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6.4: Family Matters: Family Preservation and Family Reunification


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6.4: Family Matters: Family Preservation and Family Reunification

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  • the term “homeless” or “homeless individual or homeless person” [1] includes— (1) an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and (2) an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is— (A) a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill); (B) an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or (C) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
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    • 1. Family MattersFamily Preservation and Family Reunification
      Dan McDougall-Treacy
      Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation
    • 2. We’ll be covering
      Spectrum of housing supports
      Collaboration for success
    • 3. Services that promote housing stability
      Low Need
      High Need
      Low Level Services
      Services are provided off site, accessed by the tenant on their own
      Moderate Services
      Services offered on or off site, usually more intensive in early stages and taper off as client becomes more stable.
      Intensive Services
      Most services are provided on-site, with intensive case management. Staff is on site or on-call 24/7.
      (Deeply Affordable) Supportive Housing
      Affordable Housing
    • 4. Very short-term assistance provided to address an immediate housing crisis for those homeless or at imminent risk.
      Emergency/short-term Financial Assistance (homelessness prevention)
      Hotel-Motel Voucher
      Emergency Shelter
      Emergency Housing Assistance
    • 5. Limited duration – usually 30 days to 2 years
      Intended to help people transition from a housing crisis to permanent stable housing
      Project-Based Transitional Housing
      Project-Based Supportive Transitional Housing
      Transitional Housing Assistance
    • 6. Ongoing assistance to cover difference between FMR and 30% of tenant’s income
      Best administered by partners, such as housing authority + service organization
      • Permanent Independent Housing
      • 7. Permanent Supported Housing
      Permanent Housing Assistance
    • 8. People who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness, and
      face persistent obstacles to maintaining housing, such as:
      Supportive Housing works for:
      Other Problems
      Substance Abuse
      Chronic Health Issues
      Mental Illness
    • 9. Services are designed to meet the needs of the family or individual
      Intensity varies as need varies
      Services move from housing stabilization to community building
      Opportunities are provided for vocational, education, employment
      Flexible Services
    • 10. HUD Rental Subsidies
      Public Housing
      Shelter + Care
      Housing Choice Vouchers
      Section 8
      Family Unification Program
      Other special population set-asides
      Other HUD Voucher programs (HOME, HOPWA)
    • 11. HUD’s Family Unification Program
      • Prevent the separation of families by increasing available housing for child welfare involved families
      • 12. Ease the transition to adulthood for youth aging out of foster care
      • 13. Facilitate and expedite
      access to housing and
      supportive services
      through agency
    • 14. Family Unification Program
      Joint certification
      Public Housing Authority - Family income is below established limits, other regulations
      Public Child Welfare Agency/Child Protective Services – Certifies that housing is primary factor in separation of children from family or prevention of reunification
      Families experiencing multiple barriers including
      Mental health/physical health
      Chemical dependency
      Development disabilities
      Domestic violence
      Child abuse
      Foster care placement and CPS involvement
    • 15. Benefits of FUP
      • For PHAs: increase the ability to serve clients with more Section 8 vouchers
      • 16. For CWAs: expand access to housing solutions for families and caseworkers
      • 17. For families: affordable housing, stability, reunification, exit from the child welfare system
      • 18. For the community: the preferred and most cost effective alternative to foster care
    • DSHS Responsibilities
      Case management services for youth ages 18-21
      Housing search (including low-poverty census tracts)
      Staffing commitment and internal training
      Coordination with Public Housing Authority and Community Partner Agencies
    • 19. PHA Responsibilities
      Match waiting lists with FUP-eligible families and youth
      Remove jurisdictional barriers to mobility
      Pre-move and post-move counseling
      Coordination with DSHS, Children’s Administration and Community Partner Agencies
    • 20. Community Partner Agencies Responsibilities
      Include housing and related support services in the family’s / youth’s existing service plan
      Provide ongoing tailored services to assist family or youth in obtaining and utilizing ongoing mainstream services
      Minimum one-year follow up
      Collect and report relevant data for program evaluation and planning
    • 21. More Info on FUP
      Program Description
      Most Recent NOFA
    • 22. FUP in Washington State
      2010 Statewide FUP MOU
      Seven public Housing Authorities
      Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Children’s Administration
      Community Partner Agencies
    • 23. FUP in Washington State
      Purpose of MOU
      A stronger and more competitive FUP application for any Washington State PHA applying for FUP vouchers
      Ensure adequate supports for families through DSHS and partner agreements
      Continue to build partnership foundations among public agencies and private service providers across the state
    • 24. Addressing Family Homelessness in King County, WA
      High-level Planning
      10 Year Plan
      Family Homelessness Plan
      Political Will
      Build and maintain
    • 25. Addressing Family Homelessness in King County, WA
      Multiple Funders
      Coordinate Resources
      Align with the plans
      Multiple Stakeholders
    • 26. Addressing Family Homelessness in King County, WA
      Public & Private Funding
      State and local dedicated funds
      County and municipal
      United Way
      Intermediary – Washington Families Fund
    • 27. Valley Cities Families First Program
      Bringing it all together
      FUP Vouchers
      King County Housing Authority
      Services Funding
      Washington Families Fund
      Desigbnated County CSD funds
      Division of Child and Family Services
    • 28. Valley Cities Families First Program
      Streamlined referral and standardized assessment
      Tailored Services
      Intensive case management with individualized support
      Coordination with DCFS requirements
      Children’s services
      Mental health and chemical dependency
      Employment and Self-sufficiency
    • 29. Dan McDougall-Treacy, MSW
      Director, Homeless Family Services