10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

10-year Plan to End Homelessness Kick-off EventOne Piece at a Time: Ending & Preventing Homelessness in Yolo County outlines the key pieces of an integrated and effective system to end and prevent homelessness for Yolo County residents. To achieve those goals, the people of Yolo County, including elected officials, faith leaders, service providers, County and City staff, business people, consumers, and concerned citizens must dedicate their efforts and attention to this goal of reducing homelessness.

The goals of this Plan are:

  • PREVENTION: Prevent homelessness through early, comprehensive assistance to those at-risk
  • HOUSING: Provide a wide range of opportunities and services to help people access and maintain extremely affordable permanent housing
  • SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: Provide comprehensive, integrated services to help people access and maintain housing and maximize their self-sufficiency
  • IMPLEMENTATION: Effectively administer, coordinate and finance implementation of the county's ten-year plan and its efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

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Why a Plan for Ending and Preventing Homelessness?

Yolo County and the Cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland supported the creation of this Plan for Ending and Preventing Homelessness, because homelessness is a multi-faceted issue in our community that requires a coordinated, committed effort to address. Through the planning process, the communities learned about the efforts that are underway to end homelessness for Yolo County residents and the needs that are still unmet.

Plan input was sought in community meetings, subject matter expert meetings, topic-specific forums, site visits, ballots, and surveys.

2009 Homeless Count

Total point-in-time count for January 29, 2009 was 491.

Rural

Davis

West Sac.

Woodland

Total

Men

2

60

137

75

274

Women

0

31

67

35

133

Gender Unknown

0

0

0

3

3

Children (under 18)

0

23

26

32

81

Total  

2

114

230

145

491

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What are some of the activities the Plan calls for?

Six Key Action Steps in the Plan are:

  1. Create and expand Housing Resource Centers in each City to improve system coordination, reduce duplication, and increase access to available services, housing, and homeless services.
  2. Identify and access funding for extremely affordable permanent housing and services to access and maintain housing.
  3. Increase availability and access to mental health and substance use services.
  4. Make transportation assistance available to improve access to services and employment opportunities.
  5. Create or assign a staff position to support plan implementation and move the plan forward.
  6. Maximize use of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect and analyze data on homelessness and program outcomes and to facilitate inter-agency case management and information sharing and to increase efficiency.

What’s happening with the Plan now?

The first pieces of the Plan that will be implemented are:

  • Using ARRA Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing funding, creating and expanding Housing Resource Centers in each City to provide homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services, including housing access, eviction prevention, financial assistance, legal services, credit repair and eviction repair.
  • Improving access to Social Security benefits, by training case managers to better assist homeless people in applying for benefits. In other areas using this model, application approval rates have increased from 10-15% to 70% and the length of time for an application decision decreased from an average of more than 120 days to an average of 93 days.

Who is directing the Plan’s progress?

The Plan is led by an Executive Commission. The current Commissioners are:

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Winters
Skip Davis, Woodland
Lucas Frerichs, Davis
Mark Johannessen, West Sacramento
Mike McGowan, County of Yolo
Bill Pride, HPAC

The Plan is overseen by an Advisory Board, which meets annually. Members of the Advisory Board support the Plan and may be called upon to support the Plan by participating in ad hoc working groups.

Who supports the Plan?

The following people, agencies, and entities have agreed to support this Plan and its implementation.

Signers:

City of Davis
City of West Sacramento
City of Winters
City of Woodland
County of Yolo

Endorsers:

Organizations:

Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition, by Michele Kellogg, Chair
Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health, by Kim Suderman, Director
Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services, by Pamela S. Miller, Director
Yolo County Department of Health, by Dr. Joseph Iser
Yolo County Housing, by Lisa A. Baker
Davis Social Services Commission, by George Hague, Vice Chair 
Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC), by Dr. Lee Turner-Muecke, Chief of Staff
Davis Community Meals, by Bill Pride
Food Bank of Yolo County, by Shelley Muller, Board President
Habitat for Humanity, Yolo Co., by Charlene Jacinto
United Christian Centers, by Alvin Lewis, Jr., Executive Director
Yolo Family Resource Center, Bob Ekstrom, Executive Director
Yolo Community Care Continuum, Michele Kellogg, Executive Director

Individuals:

John Archuleta, Our Lady of Grace Homeless Ministry
Dr. Jorge O. Ayala, Yolo County Office of Education
Lisa A. Baker, Yolo County Housing
Janice Critchlow, Yolo County Homeless Coordinator
Robert Ekstrom
Josh Gottschalk
Dr. Joseph P. Iser, MD, DrPH, MSc, Yolo County Health Department
Mark Johannessen, West Sacramento City Council
Leona Jull, Yolo Wayfarer Center
Michele Kellogg
Jessica Larsen, Yolo County Office of Education
Mary Moseley
Lori Perez, Yolo County Office of Education
Pastor Maria Ross, West Sacramento Community Church
Susan Slover, Community Housing Opportunities Corporation and Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition
Roz Stone 
Michele Gray-Samuel, Yolo County, County Administrator's Office

How can I support the Plan?

  • To endorse the plan, please send your name and contact information to Lisa Baker, Director of Yolo County Housing (lbaker@ych.ca.gov).
  • Become a Fan of One at a Time: Ending and Preventing Homelessness for Yolo County Residents on Facebook to receive updates and learn additional information. 
  • Become a member of the Plan Advisory Board. For more information, email Lisa Baker, Director of Yolo County Housing (lbaker@ych.ca.gov).

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