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4.7 Supporting Undocumented Families and Youth

Speaker: Andrea Marchetti

It is often unclear what programs can be accessed by families and youth who are undocumented. This workshop will explore eligibility criteria for homelessness programs for undocumented residents, and protections in the law for immigrant victims of domestic violence. Presenters will also share strategies local providers have adopted to reach out to undocumented families and youth experiencing homelessness.

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  • Jovenes, IncEmpowering Youth to Succeed
  • The Mission of Jovenes, Inc.• To provide opportunities to disenfranchised youth and families that enable them to become active and integrated members of the community.• What is an opportunity? Any type of support, experience, or life lesson that empowers them to set goals, reach their potential, and increase their belief in themselves.• We want to make sure our youth understand that homelessness can just be an experience, not a life-long condition, and that they can succeed through perseverance, and by making wise, informed decisions with appropriate support and guidance. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 2 2 Page 2
  • More than Shelter • Jovenes provides more than beds and meals Since I came to Jovenes, my life has changed so much. for youth. Today I have two jobs and also go to school instead of • We are an Academy where youth experience a being in a gang. At Jovenes the staff talk to us, listen to transformation in their mindset so they will us and are really interested in learning what are we never go back to the streets again about. They ask us about our goals and dreams and • Through Informed Decisions and Perseverance and appropriate care youth can rapidly change listen to the things that we want to do. Jovenes has their lives. helped me believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can be anything you want. I believe that everyone wants to be somebody. I”e learned that it the problems that we go through that make us stronger. I believe that all it takes is the courage inside you to show who you are. -David, age 19. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 3 3 Page 3
  • A Complete Continuum of Care for Homeless Youth OUTREACH EM. SHELTER TR. HOUSING AFFORDABLE PERMANENT HOUSING SUPP. HOUSING Youth will access housing options based on their needs. On average we serve about 100 homeless youth age 18-24 in our continuum of care each year. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 4 4 Page 4
  • Progress Place Apartments• Jovenes’ 1st Permanent Housing Development: 14 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless youth with mental disabilities age 18-25.• We are developing a privately financed scattered site permanent housing model by partnering with a Community Development Finance Institution to purchase local properties and convert them into permanent housing for youth. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 5 5 Page 5
  • Additional Programs• Street Outreach• Emergency assistance• Drop in Center with computer lab• Employment Counseling• Family Preservation• Domestic Violence Counseling• Soccer Academy• Arts Programming• Leadership and advocacyOn average we serve 600 individuals each year. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 6 6 Page 6
  • The Beacon NetworkIlluminating Needs, Navigating Services • First system in Boyle Heights organized by CBO’s that will collect data across agency lines. • First system in Boyle Heights to provide interactive resource directory intended for public use. • Over 1,200 hits per quarter from youth looking to access services © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 7 7 Page 7
  • www.TheBeaconNetwork.org • This website helps non-profit staff in Boyle Heights and East LA connect with each other’s services. • Also includes a shared case management database being used by five agencies. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 8 8 Page 8
  • www.TBNconnect.org © 2010 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 9 9 Page 9
  • www.TBNconnect.org © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 10 10 Page 10
  • Of the 3,519 specified needs, 25% were for Youth Community Servicesand 20% for Basic Needs Health Basic 17% Needs 20% Financial 5% Youth community services 25% Counseling and Education Support 17% Legal Groups 6% 10% © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 11 11 Page 11
  • 31% of Basic Needs requests were for employment assistance Basic Needs Food Housing/Sh 15% elter 16% Clothing 14% Transportati on 14% Employmen Financial t Assistance 31% 10% © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 12 12 Page 12
  • Enrollment in school or an education programNo, I was Yes, I amexpelled full-time 31% 24% Yes, I am part-time 6% No, I left by No, I choice graduated 9% 30% © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 13 13 Page 13
  • 72% of respondents do not have medical insurance Do you have health insurance or Medi-Cal? Yes 28% No 72% © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 14 14 Page 14
