Advocates recommendations for Shelter and Supportive Housing Steering Committee. by Pat Farr

Coordination behavioral health help, support, advice, gudance and assistance with public safety will be a powerful focus in 2019-21

I had a substantial conversation with Larry Abel and Wayne Martin, both tireless advocates for programs addressing poverty and homelessness.  They had recommendations for consideration by the Steering Committee that will be deliberating on and making policy recommendations for implementation of the TAC Shelter and Housing Report here to the City of Eugene and Lane County.  Following is my summary and response to the conversation:

Larry and Wayne
Thanks for taking the time yesterday to meet with me in my office. It was not only informative and productive but also quite pleasant. I have started a file on the three recommendations that you’ve given to me and I will be certain that they are included during the upcoming Steering Committee for the TAC recommendations meetings.

The three recommendations, as I wrote them, are:

1. Conduct a nationwide search for an individual with experience in successfully implementing innovative ways to coordinate and effectively conduct response to homelessness issues including permanent supportive housing and low barrier shelter. I have included 24-hour Community Crisis Center aimed at jail diversion.

2. Include a currently unhoused individual in committee and/or board work. This individual could be a voice for an “A-Team” or consulting group of unhoused individuals which might be dynamic in composition.

3. Establish reasonably defined timelines for the response, including specific timelines for specific efforts/projects that contribute to the broad strategy. I called this a “Medusa head of timelines emanating from a single separate strategic plan.

I added that the strategies and policies recommended will be contained within already existing strategic plans including

1. Lane County Strategic plan here

2. Poverty and Homelessness Board Strategic Plan here

3. Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) here

 

Both 2. and 3. are contained inside of 1.

PF

Pat Farr
Lane County CommissioneTo:
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Wayne Martin <justwayne1154@gmail.com>;

Larry and Wayne
Thanks for taking the time yesterday to meet with me in my office. It was not only informative and productive but also quite pleasant. I have started a file on the three recommendations that you’ve given to me and I will be certain that they are included during the upcoming Steering Committee for the TAC recommendations meetings.

The three recommendations, as I wrote them, are:

1. Conduct a nationwide search for an individual with experience in successfully implementing innovative ways to coordinate and effectively conduct response to homelessness issues including permanent supportive housing and low barrier shelter. I have included 24-hour Community Crisis Center aimed at jail diversion.

2. Include a currently unhoused individual in committee and/or board work. This individual could be a voice for an “A-Team” or consulting group of unhoused individuals which might be dynamic in composition.

3. Establish reasonably defined timelines for the response, including specific timelines for specific efforts/projects that contribute to the broad strategy. I called this a “Medusa head of timelines emanating from a single separate strategic plan.

I added that the strategies and policies recommended will be contained within already existing strategic plans including

1. Lane County Strategic plan https://www.lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/county_administration/administration/strategic_planning

2. Poverty and Homelessness Board Strategic Plan: https://lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/health_and_human_services/human_services_division/poverty_and_homelessness_board

3. Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP): https://preventionlane.org/chip

Both 2. and 3. are contained inside of 1.

PF

Pat Farr
Lane County Commissione

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