Mission

To address the housing and support services needs of individuals and families along the continuum of care from homelessness to permanent housing.

Vision

All individuals and families who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness in St. Clair County will have access to safe, decent, affordable housing and the resources and supports necessary to sustain it.

Workgroup Goals

  • Provide Community Education & Awareness regarding the issues of homelessness in St. Clair County
  • Work collaboratively to reduce the number of people struggling with homelessness in St. Clair County
  • Re-evaluate and update the St. Clair County Strategic Action Plan to End Homelessness to coordinate with various federal, state and local requirements.

Identified Gap: Not enough affordable housing for all the families and individuals struggling with homelessness, and the housing options are very limited.

Collaboratively Accomplished

  • Annual Point in Time was conducted on January 27th, counting only people who were staying in a shelter. This count identified 13 total persons staying at Pathway and the Harbor for Youth – 6 adults, 7 children and 2 families.
  • The Housing Assistance Resource Agency (HARA) screened 169 people, assisted 10 families with Rapid Rehousing, and received 333 calls on the helpline from those experiencing homelessness since January 2021. Focus has been preventing evictions to avoid additional people becoming homeless.
  • The 13th annual Community Resource Fair was held on July 14th as a drive-through event at St. Clair County Community College.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act CV funds has funded hotel stays for people experiencing homelessness since January 2021, at the cost of $11,056 for 24 people, including 5 children, for a total of 272 bed nights.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant award from MSHDA totaled $ 212,528 to be used for HARA supports, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and prevention efforts, an increase of $2,049 over last fiscal year.
  • St. Clair County Eviction Diversion Program began in August 2020. This program has helped 203 individuals stay in their homes at a cost of $621,991. In January the name of the program was changed to CERA Program. SCC was granted an additional $5,218,539 and to date has served 306 individuals with initial help and 41 people with additional assistance; an average of $7,190 per household.
  • The Workgroup updated and endorsed the 2021-2022 Strategic Action Plan to End Homelessness in May.

Chair: Kathleen Swantek, Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc.
Support Staff: SCC Hara & Vonda Willey, BWDH Interagency Service Team

 

2022 Meeting Calendar

2022 Housing & Support Services Committee Meeting Dates
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every other month 1:30 – 3:00 pm. These meetings will be virtual until it is safe to meet together in large groups.

  • January 12, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
  • May 11, 2022
  • July 13, 2022
  • September 14, 2022
  • November 9, 2022

Printable Meeting Calendar

2021-2022 Strategic Plan