2.5 Rapid Re-Housing for Unaccompanied Youth: An Effective Housing Solution


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2.5 Rapid Re-Housing for Unaccompanied Youth: An Effective Housing Solution

Speaker: Tiana Brown

Rapid re-housing has proven effective at ending homelessness among families and individuals. With the increase in the number of these programs, some have expanded to also serve youth with a rapid re-housing model. This workshop will describe the components of the model, and the necessary adaptations to make this model work for unaccompanied homeless youth.</p>

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2.5 Rapid Re-Housing for Unaccompanied Youth: An Effective Housing Solution

  1. 1. Youth Counts: A Rapid Re-Housing ProgramTiana Brown, MSW, LISW-S Rural Housing CoordinatorThe Salvation Army in Greater Columbus Columbus, OH NAEH National Conference- Los Angeles, CA February 9, 2012
  2. 2. Youth Counts• Rapid Re-Housing Program operating in rural community outside Columbus Metropolitan area in Central Ohio. • Rapid Re-Housing: Evidenced Based • Program Progression • Program Components and Activities • Outcomes • Lessons Learned
  3. 3. RRH: Evidenced Based…Rapid Re-Housing is best practice because it works:• Most families can enter/exit homelessness quickly• Mostly economic reasons• Shallow subsidies can protect against homelessness• Overall reduction in costs• Long-term shelter stays are destabilizing to families• Families have different barriers/need different interventions• Triage and target resources to match family’s needs
  4. 4. Evidenced Based Cont’d…• The Salvation Army in Greater Columbus has been administering Rapid Re-Housing since 1998.• Model expanded to four counties• Serve a total of 555 households each year
  5. 5. Program Progression…• Prior to 2009 • Late 2009 • Funded to serve • Approached by families only Delaware County • Typically Children’s Services encountered a based on family handful of system successes to unaccompanied house youth youth in rural emancipating out of communities custody • Need to house youth quickly and efficiently
  6. 6. Program Components…• Crisis Intervention & Short Term Stabilization• Screening, Intake, and Needs Assessment• Provision of Housing Resources• Landlord Advocacy• Provision of Case Management Services – Long Term financial assistance – Referral and Linkage – Goal Development and Monitoring – Life Skill Development
  7. 7. Program Components Cont’d…• Emancipating youth age 18-22• Days to house: 14 days or less• Scattered Site; Individual Leases• 6-9 Months of Rental/Utility Assistance – Stair step diminishing assistance model* • 100% rent: 6 months; 7th- 75%; 8th- 50%; 9th- 25% • 100% utility for 2 months• Goal Development around housing maintenance, self determination, and increased skills and/or income
  8. 8. Outcomes…YEAR 1: 2010• Projected to serve 5 youth • Served 8 in first 6 months • Served 9 total• Increased funding through support from local United Way• 8 out of 9 youth obtained and maintained housing for 6 months or more• 100% of youth achieved 75% or greater or case plan goals
  9. 9. What We Found…• More expensive than families• Roommates vs. singles• Challenges of school enrollment• Age• Life Skills• Roller Coaster of successes and failures• Word of mouth expanded target population
  10. 10. Outcomes…YEAR 2: 2011• Served 13 youth• Increased funding through Homeless Assistance Grant funds- Ohio Department of Development• 11 out of 13 youth obtained and maintained housing for 6 months or more- 85%• 100% of youth achieved 75% or greater or case plan goals
  11. 11. Current Program…• 20 youth age 18-22 served per year• 4-7 months of rental assistance*• Up to 12 months of case management• 5 Module Life skill curriculum• Budget of Approx. $150K yearly• 2 case managers, 1 case aide= 2 FTE
  12. 12. Contact Information…Tiana Brown, MSW, LISW-SThe Salvation Army340 Lake StDelaware, OH 43015740-363-9487 ext 233Tiana.brown@use.salvationarmy.org