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4.4 Creating a Homelessness Prevention System (Bridget Kurtt de Jong)

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HPRP can be combined with other resources to create a set of prevention initiatives that is coordinated and strategically designed to stop high risk groups from becoming homeless. This workshop will …

HPRP can be combined with other resources to create a set of prevention initiatives that is coordinated and strategically designed to stop high risk groups from becoming homeless. This workshop will examine how communities with a coordinated prevention strategy target resources, identify and address service gaps, avoid duplication, and measure outcomes.

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  • 1. 4.4 Creating a Homelessness Prevention System (Tuesday July 13th, 1:00-2:30pm)
    Bridget Kurtt DeJong
    HomeBase
    bridget@homebaseccc.org
    1
  • 2. Yolo County- Before HPRP
    Geography
    Agricultural
    Near Sacramento
    3-4 Towns
    Continuum of Care
    Variety of homeless housing
    Insulated from mainstream systems
    Coordination at an interpersonal level
    2
  • 3. Coordination
    Yolo writing Ten Year Plan in 2009
    Prevention section of Plan written while HPRP designed
    Key problems throughout the system identified and addressed by HPRP design, not just prevention
    3
  • 4. Key Issues
    Credit and eviction history barrier to low-income housing
    Impact of economy- increased homelessness
    Lack of communication/coordination with community-at-large
    Lack of integration among services/funding streams
    4
  • 5. Coordination Partners
    Prevention planning involved wide range of people, not usually involved in CoC
    Housing developers
    PHA
    Law enforcement
    Faith based
    Schools
    Mainstream providers
    5
  • 6. Existing Resources
    Prevention assistance provided by volunteer-only organization:
    Did not participate in CoC
    Narrowly Tailored
    Limited resources- type/amount of assistance, families eligible
    Service Need:
    Additional, flexible prevention and diversion resources available to wider group of people
    6
  • 7. Systemic Needs
    Process demonstrated systemic need for:
    One referral place per community
    Flexible funding
    Mainstream involvement
    Stronger communication, esp. with FBOs and governments
    Systemic coordination
    7
  • 8. Strategic Design
    • Resulting HPRP system
    • 9. Expanded one-stop Housing Resource Centers in each town (plus rural outreach)
    • 10. Best use of limited resources- Stone Soup
    • 11. Led by mainstream provider with mainstream partners
    • 12. Institutionalized coordination- providers AND community
    • 13. Skeletal system of entire Plan
    • 14. Buy-in of County leaders in Plan
    8
  • 15. Targeting Resources
    Referrals from whole county come through one coordinated, integrated system, but in each community
    Use HMIS for coordination
    Focus on prevention (2/3), families (2/3), certain areas of the county are demonstrating greater need
    Short-term solutions instead of long-term problems
    9
  • 16. Coordination
    All partnering agencies meet weekly to share resources, challenges
    Outreach to and trainings for groups about resources available and Housing Resource Centers
    Landlords
    Faith-Based
    Courts
    CBOs
    10
  • 17. Addressing Gaps
    • Maintaining prevention services availability and necessary interim housing after HPRP
    • 18. Administrative difficulties
    • 19. Documentation, Cash Flow, Continuing Client Involvement
    • 20. Impact of lack of other types of services
    • 21. County budget cuts mean long waits for County services
    • 22. Little to no health-related and mental health services are available
    11
  • 23. Yolo County- After
    County-wide system and framework
    Increase in amount and quality of structural partnerships, including with landlords
    Springboard for Ten Year Plan implementation
    Best use of limited resources
    12
  • 24. HomeBase/
    The Center for Common Concerns
    870 Market Street, Suite 1228
    San Francisco, California
    415.788.7961
    www.homebaseccc.org
    13

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