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Ramsey County COVID-19 Sheltering Community Partner Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Makeisha Hall
09:29
Makeisha Hall Model Cities
Cheryl
09:32
Cheryl Peterson, Listening House
Helene
09:34
Helene Freint, Minnesota Community Care
Natasha Oreskovich
09:34
Natasha Oreskovich, StreetWorks Collaborative
Brooke
09:37
Brooke Schultz, RADIAS Health (Outreach, supportive housing)
rclewis
09:40
Renee Lewis Regions Hospital
Stephanie Mullen
09:45
Stephanie Mullen Breaking Free
Maria Wetherall
09:45
Maria Wetherall Ramsey
cbardon
09:46
Hello Corey Bardon, MN Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)
erin.foss
09:46
Erin Foss, The Salvation Army Booth Brown House
Nate Bordeaux
09:47
Nate Bordeaux - American Indian Family Center
tenecia.johnson
09:48
Tenecia Trice Ramsey County Office of Housing Stability
jcountryman
09:50
Joan Countryman, Women's Advocate
Molly.O'Rourke
09:50
Molly O'Rourke, Ramsey County COVID19 Incident management Operations Section
jenn o'connor
09:51
Jenn O’Connor, ED Social Worker, Region’s Hospital
LuAnne's iPhone
09:53
LuAnne Buck, RS EDEN Corrections Division
Mark Herzfeld
09:56
Mark Herzfeld, Ramsey County Health and Wellness Research & Evaluation
Nick
10:00
Nick Gisi, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities
Richhasone
10:01
Rich Aylward, Guild
Kim Lieberman
10:05
Kim Lieberman, JustUs Health
Wendy B
10:07
Wendy Boppert, Catholic Charities, Saint Paul Opportunity Center
Dellenna DVine
10:13
Dellenna Harper Booth Brown House, The Salvation Army
Loni Aadalen
10:19
Loni Aadalen, Planning Specialist II/CoC & FHPAP Coordinator, with Ramsey County
Elizabeth
10:19
Elizabeth Tolzmann, Ramsey County Planning Chief of Incident Management Team
max.holdhusen
10:56
Max Holdhusen, Ramsey County Housing Stability
Wendy Underwood
11:07
Wendy Underwood, Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis.
nataliegasser
11:26
Natalie from Radias Health
DParker
11:42
Davis from Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Keith Lattimore
11:52
Keith Lattimore, Division Director, Ramsey County Social Services
Jessica Jerney
12:24
Jessica Jerney, Senior Program Evaluator, Ramsey County
Casa de Esperanza
12:47
Teresa Burns, Shelter Manager, Casa de Esperanza
Julie Jacobs-Choices
13:04
Julie Jacobs, Choices
ktobin
13:06
Kate Tobin, Tubman
John J Slade, MICAH
14:22
John Slade, MICAH.
John J Slade, MICAH
14:46
Also - how much testing is there in the congregate? Are people allowing/doing tests?
jenn o'connor
18:20
If residents at Mary Hall test negative for COVID will they need to leave Mary Hall?
Wendy Underwood
18:27
The RFP out to other hotels is really exciting; thank you so much for your work, Max!
DParker
19:05
What is the eligibility criteria to enter Mary Hall?
Julie Jacobs-Choices
19:40
If we encounter symptomatic persons while doing mobile outreach, should we refer them to the Opportunity Center for testing, or to Regions ER?
Wendy Underwood
19:40
It would be great if the Elders in Shelter program could just stay at the InterContinental; moving those adults again would be challenging. Fingers crossed!
DParker
19:49
Is it based on symptoms, or are there also restrictions on the person's current housing/living setting?
Natasha Oreskovich
20:21
can youth with symptoms be referred from the youth shelters or the youth hotel to Mary Hall?
Hanna
21:26
For the youth in the hotel, what is the plan in extending beyond April 27th?
Natasha Oreskovich
24:19
cool
jcountryman
24:25
Any plans for families in DV shelters?
Hanna
24:52
Thanks
jcountryman
25:54
thank you
Wendy Underwood
28:42
For Loni or Max - how are you coordinating with Saint Paul?
Wendy Underwood
30:11
Awesome; thanks!
