Port Hueneme– The Metropolis Council’s report of the state of affairs among the many homeless within the space on November 7 continues with Homeless Liasion Officer Henry Montelongo saying 12 residents of the homeless neighborhood had been contacted in regards to the Metropolis’s Backpack Medication Program, and 11 had been receptive to receiving companies.
He pointed to points at space sizzling spots and the Goodwill location at Channel Islands Blvd. and Victoria Avenue, the place measures have been taken to guard workers on the location.
“What I do is lead docs, social employees, and County Personnel to these areas,” he stated. “I made contact with the homeless first and allow them to know they don’t seem to be in hassle; I’m simply attempting to get you guys assist. I’ve County right here.”
He stated as soon as they’re open to speaking with the individuals providing backpack drugs, Montelongo connects them to the County workers and steps away.
“No less than this fashion, they really feel just a little extra open and converse to the County workers and never have to fret about them disclosing something they may really feel will get them in hassle with the Police Officers,” he stated. “I’m throughout the space as a safety possibility for the County personnel since you by no means know.”
He stated the County workers felt their efforts benefited the homeless neighborhood.
“They issued a number of vaccines and began one particular person on a Hepatitis C remedy,” he stated. “They had been very proud of that. Despite the fact that nobody wished to shelter, they had been no less than completely satisfied that people had been capable of begin with some remedies for a number of the illnesses they’d.”
Montelongo stated his Housing Authority partnership is his largest problem because the Metropolis’s Homeless Liasion Officer since he’s studying a brand new place.
“Gabby Basua, Jessica Cerda, and Anahi Carter have been instrumental in serving to me and educating me what I have to do to make this program profitable,” he stated. “They stated if I desire a job over there, there’s a place for me as a Housing Specialist.”
He stated with Gabby Basua’s assist, they created three homeless Part 8 Vouchers.
“The Part 8 Voucher has to remain throughout the Metropolis of Port Hueneme,” he stated. “The problem and problem we run into is the Metropolis is just about constructed out, and we’re restricted to models which can be obtainable to accommodate these people.”
He additionally stated cost requirements depend upon the housing unit’s dimension.
“If in case you have one particular person, you just about are in a one-bedroom or a studio,” he stated. “It’s restricted within the quantity the Part 8 Voucher can pay for in comparison with three individuals; they’ll be capable to get a home, and the cost the voucher will cowl will go up just a little bit extra.”
Montelongo stated his job is screening the tenants because the Homeless Liasion Officer and verifying they’re really homeless.
“You’d be shocked what number of people will declare they’re homeless when they don’t seem to be and attempting to supersede the entire course of and get their identify to the entrance of the road,” he stated.
After placement, he stated the subsequent step is case employee follow-up.
“What I’ve realized is case employee follow-up is instrumental in ensuring the people which can be being positioned in housing are profitable,” he stated. “We may begin placing everybody in housing, but when there’s nobody to follow-up with them, ensuring they’re doing what they’re purported to be doing and serving to them by way of the entire course of, they’ll fail by way of the entire choice course of after which again out onto the streets. We wish to be sure that they’re profitable and keep housed.”
He stated earnings can be a Part 8 problem because the voucher doesn’t cowl every part.
“You’re nonetheless accountable for a portion of the hire, so there needs to be some sort of earnings coming in to pay for that,” he stated. “There’s a formulation that I’m nonetheless studying, and the women at housing are nonetheless attempting to show me the way it works. Relying on how a lot you make and the way a lot the cost requirements permit you is how a lot you pay on your hire.”
He famous that Part 8 Vouchers have an expiration date, and the second they’re issued, they’ve 120 days to discover a housing unit and be positioned, or the voucher will expire.
“One other problem is the downpayment and credit score,” he stated. “One case that I’m engaged on proper now, the minimal downpayment for the unit is $4,400, and a number of these people don’t have that cash. Additionally, the landlords and property managers are requesting their credit score scores. Numerous these people, due to their state of affairs, don’t have one of the best credit score. The Housing Authority helps me navigate by way of these processes.”
Montelongo stated he’s presently serving to somebody referred to him, and the particular person has a “little mom” with an Autistic son that has been sleeping of their automotive and desires companies.
“I gave the officer some route on easy methods to get some fundamental info, and I’ll be following up on it,” he stated. “We started working together with her and commenced searching for some everlasting housing choices. The impediment we’re working into is we couldn’t discover any obtainable models for her.”
He partnered with the United Approach by way of its Landlord Engagement Program, which incentivizes landlords to take part, and so they work with the particular person to search out housing alternatives.
“The United Approach discovered me a unit, and this was all nice work with the Housing Authority to find this unit,” he stated. “I went out final week and checked the unit with the tenant. The United Approach took the images and despatched them again to the Housing Authority. They accepted the unit. We’re ready for the request for tenancy utility course of to finish. From there, we’ll go to an inspection and hopefully get the person moved into the unit.”
He famous that the method takes 4-5 months.
Throughout Council feedback, Mayor Wealthy Rollins stated the method requires a number of endurance.
“The Metropolis did enter into the County’s Continuum of Care Program; I’ve attended a number of conferences by way of Zoom, and I’m questioning in case you are additionally making your self obtainable to attend these conferences,” Councilwoman Laura Hernandez stated.
“I’m attending these conferences, and there may be on November 9,” Montelongo stated.