Washington Families Fund Presentation to Early Learning And Childrens Services Committee 1-15-10

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Presentation on successes and outcomes from the Washington Families Fund, an innovative public-private partnership that provides grants, consulting and capacity-building training to service providers …

Presentation on successes and outcomes from the Washington Families Fund, an innovative public-private partnership that provides grants, consulting and capacity-building training to service providers throughout the state in support of programs that provide housing and services to homeless families. Made by by Building Changes, administrator of the Washington Families Fund, to the Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee of the Washington State House of Representatives on January 15, 2010.

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  • 1. Meeting the Needs of Families Prepared for Washington State House of Representatives Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee January 15, 2010
  • 2. Building Changes
  • 3. Building Changes Core Strategies
  • 4. Building Changes Grantmaking Washington Families Fund – Authorized by Washington State Legislature in 2004 A public-private partnership that expands the availability of supportive housing for families in need by providing stable, long-term funding to agencies with the best models for ending family homelessness and strengthening communities throughout Washington State.
  • 5. Washington Families Fund A Public-Private Partnership • Funding partners: 23 • Fund total: $26 million • Awards-to-date: $15.8 million • Counties: 15 • Nonprofit programs statewide: 43 • Service-enriched housing units: 618 • Families supported: 1,009
  • 6. WFF Funded Programs by DSHS Region $4,072,130 163 units $1,032,195 47 units $4,448,877 152 units $2,109,290 126 units $2,864,185 $1,225,000 95 units 35 units
  • 7. Washington Families Fund Primary Goals for Families • Greater housing stability, including a transition to permanent housing upon program completion • Improved economic and educational advancement • Increased access to and use of needed community based services and support • Greater likelihood of family stability including re- unification and increased stability in childcare and school attendance
  • 8. Washington Families Fund Family Outcomes to Date Who Are The Families Served and Are We Meeting Their Needs?
  • 9. Moderate-Needs Families – Profile Typical parent is: • Female (92%) • Average Age 31 years • Average of 2 children • HS Diploma or greater (66%) • First time Homeless (60.74%) • Experienced DV (66%) • Disabling Condition (34%) • TANF Recipient (66%) • Working (24%)
  • 10. Moderate-Needs Families – Overview (Five Year Data) • Total families served: 940 • Adults: 1,103 • Children:1,755 • Families exited housing: 491 • Average length of stay: 11.4 months
  • 11. Moderate-Needs Families – Housing (Five Year Data) Majority of Families Secure a Permanent Home After Completing a WFF Program 73% 80% 60% 40% 20% 9% 6% 6% 6% 0% Permanent Living with Transitional Homeless Other Housing Family/Friends Housing Situation
  • 12. Moderate-Needs Families – Sources of Income (Five Year Data) Increase in Economic Stability Intake Exit % Change TANF 68% 55% -13 Employment 24% 36% 12 SSI/SSDI 9% 12% 3
  • 13. Moderate-Needs Families – Monthly Income (Five Year Data) Majority of Families Increase Monthly Income; Yet Remain Far Below Self-Sufficiency Standard $3,300 $3,500 $3,000 $2,500 $2,000 $1,249 $1,500 $987 $1,000 $500 $- Intake Exit Self Sufficiency
  • 14. Moderate-Needs Families – School Stability (Five Year Data) School Stability Improves with Housing Stability • School age children attended 2 schools, on average, in the last year • With housing stability: 80% increase in the number of children remaining in the same school
  • 15. Moderate-Needs Families – Programs Helping Hand House: Rural Bright Futures Case management and support services in rural Pierce County. Consejo Counseling and Referral Service: Villa Esperanza Case management, health services and legal advocacy services for Latino families who are homeless due to domestic violence in South King County. Transitions: Spokane Family Futures An innovative collaboration between four organizations to provide support services in conjunction with Section 8 vouchers.
  • 16. Washington Families Fund Making Progress Housing Stability Increased Income School Stability
  • 17. Washington Families Fund Meeting Challenges • Affordable market rate housing • About a quarter of families exit program without stable housing
  • 18. Washington Families Fund Creating Solutions High-Needs Family Service Model • Developed a screening tool to better identify needs and target families with multiple barriers • Fund programs targeting families with greater needs  mental health  substance abuse  domestic violence and trauma  children living away from home
  • 19. High-Needs Families – Programs Volunteers of America: Housing First – Sky Valley Case management, dedicated drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment, access to basic medical and dental care, and life skills training in Snohomish County. Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services: A Place of Our Own Intensive case management and wrap-around supportive services in Seattle to chronically homeless Deaf and Deaf-Blind adults and their children who are also victims of domestic violence.
  • 20. High-Needs Families – Initial Findings (Baseline Data) • Initial baseline assessment data on 57 High-Needs Families; composed of 66 adults, 88 children and an additional 35 children living away from the household • Initial findings reveal that 85% of parents have substantial housing barriers and service needs
  • 21. High-Needs Families – Profile Typical parent is: • Female (86%) • Average Age 33 years • Average of 2.4 children • Has a child living away (42.1%) • HS Diploma or greater (52%) • Homeless > 3 times (51%) • Experienced Violence (93%) • Disabling Condition (68%) • TANF Recipient (63%) • Working (12%)
  • 22. High-Needs Families – Barriers to Housing (Baseline Data) Emerging Profile of Chronically Homeless Families Average number of times homeless in lifetime 9.9 At least one child living apart 42% Open Child Protective Services (CPS) plan 25% Experience of physical or sexual violence 93% Chronic or ongoing medical problem 68%
  • 23. Washington Families Fund Looking Ahead • The Right Services to Families at the Right Time • Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness • Three-county Pilot Program
  • 24. Washington Families Fund Making Progress • Most families are stably housed with rising employment and incomes; children are stable in schools • Identifying and working on solutions to address chronic family homelessness • Supporting systems change through pilots in three counties