2.5: A Rising Tide: How to Respond to Increased Family Homelessness


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2.5: A Rising Tide: How to Respond to Increased Family Homelessness

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  • A Rising Tide: How to Respond to Increased Family Homelessness Across the country, many communities are experiencing an increase in homelessness among families. This workshop will offer examples of how some communities are responding to these increases, and discuss alternatives to developing shelters as a means to address homelessness.
  • We have provided shelter to 368 families so far this fiscal year, since July 1, 2009
  • Or if we can identify while in housing and flip to a more service intensive model. Increase services and/or move to longer term rental assistance.
  • 2.5: A Rising Tide: How to Respond to Increased Family Homelessness

    1. 1. Michelle C. Flynn, The Road Home Salt Lake City, Utah www.theroadhome.org NAEH Conference on Ending Family Homelessness February 10, 2011, Oakland, CA
    2. 2. Utah / Salt Lake County <ul><li>Utah Population 2.78 million (1.035 million in SL County) </li></ul><ul><li>2010 Utah Homeless PIT count is 3,372. SL County is 2,022. (The Road Home shelters 850-950 individuals per night in winter; 650-700 year-round) </li></ul><ul><li>2011 FMR for a 2 bedroom in SL County is $826 </li></ul><ul><li>Salt Lake Rental Vacancy Rate for December 2010 is 8.2% </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    3. 3. The Road Home Family Shelter <ul><li>31 individual rooms for families year-round </li></ul><ul><li>30-60 families in large dorm space </li></ul><ul><li>Other family shelters include two DV shelters and Church based </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    4. 4. Service Delivery for Families <ul><li>Historically Emergency Shelter stays for families averaged 3-4 months, some up to a year </li></ul><ul><li>We had very limited options to help families with rent assistance and services in housing </li></ul><ul><li>Many families waited in shelter until their name came up for public housing, Sec. 8 </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    5. 5. February 1, 2011 One Month or 18?
    6. 6. Housing Program Capacity <ul><li>2000 – Transitional Housing 26 units. Started Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA Program) and placed 22 households in scattered site housing. </li></ul><ul><li>2005 – Managed 3 TBRA Programs w $500,000.00. Also accessed S+C, TH, small PSH program, etc. Served 90 households/year. </li></ul><ul><li>WE NEEDED MORE OPTIONS! </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    7. 7. Coordinated Plan for Increase in Homeless Families <ul><li>Utilize unused beds in men’s overflow </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease use of motels </li></ul><ul><li>Centralize Rapid Rehousing - combined HPRP RRH and TANF funding for Salt Lake County at The Road Home. All providers can access. </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with Housing Authorities, Service Providers to coordinate and streamline housing options </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    8. 8. Current Service Delivery <ul><li>Old Shelter Focused Model: Families in shelter were slated for very limited TBRA, S+C, Transitional Housing or PSH options. </li></ul><ul><li>Current Housing Focused Shelter: Every family in shelter more than 7 days is assessed for housing, majority approved for Rapid Rehousing. </li></ul><ul><li>Families who are struggling in RRH or return to Shelter are then slated for TH, TBRA, S+C or PSH options. These are limited. </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    9. 9. February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide A B C D First Time Homeless, Few Barriers Repeat stay in Shelter with barriers but can be overcome with help. Can maintain housing but needs help paying the rent. Multiple Stays, Multiple Barriers, Difficulty Stabilizing/Obtaining Income, Landlords are hesitant to rent to this group. Have returned from Rapid ReHousing or struggling in RRH Multiple Barriers, Long Term Shelter or Street Homelessness, Inability to stabilize without long term supportive services. Rapid Rehousing Rapid Rehousing TH, S+C, TBRA, etc. Includes intensive supportive services. Permanent Supportive Housing Programs with Intensive Supportive Services
    10. 10. Serving Families with Housing <ul><li>Currently support 370 families (693 households including singles) in housing on a given night </li></ul><ul><li>Currently support 81 families in emergency shelter </li></ul><ul><li>Without Rapid ReHousing program, we would have needed another shelter facility for families last winter and this winter. </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    11. 11. What Type of Housing Is Needed? <ul><li>ALL TYPES! </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Rehousing </li></ul><ul><li>Transitional </li></ul><ul><li>Tenant Based Rental Assistance (temporary with cm) </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent Supportive Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Master Leasing </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Authority programs </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    12. 12. Using Shelters Effectively February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    13. 13. February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide Traditional Emergency Shelter Average length of stay 110 Days Rapid Rehousing for Families Housing for Chronic Shelter Singles Shelter Capacity Increases due to shorter length of stay for chronic individuals and all families (30-45 days for RRH) CHANGE
    14. 14. Shelter Provider Creating a Housing Focus <ul><li>Centralize housing options </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for housing going directly to shelter operator </li></ul><ul><li>Designated housing staff onsite </li></ul><ul><li>Housing begins with shelter intake </li></ul><ul><li>Continue even after HPRP funds are gone </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with Housing Authorities, but run rapid programs from the Shelter </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide
    15. 15. <ul><li>Michelle C. Flynn, Associate Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>801-819-7320 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.theroadhome.org </li></ul>February 10, 2011 NAEH: A Rising Tide