SF Local Homeless Coordinating Board - Policy Committee
SAN FRANCISCO LOCAL HOMELESS COORDINATING BOARD
POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Thursday, June 21, 2001
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
25 Van Ness Avenue, Room 720
I. Call To Order and Roll Call: The meeting was called to order at 10:16 AM.
Members present: Rita Semel, Gail Gilman, Jennifer Friedenbach, Gene Coleman, Manny Morales, George Smith
Non-members present: Barbara Boice (MSC-North), Vincent Bunten (Coalition on Homelessness), Holly Friel (Liaison to Local Board), Patrick Hogue (SF Chronicle), Brother Jefferson (UN Plaza Homeless Project, and Health Realization Project), Allison Lum (Coalition on Homelessness), Nora O’Connor (Walden House), Joyce Rich, Rudolph Rodriguez (UN Plaza Homeless Project, and Health Realization Project)
II. For discussion and possible action: Review draft contact sheet for people to navigate the process for opening housing and shelter programs in San Francisco.
A. Jennifer Friedenbach presented a draft contact list. The list will be revised to include:
1. Steps necessary for people to complete prior to seeking funding, such as obtaining 501(c)3 status
2. Definitions of terms used, including 501(c)3 status
3. Sources for technical assistance, such as Compass Point, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Management Center, Community Design Center
4. For City Department referrals, use division’s main numbers, not individuals’ names
5. ADA requirements - referral for Mayor’s Office on Disability
6. Referral for Mayor’s Office on Housing
B. The list will be circulated to everyone who is mentioned on it for their review.
C. This item will be considered again at the July 19, 2001 10:00AM - 12:00 PM Policy Committee. Distribution of the document will also be discussed at that time.
III. For discussion and possible action: Review and discuss possible implementation of Strengthening Single Adult Shelters Committee recommendations for $250,000 reserve funds.
A. The status of the $250,000 was not known, therefore the discussion of specific recommendations for spending of the funds was tabled.
B. The Committee asked all Local Board members and members of the public present at the meeting to call the Members of the Board of Supervisors Finance Committee, as well as the President of the Board of Supervisors to request that the $250,000 on reserve through DHS’ budget be carried forward to the next fiscal year.
C. Allison Lum (Coalition on Homelessness) stated that IPO Local 3, the union representing shelter staff, would like a copy of the letter sent to the Board of Supervisors requesting that the funds be carried forward. She agreed to provide them with a copy.
D. The Policy Committee will report on the status of the funds at the next meeting of the Steering Committee, on Monday June 25, 2001 from 9:30 AM- 11:30 AM, and will report to the Full Local Board at their meeting on July 9, 2001 from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM. The Oversight Committee will be responsible for implementation of the funding recommendations determined by the Strengthening Single Adult Shelters Committee.
IV. For discussion and possible action: Review Vehicularly Housed Residential Association plan summary and bill of rights and discuss possible policy recommendations.
A. The Committee discussed the "Vehicularly Housed Residential Community Project Concept" and the"Vehicularly Housed/Towed Person’s Bill of Rights."
1. The Committee discussed options including supporting a concept or policy; supporting a process or demonstration project implementation; supporting components of the Bill of Rights; and decriminalization of homelessness in general or specific types of criminalization.
2. The Committee did not adopt a position regarding either proposal.
B. The Committee agreed that further research regarding local and state ordinances, as well as other examples of such communities is required. Jennifer Friedenbach stated that she would consult Attorney Judy Appel, who is on leave from the Coalition on Homelessness, regarding what research has already been completed. The research will be provided to the Local Board prior to the next Policy Committee meeting.
C. This item will be considered again at the next Policy Committee meeting, July 19, 2001 10:00AM - 12:00 PM.
V. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 11:45 AM.
Minutes were taken by Holly Friel, Liaison to the Local Board.
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