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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: Sage Foster

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.

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

    • 2.7 Rapid Re-housing for YouthNAEH National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness Los Angeles, February 8-10, 2012 Sage B. Foster, M Ed, MPH Housing Partnership Manager Abode Services (510) 552-6927 sfoster@abodeservices.org
    • Rapid Re-housing in Alameda County, CA• Provide financial assistance to 400-600 literally homeless households throughout Alameda County• Engage multiple landlords interested in filling vacancies and being valued community stakeholders• Provide no more then is necessary of less then is needed to achieve housing stability
    • Components of Rapid Re-housing Program• ‘Housing First’ for OPRI Young Adults -Determine Barriers to housing (eviction, nature of crime) at intake-Show appropriate units based upon neighborhood preferences, landlord relationships and accessibility to employment or schools-Encourage creative, solution based approaches to tenancy issues (loud music, multiple guests)
    • Outcomes of Rapid Re-housing/OPRI• Re-entry (40 21-35 y/o men) have lowered recidivism by 48% in 1st year of housing.• 85% of housed re-entry population still in housing after one year.• Landlords are waiving criminal background checks based upon demonstration of gratitude and respect shown by the young men.• The Oakland Housing Authority is considering additional subsidies to serve OPRI/Re-entry
    • System Modifications of Rapid Re- housing for OPRI Re-entry• Partnership with agency that is expert in serving Re-entry• Define and train staff new to ‘Housing First’ model• Meet often in the implementation stages of program to assure housing and services are working together• Promote housing retention even if it requires agency to change practices.
    • How OPRI Has Transformed Systems• By leveraging Rapid Re-housing to pay security deposits, the Oakland Housing Authority in partnership with the City of Oakland provided 40 subsidies to 21-35 y/o men being released from San Quentin prison.• Volunteers of America, the service agency, has not had access to permanent housing for its participants in the past• OPRI now serves 65 Oakland encampment dwellers with two additional partner agencies• The program model and partners helped Abode Services obtain a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant in 2011.• The Oakland Housing Authority views this as their most innovative housing program and intends to seek expansion of subsidies to all populations• One Re-entry participant shared recently that “without this program I would be spending my life behind bars and now I have a home and a job; I am learning to love myself and see the good in others”