Amy Marcotte`s Presentation - Maine State Housing Authority

York County Military &
Community Network
Amy L. Marcotte, LCSW
Team Leader, Sanford Vet Center
 2008 Sanford Vet Center calls meeting of Veteran
community stakeholders
 Brainstorming of barriers that Veterans and their
families face
 4 main barriers identified
 Poor awareness of community resources/services
 Inconsistent networking of government entities, Non Profit
Orgs, Veteran Service Orgs and other stakeholders
 Unemployment
 Homelessness
YCM&CN is Born
 Organized as part of the Maine Military & Community Network
 Members include:
American Legion
Goodwill Industries
Maine Vocational Rehab.
Marine Corps League
Patriot Riders
Rolling Thunder
Sanford Housing
So. Maine Agency on Aging
Veterans, Inc
Wounded Warrior Program
York County Jail
Career Center
Maine Army National Guard
Maine Veteran Services
Nasson Community Center
Preble Street Resource Center
Sanford Chamber of Commerce
Sanford Vet Center
Volunteers of America
York County Community College
Private citizens
YCM&CN Ongoing Initiatives
 Harvest of Resources Fair
 Career Fair
 Housing and Urban Development Point In Time Survey
Harvest of Resources Fair
 4th Annual H.O.R.F. November 2nd
 60 agencies/organizations who provide services to
Veterans (all eras) and their families
 Catered BBQ lunch
 Lifetime Maine State Parks passes issued
 Excellent networking opportunity
 Attendance has been between 100-150
Career Fair
 Career Center, Maine Vocational Rehabilitation and
Chamber of Commerce lead effort
 Held in March
 Open to public, with emphasis on hiring Veterans
 60 employers (must be hiring to attend)
 Employment training breakout sessions
 600+ Attendees last year
 58 confirmed direct hires
HUD Point In Time Survey
 Sanford Vet Center, Preble Street Resource Center and
VFW lead effort
 Unique approach for rural area
 Call Center (Vet Center)
 Survey takers at Food pantries/soup kitchens
 Mobile patrol
 Looked for all homeless (Vets/nonVets)
 Immediate referrals to PSRC for assistance
HUD Point In Time Survey
 FY 12: Total homeless – 51; Veterans - 18
 FY 13: Total homeless – 78; Veterans - 30
 Community Impact:
 Sanford Housing Veterans initiative
 Increased Preble Street Resource Center services in York
 Much tighter relationship between homeless programs,
Vet Center and VSO’s

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