February 2016

The State Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) held our first meeting of the New Year. Despite the inclement weather, the meeting was quite a success! Agency Secretaries from the Department of Human Resources (DHR), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) participated in the meeting. Our ICH chair shared highlights from the Annual Report on Homelessness, presented to the Governor’s Office in December 2015 as well as reflections from the State Joint Legislative Committee on Ending Homelessness, chaired by Sen. Madaleno and Del. Washington.

Secretaries Malhotra and Holt from DHR and DHCD respectively, shared plans to work together in the coming months to identify ways agency funding can be combined and best utilized to reach the state goals outlined by the ICH Homeless Services Framework. Members of the Council received a legislative update focused on the numerous homeless services bills, introduced by members of the General Assembly this session. Members of the Council voted unanimously to adopt the Homeless Services Framework. The Framework will serve as a working “road map” as the Council moves through work this year. Each work group assigned to a specific goal, will make edits as tasks are completed and new objectives are identified.

Members received a briefing from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work about preliminary data gathered from the Inaugural Youth Reach Maryland count. The count was completed this past fall in eight counties throughout the state. Following that, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) presented on the principles of Housing First. Finally, the chairs of the three work groups reported out about their progress and plans for the coming months.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

Meeting Documents