3.2 Katie Kitchin

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3.2 Katie Kitchin

  1. 1. Retooling the Crisis Response System<br />Katie Kitchin<br />Consultant<br />Memphis, TN<br />
  2. 2. Overview and Disclaimer<br />Two topics: 1) sample calculation for recommending capacity by type, and 2) important key system components to decrease homelessness by retooling<br />Many approaches to calculating need<br />Significant local differences in capacity and conditions<br />Type doesn’t necessarily = usage/program delivery<br />Best fit interventions include significant assumptions<br />Targets may change over time<br />
  3. 3. Essential Elements<br />Four elements in the continuum:<br />intake/assessment<br />crisis housing/shelter<br />transitional housing<br />permanent supportive housing<br />Step one: Map the resources in your continuum; what capacity do you have in each of the four elements?<br />
  4. 4. Mapping the resources<br />
  5. 5. Step Two: Design Strategies - Calculations<br />How does your current capacity impact behavior?<br />Can/should you use national benchmark data vs. local data about length of stay and matched interventions?<br />The least expensive intervention should be used with the largest number of people, as long as it is effective and appropriate.<br />The most expensive intervention should be used with the smallest number of people, as long as it is effective and appropriate.<br />
  6. 6. Step Three: Projecting what the map SHOULD look like<br />Using Culhane typology and assumptions about best fit interventions<br />Chronically homeless individuals are best served in permanent supportive housing<br />Transitional Housing units should not be entirely eliminated but should be deemphasized and better matched to higher need individuals/families<br />Prevention and Rapid Rehousing are available and effective alternatives to transitional housing for families<br />Emergency shelter is an effective first response and gatekeeper to other/more expensive interventions<br />
  7. 7. Reconciling local difference in Typology<br />
  8. 8. One Year Capacity Calculation<br />Assumes 28/45 ES stay and 9 month TH stay<br />
  9. 9. Understanding the Dynamics Between Programs<br />Turnover in PSH<br />Length of stay that you have now vs. what should be<br />How do you factor your unsheltered population – one day versus over the year?<br />
  10. 10. Dynamic Analysis for PSH<br />
  11. 11. Essential Elements for the System<br />Central Intake for families, questionable about singles<br />Prevention and Rapid Rehousing<br />Variety of settings should be available; abstinence vs. harm reduction, site-based vs. scattered site, etc.<br />Evidence-based practices are important and outcome based practices are required<br />

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