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3.6 Harm Reduction Housing Models  (Duke)
 

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Harm reduction strategies can be very effective for housing people with substance use disorders. This workshop will explore practices that help ensure successful implementation of harm reduction ...

Harm reduction strategies can be very effective for housing people with substance use disorders. This workshop will explore practices that help ensure successful implementation of harm reduction housing models.

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    3.6 Harm Reduction Housing Models  (Duke) 3.6 Harm Reduction Housing Models (Duke) Presentation Transcript

    • Rachael Duke Assistant Director of Resident Services July 13, 2010 Ending Homelessness: Housing Authority of Portland’s Ongoing Role
    • HAP’s Long History of Engagement, BTYP (Before the Ten Year Plan)
      • Developed and own the Clark Center and Jean’s Place- homeless shelters for Portland connected to the Shelter Reconfiguration Plan (plan completed 1993)
      • Richmond Place and Turning Point, master leased transitional housing for homeless families
      • “ Severe Housing Needs” special waitlist for Public Housing in the late 1990’s
      • Project-Based Section 8 vouchers (currently 1100 Project Based Section 8 vouchers via 60 contracts with community partners)
    • Growing Focus On Permanent Supportive Housing
      • HAP participates in the development of the City/County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness (2004)
        • Assumes role of providing for short term rent assistance for all of Multnomah County
        • Provides Operating Support (Section 8) for Permanent Supportive Housing
        • Provides 25 public housing units for Bridges to Housing, permanent supportive housing focused on homeless families
        • Creates Permanent Supportive Housing in affordable portfolio as well as public housing.
        • Is the developer and owner of the Resource Access Center, to be completed in May 2011.
    • Changes Along the Way
      • Shift in screening criteria reflects changing community perspective
        • Fresh start and Ready to Rent/Rent Well
        • Resident participation allowed landlords to take higher risk applicants
        • Criminal background, credit checks and landlord references modified for properties with services commitment – PH LITE
    • Current Projects–Section 8 Agency Based Assistance
      • HAP allocates a small pool of rent assistance funds to be administered by two community agencies
      • SE Works provides rent assistance to individuals transitioning out of prison who are in employment-centered programs- rent assistance is up to 18 months and decreases over time
      • Northwest Pilot Project provides rent assistance and services to homeless individuals who are elderly, disabled, have zero income and other barriers to success
    • Current Projects – Short Term Rent Assistance
      • Transition from fragmented program to unified program
        • Implemented consequences for non-compliance with data entry and reporting requirements, which improved reporting
        • Re-focused providers to concentrate on outcomes
        • Provided administrative funds for all providers and convinced funders to increase those funds in future
      • Successes
        • Collaboration across four homeless systems and funding jurisdictions
        • Providers engaged in more consistent dialogue
        • Shared outcomes and reporting tools for better comparisons
    • Current Projects – Short Term Rent Assistance
      • Continued challenges
        • Some funding sources are cumbersome, including Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program
        • Still boutique programs not part of unification
        • HMIS remains a challenge
        • Disconnect between housing dollars and service dollars
      • Long Term Goals
        • Less compartmentalized system
        • Increase amount of funds in unified system
        • Connect short term rent assistance to longer term subsidies at HAP
        • Build linkages with other related programs
    • Current Projects – PSH in Affordable Housing (The Morrison)
      • 140 units of affordable rental housing in a desirable downtown location
      • 45 of those units are permanent supportive housing
      • Partner service providers are Northwest Pilot Projects and Cascade AIDS project
    • Future Project May 2011 – Resource Access Center (RAC)
      • Cornerstone development of City/County Plan to End Homelessness
      • Ninety-bed shelter
      • Day Access Center
      • 130 units of Permanent Supportive Housing
    • What’s Next?
      • ???