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Legislation #: 140636 Introduction Date: 8/14/2014
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER WAGNER AND COUNCILMEMBER CIRCO
Title: Expressing support for the Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City’s vision to address, reduce and end homelessness in the Kansas City region by building a more unified system.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
8/12/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/14/2014 Referred to Neighborhoods, Housing & Healthy Communities
8/20/2014 Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute
8/21/2014 Adopted as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 140636

 

Expressing support for the Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City’s vision to address, reduce and end homelessness in the Kansas City region by building a more unified system.

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council support the set of principles developed by the community that underlie the Homelessness Task Force’s work driving change toward a more unified system; and

 

WHEREAS, the aforementioned principles include:

 

1.                  A belief in data driven assessment and decisions to direct our resources to those people with the greatest vulnerability or most complex needs;

 

2.                  A commitment to using local data to drive an evidence-informed housing response system;

 

3.                  A belief that diverse individuals and families require diverse solutions for their homelessness, based upon assessed needs;

 

4.                  A belief in evidence-based housing solutions that are provided through informed choice and assessed needs;

 

5.                  A commitment to respectful and supportive conflict-resolution and grievance process which is credible, transparent and universal that applies to both agencies and service recipients; and

 

6.                  A commitment that coordinated assessment will occur linked to information on availability and referral across the whole community in a clear and transparent manner, leveraging the strengths of each service provider, while concurrently informing gaps in the system and opportunities for future strategic investment; and

 

WHEREAS, Zero:2016 is a rigorous follow-up to the 100,000 Homes Campaign designed to help communities do whatever it takes to end chronic and Veteran homelessness by December 31, 2016; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council understand that the National Alliance to End Homelessness and best practices across the nation show a coordinated system will yield more positive outcome for communities in ending homelessness for many and reducing the consequence of homeless for others; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council will be supportive of a coordinated system which includes eight evidence-based components developed in consultation with a national expert: a coordinated entry point; a common diversion and prevention protocol; streamlined shelter access with a strong commitment to being housing-focused; a housing triage tool and process for outreach and in-reach; a consistent and comparable housing options; a common assessment and coordinated access; a housing locator services for every level of need; and a comprehensive management information system; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council are committed the City’s involvement in the operationalization of the eight components from this point forward; NOW. THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Mayor and Council hereby express support of the Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City’s vision to address, reduce and end homelessness in the Kansas City region by building a more unified system that involves eight different components.

 

Section 2. That the City Manager is directed to commit at least one staff member to participate on at least one workgroup or ongoing Homelessness Task Force Project Team and will stay informed about the decisions made across other components and bring up any concerns that would interfere with the City’s participation in the implementation phase once community agreement regarding the unified system is reached.

 

Section 3. That the Mayor and Council hereby express support for the Zero:2016 program as part of a strategy for transitional and permanent housing within the Homelessness Task Force’s roadmap.

 

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