The Kings/Tulare Homeless Alliance is a consortium of partners that includes homeless service providers, advocacy groups, government agencies and homeless individuals who are working together to address the housing and support service needs of the homeless in this region of the San Joaquin Valley.The issues associated with the homeless can be complicated. Solutions to resolve these problems require considerable time, energy and financial resources. If you wish to contribute your time and talents to this effort and have a common vision of providing housing and support services to the homeless, we welcome your support.
The average community currently allocates housing resources on a first-come-first served basis. Individuals and families take their place at the bottom of endless waiting lists, regardless of their chronicity, medical vulnerability, acuity, or ability to address their own housing instability. The result is often akin to an emergency room devoting its costliest resources to a common cold patient while leaving a late-arriving heart attack victim to fend for him or herself. By contrast, using a vulnerability assessment tool such as the VI-SPDAT or VAT allows communities to assess clients’ various health and social needs quickly and then match them to the most appropriate– rather than the most intensive– housing interventions available. In preparation for the FY2015 CoC Program NOFA, HUD recently published a Prioritization Notice addressing this very issue. The overarching intent of the Prioritization Notice is to move CoCs and recipients of CoC Program funding for permanent supportive housing in a direction where chronically homeless persons and other high need households are prioritized for assistance above other eligible households, thus ending the standard protocol of first-come-first wait lists. As a key community stakeholder, we would like to get your feedback on which tool would be the best fit for the bi-county region. Please take a few moments to review the two survey tools we are considering: Vulnerability Assessment Tool Survey no later than April 15, 2015. Results will be shared at the Strategic Planning Meeting on May 5th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Tulare County PDC Building located at 4031 W. Noble in Visalia.
The Visalia City Council will hold a Work Session on Monday, March 16, 2015 and a Public Hearing on Monday, April 06, 2015, for adoption of a 5-year Consolidated Plan and First Year Annual Action Plan and 2014 Action Plan Amendment, as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consolidated Plan identifies housing and community development needs in Visalia and the strategy for addressing these needs in the next five years. Included in the Plan is the First Year Action Plan, which identifies proposed activities being funded with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds in 2015/2016. Additionally, a 2014 Substantial Action Plan Amendment is proposed to reallocate up to $1.8 million in HOME- Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) dollars to Self Help Enterprise, to develop a 36-unit multi-family rental development, located at Highland Avenue, west of Highway 63, between Riggin and Ferguson Streets. Click here for the full notice and complete details on meeting locations, dates and times.