- Cynthia Stewart – League of Women Voters
- Debrief on the homeFULLness conference
- Thanks you – many of you were there- you had tables, were speakers or moderators- it was a success
- Evaluations –
- All said they learned something – some said they learned a lot
- All but one said homelessness is an emergency
- We asked what should people do?
- Make policy changes
- Funding for housing
- Community involvement to make it happen
- Strategy – Need one single strategy deployed across the County
- Confirm Shared goals – no clear statement from elected around the county
- Declare county-wide emergency
- Defining prevention and adding it to the strategies
- Need someone in charge - this group is good, ,Continuum of Care is good, but no one really coordinates on a policy level county-wide – for policy or budget.
- Public education campaign
- Database – accessible to many people – in real time – like HMIS
- Engage the community with problems and solutions
- Need a volunteer program – brought up by electeds and folks there
- Big campaign to get more money – for prevention and for housing stock. And transitional housing.
- Feedback on the questions Larry asked
- Best panel was led by two 6 year olds – that kicked off and closed the coordination session.
- One of the common themes we heard was the desire to move upstream – to reduce homelessness.
- Michael Mirra – said you have to understand that homelessness is downstream from everything else in our society – from challenges with health and food and economy – everything leads to homelessness. That leads us to moving upstream.
- We’ll have some ideas on how to act on that in the next couple week.
- A big thanks to Cynthia and her colleagues (I don’t know who made up the word “colleague”, but they were just throwing vowels in left and right – ed.) – these folks raised over $15,000 and put in an enormous amount of work.
- I am sending out thank you notes. Julio Quan was on the planning committee -35 volunteers – 40+ speakers and moderators.
- We all know there is a crisis and an emergency. 2 things on the radio as I came in. The unemployment numbers came down by adding 120k jobs, but 300k folks also went off the unemployment rolls because they were unemployed for too long.
- James – event was very cool – lots of great speakers.
- It was great to have the housing authority and the providers both present. Would have been great to have private sector there as well.