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Housing and Human Services Goal Setting Retreat

Minutes
Thursday, August 28, 2014



Ashland Housing and Human Services Commission Goal Setting Retreat
Minutes August 28, 2014
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Joshua Boettiger called the meeting to order at 4:15 in the Siskiyou Room at the Community Development and Engineering Offices located at 51 Winburn Way, Ashland OR 97520.
 
Commissioners Present: Council Liaison
Joshua Boettiger Pam Marsh
Heidi Parker  
Connie Saldana SOU Liaison
Michael Gutman Andrew Ensslin
Regina Ayars, absent  
Rich Rohde Staff Present:
Coriann Matthews Linda Reid,
Sue Crader  
Gina DuQuenne  
 
 
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the June 26, 2014 Housing and Human Services Commission meeting were approved unanimously. 
 
PUBLIC FORUM
Stefani Seffinger
Judy Kersteader
 
SOCIAL SERVICE MEETING DEBRIEF
 
  • Good Turnout
  • Consistent topics:Affordable Housing; Mental Health Services: Lack of funding
  • Small funding helps
  • Address the biggest issues in the best way (most efficient) possible
  • Need to be more clear about priorities and have a good process
  • If the goals are strong then the funding will be more targeted
  • Harder for the grantors to evaluate the applications without clear goal
 
 
STRATEGIC PLAN NEXT STEPS
 
Recommendations:
  • Maybe the H&HS Commission makes the initial recommendations?
  • Think creatively about measurement of need; Measure a waitlist of those in need; measurement should correlate to grant size.
  • Is there another way to show leverage?
  • What % of the budget is the award
  • Key informant interviews: those who did not make it to the outreach event; police chief?
  • Gather measurements; ASD Demographers report; CCO’s
  • The subcommittee will come up with a couple of simple questions in broad topic areas to post on open city hall to gain further feedback about goals and priorities.
  • The subcommittee will generate a list of key informants to interview regarding goals and priorities
     
 
COUNCIL GOAL REVEW AND DISCUSSION
 
Marsh provided an overview of the draft council goals as they stand currently.  The goals that are articulated currently which most pertain to the mission and duties of the Housing and Human Services Commission are;
  • Seek opportunities to help people meet basic needs
  • Make Ashland more family friendly
  • Provide support for Aging in Ashland
     
Marsh cautioned that these goals have not been adopted and may change.  The Goals were discussed and the commissioners held a brainstorming and goal prioritization session.  The Commissioners identified eleven general goals to be further discussed and refined at the next regular meeting.
  • < >Manufactured Home Park owned by occupants
  • Affordable Housing/Inclusionary Zones
  • Transitions/temporary housing
  • Affordable housing (land costs reductions/tiny house model/zoning changes?)
  • Streamlining development process (incentives for not-for-profits, special needs housing, align with council goals)
  • Case management/life skills training
  • Supporting Winter shelter efforts
  • Family Friendly involvement/ re-open schools
  • Research housing first model
  • Revive “land trust”
 
STUDENT FAIR HOUSING-QUESTION REVIEW AND NEXT STEPS
 
Ensslin presented the revised questions as requested.  The commissioners made a few minor word choice changes.
 
Rohde/Duquenne m/s to approve the questions with changes. Voice Vote:  All ayes motion passed unanimously.
 
 
ADJOURNMENT - The meeting was adjourned at 7:00p.m.
respectfully submitted by Linda Reid
 

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