Loni Aadalen
30:18
Please email Loni at loni.aadalen@co.ramsey.mn.us or at hhramseycoc@gmail.com to ensure you are on the housing/homeless listserv. Emails go out regularly around funding opportunities, shelter capacity needs, webinars, and more. Thank you!
Terry Hildebrandt
31:04
Terry Hildebrandt - The Salvation Army
Morgan Weinert
31:27
Morgan Weinert, Clinical Lead at the Downtown Clinic, Minnesota Community Care
Jessica Hancock-Alle
31:38
Jessica Hancock-Allen Catholic Charities
Ulanda W- IFS LLC
31:59
Ulanda W.-IFS LLC/MWK Catering in partnership with Ujamaa Place
Anne McInerney
33:17
Anne McInerney, St. Paul Public Schools
DParker
34:34
Not sure why we are so limiting access to Mary Hall when there is more capacity and a back-up at Boys Totem Town; there are other congregate settings with a similar profile of at-risk individuals
cbardon
34:47
Appreciate the updates, good info on status of services or actions by the county.
ktobin
34:50
I am wondering about the potential hotel space for families vs singles.
Anne McInerney
35:18
Ramsey County is already doing so much, but I’m concerned about our youth and families who are symptomatic and where they will go, as well as, that families with open child protection cannot access motel program
Helene
35:40
What a daunting prospect to find 400-500 temporary beds to decompress the 3 shelter sites. And then developing the support staffing, etc.
Brooke
35:43
Also curious about how hotel use is being allocated and how that can be expanded - who can make referrals? Could that be expanded beyond shelters?
John J Slade, MICAH
35:51
Thoughts - how are people prioritizing and making available tests (this is a general in the world question as well), is there work being done to support quality of life for those who are sheltering in campsites, and will we be able to maintain levels of support for general shelter needs moving forwards.
Morgan Weinert
35:53
I just wish we had more tests. Hard to feel like I cant test more aggressively
Natasha Oreskovich
35:55
I'm coordinating staffing at the youth hotel and am wondering if there's the ability to figure out a way to do meals for the youth that doesn't have them eating in their rooms for each meal (if nobody is displaying symptoms) Currently, the rooms are getting really messy and I worry about the relationship with the hotel manager)
Hanna
35:58
What we have been learning, indicated by county staff as well is the need for intensive services, beyond sheltering, for our populations in our case youth-is complex and huge. How is county social services participating in this massive housing stability efforts during the pandemic?
jcountryman
36:01
I wonder about families with children and where RC is in thinking about space for them.
Casa de Esperanza
36:12
It was helpful to hear the county's priorities. It would be helpful to state what the county "sees" and/or what they've considered. i.e. DV shelters, immigrants communities, smaller populations.
Hanna
39:50
Thank you Maria!
Kim Lieberman
39:51
Are we considering families and individuals who are doubled up, and can't isolate there. How can they access these spaces?
Jessica Jerney
43:34
access to transit
Brooke
43:39
That is a very heavy lift. Definitely will need to consider transport, people's possessions and how to track them, whether bedbug protocols need to be followed.
Stephanie Mullen
43:40
rules around their movement/coming and going
Morgan Weinert
43:42
we need to be sure they have a way to transport and store belongings, and a clear plan to return to "home shelter" when appropriate
Wendy B
44:05
Mental Health concerns, addiction/chemical health issues able to support these issues.
Makeisha Hall
44:13
we have a family that was caught between being processed for intake into supportive housing while one family was moving out. each family has been caught between shelter in place. how do we support both families?
Wendy Underwood
44:21
Food distribution; entertainment (reasons to stay at the hotel); communication tools like a phone so information can be quickly shared with hotel guests; Trauma-informed care information for hotel staff; how to ensure people don't move BACK to shelter when it is safe to not be distanced; how do we help fewer people return to shelter.
Helene
44:22
needs for medical, mental health and chemical health; support services and staff.
Stephanie Mullen
44:26
meals/food
Natasha Oreskovich
44:41
to consider: support networks. Those in congregate sites may have supportive relationshps with other residents in the shelter that could make solo rooms/moves to different sites a trigger.
jcountryman
44:44
masks for universal masking
ktobin
44:49
location of where they end up and it's impact on work if applicable. The adjustment period and stress on them - increased mental and chemical health support needs.
