CAP Solano JPA: 5-Year Regional Strategic Plan To Respond to Homelessness in Solano County

Community Action Partnership of Solano Joint Powers Authority (CAP Solano JPA) – a combined governmental agency that coordinates efforts across Solano County to reduce poverty and homelessness – commissioned the development of a 5-Year Regional Plan to Respond to Homelessness in Solano County. CAP Solano JPA consists of representatives from each of Solano County’s seven cities (Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun, Vacaville, and Vallejo) as well as the County itself, and the decision to develop a Strategic Plan was a collective one. HomeBase, a non-profit organization with extensive experience working in and with Solano County as well as in other Bay Area Counties, was selected by the JPA to develop the strategic plan. The final plan, Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Forward Together, was approved in March 2017. The Initial Year Implementation Guide was approved a few months later, in July 2017.

Why a Strategic Plan?

Strategic planning is an important process that builds consensus on common goals, facilitates group prioritization of key actions, fosters creativity and collaborative problem-solving, and provides a platform for consideration of resource needs and opportunities.

A well-developed strategic plan:

  • lays out a shared vision and commitment to effectively respond to homelessness
  • establishes community goals and benchmarks to define success and ensure accountability
  • serves as a road map for reaching those goals

Key aspects of the process:

  • Involves service providers (including first responders), faith community, local government (cities and County; CAP Solano JPA) working together to try to improve how various systems operate collaboratively to make progress toward a shared vision
  • Builds from the community needs assessment conducted in 2015 as part of CAP Solano JPA’s Community Services Block Grant Community Action Plan
  • Acknowledges and incorporates the existing programs, resources, and services currently available throughout the County to prevent and respond to homelessness
  • Aims to leverage the strengths, address the gaps, and seek opportunities to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate throughout the County.

Why HomeBase?

HomeBase has extensive experience working with communities, including Solano County, on their homelessness response systems. For over ten years, that experience has included supporting communities to develop strategic plans. We are excited to build on our years working in this field to develop a strategic plan that continues to move the Solano community forward in a united and meaningful way!

  • HomeBase is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that has worked over the past three decades to advance solutions to homelessness around the Bay Area and across the county. Our mission is to end homelessness, prevent its recurrence, and decrease its effect on communities. We work on the state and national level to support communities in implementing responses to homelessness while fostering collaboration in addressing the political and economic causes of homelessness.
  • With more than a decade of strategic planning experience at the local, regional and state levels, HomeBase is uniquely qualified to guide communities through the strategic planning process. We work from an extensive knowledge of national best practices and broad experience with program design and implementation.
  • Our recent strategic planning work in the Bay Area includes:
  • Most importantly, HomeBase has worked extensively in and around Solano County for 20 years, and has been heavily involved in the County’s efforts to prevent and respond to homelessness, including through work with the Safety Net Consortium – Joint Powers Authority (the predecessor to the CAP Solano JPA) and the County’s homeless Continuum of Care.

Various opportunities to contribute were available during the development process, including:

Overview of the Planning Process

Purpose: Develop a 5-year strategic action plan to respond to homelessness in Solano County.

Timing: The planning process began in mid-2016 and the final plan was approved in March 2017.

Preparation:

  • Environmental Scan: HomeBase reviewed unique characteristics, strengths, challenges, and barriers throughout the County to inform plan development and drafting.
  • Cost of Homelessness: HomeBase gathered information from the jurisdictions to attempt to estimate the cost of homelessness in Solano County. Given the lack of currently tracked data in Solano County, cost studies from other communities were also reviewed to create analogous estimates.

Community Engagement

As part of the planning process, HomeBase worked to involve and engage a wide range of community members, including people experiencing homelessness, providers, advocates, and community leaders to identify needs and gaps in the current system(s) of care and develop responsive models that meet the particular needs and build on the strengths of the County and the Cities within it.

To ensure that we reached a diverse and representative group of community members to inform our planning, we held a number of consumer focus groups, community meetings, and key issue summits. We also circulated and made available surveys to solicit thoughts and feedback from people who were unable to attend any events.

A Working Group, composed of representatives from the County, each of the seven cities, and various service sectors (including law enforcement, Veterans Affairs, children and youth, affordable housing development) worked closely with HomeBase to inform the design and content of the community engagement efforts and Strategic Plan draft.

Community Meetings and Forums

We attended various community meetings and events throughout the county to listen as well as to present information and invite feedback. Please see the right-hand side bar of this website for a list of meetings.

