2015 Kansas Housing Summit

Save the Date

The 16th Annual Statewide Summit on Homelessness and Housing

Zero 2016: Call for Action

May 13-15, 2015

Holiday Inn, Wichita East 1-35
549 S. Rock Road, Wichita Kansas

Nationwide, states and local communities have reduced the number of people experiencing chronic and veteran’s homelessness. Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition’s annual Summit will offer participants innovative and effective solutions to reach Zero by 2016.

• The Summit begins on May 13th with pre-conference workshops and a Networking Gathering from 5pm-? at Holiday Inn’s Green Mill Restaurant.

• The actual Summit begins on the 14th with a full day of presentations followed by Networking Reception in the Wichita community.

• The conference resumes on the 15th with another day of presentations.

To find out more about the conference, including how to become one of our presenters and/or a vendor, please contact: Cheryl Patrick at (785) 856-4960 , cpatrick@kshomeless.com

Online Registration is available at http://kshomeless.com/annual-summitKansas Statewide Homeless Coalition

A Great Season for Indirect Services

Many of the agencies we work with do a lot for their community during the holiday season. gifts Some of the holiday services that agencies provide are easier to record and report on than others.  Here at MAAC our goal is to make sure that each of our agencies have a way to report on all the work that they do, big and small.

Generally when a service is given to an individual or family it is applied as a service on the client’s profile. In order to do this type of data entry the agency must collect all the required information on that client including name, date of birth, ethnicity, race etc. We know that there are times when collecting this information from each client is not possible.  To accommodate these types of situations we have offered Indirect Services as an alternate place to record services.  Indirect Services allows an agency to record a service that was provided to a large group without collecting client information on each individual.  You can read more about how to use Indirect Services here.

Indirect Services is a great place to record things such as holiday meals given to a large group, a mass holiday food giveaway, or even for an event where gifts are distributed to a large group.  All these services can be recorded as Indirect Services which then allows the agency to report on it using the Service Summary Report.  Its helpful to be able to report on these types of large distributions of holiday services so that agencies can show the full scope of the work they do for their community.

If you have any questions about using Indirect Services at your agency please contact the MAAC office.

Better Outcomes for 1/3 the Cost?

Vox reports that keeping someone homeless in central Florida is three times as expensive as providing housing and case management:

The latest is a Central Florida Commission on Homelessness study indicating that the region spends $31,000 a year per homeless person on “the salaries of law-enforcement officers to arrest and transport homeless individuals — largely for nonviolent offenses such as trespassing, public intoxication or sleeping in parks — as well as the cost of jail stays, emergency-room visits and hospitalization for medical and psychiatric issues. By contrast, getting each homeless person a house and a caseworker to supervise their needs would cost about $10,000 per person.

This is just one more example of many from communities across the country showing that the humane and fiscally responsible responses to our neighbors with complex needs are the same; provide housing first.

Here in Kansas City, just this week we’re implementing a new way of prioritizing our veterans and chronically homeless neighbors for our available housing units and vouchers.  We’re also working with the VA Medical Center to identify first and second housing options for about fifty veterans we hope to house quickly.

Step-by-step, we’re building a robust housing system that helps us know our neighbors in housing crisis by name and offer them housing choices matched to their level of need.  It’s agonizingly slow sometimes, but it’s exciting, too.  What are you doing to help?  How can we support you in your efforts?