Wendy B
45:00
laundry, access to computer
Julie Jacobs-Choices
45:14
Well, first of all, are they symptomatic? Do the current spaces have thermometers? Do they have nursing staff that can listen to lung sounds, evaluate symptoms, etc? Second, would try to learn about their individual goals. What are they hoping will happen? If they have other resources, are they willing to return to family given the current crisis? Sometimes the answer might be , "Yes." If not, they would be a candidate to continue with relocation.
Natasha Oreskovich
45:21
second the laundry concern
Helene
45:36
laundry,
Jessica Hancock-Alle
45:43
Food, security, staffing, entertainment, MICD issues, how to support isolation, rules/behavior management plans, visitors, screening protocols, laundry
Natasha Oreskovich
45:51
how will case management still happen?
Julie Jacobs-Choices
47:22
Is Coordinated Entry still operating during the COVID-19 crisis?
John J Slade, MICAH
47:45
Will the neighborhoods respond with hostility to the people who are relocating?
Stephanie Mullen
48:37
Julie- yes. we've had several referrals from CAHS and I had a client assessed too. It was over the phone and we had to assist in getting paperwork signed
Anne McInerney
49:35
No food is provided for families that are in motel either
Elizabeth
51:01
Access to phones - reflecting prince's comments for the record
Kim Lieberman
52:53
Please keep everyone (broader community) updated as decisions are made (transparency) so other providers know what to tell people they are working with.
Anne McInerney
53:23
Also texting options to communicate with Ramsey staff (shelter team)
Jessica Jerney
56:09
Great thinking, everyone
Helene
56:22
If we are relocating folks from shelter crowding, a byproduct is that will also separate people from the support services the shelters provided. Unfortunately, this means recreating those set ups in the new locations.
Natasha Oreskovich
57:44
please consider people who are activly using substances and not interested in sobriety. Is there a harm reduction space they can be sheltered?
Hanna
57:47
We know and are hearing that African Americans are disproportionately impacted with this pandemic nationwide for obvious reasons including preexisting health conditions-what specifically is being planned to address the disparities due to these issues?
Anne McInerney
58:35
Allowing families with open child protection to access motel instead of staying in car waiting for shelter to open
Helene
58:45
Minnesota Community Care Mobile Health medical outreach and several other outreach teams are out meeting with folks. We have providers with SUD/Harm Reduction experience too. We work closely with other outreach teams to ensure coordination of care.
Brooke
59:32
Meal distribution for those in encampments, access to meals, how to assess, whether/how to test people who are symptomatic. Thank you for the portable hygiene stations - increase those and consider access to any additional hygiene resources. Continue keeping encampments from being disbanded. Provide education to community members who may call city/county to complain or with concerns about encampments.
John J Slade, MICAH
01:00:14
I would support self-organizing and voice for folk that are in group encampments; people will naturally align with each other and will be aware of their needs. Asking them how they want to be supported.
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:00:15
Some unsheltered individuals live in their cars, not in tents. We map out camp sites, so we've noticed that people are moving deeper into the woods. We need some standardized language to help these individuals and families know what is available, what is required to access these services, etc. It would be great to have a central hub where service providers can go for updated information.
Wendy B
01:00:21
Because we already have a shelter shortage, as we move people into hotels/Covid sites, aren't we just back filling the shelters? or will there be a plan to temporarily reduce numbers served in shelters to reduce people sleeping near each other.
John J Slade, MICAH
01:01:17
YES
Jodi
01:01:26
Many of our clients that are unsheltered are considered significantly high risk. I would like to see the hotel option to be extended to our unsheltered population.
Anne McInerney
01:01:33
Consider other health concerns when looking at shelter options. For example, breathing or asthma issues moving into congregate settings
Elizabeth
01:02:07
Cultural-specific services and responses - learn from Hiawatha encampments - reflecting Natasha's comments
Jodi
01:02:42
Shower and laundry facilities
Brooke
01:03:33
100% agreed with Jodi about expanding hotel use.
Wendy Underwood
01:04:26
Catholic Charities has its afternoon check-in, so I am going to log off. THANK YOU for hosting these and for your work!!
