Heading Home St. Louis County Governance Board
The Heading Home St. Louis County Governance Board is the 15 member entity that provides leadership and strategic planning to address the needs and resources of the homeless and at-risk of homelessness population the St. Louis County Continuum of Care (CoC). The Governance Board is comprised of representatives appointed by the St. Louis County Board and the Duluth City Council to monitor and make final recommendations for federal, state and local homeless and prevention funds. The Governance Board will provide oversight of Continuum of Care funding recommendations, including implementation and evaluation of projects and programs that receive federal, state and local homeless funds. There is also a Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness (MICH) Representative assigned to the Board. The Governance Board meets the 4th Wednesday of each month (or 3rd Wednesday for November and December due to the holiday schedule) from 11:00-2:00 in Cotton, MN. Governance Board members are expected to also participate in one of the workgroup committees.
Prevention Rapid Re-Housing Committee
The Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Committee provides specific strategic planning, implementation and evaluation for diversion, prevention and homeless rapid re-housing funding in St. Louis County. The Committee is the Advisory Workgroup for the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) and provides guidance for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) process in St. Louis County.
FHPAP: St. Louis County (SLC) has been a Minnesota Housing FHPAP grantee for more than twenty years. FHPAP assists families with or without children, single adults and unaccompanied youth who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. As the grantee, St. Louis County Homeless Programs staff partners with United Way 2-1-1 and multiple established housing provider agencies throughout the county to provide comprehensive assistance for people experiencing homelessness. The FHPAP project provides triage, case management services and direct financial assistance such as deposits, rent and utility payments.
ESG: St. Louis County north and the City of Duluth receive federal ESG funding as entitlement jurisdictions. Funds are distributed to agency providers for outreach, shelter support, legal support and financial assistance.
Coordinated Entry System Committee
The Coordinated Entry System Committee was developed in 2014 to comply with federal requirements for a Coordinated Entry System in St. Louis County Continuum of Care for housing and homeless needs.
This Committee has established the United Way 2-1-1 call for the housing prescreen for homeless prevention services. This Committee ensures compliance with the federal and state requirements for a Coordinated Entry System and responds to questions, concerns, system evaluation and improvement. The CES Committee will merge with the Prevention Rapid Re-Housing Committee in 2018. This Committee meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 at the Cotton Community Center.
The Evaluation Committee will assist with process and protocols for data collection, reporting, data quality standards and system level outcomes evaluation. Responsible for recommendations to the Governance Board based on performance evaluation data for entities involved in the Continuum of Care for housing receiving federal, state and local funding.
The Advocacy committee will assist with planning and implementation of an annual Housing for All Summit in St. Louis County, will be a point of communication between the community at large and the governance board, and ensure the governance board is staying true to its mission and vision.