To address the housing and support services needs of individuals and families along the continuum of care from homelessness to permanent housing.
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 & Accomplishments
Provide Community Education & Awareness regarding the issues of homelessness in St. Clair County.
- Annual SCC Point in Time conducted in January 29, 2020. Results = 232 people were identified as homeless: 166 adults, 66 children and 40 families. In 2019 there were 107 people identified as homeless: 75 adults, 32 children and 13 families. Information shared throughout the CSCB
- Due to Covid-19 – following CDC guidelines, local shelters needed to restrict capacity to maintain the possibility of contamination.
- 699 individuals were served through the local homeless shelters or HARA service, including rapid rehousing and prevention.
- Annual Continuum of Care document was completed in August on behalf of SCC and shared with Housing Workgroup and CSCB in September
- Annual Statewide Homelessness Summit was held in October and was virtual this year due to the pandemic. Several workgroup members attended.
- 2nd Housing Summit originally planned for fall 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid – 19 Pandemic
- 12th Annual CRF was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.
- Committee members participated in Homeless Awareness Month virtually, sharing education and awareness campaign through social media outlets.
Work collaboratively to reduce the number of people struggling with homelessness in St. Clair County.
- Due to Covid – 19, the HARA worked with the SCC Emergency Operations Center to establish a temporary emergency shelter to house people who were homeless to prevent the spread of the virus. Assisted 25 households, 29 individual for a total of 946 nights.
- CARES Act CV funds were awarded to St. Clair County in the amount of $370,022 to be allocated for homeless prevention, rapid rehousing, support for emergency shelters, and HARA support.
- Clair County’s Eviction Diversion Program began in August. This collaborative with the courts, legal services, DHHS, 2-1-1, United Way, BWCA, landlords, Community Foundation, and other will assist a minimum of 60 families. This program will continue into 2021.
- Emergency Solutions Grant award from MSHDA totaled $210,479 to be used for HARA supports, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and prevention efforts. This is approximately $12,000 over last year’s award.
- SSVF Grant has served 12 veteran families with Rapid Rehousing and 43 with Prevention.
- Due to Covid 19, the Interagency Service Team did not meet from March until August 2020. Virtual meetings resumed in September 2020. The IST has assisted 29 individuals and families with housing.
Re-evaluate and update St. Clair County Strategic Plan to better coordinate with various federal, state and local requirements.
- A subcommittee of the workgroup updated July 2019 “Strategic Plan to End Homelessness” in October 2020. This document was presented to the workgroup for endorsement at the November meeting. January the subcommittee will come together and create a strategic plan for 2021-2022.
Chair: Kathleen Swantek, Blue Water Developmental Housing, Inc.
Support Staff: Amy Smith, SCC CMH & Sarah Herrle, SCC CMH
2021 Meeting Calendar
2021 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 13, 2021
- March 10, 2021
- May 12, 2021
- July 14, 2021
- September 8, 2021
- November 10, 2021