Elizabeth
01:04:39
Thanks, Wendy!
Dr. Altreisha Foster
01:04:40
Thank You Wendy!!!
Jodi
01:05:54
Safe places for people to go during the day
Hanna
01:06:30
They don't know abut availability.
cbardon
01:06:41
distrust of others, being able to control their own spaces.
Helene
01:06:53
I also want to honor the work that outreach staff are already doing all year, connecting effectively with unsheltered people on a regular basis.
John J Slade, MICAH
01:06:56
Lack of control over their lives in the system - freedom of movement, requirements for sobriety.
Hanna
01:07:12
In the absence of in person connection, they lack the technology access to get information.
rclewis
01:07:17
Feel safer outdoors than in the shelter
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:07:18
1. Desire for independence. I.e. don't want people telling them what to do, don't want to stop using, don't want to be separated from significant other, etc.
Natasha Oreskovich
01:07:19
concerns about getting sick due to congregate setting. families being split up
Maria Wetherall
01:07:19
Shelter capacity. Lack of availability.
Jodi
01:07:27
mental health issues, CD, "too many rules", many are banned from shelter
Wendy B
01:07:30
If a client experiences being told there is no shelter multiple times, it's hard to keep coming back over and over and keep being told no.
Brooke
01:07:32
Fear, ruler that may exist in shelters, pets or emotional support animals, partners, shelters can be noisu
Helene
01:07:38
ability to be with their partner of a different gender.
Brooke
01:07:39
oops noisy,
John J Slade, MICAH
01:07:46
The folks at Freedom from the Streets in St. Paul and Street Voices for Change in Minneapolis talk about this a lot.
Natasha Oreskovich
01:07:49
lack of inclusive family definitions
Wendy B
01:08:08
crowded. Other people's mental health impacts the whole shelter.
Hanna
01:08:09
Afraid to get sick with others around.
Brooke
01:08:10
person may struggle sobriety and not want to stop using
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:08:23
2. Fear of theft of personal belongings
Brooke
01:08:24
or not be in a place to stop using
cbardon
01:08:33
Past negative experiences in shelters
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:08:49
3. Don't want to be 'in the system.' Might have warrants, etc.
Natasha Oreskovich
01:09:01
institutional racism
Brooke
01:09:02
close quarters. Also don't want to be in HMIS
Jodi
01:09:16
we have recently seen many that have come from shelter to encampments - not feeling safe due to COVID - feel safer outdoors
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:09:20
4. Don't trust "the government." Might not have legal immigration status.
Wendy B
01:11:59
crisis, mental health, mental health, mental health
Natasha Oreskovich
01:12:02
funding for case management staff
John J Slade, MICAH
01:12:07
Deep increases in funding, to overcome years of austerity budgets.
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:12:22
ARMHS services. I am already visiting previously sheltered individuals who have been relocated to hotels in my role as an RN with an ARMHS service.
Makeisha Hall
01:12:41
operation fundings
Makeisha Hall
01:13:17
domestic violence services for supportive housing
Kim Lieberman
01:13:21
rental subsidies
cbardon
01:13:26
Clearer resource guides that have food shelves or places to go for food for housed and unhoused individuals. Longer term options for long term sustainability rather than just agencies that might give them a quick food card.
Hanna
01:13:44
As already discussed, Case management services to respond to evolving needs of the population.
Makeisha Hall
01:14:09
IT services for remote services
John J Slade, MICAH
01:14:21
Often people who are very poor need support to take part in community processes - subsidized meals, bus tokens, stipends. If you want to center the voices of those who are experiencing the problem, those people need support.
Anne McInerney
01:14:34
partnerships for food (place for restaurants to sign up to donate food)
Makeisha Hall
01:14:46
security services and resources for supportive housing services
Helene
01:15:03
as a primary care clinic, I vote for a prioritizing people's health care needs. If people are no longer in the building or nearby our clinics because they are relocated, how will they get the health care they need?
Anne McInerney
01:15:04
free internet services (data on phones, city free internet
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:15:12
United Way First Call for Help used to be a clearing house for community resource needs. Lately, they seem to be a beat behind. Can the County re-boot to a centralized resource for up to date information? Thanks!
