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Re-Entry Awareness

Re-Entry Awareness

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Dept of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge issued a letter to Public Housing Authorities, Continuums of Care, Multifamily Owners, and HUD Grantees regarding the importance of access to housing for citizens returning to communities from incarceration.

“The President and I believe that everyone deserves a second chance and a stable home from which to rebuild their lives. No person should exit a prison or jail only to wind up on the streets.”
Marcia L. Fudge
Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Just one day earlier at the Columbus City Council meeting, Councilor John House read the Proclamation declaring, June Re-Entry Awareness Month. Members of the Mayor’s Commission on Re-Entry were on hand to receive the Proclamation from Mayor Skip Henderson and update the Council.

Thanks to Mayor Henderson’s foresight, the Commission was established in 2019. Home for Good of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is honored to chair the Housing Subcommittee of the Commission since 2020. Working collaboratively across the community, the Commission has worked diligently to break down barriers to housing, employment, and full reintegration in our community for returning citizens and their families.

As our community continues to meet, head-on, the needs of our community, we look forward to strengthening existing partnerships while establishing new partnerships so that all citizens can enjoy a Home for Good!


Click here for the WTVM report on the Housing Subcommittee Commission, re-entry awareness, and a path to supporting everyone in the community, equally . 


Click here to learn more about Cure Violence, a community-based, data-driven violence prevention program that addresses violence as a public health epidemic.


Click here to learn more about Community Schools, a strategy focused on the whole child by providing academic support, social emotional learning, health and wellness, family and community engagement and a safe and supportive climate.


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Rental Assistance – Preventing Homelessness

Rental Assistance – Preventing Homelessness

On February 19, Gov. Kemp announced that the State of Georgia has received more than $552
million in stimulus funds through the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

From the Georgia Department of Community Affairs: If you’re a Georgia renter who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. Click here for more information

Columbus Consolidated Government has partnered with the Georgia DCA to improve access to this funding. They are holding a landlord information session Thursday, March 18 at 9:00 am and at 2:00 pm. To register, email Robert Scott and include your contact information and which time works best for you.

Access 2 Independence Application Assistance Flyer

State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program – FAQ

 

Help for Alabama Renters Alabama Housing Finance Authority (AHFA) will soon begin administering relief for renter households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Alabama Program. They will begin accepting applications from landlords and tenants for ERA Alabama assistance on March 1. Read more

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Data – January 2021

Home for Good, the Continuum of Care, and our Partner Agencies have developed a client By-Name List. This By-Name List is a real-time list of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The list is monitored and updated daily to ensure everyone’s needs are being met and that no one gets lost in the system. The By-Name List has proven to be an effective tool in our mission.

During the month of January, 2021, the average number of people on the By-Name List was 103. According to the By-Name List data and client-shared information, we can share the data for living situation and household type. The percentages reflected in the graphs are based on the average number of 103 individuals experiencing homelessness.


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GA 505 COC Semi Annual Meeting February 11, 2021

GA 505 COC Semi Annual Meeting February 11, 2021

GA 505 Continuum of Care Semi-Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our COC Semi-Annual Meeting. 

Meeting Recording Link  |  Meeting Slides

Important Links: 

> Online Intake Form – Responses Sent Directly to 2-1-1

> Membership Form

> CES Policies and Procedures

> Notice on Equal Access Regardless of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Marital Status for HUD’s CPD Programs

> CDBG FY22 Funding Notice

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Equity is Fundamental

The truth is housing-first works. The truth is a strong Continuum of Care works. The truth is, having a by-name list works. Our community is fortunate; these initiatives were implemented and continue to prove they work – especially for those with lived experiences. 

But if the Coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that we need to do better, and we MUST choose equity as the foundation. 

How? By asking our community members with lived experiences to be part of the process of improving it. Clients are subject matter experts; their voices should not only be heard but respected and valued. To make real change and real progress, we must include all demographics; race, ability, age, and gender. We must continually evaluate the data and ask what upstream factors lead to these findings. Finally, we must adjust our strategies, keeping in mind the impact these decisions make on our most vulnerable citizens. 

As an example, SafeHouse Ministries offered a survey to share with those experiencing homelessness. They intend to collect responses and host a forum; asking clients with lived experience that are also diverse demographically, how the survey responses compare with their insight, what would they add, and how can SafeHouse improve. SafeHouse Ministries will then use these findings to adjust their programs and practices, improve their system, and create a more equitable environment.  

The SafeHouse Ministries survey is the beginning of our community-wide focus group initiative. These focus groups will be facilitated by those with lived experience. We want to continue what is working – the Continuum of Care with shared knowledge and responsibility – while improving and altering the system to consider who is most impacted. We want to remind everyone that the actions or inactions of your organization affect our entire community. 

During this prolonged period of difficulty, many of us feel overwhelmed. You may be wondering, how can we do more? The real question is, how can we not? Homelessness is the outcome, not the cause. In addition, homelessness disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Our chance to make serious, systemic change is now. And we can get there – but equity has to be the first and fundamental goal. 

Get involved today – contact our team or make a donation here

Racial Equity Impact Assessment 
Homeless System Response: Equity as the Foundation 

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