the past 10-15 years. This is also compounded by the fact that Missouri’s funding for children has consistently been in the lowest 1/3 of all states -reductions for children’s mental health & substance abuse services
-MO has also historically been among the lowest of states for theseservices for all ages -needs of kids & families far exceeds available resources &support systems -funding silos: RHY, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health -in St. Louis (largest urban area), 3 agencies serving RHY/non-system involved youth (not sole focus) -less than 50 beds (shelter & TLP combined) in the entire easternMO region C.Solution: -Need for a stable, localized funding stream for kids services -5 ballot tries over 14 years (children’s mental health & children’sservices efforts) -Passage of Proposition 1: Putting Kids First in Nov. 2004 in St.Charles -1/8 cent sales tax -Generating $5.8m/year for St. Charles Co. since 2005 -Other counties have followed (Lincoln, Franklin) -2008 St. Louis Co. passed on first ballot, generating $40m/yr -Total of $55m in the St. Louis region annually -Overseen by county-appointed independent boards -Contracts awarded annually, based on performance and utilization D. Service areas: - temporary shelter - transitional living - teen parent - respite care - crisis intervention - school-based prevention - home & community-based intervention - individual, group & family counseling - outpatient substance abuse treatment - outpatient psychiatric treatment E. Results: -St. Charles & St. Louis (suburban & urban areas)
-Added capacity: $2,865,000 for shelter services, which includesoutreach to link homeless youth to services via Safe Place, and $1,840,000for transitional living services for older youth (St. Charles & St. Louis only) -integrated service system approach -Youth Connection Helpline model program collaboration -Since 2005 in St. Charles, community benefits include reducedrates of teen pregnancy, child abuse, drop out, runaway, delinquency andstatus offenses. Other counties, too soon to tell but we are collecting data -agency benefits: sustainable funding; don’t have to re-compete;able to request funding to expand programs or increase unit cost -accountability for results/outcome driven & evidence-based F. Conducting a successful campaign: - Identify the Need. In Missouri counties, a needs assessment wasprepared by independent, legitimate sources. -Educate the Public. The findings in the needs assessment werereleased to the media. Other potential coalition partners were informed of itsfindings. -Construct the Initiative. Determine the content of the initiative andprepare ballot language. -Build the Table. Based on the needs assessment, a roundtable ofpertinent, regional organizations and individuals was formed who committedresources to the effort. -Do the Research. Poll to determine if the initiative has the earlypublic support necessary to go forward. -Raise the Funds. If ample public support exists, begin raising theresources necessary to mount a successful campaign. -Develop a Sociopolitical Model. Through modeling, identifypotential supporters and detractors and build grassroots support. -Implement Messaging. Through print and electronic paid media,press efforts, and grassroots outreach, convey the persuasive messages tobuild support. -Maintain the Infrastructure. If successful on election day, maintainthe coalition to not only influence the development of the grant-makingauthority, but to also protect its integrity as it functions. -Keep the Public Informed. On behalf of the grant-making authority,the coalition should play an outreach role by keeping the public up-to-dateon the positive impact being made by the funding stream.