Homelessness Community System of Care Launching
On March 9, 2017, the Stanislaus County Housing and Support Services Collaborative approved an amendment to the By-Laws establishing the new Community System of Care (CSOC) Leadership Structure. The new 25-member CSOC will provide overall guidance for the Homelessness Community System of Care working across multiple sectors to sustain the vision, energy, and commitment to act and think in new innovative ways to reduce and prevent homelessness. Learn more about the CSOC meetings.
Access Center and Low Barrier Shelter
Progress has been made toward building a new Community System of Care, or service continuum, for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Progress toward two key aspects of the new system—the access center and low barrier shelter—is slower than anticipated. The original site proposed for the Access Center and the low barrier shelter did not work out as a viable and cost effective option. We are moving aggressively to secure a new site.
At the same time we’ve had a setback in establishing a location for the Access Center, we’ve secured funding and resources from multiple partners to help launch the Access Center. Below is a summary of a few of the resources and partners:
- Secured $1.4 million from local business leaders through the Stanislaus Community Foundation.
- In partnership with the Stanislaus Superior Court secured $598,089 to develop a homelessness court and an outreach program to assist homelessness individuals in mitigating unresolved legal issues as an incentive to access housing and support services.
- Secured commitments from the Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
Department, the Community Services Agency Department, and Telecare Behavioral Heath organization to collaboratively staff the Access Center with an Outreach and Enngagement Team.
- Secured agreement from the City of Modesto for funding to support site improvements and other aspects of the Access Center and related structures.
- Multiple essential services providers and community partners are offering to co-locate services as needed.
These projects will happen. It is simply taking longer than initially projected. Read more about this in a recent Modesto Bee article.
These system level accomplishments in aligning and establishing a new CSOC leadership structure are leading to new opportunities. On March 28, 2017, the Superior Court was notified of a grant award of $593,089 to develop an outreach program to assist homelessness individuals in mitigating unresolved legal issues as an incentive to access housing and support services. This grant was developed leveraging the Focus on Prevention multisector partnerships and planning, which positioned the Court in a highly competitive and ultimately successful position. We anticipate the foundation Focus on Prevention has built will continue to produce similar results and additional resources. As a recent $1.4 Million investment by local business leaders highlights, the additional partners and resources are not only materializing in the public sector, but the private sector has demonstrated a commitment to a Focus on Prevention as well.