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Title: State Your Case: Policy Change in the States Utah

State Your Case Policy Change in the
  • NAEH Conference February 8, 2007
  • Michelle Flynn
  • The Road Home, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Overview
  • Population 2.5 million
  • Highly Urban/ Highly Rural (1.9 million along
    Wasatch Front)
  • Conservative voters/legislators (R-76 D-28)
  • Fair Market Rent for a 2 Bedroom is 714 a
    renter would need to make 14.73/hour minimum
    wage is 5.15
  • 2006 SL County average rent is 774, up 133 from
    2005 vacancy rate is 5
  • Homeless Count 3,250 PIT15,000 annual .6 of
    total population
  • 86 or 2,816 of those are in Salt Lake County

Overview of The Road Home
  • 5,799 clients served
  • Emergency Shelter (500 / 850 per night)
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Housing (250 households daily)

Advocacy Strategies for the State
  • Legislature, Governor and State Depts.
  • Identify a limited set of priorities
  • Identify your best messenger
  • Be consistent in your message among providers,
    board members, advocates
  • Funding and or new legislation
  • Identify Legislative Committee Members

Advocacy Strategies p. 2
  • Create Pilot Projects that show results
  • Tie in National and Local advocacy to the State
    message and be consistent
  • Inform State legislators about efforts on the
    national front (ELHSI, McKinney funding) and the
    local front
  • They love a match! State dollars matching local
    dollars especially

Advocacy Strategies p. 3
  • Profound impact of the Policy Workshops
  • Telling the story of Housing First it makes
  • Phil Mangano and the Interagency Council have
    helped to make Ending Homelessness a bi-partisan
  • This is important for a conservative State like

Advocacy Payoff in Utah
  • Change in State Coordinating Committee structure
    and members (2005)
  • Approval of State 10 Year Plan
  • Involvement of Dept. of Corrections and
    Department of Workforce Services
  • Increase in funding to Homeless Trust Fund and
    Housing Loan Fund
  • Success in gaining HOME and General State and
    County dollars for rental assistance subsidies
    for homeless

Whats Working
  • Pamela Atkinson, Community Advocate
  • Conservative State / Financial benefits of
    Housing First
  • Active and supportive elected officials Governor
    Jon Huntsman, Jr., Salt Lake County Mayor Peter
  • Tight collaborations around the 10 Year Plan
  • Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund and Olene
    Walker Housing Loan Fund targeting funding to 10
    Year Plan, rental assistance, etc.

Whats Working p.2
  • Increase in support from State and Local
    Government key positions created and filled by
    the right people
  • Dept. of Workforce Services creation of SSI
    taskforce and Homeless One Stop Shop
  • Dept. of Corrections beginning to identify
    releases into homelessness
  • Dept. of Education participating in PIT

Homeless Coordinating Committee
Marie Christman Dept. of Human Services
Gary Herbert Lt. Governor Chair
Palmer DePaulis Dept.
of Community and Culture
Dr. David Sundwall Department of Health
Kristine Pepin Businesses/United Way
Belle Brough Dept. of Corrections
Rudy Johansen Veterans Admin.
Kimberly Hood State Planning Office
  • Coordinates all homeless planning and policy
  • Coordinates the States ten-year plan with AOGs,
    counties and cities to reduce homelessness with
    emphasis on ending chronic homelessness.
  • Recommends policy, regulatory, and resource
    changes needed to accomplish the objectives.
  • Ensures a research driven, results oriented
    strategy with statewide guidelines.
  • Allocates PHTF, ESG, and CNH funds and
    coordinates priority of other funds assisting the
  • Reports to governor and legislators on progress.

Donald P. Ketcham Social Security
Pamela Atkinson At Large
Jane Shock Financial Institutions
Kreig Kelley Office of Education
Rosemary Kappes S.L. Housing Authority
Tani Downing Dept. of Workforce
John Brereton Utah Housing Corporation
JoAnn Seghini Local Governments
Sharon Downing Balance of State
Continuum of Care
Vaughn McDonald Philanthropic Orgs.
Robert Boles Faith Based Orgs.
Bill Hulterstrom Mountainland Cont.
of Care
Kerry Bate SLC Cont. of Care
October 2006
Homeless Coordinating Committee Organization
Lt. Governor
Allocation Committee
Local Homeless Coordinating Committees
Affordable Housing
Discharge Planning
Supportive Services
Information Systems
Belle Brough
Richard Walker
Tani Downing
Mayor JoAnn Seghini
Kristine Pepin
  • Mental Health
  • Hospitals
  • Substance Abuse
  • Prisons
  • Jails
  • Foster Care
  • Juvenile Justice Ser.
  • Banks
  • Developers
  • Housing Authorities
  • Planners
  • Providers
  • Domestic Violence
  • Case Management
  • Training
  • Employment
  • HMIS
  • Outcome Measures
  • Management Reports

Elected Officials Chair - LHCC
San Juan County COG
Salt Lake County COG
Six-County AOG
Bear River AOG
Five-County AOG
Mountainland AOG
Uintah Basin AOG
Davis County COG
Grand County COG
Weber County COG
COG Council of Governments AOG Association of
October 2006
AOG/COG Homeless Coordinating Committee (Model)
Elected Official Chair
Dept. of Human Services
Dept. of Health
Financial Institutions
Dept. of Corrections
  • Implement locally the States ten-year plan to
    end chronic homelessness and reduce overall
  • Prioritize and coordinate funding to implement
    supportive service programs to reduce and prevent
  • Use Homeless Management Information System to
    report and manage results.
  • Develop a pathway to self-reliance for the

United Way
Dept. Workforce Ser.
Housing Authorities
At Large
Community Clinics
Domestic Violence
Service Agencies
Colleges/Tech. Schools
Continuum of Care
Local Government Leaders
Native American Housing Authority
Faith Based Orgs.
Police Chief
Official Homeless Plan Goals for 2007
  • Update State Ten-Year Plan and add homeless
  • Complete LHCC ten-year plans ten needed
  • Implement pilots in balance of LHCCs five
  • Implement delivery system at Sunrise Metro using
    the Bridges Out of Poverty approach
  • Develop additional pilots using Bridges Out of
  • Fine tune the statewide and LHCC management
    information reports
  • Fully implement SSI/SSDI expedited approval
  • Complete statewide plan for 2,500 housing units
    for chronic homeless

Local Advocate Goals
  • Active Attendance by all SHCC members
  • Creation of 10 Year Plan to End Family
  • Each State Department identifying goals/changes
    within their department and including ending
    homelessness as a dept. priority
  • Social Security / Disability Determination
    Services reduce time to process SSI apps
  • Continued work on zoning to allow low-income
    housing throughout the State
  • Dedicated State-wide revenue source for State
    Housing Fund

Contact InformationMichelle C. FlynnAssociate
Executive Director of ProgramsThe Road Home210
South Rio Grande StreetSalt Lake City, Utah