Eviction Prevention – Last update 12/2/2020

The RRT mailed 4,645 postcards about the CDC declaration to the top nine census tracts most at risk of evictions in St. Louis City and St. Louis County based on data provided by Dr. Patrick Fowler. The RRT has created an eviction prevention flyer and social media kit to partners to raise awareness about the CDC declaration which can be found here. The RRT coordination team met with the Eviction Prevention sub-working group with the Greater East St. Louis COAD to align regional eviction prevention goals and met with Housing Action Illinois to better understand statewide resources. RRT also created this one pager on Metro East Housing Resources. The next Metro East Eviction Prevention working group meeting is on December 11th at 11am. 

PPE Campaign – Last update 11/12/2020

RRT, with the help of Americorps and Step Up St. Louis, has distributed 160,000 cloth masks to 42 organizations on Wednesday, November 25th. These masks will be shared with staff, clients, and many at-risk communities throughout our region. Thank you to St. Louis Community Foundation for hosting the distribution event. For information created by the RRT on cloth masks, review here.

Unhoused – Last update 12/2/2020

The December 1st shelter call (bi-weekly call designed to allow conversation and learning between shelter providers/staff and medical professionals) focused on updating on the current Covid surge, providing space for dialogue with medical experts on mitigation strategies, testing realities, and any Covid19 related concerns/issues.   Campaign members have also created a working group focused on coordination of medical, behavioral health, and substance use outreach efforts. First meeting was November 23rd and the next meeting will be the week of  December 7th.  This group will also be meeting bi-weekly to identify current outreach efforts, facilitate coordination between those efforts and identify additional needs for outreach, services and overall health support coordination. 

History

The early weeks of the COVID-19 Regional Response Team focused on convening lead agencies from across the social services sector in our bi-state region. Conversation groups were organized into clusters as a way to identify and seek to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents and those most likely to be impacted by the disease. In addition to these conversations, we conducted research with a broader group of providers and stakeholders.

What we learned from over 130 organizations was that basic needs were the priority for all population subsets. Having a cluster focused on basic needs was too broad.
Having a cluster based on population was too limiting.
We needed a way to refine the problem and the specific opportunities for improvement.

Members of the RRT told us that we needed to make a pivot, and we listened.  Rather than organize by cluster, we would organize based on the immediate need to solve problems. This is accomplished through “Campaigns” executed by “Strike Teams.”

Campaigns: An area of emphasis with a distinct need addressing an element of immediate concern for a vulnerable population in the RRT footprint.

Strike Teams: With a project manager on point, and flanked by social service agency staff, strike teams approach campaigns with tactical insights and leverage all resources at their disposal to identify and implement a solution.

National and international reports discussed impacts of the disease on vulnerable populations. Grounded in knowledge of the St. Louis regional issues in health disparities and access to care, three campaigns were launched in April by forming strike teams. Immediate steps taken by the strike teams included drilling deeply and immediately into

  • naming the issue,
  • assessing available resources,
  • leveraging assets (including dollars), and
  • activating a solution.

Strike teams were formed to address the following core issues:

  1. Dedicated services for homebound older adults and persons with disabilities
  2. School food programs
  3. Health and shelter needs of unhoused individuals
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Coordination

The campaigns focused on urgency, capacity, and impact. Project managers assigned to those campaigns led strike teams made up of partners and stakeholders best suited to meet this emergent need. The RRT has continue to evolve its efforts as needs emerge to identify new campaigns.