6.1 Innovative Partnerships with PHAs


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6.1 Innovative Partnerships with PHAs

Speaker: Kathy Wahto

Ending homelessness cannot be done without the support of mainstream partners, including public housing agencies (PHAs). This workshop will highlight innovative models being used by PHAs to prevent and end family homelessness in their communities. Presenters will also discuss strategies for strengthening the relationship between local homeless assistance systems and PHAs.

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6.1 Innovative Partnerships with PHAs

  1. 1. Clallam County- Partnering withPeninsula Housing Authority to end homelessness
  2. 2. Clallam County –rural Northwest Washington
  3. 3. Began as loose partnership of two distinct systems:PHA homeless preference for families exiting TH-10 vouchersTenant Based Rental Assistance- for homeless families inshelter—15 vouchersTen Year Plan changed that dynamic:From Shelter to Housing First, including permanent housing formost vulnerable and disabledOverlapping goals and mutual benefits to partnership2011- 124 SHP, TBRA, Section 8 vouchers linked to homelesshousing
  4. 4. Peninsula Housing Authority:Access to decent affordable housing forlow-incomeAcquisition and PreservationTargeted Capital InvestmentSelf Help Home OwnershipHousing Land Trust and Housing FinanceCommission Serenity House of Clallam County: Access to decent affordable housing for special needs populations Housing and financial stability in permanent housing Acquisition and some development Integrated and coordinated assessment and assistance. case management and services Funding for supportive services and effective community and mainstream support
  5. 5. Local Ten Year Plan to endhomelessness-focus on logicaldecisions and accountabilityIncludes overlapping and integrated strategies for affordable housing and Housing First Was very specific and focused on measurable outcomes Built-in reporting mechanism Had broad-based support Political leadership at county and state level
  6. 6. Blending resources, abilities, expertise: PHA:Development, capital resources, track record Facilities maintenance Capital Needs Assessment, Community Development Administrative and specialized staff SHCC: Professional case management and supportive services Specialized administrative---community organizing, publishing and media expertise, connected and politically influential board Non-profit status expanded funding opportunities, homeless preference in competitions.
  7. 7. Began Developing Special Needs Housing inPartnership: 4 projects completed, 2 in pipeline
  8. 8. Service Partnerships:1-Coordinated intake and assessment- HousingResource CentersHPRP and Supportive Services for Veterans2-Permanent Supportive Housing for families-Cornerstone and Catholic Community Services3-Family Unification Vouchers-Cornerstone FUP4-Countywide HMIS use and data sharing
  9. 9. Innovations and New Partnerships:Family Therapeutic Court, DSHS, MentalHealth and Treatment Providers, HospitalDistricts
  10. 10. Influence, Impact at local and state level• Political leadership-local BOCC, state legislators• Advantage of combined advocacy stance• Benefits to local community: – Planned Housing inventory – Economic stimulus and support for landlords and property managers --Capital investment, job creation --Effective outreach, education effort
  11. 11. Taking Effective Strategic Approach Regional:• Peninsula Housing Authority now two county housing authority serving entire North Olympic Peninsula• Regionalize effective strategies, build new partnerships• Regional projects and resource development• Long-term governance and capacity
  12. 12. Partnerships fraught with challenge• Top down and bottom up ‘re- learning’• Board and public Intake understanding and support may be complicated Referral• Mission and values divergence• Failure to understand partner Housing commitments and implications, time and effort• Willingness to sacrifice
  13. 13. • Other examples of Housing Authority role in local TenYear Plans: Seattle and King County, Longview, Whatcom,Yakima• ASPE Research Brief on linking human services and housing supports to address family homelessness:• Logical program structure with services tied to goals• Strong and effective partnerships, mutual benefits• Non-traditional community resources• Strong ties to local for-profit housing community• Value of services-enriched housing to build long-term stability• Standardized intake and assessment, data-sharing---streamlining processes for housing placement, lease up, etc• Expand funding sources across systems, non-profits, mainstream