Votes Warned– Coordinated Entry

The VCEH Board will vote on the following 2 items at its meeting on April 18th, 2017:

Does the VCEH approve the Coordinated Entry Confidentiality Principles and Policy, to be used as Attachment B in the Local Coordinated Entry Partnership Agreements? 

Please note, page 3, Staff Acknowledgement Form is an optional tool for Local Coordinated Entry Partnerships to use to help ensure all staff have read and understand the Coordinated Entry Confidentiality Principles and Policy.

The recommended VCEH Coordinated Entry Confidentiality Principles and Policy can be found here: Confidentiality Principles and Policies – for VOTE

Does the VCEH approve the Coordinated Entry Permanent Supported Housing Policy?

Please note the following comments for discussion: The Coordinated Entry Committee is committed to revisiting the policy, including prioritization, six months after implementation (or sooner) to revise as needed.

The recommended VCEH Coordinated Entry Permanent Supported Housing Policy can be found here: Permanent Supported Housing Policy- for VOTE

Should VCEH members have questions about either of these policies or the vote, you are encouraged to be in touch with your local Coordinated Entry lead agency and/or VCEH Coordinated Entry Committee Members.  You may also contact sarah.phillips@vermont.gov.

For more information about VCEH Coordinated Entry planning and policies, please visit the Coordinated Entry Page.

Materials for February Board Meeting

Date: February 21
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 Summer St, Randolph, VT 05060
Call-In: 641-715- 3272, Access Code: 236613#

Meeting Materials:

Don’t forget to review this month’s HMIS newsletter as well.

Vermont Rental Subsidy Update

Good afternoon,

This correspondence follows up on recent conversations regarding the status of the Vermont Rental Subsidy (VRS) Program due to the impact of the Vermont State Housing Authority decision to stop issuing Section 8 housing vouchers as a result of the uncertainty of federal funding.

As you are aware, ESD has temporarily stopped granting new vouchers for the program while we analyze possible solutions to budgetary pressures as well as programmatic or procedural changes which might help our clients successfully transition off the program by the end of the twelve months of subsidy. This decision means that new applicants are being placed immediately on the waitlist.

There continues to be discussion among ESD, DCF, and AHS leadership to identify a longer-term solution that serves our clients in the best way possible, maintains the integrity of the program, and adheres to the fiscal constraints of the appropriation. AHS Secretary Gobeille has expressed a desire to ensure that households are not made homeless while this continued strategizing takes place. He has therefore asked DCF to extend the program for another month for those households who would have maxed out participation and closed at the end of February.  They will receive a subsidy for March, keeping them in housing for another month.

We would strongly encourage Field Directors, Housing Review Teams, and Housing Support Workers to continue exploring additional supports (e.g., project-based housing, progressive employment, etc.) for clients who will reach their twelve months before the end of SFY17.

We will continue to keep you updated on further developments regarding the program. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me or Geoffrey Pippenger with any additional questions or concerns. Also, please feel free to share this email with your community housing partners. Thanks.

Sean Brown

The mission of the Coalition is to end homelessness in Vermont through sharing information, developing resources, providing a forum for decision-making and to promote decent, safe, fair, affordable shelter for all.