Midlands Housing Alliance Transitions Center Update

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Presented to Leadership Columbia Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

Presented to Leadership Columbia Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

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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 & 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

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