Item Title: Status Report on the Ending Homelessness Ten-Year Action Plan
Specific Action Requested:
That the Board of Commissioners receive the status report.
At the December 1, 2003, County Commissioner’s meeting, the Board of Commissioners authorized county staff to work in partnership with the City of Raleigh and the Wake Continuum of Care to put together a plan to end homelessness in Raleigh and Wake County in the next ten years. Commissioner Phil Jeffreys serves as the County’s liaison to the group.
The County has several reasons for helping create a Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The County has invested significant resources in services that are directed to the homeless population. Ending homelessness means helping homeless persons become self-sufficient by obtaining permanent housing and stable employment. This reduces long-term, more expensive services that the public now bears such as visits to hospital emergency rooms, admissions to psychiatric hospitals and incarceration in jails.
One expected outcome of the plan is that services operated by the County and partnering agencies will improve and be more efficient. Participating in the plan also fits the Human Services Department’s desire to achieve outcomes through partnerships with community agencies. It will also be helpful as Human Services conducts a study on the direction of programmatic strategies for homeless persons.
The Ending Homelessness Plan Partnership (City of Raleigh, Wake County, Wake Continuum of Care and Triangle United Way) has coordinated four public forums, client focus groups, and a series of Leadership Forums during the past months. A working document of plan recommendations and other background information, including a summary compilation of public comments and best practice studies of programs across the country, has been produced and is presently available on the City of Raleigh’s web site www.raleigh-nc.org, select “Ending Homelessness”. A public forum has been scheduled for October 7, 2004, to review, discuss, and begin prioritizing the draft recommendations.
In June 2004, Craig Chancellor, who serves as one of the co-chairs of the “Ending Homelessness: Ten Year Action Plan” Steering Committee and is Executive Director of the Triangle United Way, provided the Board of Commissioners with a status report on the plan’s development. Today, Scott Cutler, who is the other co-chair of the Steering Committee and is with Clancey and Theys Construction Company, will give an update on the plan.