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A briefing on the COTS HomeGain project specifically prepared for the Detroit Team to End Chronic Homelessness (D-TECH), the authorized committee of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) …

A briefing on the COTS HomeGain project specifically prepared for the Detroit Team to End Chronic Homelessness (D-TECH), the authorized committee of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) Continuum of Care. COTS was awarded $1 million in Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) funding from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to assist approximately 50 homeless families. I served as the grant writer and project lead.


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    • 1. Project Overview Prepared By J.X. Gilmore Coalition On Temporary Shelter
    • 2. Project Goals
      • Address the housing and service needs of Michigan homeless families with children through the provision of rental assistance and voluntary supportive services. The intent of the program is to assist participants in achieving housing independence within a 24 month term.
      • Alignment with and support of Moving Forward Together : A Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
      • Integration with our current Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) programs and serve as a model in the PSH strategic planning and Housing First methodology adoption agency-wide.
    • 3. Description
      • Leasing assistance and voluntary supportive services to approximately 47 Michigan households.
      • Target population will be Michigan families with incomes at or below 30% Wayne County Area Median Income (AMI).
      • Leveraged resources for several voluntary services including case management support, emergency furniture and appliances, career development workshops, etc….
    • 4. Supportive Service Plan
      • Development
      • Will be developed with the objective of assisting homeless families by addressing specific underlying causes of their homelessness.
      • The long-term outcome is to increase their economic self-sufficiency in order to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
      • The supportive services plan will draw directly on the knowledge and experience of family case managers, families who have or are currently experiencing homelessness, and nationwide best practices 1 .
      • Service Delivery Model
      • Family Case Managers will provide home-based case management services while simultaneously utilizing collaborative partnerships with identified partner agencies and other mainstream community resources (fig 1).
      • 1 The foundation of the plans will draw heavily on the contemporary practice methods and comprehensive evaluation designs developed by the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice at the University of Iowa School of Social Work
    • 5. Home-Based Case Management Tenant Education Crisis Intervention & Management Housing Services Financial Literacy Career & Educational Development Parenting Support & Resources Fig. 1 – Service Delivery Model Accessing and Obtaining Mainstream Resources Landlord Mediation & Advocacy Transportation Family Centered Case Planning
    • 6. Tenant Referral Plan
      • COTS will release a Program Announcement through the local Continuum of Care (COC), Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND). It is our goal that 75% of tenants will be referred through HAND and 25% from our emergency shelter program.
      • Applicants will be chosen by lottery and notified of a program briefing that will be conducted by the Housing Specialist. A waiting list will be maintained for other potential applicants.
      Housing Stability
      • To minimize risk of eviction, each tenant will be required to participate in the RentWise Tenant Education Program. The curriculum takes an active-learning approach and stresses tenant responsibility. Participants will complete 9 hours of education to earn a certificate of completion.
      • Additionally, a partnering agency has agreed to negotiate lease terms with and on behalf of clients and mediate conflicts between landlords and tenants.
    • 7. Dissemination Plan
      • We will use a four step knowledge approach to document the essential features of a best practice:
      • We will disseminate that information within MSHDA Region 8 and participate in a discussion of Barrier Busters at the local, regional, and state level.
      • We will focus on capturing best practices and how they can be used to add value.
      Evaluation
      • We will collect data on specific performance outcome measures to be identified at a later date.
      • We have also agreed to participate in tracking client data using MSHMIS and any future MSHDA evaluative efforts.
      Identify + Document + Validate + Disseminate
    • 8. MAR 07 APR MAY 07 JUN 07 JULY 07 Tenant occupancy Release of Program Announcement (including pre- application) through Detroit CoC Completed applications due MAY 4 Review applications, identify eligible families, and create a waiting list Project Timeline (6 months)