Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Rehousing Strategies  Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH NAEH ‘Ending Family Homelessness  C...
‘ Housing First’ for Families <ul><li>Train Shelter Staff on program design and eligibility criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Innovative Leveraging <ul><li>Rearrangement of existing programs to align with the Rapid Rehousing model </li></ul><ul><li...
Reality-Based Rapid Rehousing! <ul><li>Live where you can afford to stay! </li></ul><ul><li>‘ This is not Sec 8’: to landl...
Overcoming Barriers to Sustaining Permanent Housing <ul><li>Assist household to locate smaller unit or move to more afford...
Ongoing Responsibilities of Tenants in Permanent Housing <ul><li>Ensure that tenant fully understands lease terms and prog...
Building Lasting Landlord Relationships <ul><li>Initiate and maintain consistent landlord engagement  for existing and new...
Outcomes of 1 st  Year-Rapid Rehousing <ul><li>High housing retention rates  </li></ul><ul><li>Positive relationships with...
2 nd  Year Challenges to Rapid Rehousing  <ul><li>Housing stabilization/self-sufficiency has yet to be achieved (no increa...
<ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><li>Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Rehousing Program Manager <...
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6.3: Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Re-Housing Strategies

  1. 1. Prioritizing Permanent Housing: Advanced Rehousing Strategies Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH NAEH ‘Ending Family Homelessness Conference’ Oakland, CA, February 11, 2011
  2. 2. ‘ Housing First’ for Families <ul><li>Train Shelter Staff on program design and eligibility criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dispel myths about eligibility: be inclusive, not exclusive, in screening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage creative, solution-based approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Addressing the trauma and stigma of family homelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct Intakes and Assessments at Shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expedite shelter discharge with Rapid Rehousing </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Innovative Leveraging <ul><li>Rearrangement of existing programs to align with the Rapid Rehousing model </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic utilization of Rapid Rehousing funding as a conduit to permanent supportive housing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VASH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Section 8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelter + Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PATH Funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oakland Housing Authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HOME Funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winter Relief (South Alameda County) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Reality-Based Rapid Rehousing! <ul><li>Live where you can afford to stay! </li></ul><ul><li>‘ This is not Sec 8’: to landlords and tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Services directly tied to housing stability issues – tenants must plan for long-term self-sufficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate subsidy at 90 day re-assessments to ensure housing stability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Overcoming Barriers to Sustaining Permanent Housing <ul><li>Assist household to locate smaller unit or move to more affordable location </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage low/fixed income households to consider sharing housing (roommate or family member) </li></ul><ul><li>Expand employment search beyond specific field/ location(key to sustainability) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ongoing Responsibilities of Tenants in Permanent Housing <ul><li>Ensure that tenant fully understands lease terms and program agreement prior to move-in </li></ul><ul><li>Update and refer to Housing Stability Plan on a consistent basis </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify rental payment/subsidy structure and timing </li></ul><ul><li>Educate tenants on fair housing, reasonable accommodation, and eviction procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Provide contact information to tenant re: maintenance/ building issues and service provider </li></ul>
  7. 7. Building Lasting Landlord Relationships <ul><li>Initiate and maintain consistent landlord engagement for existing and new units </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct HQS Initial/Annual Inspection and Lead Paint Inspections (with photos) </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the nature of subsidy and services provided </li></ul><ul><li>Provide documentation of all contractual payment agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Determine responsibility for property maintenance, repairs, and upkeep </li></ul>
  8. 8. Outcomes of 1 st Year-Rapid Rehousing <ul><li>High housing retention rates </li></ul><ul><li>Positive relationships with community-based agencies, jurisdictions, and participating landlords </li></ul><ul><li>Positive media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Increased funding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraging and locating long-term subsidies </li></ul>
  9. 9. 2 nd Year Challenges to Rapid Rehousing <ul><li>Housing stabilization/self-sufficiency has yet to be achieved (no increase in income) </li></ul><ul><li>Household income has fluctuated or decreased since enrollment (e.g. lost job) </li></ul><ul><li>Property owners changing frequently causing lack of rapport and willingness to participate in program (foreclosures) </li></ul><ul><li>Spend down (60%-2 years) ahead of schedule </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><li>Sage B. Foster, MA, MPH </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Rehousing Program Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Abode Services </li></ul><ul><li>7200 Bancroft Ave., Suite 262 </li></ul><ul><li>Oakland, CA 94605 </li></ul><ul><li>510.552.6927 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.abodeservices.org </li></ul>
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