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Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition Committed to Ending Homelessness in the FNSB

Welcome to the Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition Newsletter!

Thank you for joining us as we move forward on our journey to ending homelessness in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Here is where you can read all about community events, project updates, and our monthly coalition meeting highlights.

FHHC November Meeting notes

Attendance: We had 72 people representing countless organizations participate in the meeting. We had a slightly different format for this meeting, because the technical assistant team from the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative (RSHI) came up for their first on-site visit.

Outreach Coordinator: Sheryce Borgatti started her official involvement with the FHHC almost exactly a year ago. It is impossible to list all the projects and events she has spearheaded over the year, but it’s safe to say that she has done an incredible job! Sheryce is starting a new position with the Interior Community Health Center as a mobile case manager. Sheryce is a natural fit for the position and will undoubtedly continue to have an enormous impact on the community. Congratulations on a job well done Sheryce and good luck on your future position!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fairbanks Native Association (FNA) Youth Summit: On behalf of Fairbanks Native Association Behavioral Health Services we would like to extend to you an invitation to join us for our first Youth Summit to be held January 9th, 2019 at the Westmark Hotel Gold Room from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This youth summit is for agencies and local organizations to gather, network, and learn what services and resources are available to all of our youth here in the Fairbanks and North Pole area. Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3CLKG57

Arctic Alliance for People Luncheon: The 2018 AAP Annual Meeting and Luncheon is Wednesday, December 5, 11:30 -1:00 at the Stone Soup Cafe, 507 Gaffney Rd, Fairbanks. The online option to reserve a spot at the Arctic Alliance for People luncheon will be available until noon tomorrow. You or your organization can pre-register at: https://www.nscfundalaska.org/aap-2018-meeting-register If you wish an organization invoice, you can select "Pay Later" and let us know how many will be attending and pay by check or at the door. For more information about the meeting: https://www.nscfundalaska.org/aap-2018-meeting-info

Technical Assistance Team: The technical assistance team (Phil Allen, Heather Dillashaw, and Jim Yates) made their first on-site visit last week. The team will assist local agencies expand supportive housing solutions. The goal is to establish 15 additional Permanent Supportive Housing units and to house an additional 40 individuals/families with a robust collective Rapid Re-Housing program by November 2019. Phil and Jim are from the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC). If their names sound familiar, Phil was one of the primary facilitators of the Fairbanks Symposium on Homelessness and Jim was a co-author of the Alaska Supportive Housing Plan. Heather works for a company simply known as ICF (really just ICF, not an acronym). Her team has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Coordinated Entry System. During their time in Fairbanks the Phil, Heather, and Jim met with many local agencies to learn more about local project ideas and initiatives. Over the next couple weeks they will develop a number of suggestions (evidence-based best practices, funding sources, policies, procedures, etc.) for many of the agencies they met with and will contact those agencies very soon.

Community Needs Drive: Cleaning out your gently used stuff? No idea where to take it, but you know those towels and socks still have plenty of life left in them?? Good news! Come bring your gently used household items to the Noel Wien Library on Saturday December 8th between 10am and 2pm. The FNSB Libraries and the Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition are holding a community needs drive. Please see the Community Needs List on this page for details about which items are in need. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/200126867556823/

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. This great training is coming to Fairbanks Dec 6, Jan 30, and Jan 31. For more info about Jan classes: Wednesday, Jan 30th, 8-5 https://aktclms.org/Training/Class/102786 Thursday, Jan. 31st, 8-5 https://aktclms.org/Training/Class/102787

Northern Hope Center: The Northern Hope Center is looking for a new executive director, as David will be retiring in the near future. For more information see attached job description or https://fairbanks.craigslist.org/npo/d/executive-director/6760842140.html. David has been an excellent director and has set the bar high for others to follow. Additionally the Northern Hope Center will have a silent auction fundraiser on Jan 18th at the Chena Bingo Hall.

Nativities Around the World: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is hosting Nativities Around the World on Dec 7 from 5-9 PM and Dec 8 from 12-8 PM at 304 Lazelle Road. The event has numerous Nativity displays and live music.

Night of Hope: No Limits and the JP Jones Community Development Center will be hosting the annual Night of Hope on December 22 from 6-9 PM. The event will provide dinner, entertainment and many presents will be raffled.

