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1 Strategic Partnerships to End Veteran Homelessness
Metro Denver Forum of Strategic Partnerships to End Veteran Homelessness Gary – Welcome and Introduce Jeannie Jeannie - Welcome

2 Welcome Jeannie – introduce following persons to provide brief welcoming statements: US Dept. of Veteran Affairs – Rich DeBlasio US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development – Dan Gomez Governor’s office – Karla Maracinni Ask veterans in the audience to stand and thank you for your service! Who else is here – ask for show of hands from: Government Non-profits Veteran service organizations Housing authorities

3 “Only a crisis- actual or perceived- produces real change.
Welcome “Only a crisis- actual or perceived produces real change.  When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.” - Milton Friedman Jeannie review relevance of quote for forum

4 Objectives: Share vulnerability index survey results
Highlight recent housing successes Hear from veterans about their experiences Promote networking & information sharing Identify regional priorities to effectively end veteran homelessness Jeannie – review objectives for the day

5 Agenda Ending veteran homelessness by 2015? – Gary Sanford
Vulnerability Index Data overview – Katie Symons Panel of Rapid Re-Housing partners – 100 Days Committee Panel of veterans Breakout session with focus groups in areas of Housing, Benefits, Supportive Services, Employment, Health Care, Outreach Presentation of regional priorities – Group facilitators Next steps & Closing remarks Jeannie – walk through agenda

6 Ending Veteran Homelessness by 2015 in seven county area?
Gary sanford Executive director Metro denver homeless initiative Jeannie – Introduce Gary Sanford

7 Goals National Efforts Vision Accomplished by
Increase number/variety of housing options including permanent, transitional, contracted, community-operated, and VA operated Provide more supportive services through partnerships to prevent homelessness, improve employability, and increase independent living for veterans. Improve access to VA and community based mental health, substance abuse, and supportive services. Vision “President Obama and I are personally committed to ending homelessness among Veterans within the next five years” – Secretary Shinseki Accomplished by •Building Capacity •Creating Solutions Gary - Overview of Pathways Home Colorado

8 National Homeless Veteran Numbers
Gary present trends

9 Denver-Metro Homeless Veteran Numbers
Point In Time The 2011 survey indicated that 11.7% of respondents (603) were homeless veterans The 2012 survey indicated that 12.9% of respondents (710) were homeless veterans Gary – discuss point in time numbers

REGIONAL RESOURCES VA Benefits Grant per Diem programs Veteran Service Organizations Community Resource and Referral Center VASH vouchers Homeless Management Information System Veteran Trust Fund SOAR VASH vouchers Local initiatives 100 Days Committee County Veteran Service Officers Veteran Stand downs Supportive Services for Veterans and Families grantees Gary – Acknowledge the many regional / local resources for veterans experiencing issues related to homelessness Colorado Board of Veteran Affairs United Veterans Committee Work Force Centers Non-Profit agencies Coordinated Entry Ft. Lyon VA Health Care

Opening Doors – Federal Goal Pathways Home Colorado – State Goal Regional priorities? Voice of those in need Insight from those engaged in addressing needs Alignment to create efficiencies and collaboration Leverage additional resources with collective voice Gary – emphasize need to assess, align, actions

12 Vulnerability Index Overview
Katie Symons Consultant Governor’s office Introduce Katie Symons – formerly with Denver’s Road Home and now consultant with Governor’s office. Has assisted in conducting vulnerability index in over 20 counties in Colorado

Three hundred twenty seven (327) Veterans Surveyed Results are based on the number of those surveyed and does not represent the entire homeless VETERAN population in the SEVEN COUNTY area. The VI is focused on people, not only numbers. Survey answers are self reported Katie will review

14 Risk Factors for Vulnerability
More than 6 months homeless AND at least one of the following criteria: -End Stage Renal Disease -History of Cold Weather Injuries -Liver Disease or Cirrhosis -HIV+/AIDS -Over 60 years old -3 or more emergency room visits in prior 3 months -3 or more ER or hospitalizations in prior year -Tri-morbid (mental illness + abusing substances + chronic medical condition) Having one of these conditions will give an individual a rating; the more conditions an individual has, the higher their rating (1-8) Katie will review

15 Vulnerability Index Interview Questions
Veteran Status Discharge, benefits, etc. Demographics Health Risk Indicators Institutional Usage (prison, jail, shelter, foster care) Employment, Income, and Education Youth Risk Involvement Family Risk Involvement Katie will review

