Donna DelValle, Maria Rath, Eileen Kivlen, Cindy Everitt, Kevin Martone, Anne
Mylecraine, Melissa Reinertsen, Tracy O’Connor, John J. Korp, Vladimir Raevsky,
Tammy Witters, Anne Murphy, Betsy Towle, Alana Steib, Mary Thiele, Carol Benevy,
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Donna DelValle CEAS Chair at 9:35 a.m.
CEAS Members and Guests introduced themselves.
An extensive discussion took place regarding the May minutes and the following
corrections resulted from the discussion:
Planning Sub-Committee Report: Discussion took
place regarding clarifying the CEAS letter of Support for the Program
application process for 2005.
SSH Grants Funds: The Board of Chosen
Freeholders have received the CEAS letter of recommendation regarding renewing
contracts for the SSH funds to ensure that there is not a disruption in
services to the homeless population of Sussex County. No action or decision
made to date.
Continuum of Care: Lorraine Hentz clarified that
the BCF is requiring an RFP process in order to give support to the CEAS
Committee’s prioritization of applicants for the McKinney-Vento Funding. The
RFP is to ensure a competitive process is in place for the prioritization and
support for the priorities.
Committee to review the McKinney-Vento RFP and prioritization of the RFP will be
comprised of the following: Betsy Towle, Alana Steib, Mary Theile, Anne
Murphy and Donna DelValle.
Further discussion took place regarding some the concerns
with the RFP process and that the County may be in jeopardy of losing the
McKinney-Vento Funding due to the lengthy RFP, and the possibility that the RFP
deterred agencies from applying for the Mc Kinney-Vento Funding.
Cindy Everitt made a motion to pass the May minutes as
amended. Mary Thiele seconded the motion. John Korp abstained. Motion passed
Chair Report-Donna DelValle:
Donna DelValle recapped the in depth overview of the
Continuum of Care process including the McKinney-Vento application that was
presented at the May HSAC meeting. A further discussion took place regarding
concerns brought to Donna DelValle’s attention on how the County is proceeding
with the process regarding the RFP that was publicized, and whether it follows
the HUD Format for the McKinney-Vento.
The CEAS Committee discussed sending a letter to the BCF
Liaison Susan Zellman regarding the lack of response to the SSH Funding
recommendation letter and to address the concerns regarding the County RFP
process for the prioritization of McKinney-Vento Funds.
CEAS Planning Sub-Committee Report-Betsy Towle:
Discussed the Planning Sub-Committee’s meeting with Bill
Yee, Laura Woody and the social work staff from the Center for Mental Health.
Stating that there has been positive interaction taking place between the
Division of Social Services and the Center for Mental Health since the initial
meeting. The Planning Sub-Committee is looking to have a follow-up meeting to
discuss resent discharges and to review the positive aspects of the discharge
process and what areas still need to be improved upon.
SSH Grant Funds:
Donna DelValle expressed concerns regarding the lack of
response to the letter that The Board of Chosen Freeholders received from
CEAS recommending renewing contracts for the SSH funds to ensure that there is
not a disruption in service to the homeless population of Sussex County.
A motion was made by Alana Steib to have Donna DelValle
write a letter to the BCF Liaison on behalf of the CEAS regarding the lack of
response to the SSH letter, and to address the concerns with the McKinney
Vento RFP. John Korp seconded the motion. A discussion took place regarding
Donna DelValle e-mailing Susan Zellman ahead of time regarding the letter.
Motion was passed unanimously.
Continuum of Care:
The Super NOFA is out and the application deadline is
July 27, 2004.
An Allocations meeting was scheduled for June 16th
at 9:30 a.m. @ DYFS.
The County will be paying the $2,000.00 for the HMIS
membership for this year. And the $5,000.00 allotment will be written into
the Continuum of Care Application for 2004 to cover two years of HMIS
Heating Emergency Assistance (HEA)-John J. Korp:
The first distribution of the $50 supplemental payment
went out April 27th. The second distribution is scheduled for August 12th. The
last day to correct any "energy benefit errors" for eligible households is
July 19th. The first day to input information for the PY 2004-05 is November
1st. Presently, LIHEAP households are not eligible for utility assistance
through NJ SHARES. Additionally, LIHEAP households automatically enrolled in
the Universal Services Fund are not eligible for emergency assistance from
Kevin Martone from Advance Housing announced that they
hired the first employee for the Sussex County Division, Carol Benevy. They
are currently looking for office space and aiming to open the Sussex County
program in July. At this time Carol can be contacted at (201) 498-9140 and
they are currently accepting referrals for persons that are homeless and
mentally ill. Finally, Advance Housing’s annual fundraiser at the Meadowlands
race track is scheduled for October 9th.
The Furniture Ministry has been receiving numerous
referrals and has been working seven days a week, and continues to have a
large supply of furniture for needy families.
Cindy Everitt from Samaritan Inn announced that they
will not be sheltering singles for the rest of the summer, but will be
sheltering families. She also expressed concerns with funding due to the
families losing benefits once they start working.
Anne Murphy from Interfaith Hospitality Network
announced that she has openings in the shelter.