FHHC October Meeting Notes

FHHC October Meeting

Attendance: There were 58 people representing at least 30 agencies in attendance. This included at least three concerned citizens not associated with an organization.

Costco: The meeting began with an update from Costco. Brad Boyer, Membership/Marketing Manager for our local Costco (#1342) gave a great presentation about Costco's dedication to the community. They have already teamed up with the Fairbanks Community Food Bank and they are always looking for other ways to connect with the community. In fact after hearing the discussion about Project Homeless Connect, Brad pledged Costco support and just a few minutes later Costco donated 48 cases of water for the event. Thank you very much Brad!

Costco will open on November 20th. The Costco CEO attends every opening and will be at this one as well. Costco will be closed for Thanksgiving (Nov 22), but will re-open for Black Friday (Nov 23). Brad suggested that agencies and individuals sign-up for their Costco card prior to the opening, but it will be possible sign up at the store. Brad also suggested that everybody sign up in person rather than online as there are special deals for signing up in person. To sign up in person visit the Costco office at 29 College St. This satellite office will be open for about a month after Costco opens. There are two levels of cards Gold ($60 per year) Executive ($120 per year). With either level it is possible to have a second card added to the account without charge. It is possible to get more than two cards with a business account, but there is a fee associated with the additional cards. Additionally Costco is not currently set up for purchase orders, but is exploring this and some Alaska specific purchasing methods. Costco currently accepts cash, check, Visa and EBT.

Additionally Costco will have a workforce of about 290 people. For more information: https://www.costco.com/ to connect directly with Brad: w01342mbr@costco.com

My Place: Fairbanks now has a general population Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) program. Rapid Re-Housing is an evidence-based national best practice that routinely yields dramatic results. The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) standards/benchmarks for RRH show that 80% of clients will exit the RRH program to permanent housing. Our local Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) has about an 83% success rate, which is amazing. As a community, we explored RRH during the Fairbanks Symposium on Homelessness last December. Since then ten organizations came together to plan the program, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority funded it, the planning group unanimously voted for the Fairbanks Rescue Mission (FRM) to house the program, and the FRM further developed the program. So far the FRM has assessed 12 people for the program and has selected the first three participants. My Place uses dynamic prioritization to select individuals. Dynamic prioritization is a relatively new best practice that allows programs (primarily RRH) to take chances on more vulnerable individuals on a case by case basis. For example: Continuum of Care (CoC) policies a state an RRH candidate would have a Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) score of eight or less, but with dynamic prioritization My Place could accept a candidate that scored above an eight if the case managers feel they can handle the additional barriers. Once the Coordinated Entry System (CES) is fully operational My Place will pull candidates from CES prioritization lists, but currently My Place housing people from other FRM programs. Please see attached flyer.

Coordinated Entry System: The CES Access Points (Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (IACNVL), and Fairbanks Youth Advocates (FYA) are now able to start assessing participants for CES. Entrance into CES is not for everybody and is entirely voluntary. The reason for a client to want to enter CES is it will get them assessed and on the prioritization list. The prioritization lists will be used by TCC Housing First for a portion of their units, by IACNVL for their PSH units, No Limits for a portion of their PSH units, and for the My Place program. Once the prioritization lists are filled, case conferencing will begin and all these programs will be able to pull from the list.

Halloween Town: The FHHC will have Cabin #3 at Pioneer Park for Halloween Town on Oct 27 from 12-7. In addition to handing out candy and information, the FHHC will also have a silent auction to raise funds for Project Homeless Connect. Please stop by or if you are interested in helping please contact Sheryce at sborgatti@fairbanks.us

Project Homeless Connect: The 2019 PHC event in Fairbanks will be on January 23rd, 2019 at the Exhibit Hall of Pioneer Park. The FHHC has already secured the venue and begun planning. If your organization wishes to provide a service please reach out to Sheryce at sborgatti@fairbanks.us. If you wish to be part of the PHC Planning Committee please contact msanders@fairbanks.us

When Helping Hurts: The FHHC Outreach Committee is interested in learning more about When Helping Hurts. They are considering a book club or other event to explore the concept.

Fairbanks Symposium on Homelessness II: The next symposium will be February 27th, 2019 at the Fairbanks Westmark. Please see flyer. Also please register!!!!! We only have 200 total seats and will “sell out” or whatever the term is for free events.

Treasurer Update: We have $9,181.92 and are a bit behind in fund raising for PHC and the next symposium.

