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BoS CoC Governance Council Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Kris Brady
36:59
Does the lack of affordable housing not show up as a barrier?
Rachel Burdette-Comer
38:51
Accessible housing as well
Ashley Halladay-Schmandt
39:31
yes
Wendy Johnson
40:23
If we had funding to assist landlords to bring there units up to HUD standards would be so helpful. We are hearing this alot.
Rachel Burdette-Comer
42:00
or a tax break provided to landlords/property managers for making units more accessible would be a great incentive too.
Michelle LaJoie
47:23
We need to see if the FMR can be increased for our areas.
Rachel Burdette-Comer
47:39
Yes agreed on the FMR increase
Eva Rohlman
01:00:08
It is fascinating to see the data support things I've been feeling in my gut.
Susan Starrett
01:04:08
@Eva - that is so great to hear!
Susan Starrett
01:04:37
I also should have said that we utilized the information that the providers shared in surveys around barriers and challenges - so most of this already came from you all!
Eva Rohlman
01:05:00
Progressive engagement is most successful when there are enough case managers working in RRH programs, so case management budgets are so important.
Kris Brady
01:06:24
Is it possible to take the unspend funds each year and use if for gap funding for supportive housing development? Our biggest barrier is lack of housing.
Eva Rohlman
01:08:24
I think any ability to review this at the Local Planning Body is hindered by it being broken out by Region. Most Local Planning Bodies are not a Region.
Jesica Mays
01:08:25
Hi Kris, With CoC Program funds (that are administered through MDHHS in most cases for BoS) the funds have to be spent in the fiscal year for the project or be lost forever. I wish we could keep or repurpose them!
Jesica Mays
01:09:29
Also, the MSHDA ESG funds are also very clearly limited to specific expenditures and have a limited time frame as well.
Michelle LaJoie
01:10:55
@ Eva - great point as that will be our issue in the area that we service. Need it broken to our HARA service coverage.
Ashley Halladay-Schmandt
01:13:32
GREAT point Eva!
Cara Coleman
01:13:43
Agreed. Great points!
Kris Brady
01:17:04
If we haven't consistently spent it all historically, then at the beginning we could decide to set a portion aside for shovel ready projects' gap funding. Projects that will be completed within the program year. Would this be allowable from HUD?
Kris Brady
01:18:02
We need HUD to change that rule. :)
Susan Starrett
01:18:41
@Kris - I would wager a guess that won't happen! But advocacy is always a good thing! You can think about other federal funding sources too
Melodie Linebaugh
01:44:08
Good meeting!