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    • Targeting for Success:Serving Homeless Families with the Highest Needs
      NEAH
      July 15, 2011
      Judith Samuels, PhD
      SP3 Innovations
      The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
      New York University
    • What providers face…..
      Growing numbers
      Limited Resources
      Need to think smarter about targeting
      Who should get what?
      Heterogeneous population
      Multiple goals
    • Homeless Families with Highest Needs
      Do we know how to identify them??
      Needs, what needs?
      How are these “needs” related to homelessness?
      Screening? For what? When?
    • Homeless Families with Highest Needs
      Do we know how to identify them??
      Needs, what needs?
      How are these “needs” related to homelessness?
      Screening? For what? When?
      What outcomes are we trying to achieve?
      Can research help??
      Many studies, few, if any predictors
      But Maybe There are Other Reasons to Focus Resources on Subgroups of Families
    • Targeting a Housing/Service Program
      Families with risk factors for other issues
      Very young moms
      Children with disabilities
      Involvement in child welfare
      BUT IS THE HOMELESS SYSTEM RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE SERVICES?
      OR CAN WE EFFECTIVELY PARTNER WITH OTHER SECTORS?
      Families who have multiple homeless episodes…
    • Research: Typology of Homeless Families Patterns of shelter use
      Shelter stays
      Multi-year data
      Philadelphia – 3 years
      New York City – 3 years
      Columbus (Oh) – 2 years
      State of Mass. - 2 years
      Typology based on patterns of shelter use
      72-74% Single Episode
      20-21% ~1.5 Episodes of long duration
      5-8% Repeated short stays
      Testing a Typology of Family Homelessnes Based on Patterns of Public Shelter Utilization in Four U.S. Jurisdictions: Implications for Policy and Program Planning, Cullhane, Metraux, Parkk, Schretzman & Valente, Univ. Pennsylvania, 2007
    • Targeting services
      Short homeless episode, very little or no assistance
      Moderate length episode
      housing supports
      Longer, multiple episodes
      Deeper housing supports,
      multiple issues
    • Targeting Resources
      Set time frame
      Shorter time frame for 1st time homeless
      Moderate time frame for others
      At end of time frame
      Assess which families are/not stable
      Able to pay rent, children attending school
      Anticipate use of a safety net
      More intensive services
    • Another alternative:
      Sorting later for more intensive, longer term services:
      Provide short term, transitional services
      Reassess part way through the program
      Reassess at the end of the program
      Contingency planning – make sure you can step up needed assistance
    • JUDITH SAMUELS, PhD
      jasamuels28@gmail.com
      Or
      samuels@nki.rfmh.org