Fairbanks North Star Libraries Survey: The libraries are conducting a survey to learn how to better serve the community. Please see attached flyer.

The Salvation Army - Thanksgiving & Christmas Assistance: The Salvation Army has begun their holiday assistance programs. Please see attached flyer.

The Salvation Army - Volunteer and Paid Bell Ringers Needed: The Salvation Army is currently scheduling their holiday bell ringing campaign. They are in need of both paid and volunteer bell ringers. For more info about paid positions: https://tdlstaffing.com/job-post/holiday-bell-ringers/. For more info about volunteering: https://alaska.salvationarmy.org/.

Love INC - Thanksgiving & Christmas Assistance: Love INC is also starting up their holiday assistance services. Love INC, the Salvation Army, and Santa’s Helpers all collaborate to ensure the maximum number of families are able to receive assistance and to assure the system is not abused. For more information: info@loveincfairbanks.org.

Love INC- Loving Families: There are currently two spots open in Love INC’s Loving Families program. Loving Families houses homeless families, “one church at a time hosts four families for seven days. The families work toward sustainable housing while volunteers provide food, supervision, and a loving environment.” For more information: https://www.loveincfairbanks.org/lovingfamilies/

ThrivAlaska – Head Start Birth to Five: ThrivAlaska has openings for their Head Start program. Please see attached flyer.

Institute for Community Alliances: Holly Blood and Kim Seitz from ICA are conducting Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) on Monday Oct 29th and still have some time slots available. For more info: holly.blood@icalliances.org

Drug Take Back Day: Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow Oct 27 from 10-2. For more information: http://www.fairbankswellness.org/

AKCH2 Conference: The Alaska Coalition on Housing & Homelessness Annual Conference is Nov 1-2 in Anchorage. For more information: https://www.alaskahousing-homeless.org/home-2/

Joshua Community: The Fairbanks Rescue Mission’s Joshua Community project has completed four cabins and is expecting to finish 6 more next summer. The Mission is already scheduling volunteer groups for next summer’s work and is able to provide tours of the Joshua Community. For more info: https://www.fairbanksrescuemission.org/joshua-community-projects/.

Humanitarian Project Request: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a Humanitarian Project Grant. Sheridan Heinrichs is the local point of contact for this great opportunity. For everybody that attended the 2018 PHC, the cases and cases of hygiene gear came from this grant and Sheridan made it happen!!!!!! For more information: sheridan.heinrichs@gmail.com

Restore Inc: Restore is continuing to work on their new housing project. When it is at full capacity they will need to hire 35 new employees. Please stay tuned for more information.

Hits for Homeless: During this meeting, Roscoe received notification that his request for a state sanctioned softball tournament to raise money and awareness for/about homelessness in Fairbanks was approved. More info to follow, but awesome job Roscoe!

AmeriCorps Vista Leader: Alex’s term is almost over and the search is on to find somebody that keep up with all the great things he has been doing is on. For more info: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=8649

Sheryce hitting the streets with Angels In Motion

September Outreach Committee Meeting Notes

Homelessness Through Our Eyes Mural:

  • Potentially finish as a first Friday event. Contacted the Bentley Mall manager to coordinate.
  • Potentially hold a community paint session outside with FHHC tent

FHHC Website Updates:

  • Utilize new community events calendar on the “Upcoming Events” page of the website.
  • Community members and/or agencies submit form for event and FHHC will review and post for the public to see.
  • Great opportunity to plan events and advertise for volunteer opportunities

Street Outreach Specifics:

Need to determine the following before starting:

  1. How are the meals prepped? (day before, day of, who’s doing them)
  2. Location TBD
  3. Rotating spots? (primarily outdoor)
  4. Confirm possibility of handing out food and info at the bus depo downtown
  5. Volunteers
  6. Would like individuals from agencies who have been in the shoes of those on the streets
Involve the community to keep from “preaching to the same choir”

We love agency involvement, but we all already know that something must be done to help those in need. Having outside input and volunteers really sparks the change(s)

Collaboration/Involvement with Angels In Motion

Leona McDaniels with Angels In Motion handing out lunch to a new friend

Outreach In Community

  • Reaching out to those in the North Pole community
  1. Bring forward information for those living in that area of the FNSB
  2. Contact the NP Worship Center off Badger for outreach conversation
  3. Possibly coordinate resource fair type event held in NP (would need to determine transportation for those in the area)
  • Outreach to church communities in Fairbanks
Not everyone we talk to is homeless, but everyone knows at least one person who is either struggling with homelessness currently or is on their way to that point, and we need to give them all the right info to help those they love.
  • Contact several local churches to ask about having a conversation during/before a service

The Next Outreach Committee Meeting will be held in October. The date and time has not been determined, but if you would like to get involved please send the FHHC Outreach Coordinator Sheryce Borgatti an email or message us on Facebook!

