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1.9 HPRP: Youth Strategies and Family Reunification (Erdmann)

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Communities are currently using HPRP funding to support solutions to homelessness locally. This workshop will focus on how this federal funding can also be used to prevent youth homelessness and …

Communities are currently using HPRP funding to support solutions to homelessness locally. This workshop will focus on how this federal funding can also be used to prevent youth homelessness and strengthen family reunification efforts so that youth may safely return home.

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  • 1. Hope Street’s Homelessness Prevention School Outreach Program
    Saleha Erdmann, Homelessness Prevention Specialist
    July 2010
  • 2. Hope Street Shelter for Homeless and Runaway Youth
    Shelter—20 youth
    Transitional Living Program—8 males
    Street Outreach
    Independent Living Skills
    Aftercare Services
    ~1,800 homeless youth in Minnesota on any given night (according to the Wilder Survey)
    48 shelter beds in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area
  • 3. HPRP School Outreach
    • Prior to HPRP a few Hope Street staff had built relationships with 2 local high schools, mostly to make shelter referrals
    • 4. HPRP started in October 2009 with 2 full time staff
    • 5. Contracted with the Minneapolis Public High Schools to identify youth at “imminent risk of homelessness”
    • 6. HPRP funding pays for staff salaries, rental assistance and mileage reimbursement
    • 7. Much of initial effort to create the program guidelines and paperwork and meeting with school staff
  • Who qualifies?
    • High school students at imminent risk of homelessness
    • 8. going to be kicked out
    • 9. going to run due to family conflict/abuse
    • 10. about to be evicted or exited from a housing program
    • 11. couch hopping (with new definitions of homelessness this is changing)
    • 12. Households containing high school student that are at imminent risk of homelessness (usually a family)
    • 13. typically facing eviction or domestic violence
    • 14. often have a recent loss of income
  • Explanation I gave the social workers this fall
  • 15. The Process
    School social workers make a referral
  • 16. The Process
    School social workers make a referral
    * Ideal since SW’s can prescreen, introduce the youth, and provide a safe/consistent meeting space
  • 17. The Process
    School social workers make a referral
    * Ideal since SW’s can prescreen, introduce the youth, and provide a safe/consistent meeting space
    2. Intake with the youth
  • 18. The Process
    School social workers make a referral
    * Ideal since SW’s can prescreen, introduce the youth, and provide a safe/consistent meeting space
    2. Intake with the youth
    3. Start services
  • 19. The Process
    School social workers make a referral
    * Ideal since SW’s can prescreen, introduce the youth, and provide a safe/consistent meeting space
    2. Intake with the youth
    3. Start services
    * Meet at least weekly (depending
    on school attendance) in school, or
    home visits with households
  • 20. Numbers (approximately)
    ~100 youth screened since October 2009
    39% minors (14-17 years)/61% adults (18-22 years)
    69% female/31% male
    85% individuals/15% households (e.g. families)
    50% already kicked out
    75% very little or no income (under $400/month)
    46% currently abused (most emotionally)
    45% acknowledge MH issues
  • 21. Housing Services
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 22. Most successful cases have not been due to us
  • Housing Services
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 23. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 24. Most successful cases have not been due to us
  • Housing Services
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 25. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 26. Most successful cases have not been due to us
    Relocation
    • Finding another stable adult youth can live with
    • 27. e.g. another relative or friend
  • Housing Services
    Eviction prevention
    • HPRP funds
    • 28. Landlord mediation
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 29. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 30. Most successful cases have not been due to us
    Relocation
    • Finding another stable adult youth can live with
    • 31. e.g. another relative or friend
  • Housing Services
    Referrals to transitional living programs (TLP’s)
    • Usually have 2-12 month waiting lists
    • 32. Require youth to be homeless before move in
    Eviction prevention
    • HPRP funds
    • 33. Landlord mediation
