2.1 A Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness


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2.1 A Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness

Speaker: Michelle Flynn

The recent recession and continued economic downturn have negatively impacted families more than any other homeless population. This workshop will explore local program innovations and discuss what systems changes and other efforts are needed to stem the rising tide of family homelessness. Presenters will offer a big-picture look at family homelessness across the nation and what it will take to end it.

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2.1 A Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness

  1. 1. A Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness NAEH CONFERENCE ON ENDING FAMILY HOMELESSNESS LOS ANGELES FEBRUARY 2012 Michelle C. Flynn The Road Home mflynn@theroadhome.org
  2. 2. The Road Home and Salt Lake County 2 Mission: Help People Step out of Homelessness and Back into the CommunityIn 2011: Emergency Shelter – 7,000 individuals including 615 families (1,063 children), 4,387 men, 740 women Housing – 1,661 households housed in our programs Salt Lake County –9,038 Annual homeless count (5% increase)Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness
  3. 3. Rapid Rehousing 3 Centralized community referral Targeting literally homeless families with children Housing-focused shelter stay Identifying and mitigating immediate HOUSING barriers Landlord relationships PartnershipsBlueprint for Ending Family Homelessness
  4. 4. Progressive Engagement 4 Initial Assessment Monthly re-assessment Permanent housing focused Progressive engagement: Increase subsidy and case management as needed Transitional (medium term) Housing Limited Permanent Supportive HousingBlueprint for Ending Family Homelessness
  5. 5. Rapid Rehousing Flow Chart The Road Home Shelters Intake & Basic Needs Assessment Other Agency Family Meets with DWS Referrals Employment Counselor Rapid Rehousing Assessment Housing Placement Approved 2-4 Months Assistance Reassessed monthly for Additional AssistanceBlueprint for Ending Family Homelessness 5
  6. 6. Lessons Learned 6 You can start small Pilots provide a lot of good information Partnerships are key Negotiation – with housing authorities, landlords We still need an emergency shelter – one that is truly short term and serves as safety net You can house families that have no/little income Families graduating from the program will still struggleBlueprint for Ending Family Homelessness
  7. 7. Where We are Headed and Why 7 Serve the largest number of families with a small amount of assistance Only a small percentage of families need the most expensive kinds of housing Identify and target many streams of funding for rapid rehousing. More streams=increased flexibility.Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness
  8. 8. Wrap Up 8 Shelter staff must change activities and mindset to be housing focused 883 families Rapidly Rehoused since October 1, 2009. 87% success - have not returned to homelessness 41% of sheltered families move out without any of our housing assistance 54% of sheltered families utilize Rapid Rehousing 5% enter transitional or permanent supportive housingBlueprint for Ending Family Homelessness
  9. 9. Wrap Up Page 2 9 Rapid Rehousing for us takes six weeks Average cost per family - $5,300 Funding mostly from HPRP, TANF Funding also from County General Funds, HOME program, Emergency Solutions Grant Even with reduced funding, our service strategy remains solid. Rapid Rehousing will continue!Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness