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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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Contact Information…Tiana Brown, MSW, LISW-SThe Salvation Army340 Lake StDelaware, OH 43015740-363-9487 ext 233Tiana.brown@use.salvationarmy.org