Phone Interviews

Interested stakeholders were also able to request a phone interview or suggest other stakeholders for us to interview. We were able to accommodate every request.

Issue Summits

HomeBase developed and hosted a day-long issue summit. The summit was held in two different cities on two different days to accommodate as many attendees as possible. Both summits contained the same content, so anyone who wanted to attend could pick the one that worked best.

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Joseph A Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Dr, Suisun City, CA
  • Monday, December 5, 2016 in the Joseph Room at the John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, CA

The summit covered the following topics, selected by the Planning Work Group, informed by the Environmental Scan and stakeholder interviews:

  • Creative Solutions to Increase Affordable Housing Stock
  • Serving Subpopulations: Children, Youth and Families; Seniors, Veterans, and Chronically Homeless
  • System Navigation

A summary description of the Issue Summits is available here. Materials from the Summit are available to view and download in the right-hand column of this web page.

Plan Drafting and Presentation

  • After compiling, reviewing, and analyzing the input received from stakeholders through the community engagement opportunities described above, HomeBase drafted the plan, with guidance from the Working Group during the period of January - March 2017.
  • HomeBase presented the Strategic Plan for approval by the JPA and Continuum of Care Boards in March 2017, and both Boards approved the final plan.


QUICK LINKS

Click HERE to view Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Forward Together, the 5-Year Strategic Plan to Respond to Homelessness in Solano County, and HERE for the Initial Year Implementation Guide

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Materials from December 2016 Issue Summits


Surveys

Online versions:

Hard copy versions:

Past Meetings/Event Attendance

The Strategic Plan was presented for final approval by the Housing First Solano CoC Board at its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and to the CAP Solano JPA at its regular meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fairfield Homeless Collaborative
Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
The Edge Church
1101 Horizon Drive, Fairfield CA

Strategic Planning Work Group
Monday, March 6, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vista Conference Room
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Housing First Solano CoC General Membership Meeting

February 22, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Suisun City Council Chambers
701 Civic Center Blvd.
Agenda

Fairfield/Suisun City Chamber of Commerce and Business Community Stakeholders Meeting
Thursday, February 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fairfield-Suisun Chamber Of Commerce
1111 Webster St., Fairfield CA

Strategic Planning Work Group
Monday, February 6, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vista Conference Room
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Fairfield City Council Meeting
January 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, Civic Center

Solano County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Solano County Administration Center

Strategic Planning Work Group
Monday, January 9, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vista Conference Room
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Solano County and City Managers' Group Meeting
January 6, 2017
Fairfield Police Training Center

Strategic Planning Work Group
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lakeside Conference Room A
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Issue Summit
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City
AND
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo
View Flyer

Strategic Planning Work Group
Thursday, November 17, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vista Conference Room at
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Housing First Solano CoC Board Meeting
Nov. 16, 2016, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lakeside Room A at
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA

Understanding Homelessness Event at Touro University
Nov. 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Touro University - Lander Hall
Event Flyer

Strategic Planning Work Group
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vista Conference Room at
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Tripartite Advisory Board Quarterly Meeting
October 24, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky St., Fairfield

Vacaville Homeless Round Table October 19, 2016 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Conference Room A/B at City Hall 650 Merchant Street, Vacaville

Vallejo Police Department Community Workshop Regarding Homelessness
October 4, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St.

Vacaville Homeless Round Table September 21, 2016 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Conference Room A/B at City Hall 650 Merchant Street, Vacaville

Fairfield City Council Meeting
September 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, Civic Center
Agenda

Strategic Planning Work Group Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Vista Conference Room at
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Housing First Solano CoC General Membership Meeting and Board Meeting
August 24, 2016
Suisun City Council Chambers

Solano City Managers' Group Meeting
August 24, 2016
Fairfield Police Training Center

Strategic Planning Work Group
Thursday, July 18, 2016 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lakeside Conference Room A
Fairfield Community Center
1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield CA
Agenda

Consumer Focus Groups/Interviews
Mission Solano, Fairfield - Feb. 2, 2017
First Christian Church, Suisun City - Feb. 2, 2017
North Bay Stand Down Event for Veterans, Dixon - Oct. 12, 2016
Allan Witt Park, Fairfield - Sept. 17, 2016
Opportunity House, Vacaville - Sept. 9, 2016
Edge Community Church, Fairfield - Aug. 30, 2016