August coalition meeting highlights

Coalition Updates:

Coordinated Entry System (CES): There are a few mandatory trainings that need to take place before the full launch of CES. Luckily, there will only be about a month or so between the launch and the final full implementation. Now is the time to solidify case conferencing procedures. This will include figuring out the logistics of ensuring DV clients have full and equal access. I think the only program potentially held up by this is the new Rapid Re-Housing (RRH). It should be relatively simple to incorporate CES & RRH as both programs mature.

Balance of State (BoS) Continuum of Care (CoC) Funding: There were 15 programs across the state that applied for these funds. Four Fairbanks programs applied for funding and were the 4 top scoring programs in the competition!! What an amazing success for our local agencies! No Limits Inc’s "Home Free" (Permanent Supportive Housing) had the overall top scoring project which was followed closely by Interior Center for Non-Violent Living programs "Our House" & "Burch House." Tanana Chief's Conference also scored funding for their Housing First program. These organizations did an amazing job. The CoC funding process is very competitive and extremely thorough. Getting such high scores is difficult and shows that our local agencies are doing great things throughout the year.

Bridges Out of Poverty: The Bridges Out of Poverty book club is going great. Aha Processes Inc., which produces the Bridges programs was impressed to hear about the participation in the August webinar and the book club idea. They even sent a study guide to help spur the conversation further. We also need to give a special thanks to our two local rock stars, Becca Brado and Linda Setterberg for organizing and leading this exciting program research.

Point In Time Count / Project Homeless Connect: The PIT is Jan 22, 2019 and PHC is Jan 23, 2019. If you are interested in signing up to plan/help with PIT &PHC, please fill out this Doodle Poll by Friday Sep 7th, we will have our first planning meeting.

Fairbanks Symposium on Homelessness II: The next symposium will focus on establishing an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and/or Intensive Case Management (ICM) team in Fairbanks. So far, our July planning session resulted in selecting a date, reserving the location, and starting to figure out the format. A lot of ground covered very quickly in one meeting! The next planning session will be determined soon, and will fall after the September 19th ACT/ICM presentation. The Fairbanks Symposium on Homelessness II will be on February 27th at the Westmark. Please register early as we anticipate meeting the space capacity again this year.

Richard L. & Diane M. Block Foundation visit: The board of the Block Foundation will be here on September 10th. We had a bunch of interest from organizations in participating and more than filled our available presentation slots. The Block Foundation will be giving an overview to the community at 10:00 am on Monday September 10th in the Council Chambers of City Hall. That portion of the day’s events is open to the public and attendance is required for all presenting organizations.

Outreach Committee: Sheryce Borgatti is organizing the next Outreach Committee meeting. If you are interested, regardless if you have participated in the past or not please fill out this Doodle Poll and attend the next committee meeting.

Agency Updates

ThrivAlaska: Starting on September 5th ThrivAlaska will have 13 openings for preschool! Yes that’s right 13 openings. For more information please contact Dotty Harris DHarris@thrivalaska.com

Northern Hope Center: The Northern Hope Mental Health Drop-In Center is seeking applicants for their full time Assistant Director position. If you are interested in being a part of a philosophy, where mission statement, policies and procedures have been developed to ensure that a safe, warm place to have a meal and socialize can be sustained within a non-clinical setting and where peer-to-peer involvement is central to all operations, this could be the job for you.

Fairbanks Native Association (FNA):

Youth Services Summit: FNA Youth and Young Adult Services is looking to convene a Youth Services Summit in the late fall or early winter. If you or your agency is interested in participating please contact David Fonger dfonger@fairbanksnative.org or (907) 452-6264.

Visions Information Kiosks & PSA’s: Visions, FNA’s suicide prevention program, is launching a new information campaign to help prevent suicide among youth (10-25 year olds). This campaign will include four public service announcements and information kiosks at rotating locations around town. For more information please contact David Fonger dfonger@fairbanksnative.org or (907) 452-6264.

