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04/03/2018 05B Council Healthy Communities and Neighborhood Building Committee Report and RecommendationsBUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT 1 Item No. 5.B. For Meeting of: April 3, 2018 ITEM TITLE: Council Healthy Communities & Neighborhood Building Committee report & recommendations regarding 1) preparing a letter to YVCOG regarding the RFP process, homeless services and homeless administration and 2) scheduling a Council study session on homeless services and homeless administration SUBMITTED BY: Cliff Moore, City Manager SUMMARY EXPLANATION: At the March 15, 2018 meeting, it was Committee consensus to ask for Council consideration to prepare a letter to YVCOG regarding concerns with the RFP process, homeless services and homeless administration. Also, the Committee is recommending a study session to discuss homeless services and homeless administration. ITEM BUDGETED: STRATEGIC PRIORITY: APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL: STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Accept Committee recommendations. BOARD/COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: April 4, 2018 Yakima Valley Conference of Governments Executive Committee Members 311 N. 4th Street, Suite 204 Yakima, WA 98901 Dear Executive Committee Members: Distributed at the& Meeting D AFT Homelessness is a complex problem, affecting an increasing population across the United States. Government agencies within the City of Yakima and Yakima County are entrusted with public money with the goal of alleviating homelessness, making it BRIEF and RARE. Homeless people are diverse, including individuals with physical disability, developmental disability, chronic health conditions, HIV, mental health problems, substance -abuse problems, etc. They have diverse needs which require multifaceted services. Measuring the success of homeless programs requires an objective assessment of complex data and program endpoints. Fortunately, best practices for public programs have been standardized to require these assessments. All federal and state homeless programs are required to comply with the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), an electronic data archive. The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, and their contracted provider agencies are required to collect and enter HMIS data. Despite multiple requests, YVCOG has failed to provide outcomes data for Camp Hope (Transform Yakima Together) since the inception of this program in March 2017. Without review of this data, the fitness of this agency to receive further award of public funds is called into question, as is the fitness of YVCOG to manage these funds. We view with concern YVCOG's recent withdrawal from the HUD "Collaborative Applicant" role, as this increases the risk of loss of federal funding for our community. We are also concerned about the unilateral suspension of HPPC meetings. The YVCOG Request for Proposal for 2018-2020 appears tailored to fund Camp Hope, a permanent "emergency" shelter which has no time limits on how long a homeless person can stay. This is not consistent with a goal of transitioning into permanent, affordable housing. Moreover, TYT has already violated their Tiny Homes contract. Their contractually required data is not available, and they created chaos last September when they submitted an application for a 24-hour shelter without having a building. If approved by YVCOG, their project will receive $950,000 or nearly 60 percent of the 2163 funds over the two-year cycle, and the majority of that money comes from the City of Yakima. We fail in our public duty if we continue to passively watch misuse of public funds. We request that YVCOG provide the HMIS data collected in 2017, and delay further funding to any program which has not proven contract compliance. Sincerely, XXXXXX