16 Medical Vulnerability
157 out of 327 Veterans are medically vulnerable 48% have at least one risk indicator Vulnerability Score # of Veterans 1 = 79 2 = 46 3 = 22 4 = 7 5 = 1 6 = 2 Katie will review Both of the #6s are males. Here’s a little info about one of them: He’s been homeless, sleeping on the streets mostly, for 10 years. He’s 69 years old. He has frostbite, liver disease, diabetes, a physical disability, a brain injury, and has been the victim of a violent attack since being homeless. Additionally, he says he has drank alcohol every day in the past month, and is an injection drug user, but has not received treatment for substance abuse. He has received mental health treatment. He’s been to the ER 3 times in the last 3 months and has been hospitalized 3 times in the last year; and has Medicaid. Finally, he served from in Vietnam and has an “Other than Honorable” discharge.

17 Vulnerability Index Risk Indicators
# of Veterans Tri-Morbid 84 3x or more to ER in last 3 months 38 3X or more in hospital in last year 18 > 60 years 69 Liver Disease 36 Kidney Disease 14 History of Cold Weather Injury 24 HIV+/AIDS 2 Katie will review

18 Discharge Status Katie will review

19 Age Youngest Veteran Oldest Veteran 25 years old 77 years old
Youth (25 & Under) 3 Vets Seniors Age 55+ 159 Vets Seniors Age 65+ 27 Vets Katie will review

20 Gender Katie will review

21 Benefits Katie will review

22 Mental Health & Substance Abuse
163 Vets reported receiving some form of mental health treatment 47 reported being held against their will 190 Vets reported using substances 143 Vets reported receiving some form of substance abuse treatment 128 Vets are Dually Diagnosed Katie will review

23 Risk Factors Katie will review

24 System Involvement Katie will review
Jail 257(y) 61(no) 10(unknown), Prison , Foster Care

25 Where Interviews were Conducted
Katie will review Project Homeless Connect 41, Denver Stand Down 117, Longmont Stand Down 28, St. Francis Center 10, Aurora 25, Boulder 18, Jeffco 13, Crossroads/HL 16, Castle Rock 2, Other 57

26 Resides in Which County
Katie will review Adams 14, Arapahoe 33, Boulder 50, Broomfield 1, Denver 191, Douglas 2, Jefferson 16, Another Place 20

27 Lived Prior to Becoming Homeless (by County)
Katie will review

28 What We Are Doing Many of these communities are taking the knowledge from the Data addressing gaps in services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable Katie will review

29 100 Days committee Panel presentation
Jeannie - Invite 100 Days Committee panel members to come up to table in front of room. Mention that this group truly represents collaboration across federal, state and local governments as well as non-profits to shorten housing process. Once seated, invite panel members to introduce themselves and then they will self facilitate panel discussion Once finished – ask if there are any questions for the panel and facilitate Q & A process

30 Panel of Rapid Re-Housing Partners
100 days Committee panel Carolyn Juarez – Veterans Administration Susan niner – Colorado Division of Housing Loretta Owens – Denver housing authority Heather powers – Veterans Administration Kevin Raleigh – Co Coalition for the Homeless Scott strong - Veterans Administration Sage santangelo – Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Panel will present

31 Local efforts Goals “Increase voucher utilization for HUD-VASH vouchers in the next 100 Days, with 100% voucher issuance and 95% of vouchers leased” -100 Days Group Create housing and accessible services for homeless veterans Increase retention Vision All Coloradans have a place to call home Accomplished by •Building Capacity •Creating Solutions Panel will present Overview of Pathways Home Colorado

32 Denver Metro 100 Day team Team leaders:
Carolyn Juarez, HUD-VASH Supervisor Denver VAMC Heather Powers, HUD-VASH Supervisor Denver VAMC Team members: Scott Strong- VAMC Jennifer Daly- VAMC Linda Barringer – Family Tree Rebecca Mayer- Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Brenda Mascarenas – Adams County Housing Authority Toni Manjarrez- Denver Housing Authority Loretta Owens- Denver Housing Authority Katherine Helgerson- Division Of Housing Amanda Guthrie – Boulder County Housing Authority Sage Santangelo – Governors Office Heather Beck- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless/DSOC Kevin Raleigh- CCH/Denver Street Outreach Collaborative Panel will present Please list the names of your current Rapid Results Team Members and their organizations. Include members that came to the Boot Camp as well as new members that have been integrated into the team following the launch. Feel free to include a group picture of your team as well!