  • Education College / Middle College Schools Preparation 4% 20% English as a second language 21%Vocational Training 9% GED & Alternative High Schools 14% Tutoring 17% High Schools 15% © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 15 15 Page 15
  • Distribution map© 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 16 16 Page 16
  • Profile of Boyle Heights Source: Los Angeles Time, Census Population 92,756 population in 2000, according to the U.S. Census 99,243 population in 2008, based on L.A. Department of City Planning estimates. 6.52 square miles 14,229 people per square mile, among the highest densities for the city of Los Angeles and among the highest densities for the county Ethnicity The percentage of Latino people is high for the county. Not especially diverse for the city of Los Angeles and not especially diverse for the county © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 17 17 Page 17
  • …ContinuesAncestry and immigrationMexican (81.6%) and English (0.2%) are the most common ancestries.48,566 (52.4%) of residents are foreign born, high for the city of Los Angeles and high for thecounty. Mexico (87.7%) and El Salvador (4.5%) are the most common foreign places of birth. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 18 18 Page 18
  • …Continues Housing Average household size of 3.8 people, high for the city of Los Angeles and high for the county Occupied housing units © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 19 19 Page 19
  • …Continues Families There are 3,889 families headed by single parents. The rate is 21.1%, high for the city of Los Angeles and Females high for the county The percentages of never married males and never married females are among the countys highest. Males © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 20 20 Page 20
  • …ContinuesAgeThe median age is 25, young forthe city of Los Angeles andyoung for the countyThe percentages of residentsages 10 or younger, 19 to 34and 11 to 18 are among thecountys highest. Age © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 21 21 Page 21
  • …Continues Income •$33,235 median household income (2008 dollars), low for the city of Los Angeles and low for the county •In Los Angeles County, Downtown, University Park and Chinatown have the most similar household incomes. •The percentages of households that earn $20,000 or less and $20,000 to $40,000 are high for the county. Household income in thousands of 2000 dollars © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 22 22 Page 22
  • …Continues Education 5.0% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree, low for the city of Los Angeles and low for the county In Los Angeles County, Maywood, Florence- Firestone and Florence have the nearest percentage of residents 25 and older with a four-year degree. The percentage of residents 25 and older with less than a high school diploma is high for the county. Education level © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 23 23 Page 23
  • Working with undocumented individuals CHALLENGES• Hard to Reach: developing relationships takes a long time.• Approach: culturally/ethnically sensitive. It is not just a matter of language but of customs and uses.• Education: lack of academic achievement, language barriers, knowledge of laws and social norms creates: – Barriers to integration and isolation. – Lack of understanding of network of support including the law (Special Order 40 and pathways to legalization for victim of violent crimes). – Risks for illegal behaviors (underage drinking, sex with minors). – Reduced impact of prevention and as a consequence intervention happens often time at a very late stage. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 24 24 Page 24
  • Working with undocumented individuals STRATEGIESOUTREACH:• Learn of places of congregations. Include (and budget) for an longer period of active outreach (just passing out fliers may not work).• Staff understanding and connection of target population can make the difference.PROVIDING SERVICES• It is really not about money! Undocumented individuals or families may be aware that resources may not be available to them.• The lack of knowledge on resources and system/network of support often limit what individuals may be able able to access on their own. In many case the request for help or support is more on an emotional level. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 25 25 Page 25
  • Working with undocumented individuals …PROVIDING SERVICES • Services must be delivered in a fashion where hierarchies or roles are kept more informal. This help focus on the problem and show customers a sense of care and interest. • There is pride and sense of privacy: use as indirect approach to reach the real issue or problem. • Exploit the sense of resilience individuals have. • Develop a network which includes faith based organizations. Their funding for social services is usually not restricted. © 2012 Jovenes, Inc. – Confidential & Proprietary Page Page 26 26 Page 26
  • Thank You.Jovenes, Inc.1208 Pleasant Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90033www.jovenesinc.orgwww.Thebeaconnetwork.orgwww.Tbnconnect.orgwww.facebook.com/jovenesinc