5.3 Rapid Re-Housing for Single Adults (Foster)
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Working to achieve rapid re-housing with low-income adults experiencing short-term homelessness can be challenging. This is because they typically have severely limited incomes due to lack of public ...

Working to achieve rapid re-housing with low-income adults experiencing short-term homelessness can be challenging. This is because they typically have severely limited incomes due to lack of public benefits and low wages from work, and often do not qualify for any type of housing assistance. Participants will explore rapid re-housing services focused on single adults experiencing homelessness. Speakers will offer tips for addressing challenges in assessing, targeting, and evaluating outcomes. Special consideration will be given to how to move people off a short-term subsidies.

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    5.3 Rapid Re-Housing for Single Adults (Foster) 5.3 Rapid Re-Housing for Single Adults (Foster) Presentation Transcript

    • HPRP Innovative Strategies for Housing Single Adults
      Abode Services
      Rapid Re-housing Program
      Alameda County, CA
      Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH
      National Conference on Ending Homelessness
      Hyatt Regency Hotel, Washington , DC
      July 12-14,2010
    • Rapid Re-housing
      Abode Services
      • The goal of the program is to deliver Rapid Re-housing
      assistance to households in Alameda County. 400-600
      households will receive this assistance through September
      2012.
      • Rapid Re-housing operates out of 5 Housing Resource Centers
      strategically located throughout the county.
      • Rapid Re-housing partners with multiple non-profit and
      jurisdictional agencies and private and non-profit developers.
      • Rapid Re-housing provides financial assistance to move families
      toward housing stability and self-sufficiency.
      • Rapid Re-housing utilizes multiple funding streams: HUD, State
      of California, and TANF/ CalWORKs.
    • Single Adults Seeking Rapid Re-housing in Alameda County
      • The homeless single adult population has very few options for low-income housing and shelter services.
      • Of the 185 households served by Rapid Re-housing (11/2/09-6/30/10), 50% have been single adults.
      • Of the single adults served, 50% are between 15%-30% of AMI.
      • Of the single adults served, 85% have yet to meet the Income Goals of their Housing Stability Plan at the time of their 90 day Reassessment.
    • Leveraging Housing Authority Subsidies for Single Adults
      • Abode Services has partnered with the City of Oakland, Oakland
      Housing Authority, Lifelong Medical Services (medical and mental
      health services) and Operation Dignity (outreach) to leverage Rapid
      Re-housing assistance for specific populations:
      1) Individuals living in homeless encampments (40 subsidies & five
      S+C vouchers), and
      2) Re-entry (40 subsidies)
      • Rapid Re-housing will pay security deposits, outstanding utilities
      and moving costs when, if not for this assistance, the individual
      would remain homeless. This also applies to veterans with VASH
      vouchers and individuals with Section 8.
    • Housing Search and Selection
      • The Housing Specialist will show individuals 3
      housing options
      • Encourage individuals to conduct their own search
      • Distribute updated affordable housing lists
      • Target safe neighborhoods with well maintained properties
      • Individuals have 60 days from intake to move in
      • Conduct credit checks and share with individual prior to submitting application for unit
    • Innovations Targeting Low, Low Income Singles (often exiting homeless shelters)
      Single households that are low, low income, not working, or under-employed may require extremely affordable housing options:
      • Single Room Occupancy non-subsidized housing
      • Shared Housing
      • Room rental in private home
      • Subsidized housing
      • Very affordable private market housing
      • Senior housing
      • Housing for individuals with disabilities
    • More Innovative Strategies
      • Meet with shelter staff and population to introduce Rapid Re-housing Program eligibility and parameters
      • Have shelter staff prepare necessary documentation for the intake appointment
      • Maintain a presence at community events
      • Share success stories with funders and media
      • Partner with employment development opportunities
    • Contact Information
      Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH
      Rapid Re-housing Program Manager
      Abode Services
      Eastmont Town Center Abode
      7200 Bancroft Avenue Administrative Offices
      Suite 262 40849 Fremont Blvd
      Oakland, CA 94605 Fremont, CA 94538
      510.552.6927 510.657.7409 x 215
      sage@abodeservices.org