What would it take to end homelessness?

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Rosanne Haggerty discusses what it would take to end homelessness at the Mercy Foundation forum.

Rosanne Haggerty discusses what it would take to end homelessness at the Mercy Foundation forum.

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  • as we expanded our operations, we built vulnerability into the system. informed by Dr. Jim O’Connell and stephen Hwang, we developed the vulnerability index and administer it to each person we find on the streets. Jim took this picture in 2000 – it’s 11 people who were homeless and who met his critiria for high health risk. they don’t look too old or sick, but only 3 of them are still alive today. People gasp when I show this picture. How can you frame behavioral health as a life or death matter?
  • Ed Givens was profiled by Steve Lopez inthe LA Times. he had been on the streets for 30 years – a chronic alcoholic with a wild temper.
  • Ed was housed by project 50 and now he’s just looking for ways to give back.

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  • 1. Rosanne Haggerty Sydney November 19, 2009 What Would it Take to End Homelessness?
  • 2. Common Ground Solving homelessness through innovative programs that transform people, buildings, and communities.
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  • 9. Building Community Assets The Times Square Completed 1994 652 units The Prince George Completed 1999 416 units The Christopher Completed 2004 207 units
  • 10. Building Community Assets Schermerhorn House Downtown Brooklyn 217 Units The Lee Lower East Side 263 Units
  • 11. Building Community Assets Brook Avenue South Bronx 190 Units Hegeman Avenue Brownsville,Brooklyn 160 Units
  • 12. The Common Ground Model
    • Quality design
    • Mixed tenancy
    • Accountable, hands-on management
    • 24/7 concierge
    • Integrated support services matched to tenant needs
    • Strong engagement with neighboring community
    • Focus on most vulnerable/chronic homeless
    • Skilled, mission oriented staff
    • Constant attention to detail and new ideas for improvement
  • 13. Our Tenants
      • Low income working adults
      • Formerly homeless adults
      • Chronic homeless
      • Mentally +/or medically disabled
      • Youth aging out of foster care
      • Elderly
      • Veterans
      • Ex-offenders
  • 14. The Christopher Lobby Apartment
  • 15. Integrating Community Space Prince George Gallery Christopher Roof Garden Prince George Ballroom
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  • 20. The Vulnerability Index
  • 21. Prevalence of Risk Indicators 5% Kidney Disease 3% HIV+/AIDS 10% 3x ER last 3 months 42% 10% 10% 10% 12% 30% 4362 Average From All Sites Sample Size % vulnerable Cold/Wet Weather Injury > 60 years old Liver Disease 3x hospital last year Tri-morbid Risk indicator
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  • 27. Project 50 Outcomes
    • 30 out of 50 most vulnerable people found by Outreach team
      • 14 could not be found
      • 6 were in jail/prison before housing could be offered
    • Opened eligibility to all 140 people identified as vulnerable
    • 96% of those offered housing accepted
  • 28. Project 50 Tenant Profile
    • Average 9.8 years homeless, Range 1-37
    • Average age 54, Range 35 to 70
    • Race:
      • 85% Black/African American
      • 12% White
      • 3% Other
    • Gender
      • 90% Male, 10% Female
  • 29. 14% Frostbite/Cold Weather 14% Liver Disease 31% 3x ER last 3 months 14% Kidney Disease 29% > 60 years old 6% HIV+/AIDS 41% 3x hospital last year 55% Tri-morbid % Risk indicator
  • 30. Hospital Days Before/After Estimated cost of healthcare year prior: $677,000 Estimated cost of healthcare year after housing: $185,000
  • 31. Estimated costs of jail year prior to housing: $79,000 Estimated costs of jail since being housed: $15,000
  • 32. Ed G - Before
  • 33. Ed G - After
  • 34. 50 Target Cities
  • 35. New Vision of Community
    • Tackle Hardest Part
    • Build Problem Solving Capacity
    • Work with Communities to Implement Sound Practices
    Government Providers Neighbors