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 examine how communities with a coordinated prevention strategy target resources, identify and address service gaps, avoid duplication, and measure outcomes.

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

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

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