Hanna
01:15:51
Non profit providers are already struggling, increasing the capacity of current providers to do what RC cant provide currently.
Makeisha Hall
01:16:11
telehealth mental health services
rclewis
01:16:29
Ability to manage their health by access to health care, medications, and mental health services
Helene
01:16:50
Telephone access
Natasha Oreskovich
01:16:52
Culturally Specific Agencies I can think of off the top of my head: Ain Dah Yung Center, Native American Community Development Institute, American Indian Community Development Corporation, Brian Coyle Center, Daryeel Youth, Alliance Wellness Center, Hmong American Partnership
Cheryl
01:17:00
day services for adults who are unsheltered
Makeisha Hall
01:17:54
testing is available to all
Natasha Oreskovich
01:18:22
need to have "legit" looking masks for youth of color (and probably adults of color). They're already experiencing racial profiling without masks.
Makeisha Hall
01:18:34
despite quantity
Hanna
01:18:36
We need to figure out how to increase access to services-our clients do not have phones, services and technology to "participate"
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:18:52
Some cultures impose great shame on heads of households or household members who cannot provide for their families, regardless of the reason. There is no way back for some of these people. They are banished from the 'tribe.' Many of them lost their jobs in the COVID crisis.
John J Slade, MICAH
01:19:11
Asians are getting big grief for the 'Chinese flu'...
Hanna
01:19:42
Testing and tracking systems of our populations to lessen transmission
rclewis
01:19:50
Ditto the phone need, places them at risk
Kim Lieberman
01:20:33
Considerations for LGBTQ, particularly trans
John J Slade, MICAH
01:20:43
I fear a purity/impurity dynamic as we move forward - some people are 'clean' and others are seen as 'dirty,' Given the mechanics of racism, this will probably also map over racial categories.
Hanna
01:23:09
RC needs to hear stories. We serve over 90% youth of color (specifically AA) and the barriers are real and represented.
Elizabeth
01:26:29
Historic trauma and institutional racism with native American, black male, and LGBTQ communities - just wanted to reflect the last three comments
John J Slade, MICAH
01:26:38
Get regular feedback from people in shelter, and listen to what they say.
Natasha Oreskovich
01:26:49
engage cuturally specific programs in the planning, even if they aren't physically located in Ramsey County
Kim Lieberman
01:27:22
Yes, as Natasha said, trauma for some people living with HIV (as COVID has similarities to HIV)
Helene
01:27:31
1. ensure telephone access for those without phones/or limited minutes. 2. have onsite staff available to provide support services
Elizabeth
01:27:48
Eliminate the layers for efficiency - reflecting last comment
jcountryman
01:28:31
Assist women and their children who are homeless due to DV, our agency serves 90% women and children of color. DV is up 40% due to stay at home order. The emergency shelters were already always full.
Anne McInerney
01:28:37
Break down as many barriers as possible that are within our control
Makeisha Hall
01:28:39
respond to basic needs responsively
Hanna
01:29:10
The County needs to coordinate its efforts and address needs quickly.
Natasha Oreskovich
01:29:20
broaden definition of family
Anne McInerney
01:29:31
just ask
jcountryman
01:30:29
Technology for children and youth for distance learning
Kim Lieberman
01:30:37
Communicate info so people know where to go, how to access shelter, food, services. Can we have one place for them to go for real-time info?
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:30:54
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Makeisha Hall
01:31:08
safety resources
Helene
01:31:18
as a primary medical mental SUD care provider, we will do phone visits. contact us.
cbardon
01:32:00
8
Makeisha Hall
01:32:01
7
Julie Jacobs-Choices
01:32:04
9
Nate Bordeaux
01:32:07
8
John J Slade, MICAH
01:32:10
7
rclewis
01:32:11
9
Helene
01:32:16
7
Ulanda W- IFS LLC
01:32:17
8
Kim Lieberman
01:32:23
8
Jodi
01:32:23
7
Makeisha Hall
01:32:29
thanks
Helene
01:33:21
Good discussion. good leadership. Thank you.
Makeisha Hall
01:33:55
agreed Helene
Elizabeth
01:35:25
Thank you!!!