The Board met in person to discuss a variety of issues on April 1, 2019.
VOTING ATTENDANCE [LISTED AS NAME, ORGANIZATION (SEAT) (ROLE, IF ANY)]
Winona Connor, Louisiana Housing Corporation (Louisiana Housing Corporation) (Chair)
Eric Gammons, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless (HMIS Lead)
Antiqua Hunter, Louisiana Department of Education (Louisiana Department of Education)
Addie Duval, Start Corporation (Baton Rouge Region)
Brooke Guidry, Start Corporation (Houma Region)
Tarek Polite, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (Lake Charles Region)
Gail Gowland, St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program (Plaquemines/St. Bernard Region)
NON-VOTING ATTENDANCE (LISTED AS NAME, ORGANIZATION, (ROLE, IF ANY)]
Aundrea Braniff, Louisiana Housing Corporation (Acting Secretary)
Gordon Levine, Louisiana Housing Corporation (Continuum of Care Manager)
More than a dozen members of the CoC sat in on the meeting; roll was not taken
The CoC Manager provided an overview of the Point in Time (PIT) Count, both the January 2019 count and the LA BOSCOC’s PIT Count in general.
Strengths highlighted included:
Baton Rouge’s count is improving its methodology every year;
Lake Charles implemented an innovative single night shelter option to collected sheltered data;
Starting next year, each Region will have a CoC Program-funded Coordinated Entry Access Point to help develop the PIT Count capacity.
Vulnerabilities highlighted included:
Natchitoches/Sabine continues to conduct no count;
Plaquemines/St. Bernard continues to conduct no unsheltered count;
Lake Charles needs to conduct a more comprehensive unsheltered count;
No Region is conducting an effective rural count;
Planning needs to start earlier (September/October rather than December/January) to build capacity;
Baton Rouge count needs to identify a new PIT Captain for January 2020, as the previous PIT Captain (Joe Keegan) is retiring).
The CoC Manager provided an overview of the Coordinated Entry System (CES) after its first 12 months of operation.
The key finding is that while the CES is ensuring the CoC is serving people in order of their level of need, the CoC’s ratio of referrals to successful intakes is very low (approximately 10%). This is primarily due to poor or incomplete contact information collected by Coordinated Entry Access Points and outreach workers, particularly regarding people experiencing chronic homelessness.
As a remedy, the Board unanimously authorized funding from the FY 2019 CoC Program NOFA for a Coordinated Entry Navigator, whose job will be to (1) establish and record the required documentation for people experiencing homelessness who are high on the LA BOSCOC’s Prioritization List and (2) ensuring contact information is correct and current. The authorized funding is up to $80,000 and will be drawn from the Baton Rouge Region’s annual allocation.
Historically, the LA BOSCOC’s project applications to the CoC Program NOFA have been scored by members of the Governor’s Council on Homelessness using exclusively information present in those project applications.
The Board voted unanimously to include a mechanism in the LA BOSCOC’s project application scoring process by which Scoring Committee members could ask clarifying questions of the project application’s organization and adjust the project’s score as appropriate.
Board Meeting Frequency
The Board voted unanimously to meet on a bimonthly basis. (Previously, the Board was convened approximately quarterly on an ad hoc basis and in response to specific needs.)
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held in person in Baton Rouge with a dial-in option. Some portion of the Board meeting will be open to the public. The Board has not yet set a date for this meeting; however, it will be scheduled for early June.