San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors established a county-wide Homelessness Task Force. The Task Force includes members from state and local government, homeless service providers, and various service organizations. Five Strategic Priories for Homelessness were developed and adopted by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, and the Board asked cities within the County to adopt a similar set of strategies.
City of Stockton Guiding Principles
On May 9, 2017, the Stockton City Council adopted the following Guiding Principles and action items that will provide the framework for making decisions related to homelessness:
Guiding Principle 1
Foster collaboration between private and public agencies to ensure that collection of data regarding the number and demographic makeup of the homeless population is accurate and shared among agencies engaged in homelessness prevention activities.
- Provide appropriate access to agencies working with the homeless population.
- Employ Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) best practices for accurate collection of homeless census and demographic information for input to the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
- All emergency homeless shelters, regardless of funding source, should actively participate in the HMIS and Coordinated Entry (CE) process operated by the San Joaquin County Continuum of Care.
- Point-in-Time (PIT) and HMIS data should be used to inform all County strategies and actions to address homelessness.
- The San Joaquin County Continuum of Care governance structure will be refined to promote greater collaboration and representation by agencies and organizations in the region that serve the homeless population and follow both best practices and HUD guidelines.
- The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will play an active role in the convening and functioning of the Continuum of Care by assigning a Supervisor each year.
Guiding Principle 2
Work collaboratively to reduce or eliminate upfront barriers to housing.
- Focus on assisting individuals and families to access and sustain permanent housing as quickly as possible.
- Promote links between law enforcement and service/housing/behavioral health providers.
- Seek out all available funds to enhance the “Housing First” model access to permanent housing.
- All transitional housing programs are reconfigured, when possible, to rapid rehousing or permanent supportive housing.
- All permanent housing projects for the homeless, regardless of funding source, shall actively participate in in the HMIS and CE processes.
- San Joaquin County, cities, agencies and the private sector should consider jointly funding and conducting a study on the feasibility of establishing an agency-specific or countywide Affordable Housing Trust Fund to provide financing in our region.
Guiding Principle 3
Adopt unified discharge policies to prevent individuals from being discharged into homelessness
- All institutions, including those of the criminal justice and foster care systems, health care, and mental health care facilities, non-profit/profit operated facilities, should adopt and implement comprehensive discharge policies that provide information on services available to avoid discharge into homelessness.
- All law enforcement agencies should participate in the development of and shall adopt, a uniform Restorative Policing model to establish permanent, cooperative links with homeless service and housing providers, mental health, substance abuse, and other community experts to best address the needs of homeless individuals encountered during their enforcement of law.
Guiding Principle 4
Adopt a “No Wrong Door” approach, wherein the homeless or individuals facing homelessness can receive information regarding available services regardless of which agency they contact.
- Provide staff with tools and resources necessary to connect individuals with appropriate services and housing assistance.
- Utilize 2-1-1 system to identify and connect individuals with appropriate service.
Guiding Principle 5
Foster public/private partnerships for the development of new strategies and the enhancement of existing programs to prevent homelessness before it occurs.
- Increase affordable housing in the region.
- Bring more jobs to the region through ongoing economic development efforts.
- Seek funding opportunities and relationships for all aspects of the City’s homeless population.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/11/2017