Response to the Survey From —
Marin County CoC
HUD provides two lists of California Continuum of Care (CoC) key contacts: one for Northern California and one for Southern California.
You can find these lists at https://www.hud.gov/states/california/homeless/continuumcare.
- Enter the CoC number for which you are completing the survey.
- Enter the CoC name for which you are completing the survey.
Marin County CoC
- Enter the organization within the CoC that you represent.
Marin County Health and Human Services (Collaborative Applicant)
- What type of organization do you represent?.
Behavioral and mental health services; public benefits; info line
(For example, did you increase the number of volunteers, or find additional funding?)
lack of will from providers
Marin is a geographically large county with significant open space that is difficult and expensive to canvas. Local providers and County staff see PIT data as interesting but not useful enough to justify the expense (County) or time (providers). We are working on other methods of data collection (HMIS, by-name list) to provide more useful, more accurate data.
Because of local provider resistance and our reliance on them for hotspotting and recruiting guides, it is unlikely we would ever conduct an unsheltered PIT if not required by HUD.
Advertised to the general community (newspaper, NextDoor) and County employees
The biggest change was a significant reduction in homeless youth, which we believe was the result of improved methodology. Most of our subpopulations (families, veterans, chronically homeless, single adults) rose slightly, which we attribute to a lack of permanent supportive housing and skyrocketing rents.
The CoC reallocated funding from underperforming projects per HUD's guidance. We also had several transitional housing projects voluntarily reallocate in favor of permanent supportive housing.
Housing gap analysis—We are currently doing one
Funding gap analysis—
Service gap analysis—Ongoing
Other (please specify)—
Housing gap analysis
Funding gap analysis
Service gap analysis
Other (as you identified in question 27)
The actions arising from the strategic plan are updated on an ongoing basis. The overall plan is updated roughly every 5 years.
We have found the strategic plan to be minimally beneficial to the CoC. The result of our strategic planning process was that all subpopulations were prioritized (chronically homeless, families, DV, veterans, rapid rehousing), and if all are prioritized none are actually prioritized. Efforts to create and update action plans were met with frustration over the amount of effort and time dedicated to planning rather than action, as well as resistance to any actions that did not benefit a an agency's specific population and defensiveness at any suggestion that agencies were failing to meet client needs for any reason other than lack of resources. Because the CoC has no independent authority to implement the strategic plan, there was no way to push anything through. We have found that instituting individual efforts as PDSA cycles has been much more effective at improving outcomes and creating systems change.
CoC and ESG program applications are the only grant-seeking activities our CoC engages in on the CoC level. County HHS works with our providers independently and collaboratively to identify and apply for local, state, and federal funding opportunities.
County HHS has worked closely with our Housing Authority to create programs that have dramatically improved housing outcomes, including hiring a dedicated housing locator and providing services for up to 50 new section 8 vouchers each year to create new permanent supportive housing. HHS also fully pays for all HMIS licenses for any provider who wants them, meaning we have extensive HMIS data for almost all our housing and supportive services programs for people experiencing homelessness
Feel free to provide web addresses to any reports or email them as attachments to CoCSurvey@auditor.ca.gov.
The housing authority's housing locator and landlord partnership program have recruited 70 NEW landlords for Section 8 and homeless housing vouchers.
For example, if you would like to share additional information regarding homelessness, services, or funding.
I would encourage any state programs targeting homelessness to align with federal best practices and requirements for homelessness such as coordinated entry and HMIS use, but to also consider looking at places where federal funding falls short, such as housing people with extended periods of homelessness who don't meet the federal definition of chronic homelessness because of extended stays in jail, treatment, or transitional housing.