A state level Interagency Council on Homelessness, created by Governor Rick Snyder’s Executive Order issued in January, 2015, is working to address and end homelessness in Michigan through a new plan of action. The council includes 13 members from across state government and is housed within the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
The Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness Action Plan 2017 – 2019 will be evidence-based, cost effective, in line with the Federal Strategic Plan (Opening Doors) and established with feedback from all major stakeholder groups.
The Homeless Policy Advisory Team (HPAT) is responsible for managing the plan that will be set by the state Interagency Council on Homelessness, in collaboration with local Continuum of Care bodies.
CSH is one of the HPAT member partners and our staff have already shared best practices from around the country along with innovations for Michigan to consider regarding quality supportive housing and strategies to end homelessness. HPAT includes five workgroups that all have openings for partners who wish to be more involved in the process of crafting and responding to a draft of the Action Plan.
John Peterson of CSH chairs the Improve Health and Stability workgroup which has prioritized improving Michigan’s utilization of Medicaid resources in supportive housing and rapid rehousing settings. Lindsey Bishop Gilmore of CSH chairs the Statewide Training Committee and this group will tailor learning sessions requested by the five workgroups and HPAT.
The workgroups are specializing in each area of the plan and involving participants from the ground up to capture expertise of practitioners. All workgroups are inviting new participants to inform and implement the Action Plan. They will meet on September 20, the day before the 2016 Homeless Summit in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
To register for the Homeless Summit being held on September 21-22, 2016, at the Radisson Plaza Suites & Hotel in Kalamazoo, please visit this link: https://www.regonline.com/2016homelesssummit.