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Implementing the Plan:Year One

The comprehensive strategies outlined in the Boulder County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness are designed to be phased in over the life of the plan.  While some areas are relatively easy to implement because of existing efforts or resources, others will require more deliberate planning and resource development to be successful.

A final step in the Advisory Committee’s work was to select a set of priorities for the first year of the plan’s implementation.  Several factors were considered in this selection process, including:   

  1. What is possible to achieve in the shorter term given the leveraging of current efforts already underway?
  2. What priorities will not require significant, short-term, financial investments?
  3. What strategies offer the best chance for early successes to help mobilize broader community support?
  4. What do the chosen priorities suggest about the ways to focus future resources development efforts?

The group’s process led to the identification of a subset of areas that will provide initial focus to plan implementation efforts.  The selected strategies and activities will be reviewed and updated quarterly to assess accomplishments and to make needed adjustments.  Evaluation efforts will be developed in relation to the outlined activities and measurement will assess the degree to which activities are successfully implemented as well as how these efforts lead to broader strategy implementation and the achievement of related objectives.  Finally, new priorities will be set on an annual basis in relation to prior years’ successes and challenges and in response to changes in the larger environment (e.g., new funding opportunities).   

The following tables provide information on the priorities selected for the first phase of the plan’s implementation.

1. Preventing Homelessness

A number of prevention strategies were prioritized as a means of helping individuals and families who are at-risk of homelessness due to the current economic climate.  These strategies were also viewed as being relatively easier to implement as efforts are currently underway in a number of these areas. 

Priority strategies and related activities for this area include the following:

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Strategies

Activities

1.1.1

Build upon and expand the Boulder County – Housing Crisis Prevention Program Collaborative and use the collaborative as means for supporting an early detection process.

 

1.1.2

Develop a coordinated response with the private sector including landlords, employers, etc. to prevent individuals from becoming homeless. 

 

1.1.3

Coordinate with other organizations, policymakers and negotiate waivers for rental application fees, deposits and move-in costs.

 

1.4.1

Coordinate and improve discharge policies and procedures with the Corrections, Mental Health, Child Welfare and Public Health Systems to support successful transition from institutional placements to permanent housing.

 

 

2.Acquiring Benefits for Eligible Populations

A single strategy identified as providing relief to all populations targeted in the plan relates to the acquisition of benefits for which all these individuals and families are eligible. This priority area provides necessary relief to each population through supplemental income, medical coverage and access to other needed services.

The priority strategy and related activities for this area are as following:

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Strategies

Activities

1.2.3
2.4.3
3.3.1

Develop and utilize various benefits acquisition efforts to ensure that individuals and families are enrolled and receiving all entitlements for which they are eligible.

 

 

3. Impacting the Chronically Homeless

A primary goal of the plan is to create permanent solutions for the chronically homeless.  This, however, is also an area of greater expense in the plan since the goal requires the development of additional Housing First units and the expansion of mental health and substance abuse treatment services.  It was decided that early efforts should focus on this goal in order to demonstrate incremental progress and to begin acquiring the resources needed to expand identified housing and service needs.       

Priority strategies and related activities for this area include the following:

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Strategies

Activities

3.1.4

Increase collaboration with public safety officials and first responders, including the provision of education and training services, to increase coordination of outreach efforts.

 

3.2.2

Expand permanent supportive housing by 100 units over 10 years to meet the needs of the chronically homeless.

 

3.3.3

Expand mental health and substance abuse treatment services in conjunction with housing services as reflected in the Housing First model.

 

4. Developing and Improving Systems

A final area of early focus relates to the implementation of an evidence-based case management process.  The County recently implemented a standard case manager training process which will be adopted for use with individuals who work with targeted homeless populations.  

Priority strategies and related activities for this area include the following:

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Strategies

Activities

4.1.2

Ensure that all case managers, countywide, have training in evidence-based case management techniques.