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 34. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 35. Most successful cases have not been due to us
    Relocation
    • Finding another stable adult youth can live with
    • 36. e.g. another relative or friend
  • Housing Services
    Referrals to transitional living programs (TLP’s)
    • Usually have 2-12 month waiting lists
    • 37. Require youth to be homeless before move in
    Eviction prevention
    • HPRP funds
    • 38. Landlord mediation
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 39. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Referrals to other supportive housing
    • Section 8/Public Housing
    • 40. Family programs
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 41. Most successful cases have not been due to us
    Relocation
    • Finding another stable adult youth can live with
    • 42. e.g. another relative or friend
  • Housing Services
    Referrals to transitional living programs (TLP’s)
    • Usually have 2-12 month waiting lists
    • 43. Require youth to be homeless before move in
    Eviction prevention
    • HPRP funds
    • 44. Landlord mediation
    Independent housing
    • Housing search
    • 45. Landlord referral
    • 46. HPRP funds
    Referrals to other supportive housing
    • Section 8/Public Housing
    • 47. Family programs
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 48. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 49. Most successful cases have not been due to us
    Relocation
    • Finding another stable adult youth can live with
    • 50. e.g. another relative or friend
  • Housing Services
    Referrals to transitional living programs (TLP’s)
    • Usually have 2-12 month waiting lists
    • 51. Require youth to be homeless before move in
    Eviction prevention
    • HPRP funds
    • 52. Landlord mediation
    Independent housing
    • Housing search
    • 53. Landlord referral
    • 54. HPRP funds
    Referrals to other supportive housing
    • Section 8/Public Housing
    • 55. Family programs
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 56. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 57. Most successful cases have not been due to us
    Relocation
    • Finding another stable adult youth can live with
    • 58. e.g. another relative or friend
    Shelter referral
    • Sometimes the safest option is to go to shelter
  • Housing Services
    Referrals to transitional living programs (TLP’s)
    • Usually have 2-12 month waiting lists
    • 59. Require youth to be homeless before move in
    Eviction prevention
    • HPRP funds
    • 60. Landlord mediation
    Independent housing
    • Housing search
    • 61. Landlord referral
    • 62. HPRP funds
    Referrals to other supportive housing
    • Section 8/Public Housing
    • 63. Family programs
    Family mediation
    • Keeping a youth from being kicked out
    • 64. Negotiating to let a youth stay until other housing is found
    Family reunification
    • Very rare
    • 65. Most successful cases have not been due to us
    Relocation
    • Finding another stable adult youth can live with
    • 66. e.g. another relative or friend
    Shelter referral
    • Sometimes the safest option is to move a youth to shelter
    Most common:
    TLP referrals
    Relocation
    Family mediation
  • 67. Other Support Services
    • accessing benefits like food stamps
    • 68. resource referrals—clinics, financial assistance, employment
    • 69. mental health & disability assessments
    • 70. supplies—clothes, toiletries, bus passes, school supplies
    • 71. support in exiting/avoiding gangs
    • 72. language translation
    • 73. vital documents
  • Other Support Services
    • accessing benefits like food stamps
    • 74. resource referrals—clinics, financial assistance, employment
    • 75. mental health & disability assessments
    • 76. supplies—clothes, toiletries, bus passes, school supplies
    • 77. support in exiting/avoiding gangs
    • 78. language translation
    • 79. vital documents
    Independent Living Skills!!!!!
    • Even if a youth can afford independent housing, they usually don’t know how to maintain it
    Mental and Emotional Support
    • coping skills
    • 80. addressing trauma
    • 81. mentoring
  • Challenges & Successes
    Need for long term case management
    Not enough supportive housing for youth
    Landlords rarely will rent to minors
    Lack of income
    Immaturity
    Challenges
    Successes
    • 21 youth received rental assistance (17 through HPRP)
    • 82. 66% are housed/were housed at discharge
    • 83. New collaboration w/ schools, landlords, legal agencies, employment agencies & immigration assistance
    • 84. Youth connected to new support services
  • THE END