The Task Force Times

May 2018 Edition

CEO Corner

Additional Housing and Landlords Still Critical 

     This week we released our Point in Time Count (locally referred to as "WeAllCount") findings for 2018. The 2018 WeAllCount Annual Report is available on our website, or by clicking this link. More information is available in this newsletter as well. Across the region, overall homeless is down six percent, yet we are seeing a need for more shelters for those still on San Diego's streets. Our hope is that the data assists in planning and decision making for the next year to better address our region's homeless population and make improvements where needed. 

     Since 2005, the RTFH has provided comprehensive data and analysis in order to empower the entire region to identify, implement, and support efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness. WeAllCount provides a snapshot of what homelessness looks like in our region on the last Friday in January every year and is helpful in continuing the analysis on what is needed to address our regional issues. 

     All of the data provided by the RTFH, including WeAllCount and beyond, shows the ongoing need for additional housing and landlords for our homeless neighbors. The San Diego County Apartment Association held its annual Expo last month where some RTFH partners staffed booths to help educate those in attendance about the incentives offered to both landlords and property managers as well as the benefits of renting to formerly homeless clients.

     Our office receives frequent inquiries from the general public about what they can do to help. Renting to someone experiencing homelessness who is receiving a subsidy or voucher with case management is the best way to make a difference in your community. The City of San Diego, County of San Diego, City of Oceanside, and some individual housing programs have landlord incentive programs that can help.

Staff from Catalyst program educating SDCAA Expo attendees about
landlord incentives for renting to those experiencing homelessness


Gordon D. Walker
Chief Executive Officer
The 2018 WeAllCount Annual Report is here! 

Link to the 2018 WeAllCount report
     On behalf of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless staff, we would like to thank every single one of the 1,636 volunteers who helped make this report a reality. Every year we are overwhelmed with stories from those who participate and share their new perspectives gained. Behind every number and survey, there is a human life and a story to be told. By participating in this effort, our volunteers help bring light to these stories. 
     This year, a total of 4,990 unsheltered homeless individuals were counted - an eleven percent decrease from 2017. In addition to the unsheltered homeless population, 3,586 homeless individuals spent the night in an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or a safe haven program. These two figures combined, 8,576, represents the total number of homeless individuals in San Diego County on the morning of January 26, a six percent decrease from last year's count.

     When breaking down this figure regionally, fifty seven percent of the total homeless population resides in the City of San Diego, followed by North County Inland at thirteen percent. East County saw an increase in their homeless figures, with thirteen percent of the total homeless population residing in East County. 
     Within San Diego's homeless sub-populations, there were some notable changes in data. San Diego has historically had a large population of unsheltered veterans. This year's count identified an overall increase of twenty four percent in veteran homelessness from 2017 and an increase in unsheltered homeless veterans of forty five percent. While there was an increase in the total number of homeless veterans, there was a ten percent decrease in chronically homeless veterans.
      The Regional Task Force has made efforts to emphasize and understand youth homelessness as a distinct sub-population of the homeless by conducting a Youth Count separate from the general WeAllCount effort. For this effort, youth are defined as anyone under the age of 24. This year, we found a total of 813 homeless youth, a decrease of twenty nine percent from last year. Notably, there was also a forty two percent decrease in the number of youth who were sheltered. While this year we were able to report drops in the number of homeless youth population, many youth service providers reported that known locations that homeless youth congregate were found empty during the Youth Count. Despite the efforts made in reducing youth homelessness, there was a thirty five percent increase in the number of youth under 18 who were unsheltered. 
Continuum of Care Notice
     General Membership Meeting

Please join us at a Special General Membership meeting where we will be reviewing the 2018 rating and ranking process, HUD scoring tools, and soliciting agency feedback. The meeting is May 31 from 10:00-11:30 am at The Council for Supplier Diversity, located in the Mira Mesa Marketplace at 10679 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126. 

Listening and Learning Tours Continued

The CoC Listening and Learning tour will continue with CoC funded agencies and RTFH members over the next couple of months. Our overall goal is to strengthen the relationships with our providers. We look forward to seeing your program sites and hearing about the great work you and your staff are doing to help those in our region experiencing homelessness.
Coordinated Entry System Catch Up
     Internal Staff Realignment
     In an effort to address the changing climate of our local system of care and at the same time ensure that we are aligned with national best practices, our CES internal team at RTFH has realigned. We believe this new configuration will best serve the community, our participating providers, and most importantly, the clients we are all serving through CES. The new positions and structure with current employees fulfilling these roles are as follows:

CES Director- Chris Shilling
CES Manager- Junne Esguerra
Lead Trainer- Elaine Rosas
Special Projects Lead- Tashia Petty
Outreach Coordinator- JennaMarie Glenna
Housing Navigation Specialist II- Valentina Heather
Housing Referral Specialist- Cynthia Garza, Victoria Dumon

     We are currently recruiting to fill other positions that are now vacant including three Housing Specialist I positions. We look forward to continued work with you as we make improvements to CES and always strive to house San Diegans experiencing homelessness as efficiently as possible.

                        East County Homeless Connect

     We participated in East County Homeless Connect again this year, hosted by Crisis House at the Rock Church East County campus. 213 individuals, including 14 families with 21 children received critical services at the annual event this year. 38 individuals were matched to housing resources that day and 41 Match Initiation Forms completed to begin matching clients to vacant housing resources in our system of care. 


     As a reminder, updated CES Policies and Procedures published in March can be found on the RTFH website at the following link: 2018 Policies & Procedures
HMIS Highlights

National Human Services Data
Consortium Conference

     Our HMIS Administrator, Jegnaw Zegeye had the opportunity to attend and represent our community at the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) conference in Pittsburgh April 18 and 19. 

     Jegnaw joined other HMIS administrators and COC representatives at the bi-annual conference to stay up to date with the most advanced techniques in system performance measurement analysis, logistics support analysis, and evaluating cross systems. Jegnaw also learned from presentations from other COCs and HUD Technical Assistants about how they are using performance data to right-size a homeless system and reach functional zero for all populations, as well as sharing data across systems to end youth and family homelessness.


     As a reminder, all updated dashboards are accessible on the RTFH Regional Reports page. Please refer to them frequently for the most up to date forward facing data about homelessness in your region. 
Staff Spotlight

Farewell to Data Analyst Megan Hartrick
     Our dedicated Data Analyst, Megan Hartrick, has accepted a position at 2-1-1 San Diego compiling and analyzing statistics from the organization's various reporting systems. She will continue producing data visualizations, reports and presentation materials to support internal decision-making and inform community planning.
     Megan came to RTFH as a contractor with SDSU's Institute for Public Health working under former Board Member, Dr. Sue Lindsay. Megan provided incomparable innovative work on creating our interactive data dashboards, System Framework, and Executive Indicators. RTFH was proud to have the opportunity to present how we created our public facing dashboards with Megan representing us at local and national conferences alike.

     Megan also helped launch a functional By-Name List for providers serving homeless Veterans to identify and prioritize clients most in need of housing based on their need level and service history in the HMIS. A By-Name List is a national standard the community and RTFH worked towards but hadn't fully realized without Megan's critical thinking and vision.
     We look forward to continuing our relationship with 2-1-1 and other collaborative entities that RTFH alumni may work for in the future. Relationships like these are critical in strengthening partnerships that ultimately benefit the community we serve. 

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