4.4 Creating a Homelessness Prevention System (Homeless Solutions Policy Board)
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4.4 Creating a Homelessness Prevention System (Homeless Solutions Policy Board)



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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  • The statistics concerning people who did not make it into the program lead us to believe that these were the risk factors that showed the biggest difference for becoming homeless in our community.If a family:Had a prior shelter stayWas headed by a young parent (meaning the Head of Household was younger than 24 years old)Had children under the age of 6Was largerThis information is taken from the Ohio Department Of Development Interim Report 2, which was released in April 2009:Families who were not enrolled in the program were more likely to have:a history with child protective services a criminal history no incomecompared to families who were enrolled.  The number of prior evictions were pretty much the same between the two groups.

4.4 Creating a Homelessness Prevention System (Homeless Solutions Policy Board) 4.4 Creating a Homelessness Prevention System (Homeless Solutions Policy Board) Presentation Transcript

  • Homeless Solutions Policy Board
    Dayton-Montgomery County, OHJuly 2010
    Homelessness Prevention System Evolution
  • Homeless Solutions Community 10-Year Plan
    Adopted June 2006
    Prevention one of four key principles in Plan. Two types of Prevention recommendations:
    Affordable Housing Assistance
    Development of 1,800 units of affordable housing
    Preserve existing affordable housing
    Create county-wide rental rehab program
    Create rental subsidy program for LIHTC projects
    Explore affordable housing set-aside program
  • Homeless Solutions Community 10-Year Plan (cont.)
    Emergency Assistance
    Implement eviction prevention program modeled on Louisville, KY program for public housing and Section 8 tenants
    Consolidate existing emergency financial assistance into shared system of fund-raising, management and dispersal, with appropriate case management follow-up
    Develop eviction early warning system
    Identify and resolve discharge planning policies and practices that lead to homelessness
  • Definition of Prevention
    To keep something that would have happened from happening.
    Who will it happen to? How do you reach them?
    How likely is it to happen?
    What intervention will prevent it from happening?
    Not enough to show that most people who get the intervention do not become homeless – they might not have become homeless without the intervention or their homelessness may have only been delayed.
  • Prevention Committee Framing Questions
    How can emergency assistance be more efficient (targeted at those who are most at risk of homelessness)?
    How can emergency assistance be more effective (prevent homelessness for those most at risk)?
    Difference between preventing homelessness and creating self-sufficiency – need to be clear about goal.
  • Emergency Assistance
    Existing emergency assistance programs help low-income people with a financial emergency but often are not able to prevent homelessness:
    Limited assistance - $500 maximum or less
    Once a year
    Help recover from a one-time event
    Households must show that they will be able to pay the rent after the assistance ends
    Households have to have the lease or utility bill in their name
    Require eviction or utility shut-off notice
  • Emergency Assistance Client Analysis
    Sunrise Center – county agency that screens for several emergency assistance programs
    Compared Sunrise Center client list to HMIS
    Over two years Sunrise Center provided 2,559 households with emergency assistance
    6% entered homeless system after receiving the financial assistance
    Either fairly effective or clients were not at risk of homelessness
  • Other Prevention Issues
    Do not want to replace the safety net of church, family and friends with public programs
    Some emergency assistance providers can not or will not exclusively focus on homelessness prevention
    Concern about low income households who rely on financial assistance programs but who will never become homeless
  • Ohio Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot Project
    Case management and up to $1,000 in financial assistance
    Focused on preventing eviction of families from subsidized housing
    Intensive home-based case management for 3-6 months
    All households who are referred for services are entered into HMIS
  • Family Homelessness PreventionScreening Matrix
    • Based on existing research on family homelessness developed risk factor screening matrix:
    • Prior stay in emergency shelter
    • Young parent (under 24 years old)
    • Young children (under 6)
    • Infant or pregnant
    • Extremely low-income (less than 67% of poverty)
    • Loss of benefits or employment
    • Paying over 40% of income for rent
    • Unable to secure other housing due to financial issues
    • Prior eviction, pattern to housing instability
    • No temporary housing options with family or friends
    • Significant personal barriers
  • Family Homelessness PreventionEvaluation
    Conducted analysis of families who were referred for the program but not enrolled to help with HPRP planning and development of front door assessment process
    Analysis of families who were not enrolled in the program to see who become homeless:
    • 365 families referred to program
    • 109 families assessed
    • 92 families enrolled
    Through May 2009
  • Family Homelessness Prevention Referred But Not Enrolled
    HMIS information was not available on all 273 families who were referred but not enrolled.
    HMIS information was not available for all 273 families who were referred but not enrolled.
    *Information on young children was not available for all households in this category
  • Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Rehousing Program
    City & County HPRP allocation $4 million
    Coordinated planning and implementation
    Local Outcomes
    Reduce entry to homelessness through effective targeting and services
    Reduce length of time in shelter
    Spending financial assistance at double the original estimate – project 2 year program, have restructured contracts
  • HPRP Targeting
    • Restricted program to households under 30% of area median income
    • Clients who have been homeless before in HMIS automatically determined to be at-risk if meet all other requirements
    • Clients must have 2 or more of the following risk factors to qualify:
    • Monthly income below 15%
    • Severely overcrowded housing
    • Severe rent cost burden (more than 50% for rent)
    • Homeless in last 12 months (in HMIS)
    • Pending foreclosure
    • Numerous previous evictions (3 or more)
    • Criminal record
    • Discharged from mental institution
    • Young adult (18-24) with past or present involvement with foster care system
    • Young adult (18-24) that have dropped out of high school or lack credits
    • Young adult (18-24) with numerous previous moves
  • HPRP Households Served
    • 1,064 households received full HPRP assessment
    • 876 (82%) determined to be eligible and received HPRP assistance
    • 188 (18%) determined to be ineligible (mostly because not at risk of homelessness)
    • 5 had shelter stays after being denied HPRP assistance
    • Of the 876 households that received assistance
    • 776 (89%) prevention – 41% singles, 59% families
    • Highest risk factors severe rent burden and income under 15% AMI
    • 223 households (29%) had entry in HMIS before HPRP assessment
    • 5 households had shelter stay after HPRP assistance
    • 100 (11%) rapid rehousing – 59% singles, 41% families
    • 3 households had shelter stay after HPRP assistance
    Through June 30, 2010
  • HPRP Outcomes
    • Number of people in shelter very high
    • Ohio has been in recession for 3 to 4 years
    • May 2010 unemployment rate – 11.1%
    • Families in shelter or transitional housing declined from 2008 to 2009
    • In winter 2010 families entering shelter had higher needs than HPRP could serve
    • Will do January-June analysis for 2009 and 2010
  • ESG Prevention Funding
    Current Emergency Shelter Grant funding for City & County $358,000 – presently all committed to shelter
    Emergency Solutions Grant requirement of 40% for prevention and rehousing - $143,200 under current ESG funding (21 households/month at 1 bedroom FMR) could double with HEARTH
  • Possible ESG Prevention Program
    Narrow targeting for prevention
    Previously homeless
    Young mothers with young children
    Strong emphasis on rapid rehousing particularly for single adults
    Completely different structure than HPRP
  • What do we need?
    Research on preventing homelessness
    Screening tools with predictive value
    Technical assistance on effective outreach programs
    Permanent housing subsidies for low income people
    Increased benefits for people with disabilities
  • Joyce Probst MacAlpine
    Manager Housing & Homeless Solutions
    Montgomery County