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6.3: Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Re-Housing Strategies

6.3: Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Re-Housing Strategies

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6.3: Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Re-Housing Strategies 6.3: Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Re-Housing Strategies Presentation Transcript

  • Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Rehousing Strategies Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH NAEH ‘Ending Family Homelessness Conference’ Oakland, CA, February 11, 2011
  • ‘ Housing First’ for Families
    • Train Shelter Staff on program design and eligibility criteria
      • Dispel myths about eligibility: be inclusive, not exclusive, in screening
      • Encourage creative, solution-based approaches
    • Addressing the trauma and stigma of family homelessness
      • Conduct Intakes and Assessments at Shelter
      • Expedite shelter discharge with Rapid Rehousing
  • Innovative Leveraging
    • Rearrangement of existing programs to align with the Rapid Rehousing model
    • Strategic utilization of Rapid Rehousing funding as a conduit to permanent supportive housing
      • VASH
      • Section 8
      • Shelter + Care
      • PATH Funds
      • Oakland Housing Authority
      • HOME Funds
      • Winter Relief (South Alameda County)
  • Reality-Based Rapid Rehousing!
    • Live where you can afford to stay!
    • ‘ This is not Sec 8’: to landlords and tenants
    • Services directly tied to housing stability issues – tenants must plan for long-term self-sufficiency
    • Evaluate subsidy at 90 day re-assessments to ensure housing stability
  • Overcoming Barriers to Sustaining Permanent Housing
    • Assist household to locate smaller unit or move to more affordable location
    • Encourage low/fixed income households to consider sharing housing (roommate or family member)
    • Expand employment search beyond specific field/ location(key to sustainability)
  • Ongoing Responsibilities of Tenants in Permanent Housing
    • Ensure that tenant fully understands lease terms and program agreement prior to move-in
    • Update and refer to Housing Stability Plan on a consistent basis
    • Clarify rental payment/subsidy structure and timing
    • Educate tenants on fair housing, reasonable accommodation, and eviction procedure
    • Provide contact information to tenant re: maintenance/ building issues and service provider
  • Building Lasting Landlord Relationships
    • Initiate and maintain consistent landlord engagement for existing and new units
    • Conduct HQS Initial/Annual Inspection and Lead Paint Inspections (with photos)
    • Describe the nature of subsidy and services provided
    • Provide documentation of all contractual payment agreements
    • Determine responsibility for property maintenance, repairs, and upkeep
  • Outcomes of 1 st Year-Rapid Rehousing
    • High housing retention rates
    • Positive relationships with community-based agencies, jurisdictions, and participating landlords
    • Positive media coverage
    • Increased funding opportunities
    • Leveraging and locating long-term subsidies
  • 2 nd Year Challenges to Rapid Rehousing
    • Housing stabilization/self-sufficiency has yet to be achieved (no increase in income)
    • Household income has fluctuated or decreased since enrollment (e.g. lost job)
    • Property owners changing frequently causing lack of rapport and willingness to participate in program (foreclosures)
    • Spend down (60%-2 years) ahead of schedule
    • Contact Information:
    • Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH
    • Rapid Rehousing Program Manager
    • Abode Services
    • 7200 Bancroft Ave., Suite 262
    • Oakland, CA 94605
    • 510.552.6927
    • [email_address]
    • www.abodeservices.org