Street Outreach & Advocacy Program (SOAP) Prom: SOAP is hosting a prom style event on September 28th from 7-9 pm. For more information please contact Rebecca Buckles rbuckles@fairbanksnative.org

Alaska Health Fair Inc.: The Alaska Health Fair (AHF) has several upcoming events. Sharon Phillips, AHF Northern Region Program Director, is able to provide outreach tables at the upcoming health fairs for interested agencies. AHF will even provide the tables! Addidtionally AHF offers blood draws at their office on the first and third Tuesdays of every month by appointment only. For more information please contact Sharon at ahfrur@gci.net

Restore Inc FOCUS Housing: Restore Inc is embarking on an exciting 115 unit housing project. Stay tuned for more information!

One Homeless Night: The Fairbanks Youth Advocates at the Door will be hosting their annual awareness and fund raising event on September 8th from 7pm to 9am at 122 10th Ave.

Love INC Loving Families: The Loving Families program is launching its next session this week. This is a great opportunity for families experiencing homelessness to get the help they need to achieve independence.

Love INC Development and Communication Director: Love INC is hiring a new Development and Communication Director. Position Summary: Responsible for the duties involving communication, promotion, and administration of all development activities of Love INC, including individual giving, corporate and foundation support, fundraising events, and grants.

Stone’s Throw: The next Stone’s Throw culinary job skills program is starting September 17th. Breadline has openings and scholarships for this program.

Reentry Coalition Graduation & Meeting: The next Reentry Coalition graduation & meeting will Thursday September 6th at 10 am in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Empower Empire Empowerment Firm LLC: Lakesha Jordan, the founder of Empower Empire, joined today's meeting to make a new connection with FHHC members.

“Empower Empire Empowerment Firm LLC is an effective communication focused, uniquely designed, empowerment firm, geared toward strengthening and enhancing the lives of individuals, families, businesses and communities.” -Lakesha jordan

Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services: FCMHS is looking for new board members. Anybody interested in this opportunity please contact Nathan Stamm at (907) 261-5334 or nstamm@acmhs.com

Fairbanks Will Never Forget: In honor of the sacrifices of 9/11, we invite everyone to do one small act of service over the next two weeks. When you join the event, you will be given a name of a fallen first responder to honor. Additionally, Sheridan Heinrichs will be taking a care basket to NYFD on September 11th.

Walk to Encourage: The Activity Day Girls are hosting the Walk to Encourage on September 8th from 11am to 2 pm starting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everyone is invited to bring a sign with their favorite encouraging quote. Lunch will be provided following the walk.

Fairbanks Rescue Mission Green Collar Jobs Anniversary: It is the one year anniversary of the Recycling Center and the Fairbanks Rescue Mission Green Collar Jobs program. This program is a great opportunity for job skill training including forklift operations, material handling, etc.

National Recovery Month: September is National Recovery Month and IAA/IMATS will be hosting/sponsoring many events including:

  • Recovery 5K Walk and Run: September 16th 12:30 pm at the Golden Heart Plaza.
  • The Anonymous People Screening: Tuesday September 18 from 6-8 pm at the Morris Thompson Culture and Visitor Center.

Alaska Peer Support Consortium: Donna Mong, Executive Director of the Alaska Peer Support Consortium stopped by to tell us about the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training they are providing the Reentry Coalition. It’s short suspense date, but the Peer Support Consortium has funding to provide more WRAP training around the state in September. If your organization is interested please contact Donna donna.mong@akpeersupport.org

Safe Families for Children: Beacon Hill is expanding their extraordinarily successful Safe Families for Children program to Fairbanks. Safe Families is foster care prevention. It helps keep families intact during difficult times. Teaque Smith is the Fairbanks Family Coach Supervisor and can be contaced at TEAQUE@beaconhillak.com

“Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a movement of compassion and hospitality across the United States and around the world. SFFC provides a safe place for parents to voluntarily place their children in safe homes while facing crisis. These Safe Families provide a secure, temporary, loving environment for children so parents have the time and ability to face their situation without putting their children through unnecessary trauma or exposing them to dangerous situations, such as homelessness or neglect.” -Teaque Smith

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Hands Holding Paper House Credit: https://www.eurodiaconia.org/2017/03/apply-for-feantsa-ending-homelessness-awards-2017/

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