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  • Elder homelessness has existed “under the radar” of many homelessness programs and funding sources. It is a complex problem with distinct challenges for which “traditional” approaches to ending homelessness such as job training and asset development are not applicable. Managing medications, maintaining a healthy diet, having regular access to physical and mental care, and developing social networks are just some of the elements of aging that are difficult for elders to manage when they don’t have a home. Think about all the things we do for our aging parents or grandparents, and imagine the people who are walking Boston’s streets, whom you might bump into, who (through no fault of their own) are not privileged enough to have safe homes or loving families. Here at Hearth, we work hard to ensure that homelessness is not the only outcome for elders with limited resources and personal difficulties.Hearth began as in 1991 as the committee to end elder homelessness. We run our own housing and supported services (7 sites, 136 units), but the main way to end elder homelessness is through outreach.

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  • Hearth Outreach Program
    Social Innovation Forum
    June 16, 2009
  • Homelessness is a Prevalent Problem
    • 3,800 in Boston
    • 15,000 in Massachusetts
    • 670,000 homeless in the US
    2
    Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness and the City of Boston
  • % of Homeless Elders Has Tripled Since 1990
    A third of Boston’s homeless adult shelter population is over 50 years old.
    3
    Source: Journal of Internal Medicine and the City of Boston
  • Boston Housing is Expensive
    • In Boston, 1 in every 5 elders lives below the poverty line
    • Many elders earn less than the annual cost of housing
    • 32% of US retirees have less than $10,000 in savings
    4
    Source: US Census, American Community Survey, and the Employment Benefit Research Institute
  • Many Problems Lead to Chronic Elder Homelessness
    • Financial problems
    • Debilitating health issues that prevent a return to work
    • Estrangement from, or no, family connections or social networks
    • Other older life crises, such as the death of a spouse
    Bed line at Woods-Mullen Shelter (April 2009)
    5
    Source: Hearth Outreach
  • Traditional Solutions Do Not Work for Elder Homeless
    COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS
    • Homeless Shelters
    Hearth Housing & Services
    Hearth Outreach
    1,000 elders placed 3,000 served
    (capacity to help 250 elders annually)
    • Assorted Social Service Agency Partners
    7 sites, 136 units
    6
  • Hearth Outreach Focuses on Elders & Their Unique Needs
    Social Security
    Veteran’s Benefits
    Geriatric Health Care
    Medicaid/Medicare
    HEARTH OUTREACH OPERATING MODEL
    food income insurance health care mental health substance abuse financial assistance legal socialization stress management crisis services food income insurance health care mental health
    CONNECTION
    HOUSING SEARCH and
    CASE MANAGEMENT
    PLACEMENT and
    STABILIZATION
    Permanent elderly/disabled
    housing
    Connecting
    homeless elders
    Elder-specific supportive services
    Homeless Elders 50+
    Safe, Affordable Permanent Housing
    7
  • 1. Connection (~2 months)
    Four Outreach case managers
    visit 10 Boston shelter programs weekly
    Each case manager manages a
    caseload of ~50 individuals
    8
  • 2. Housing Search and Customized Case Management (~14 months)
    Jane will edit and make less wordy. Words on this slide will become her talking points.
    2. Housing Search and Customized Case Management
    Case managers help their clients
    navigate the housing application
    process
    Customized case management
    helps elders obtain needed social
    support services
    9
  • 3. Placement and Stabilization (~6-8 months)
    Case managers assist clients with their move into housing
    They continue to check in
    regularly to make sure they have
    social services and community
    support
    10
  • Hearth Outreach Team Has Demonstrated Success
    • Works with over 250 elders annually who seek permanent housing
    • Placed nearly 1,000 and assisted over 3,000 elders since 1995
    • Over 96% of homeless elders placed in housing maintain their housing for at least a year, surpassing HUD’s benchmark retention rate of 71% over six months
    11
  • Two-Year Goals
    • Grow the program to serve 350-400 elders annually while maintaining high quality
    • Improve process for collecting, managing, and interpreting internal data
    • Document the causes and demographics of elder homelessness in Massachusetts
    • Develop a strategy to scale Outreach’s impact, by sharing its expertise in ending elder homelessness with others
    Two-year investment: $370,000
    12
  • Financial Sustainability
    13
  • Ways to Invest: Financial Support
    FINANCIAL SUPPORT
    $1,500 1 laptop computer
    $5,000One-time move-in costs (to purchase basic necessities) for 20 elders
    $40,000 1 additional case manager
    14
  • Ways to Invest: In-Kind
    IN-KIND SUPPORT
    • Additional Outreach board members
    • Cell phones and monthly cell phone service for outreach workers
    • IT support to enhance existing data management system
    • Outreach office space in Boston’s South End
    15
  • Ending Elder Homelessness One Person at a Time
    Insert video here
    16
  • Questions?
    • Jane Erickson
    Director of Outreach
    jerickson@hearth-home.org
    • Annie Garmey
    Director of Institutional Advancement
    agarmey@hearth-home.org
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