5CITIES HOMELESS COALITION

aka 5 CITIES HOMELESS COALITION   |   Grover Beach, CA   |  www.5CHC.org

Mission

The 5Cities Homeless Coalition is working to strengthen the south San Luis Obispo County community by mobilizing resources, hope and support for the homeless and those facing homelessness.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms. Janna Nichols

Main address

5Cities Homeless Coalition PO Box 558

Grover Beach, CA 93483 USA

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EIN

27-0413593

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (P19)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

5Cities Homeless Coalition is working to address and meet the needs of those who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Warming Center

The 5Cities Homeless Coalition is prepared to open an overnight warming center to provide a safe, warm and dry place for homeless adults to find shelter for the night during the winter on nights with predictions of temperatures at or below 40°F, or
especially stormy weather (with rain forecast at 50% or greater).
 
Currently the South County has no overnight shelter for those who are homeless. This can be particularly tragic in the winter months as homelessness and health are intimately interwoven. Homeless people are 3 to 4 times more likely to become ill than housed people. People who live on the streets are at high risk for frostbite, immersion foot and hypothermia. The risk of death from other causes is increased eightfold in people who have experienced these exposure related conditions. Life expectancy in the homeless is estimated
between 42-52 years, compared to 78 years in the general population.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

With no overnight shelters available in the South County for those who are homeless, it is difficult for our clients to save the funds needed to move into permanent housing. 5CHC provides direct financial assistance to assist homeless clients secure housing including housing application fees, deposits and rental assistance. Under the guidance of a case manager, clients develop a housing-stability plan for self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth

Assists homeless and low-income families and individuals in the Five Cities area with limited funds to address their immediate needs, and move them to self–sufficiency. Often helping families to overcome a one-time barrier will enable them to move toward self-sufficiency, stability in the home, and economic improvement. Examples of assistance are utilities, gasoline, bus voucher, auto repairs, clothing, employment readiness, detox/sober living, basic needs, emergency food etc. These funds can be used to pay for bills, or for goods or services. No funds are given directly to the individual.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Working to improve discharge planning and case management with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, the program serves homeless patients requiring temporary respite care. 5CHC assists in providing post-hospitalization temporary respite care, follow-up services, shelter, detox services, food provision, and introduction to health services to homeless clients. Program is offered in partnership with Dignity Health, Good Samaritan Shelter, and Community Health Centers of the Central Coast

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

5CHC clients are offered additional guidance and advocacy for obtaining and retaining public benefits, including SSI, SSDI, Cal Fresh, etc. Clients may also participate in financial literacy and budgeting training.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2012

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Coalition strengthens the community by mobilizing resources, fostering hope, and advocating for the homeless and those facing homelessness.

Through collaboration and leadership, the Coalition is building an engaged community that fully understands the complexities of homelessness and actively shares the responsibility of creating and implementing solutions to reduce it.

5CHC provides resources and support within the following programs: Rapid Re-Housing, Eviction Prevention, Immediate Needs, Benefits Advocacy, Addictions Treatment, Medical Respite, and Homeless Youth.
Assistance begins with a Coordinated Entry Intake. Coordinated Entry is utilized by Homeless Service Providers throughout the County and provides a standardized intake assessment and referrals to ensure a more consistent and streamlined experience for those seeking services. During this initial intake, clients complete a comprehensive needs assessment, identify barriers to employment or housing, and develop and immediate action plan.

In 2018, 5CHC housed 89 households that were previously homeless, and prevented an additional 51 households from becoming homeless.
Since 2014, we have housed or prevented eviction for over 400 households.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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5CITIES HOMELESS COALITION

Board of directors
as of 7/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ken Dalebout

Dignity Health

Term: 2020 - 2021

Peggy Coon

Retired, Community Volunteer

Ken Dalebout

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital

Linda Pierce

Lucia Mar Unified School District

Brad Wilbert

Retired, Sheriff's Commander

Paul Jarvis

Retired, Educator

Nancy Allison

Realtor

Pat Cusack

Businessman

Judith Higgins

Retired, Community Volunteer

David Hutsko

Pastor

MIchael Martinez

Police Chief

Jane Renahan

Affordable Housing Property Manager

Mariam Shaw

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/20/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.