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3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Speaker: Kimberly Wood

When young people run away from home or are thrown out, they need a safe place to stay in order to work on reunifying with family or finding housing. Youth shelters, often called basic centers, are those safe places. Basic centers play a key role in keeping youth away from dangers they would face on the streets or in the home of a stranger and help to facilitate a return to family or other permanent housing placement. This workshop will focus on best practices that all emergency youth shelters should employ and how communities without youth-specific programs are meeting young people’s needs.

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3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth 3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth Presentation Transcript

  • emergency housing solutions for runaway and homeless youth Kimberly Wood Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program Director Centre County Youth Service Bureau
  • Youth Service Bureau Overview
    • Began serving Centre County children, youth and families in 1967.
    • Initiated by President Judge R. Paul Campbell and a group  of concerned citizens.
    • Professional staff of more than 85, over 250 trained volunteers, annually serve approximately 2000 children, youth, and their families.
    • YSB provides community-based, family-based and residential services to children and youth ages 0 to 21, through 14 different programs.
  • transitional Living Program “ Stepping Stone”
    • 8 bed residential facility
    • 4 beds reserved for homeless youth ages 16-20
    • Off-site apartment for 2 homeless youth
    A program designed to aid youth in their quest for independence.
    • Provides life skills training to transition youth to self sufficiency
    • Residential and non-residential services available
    • Funded through FYSB TLP grant, HUD McKinney-Vento SHP grant, and CDBG funding.
  • Lowering Barriers to Shelter & Services
    • 24 hour staff coverage allows for immediate access to services
    • Emergency bed located in off-site apartment
    • Aftercare Coordinator position funded through HUD provides non-residential services
    • Client assistance dollars can be used for rent/utility stipends
  • Outcomes
    • 2010 Exits
      • 5 returned to live with a parent or relative
      • 5 moved out independently
      • After 1 year, 90% reported that they were still in permanent, stable housing
    • 2011 Exits
      • 5 returned to live with parent or relative
      • 5 moved out independently
      • 1 moved into a Community Residential Rehabilitation program
  • HPRP PROGRAM
    • Centre Co. Competitive grant for $199,145
    • MH/IDD grant administrator, TLP sub-contracted to provide services
    • Grant Requirements:
      • Between the ages of 18-25
      • Must be eligible for Centre Co. Medial Assistance
      • Must be receiving treatment for a MH/IDD diagnosis
  • HPRP PROGRAM
    • Many referrals and TLP youth are appropriate for this program – immediate referrals
    • Provides financial assistance and case management up to 18 mo.
    • Homeless Prevention
      • 18 Individuals
      • 10 Households
    • Homeless Assistance
      • 21 Individuals
      • 17 Households
    • Grant ends 7/31/12 – What to do after?
  • “ OUT OF THE COLD”
    • Began after 2011 Centre Co. unsheltered homeless count
    • Collaboration between local shelters, homeless service providers, and churches
    • Began November 2011, will run through March 2012
    • “ Housing First” model
  • Questions?
    • ?????
    • Contact Information:
    • Kimberly Wood
    • [email_address]
    • Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program
    • 334 South Burrowes Street
    • State College, PA 16801
    • (814) 234-2632