Empowering people to transition from homelessness to permanent housing and self-reliance
Does a caring community care for the homeless?
Response to Human Need and/or Economic Development?  <ul><li>Cost of a 5-6 day average stay in hospital,  minimal treatmen...
How many are homeless in our community? <ul><li>On a single day in January 2009, local providers identified 1,368 in the M...
Who is homeless in the Midlands? <ul><li>Most of those found on a single night (82.5%) were adults </li></ul><ul><li>Many ...
Where are they from? <ul><li>4,467 homeless people received services in 2009 according to HMIS data for 14 county region <...
History of Services to the Homeless in the Midlands <ul><li>Meals provided at Parks, churches </li></ul><ul><li>Winter She...
Blueprint to Address Homelessness in the Midlands <ul><li>Community wide Study, 2004-2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Studied servic...
Solutions are Known <ul><li>Stability through housing/safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Employment  or steady income  </l...
Midlands Housing Alliance
Onsite Operations <ul><li>Day Center – serving 125 people daily with light meal, showers, laundry, case workers, service p...
 
 
 
Collaborating Organizations <ul><li>Alston Wilkes Society </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Charities </li></ul><ul><li>City Cent...
Collaborating Organizations <ul><li>Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MHAC) </li></ul><ul><li>Light the Way (inte...
Operating Budgets <ul><li>2011 – 5 months of start-up and 7 months of operations </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated $1.75 million...
Operating Budget 2011 <ul><li>Local Governments    $  675,000 </li></ul><ul><li>HUD  Supportive Housing  280,000 </li></ul...
Good Neighbor Policy <ul><li>Security on-site at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Wand searches of all program participants </l...
Transitions—Midlands Housing Alliance   goes   beyond emergency needs   focuses on root causes and recovery plan   fills g...
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Midlands Housing Alliance Transitions Center Update

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  • SO THE PROBLEM IS SIGNIFICANT BUT SOLUTIONS ARE KNOWN
  • Hard to deal with other issues when you have no housing…for a period long enough to allow focus on other areas (sometimes permanent) Create Safe Environments…physically and socially….relationships of trust allow engagement into services Access to services and training
  • STABILIZE thru entry programs providing basic needs like Emergency Housing &amp; Day Center ENGAGE with the homeless—in community and in Center….build relationship of trust PROVIDE SERVICES—substance abuse treatment, mental health assessments/treatments jobs and social skills
  • Midlands Housing Alliance Transitions Center Update

    1. 1. Empowering people to transition from homelessness to permanent housing and self-reliance
    2. 2. Does a caring community care for the homeless?
    3. 3. Response to Human Need and/or Economic Development? <ul><li>Cost of a 5-6 day average stay in hospital, minimal treatment is $1,300 per day </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of a thirty-day sentence in jail for public intoxication is $1800 or $60 per day </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of cleaning downtown parking garages--$40,000 to $50,000 per year by the City </li></ul><ul><li>City Center Partnership spends $60,000 per year cleaning up Downtown Business District </li></ul><ul><li>In-patient mental health care is ten times the cost of permanent housing with mental health services </li></ul>
    4. 4. How many are homeless in our community? <ul><li>On a single day in January 2009, local providers identified 1,368 in the Midlands region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>853 in Richland County (62.4%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>153 in Lexington County (11.2%) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Due to difficulty in locating, actual number is estimated to be 2-3 times as high </li></ul>
    5. 5. Who is homeless in the Midlands? <ul><li>Most of those found on a single night (82.5%) were adults </li></ul><ul><li>Many have health issues and other challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>17% are chronically homeless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% suffer from persistent mental illness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16% suffer from chronic substance abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32% of those in the count were unsheltered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 in 4 in Richland and Lexington are veterans </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Where are they from? <ul><li>4,467 homeless people received services in 2009 according to HMIS data for 14 county region </li></ul><ul><li>2,205 (50%) reported becoming homeless in Richland County (last known address) </li></ul><ul><li>1,081 (50%) of those in Richland County reported zip codes 29201, 29202, 29203 </li></ul>
    7. 7. History of Services to the Homeless in the Midlands <ul><li>Meals provided at Parks, churches </li></ul><ul><li>Winter Shelter, first opened by Cooperative Ministry, Hampton and Harden Streets </li></ul><ul><li>Oliver Gospel Mission, Christ Central, Washington St UMC </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation Army </li></ul>
    8. 8. Blueprint to Address Homelessness in the Midlands <ul><li>Community wide Study, 2004-2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Studied services provided, profiles of population </li></ul><ul><li>Studied best practices models </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed a more comprehensive approach with housing/employment/support services at its core </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed a center to help coordinate such an effort </li></ul>
    9. 9. Solutions are Known <ul><li>Stability through housing/safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Employment or steady income </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement into services </li></ul><ul><li>Support services and training </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless people need hope </li></ul>
    10. 10. Midlands Housing Alliance
    11. 11. Onsite Operations <ul><li>Day Center – serving 125 people daily with light meal, showers, laundry, case workers, service providers </li></ul><ul><li>52 Emergency beds—short term stay; engagement </li></ul><ul><li>26 Respite beds—released from inpatient care </li></ul><ul><li>72 Program beds—recovery plans; case mgmt </li></ul><ul><li>64 Transitional housing—connection to permanent housing </li></ul>
    12. 15. Collaborating Organizations <ul><li>Alston Wilkes Society </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Charities </li></ul><ul><li>City Center Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia Area Mental Health </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia Housing Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Eau Claire Cooperative Health </li></ul><ul><li>LRADAC </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Illness Recovery Center (MIRCI) </li></ul>
    13. 16. Collaborating Organizations <ul><li>Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MHAC) </li></ul><ul><li>Light the Way (interfaith community) </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation Army </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>United Way of the Midlands </li></ul><ul><li>USC, Office of Supportive Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Veterans Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Welvista </li></ul>
    14. 17. Operating Budgets <ul><li>2011 – 5 months of start-up and 7 months of operations </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated $1.75 million </li></ul><ul><li>2012 – Full 12 month operation </li></ul><ul><li>Open every day, 24 hrs per day </li></ul><ul><li>Providing day services to 100 per day </li></ul><ul><li>Providing lodging/services to 214 adults </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated $2.6 million </li></ul>
    15. 18. Operating Budget 2011 <ul><li>Local Governments $ 675,000 </li></ul><ul><li>HUD Supportive Housing 280,000 </li></ul><ul><li>United Way 150,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate 325,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Groups & Individuals 150,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Kresge Challenge Grant 250,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Total $ 1,750,000 </li></ul>
    16. 19. Good Neighbor Policy <ul><li>Security on-site at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Wand searches of all program participants </li></ul><ul><li>No illegal substances or weaponry allowed </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic meetings with neighbors/businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and cooperation with yellow shirts, police, etc. </li></ul>
    17. 20. Transitions—Midlands Housing Alliance goes beyond emergency needs focuses on root causes and recovery plan fills gaps in existing services

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