33 Goal vs Results Goal at Launch: House 100 chronically homeless veterans in 100 days, 25 identified from the VI study Baseline: In the 100 days previous to 10/8/12 the Denver Metro HUD-VASH program housed 66 Chronically Homeless Veterans Day 100: 80 Chronically Homeless Veterans Housed 22 identified through the VI study 18 Additional VI veterans working with case managers, 17 of which have vouchers Panel will present

34 Baseline vs Results 100- 85- 70- 55- 40- 25- 10- 0- DAYS 86.7 days
Panel will present 39 days 33.4 days 20.9 Referral to HUD-VASH Admission Admission to HUD-VASH to Voucher Issue Voucher Issuance to Lease Up

35 Our Successes in the Denver Metro
Fifteen veterans were accepted into the VASH program at the 2012 Denver Stand Down The “100 Veterans in 100 Days” group created to help speed up the VASH voucher issuance process has housed 84 veterans as of January 31st, 23 of whom were identified through the VI A better relationship was forged between Housing authorities and the VA with continued partnership and goal setting Panel will present

36 How We Improved Collaboration
“The collaboration has been amazing.” “What a great example of what can be accomplished when we all come together!” “The One Stop, in our opinion, was hugely successful.  9 veterans were seen this morning by the VA HUD-VASH team with Division Of Housing very kindly providing space and handling copying and application screening.  9 veterans attended the briefings with Division of Housing and Denver Housing Authority this afternoon and left with housing vouchers in hand.” Panel will present Kintsukuroi (n.) (v. phr.) – “to repair with gold”; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

37 Improving Client Experience
“I had no idea the stand down would lead to this… I met all these great people along the way who were so eager to help… This is the real deal, this is amazing!” “I am amazed at how everything went. I am in an apartment and I am running a bible study class.” “I am so excited to have a kitchen. You don’t understand, when you are living on the street, you never get a hot meal.” “I love it- it’s beautiful. 3 bedrooms and fully furnished, its such a blessing” Veteran who went through the process in 30 days VI veteran who had been residing for 3 years under a loading dock Panel will present

38 Areas for Improvement Continue work at landlord recruitment
Get ALL communities in the seven-county Denver Metro region involved Establish deeper partnerships with services and organizations that are involved in retention of housing homeless veterans Create VASH as “cool” process with good reputation amongst homeless veterans Panel will present Jeannie - Once panel presentation finished – ask if there are any questions for the panel and facilitate Q & A process Jeannie – thank panel members for the efforts on behalf of our veterans – national attention focused on our efforts in the seven county area

39 PANEL OF VETERANS Jeannie – invite veteran panel members up to table in front of room Facilitate panel presentation and then Q & A Once Q & A finished - Thank panel members for their service and courage to tell their story Acknowledge that there are veterans in audience and their contributions are valued in small group discussions

40 Task: Identify regional priorities in each of the following areas
FOCUS GROUPS Task: Identify regional priorities in each of the following areas Housing Benefits Supportive services Employment Health care outreach Jeannie – Introduce Gary to explain small group exercise

41 Focus Group Process Discuss priorities in topic areas that will contribute to ending veteran homelessness in seven county area by 2015 Brainstorm ideas and place on flip chart Vote on top priorities Rotate after 15 minutes to next group Gary will facilitate

42 Focus Group Facilitators
Housing - Susan Niner (DOH) & Heather Powers (VA) Benefits - John Valvano (VA) & Rebecca Sawyer Smith (VBA) Supportive Services - Dee Drake (Rocky Mountain Human Services) Employment - Nancy Rider (Bayaud Enterprises) Health Care - Cheryl Martin (VA) Outreach - Missy Mish (VA) Gary will facilitate

43 Presentation of Priorities
Housing - Susan Niner & Heather Powers Benefits - John Valvano & Rebecca Sawyer Smith Supportive Services- Dee Drake Employment - Nancy Rider Health Care - Cheryl Martin Outreach - Missy Mish Jeannie will facilitate inviting table facilitators to present top priorities Ask audience if there are questions or suggestions relative to each topic area priorities (Gary or Rebecca will capture comments on flip chart paper)

44 Next Steps Identify interest in assisting with regional efforts
complete Evaluation – Identify interest in assisting with regional efforts develop document summarizing forum Distribute to attendees meet with other stakeholders in region produce document which identifies regional priorities Gary will review next steps

45 Jeannie Ritter Veterans Small Group Facilitators
Special thank you! Jeannie Ritter Veterans Small Group Facilitators Gary to wrap-up with thank you’s!

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