6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers


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6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers

Speaker: Jim Amstutz

It can be challenging to ensure that all of the key players are participants in the planning and implementation of community initiatives to end homelessness. This workshop will explore how to engage and work with faith-based providers who are key providers of services and transitional housing. Part of the discourse will include looking at philosophical differences among organizations as well as different service models and how they can be combined into a cohesive community response.

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6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers

  1. 1. National Alliance to End Homelessness Jim S. Amstutz jamstutz@akronmench.org The Role of Faith-Based Providers
  2. 2. Homes of Hope-Lancaster <ul><li>TH provider under Love In the Name of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>11 units in 7 area school districts </li></ul><ul><li>Serve population outside of Lancaster City </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with Tabor STIL program </li></ul><ul><li>30 day emergency; 4-6 month stay </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with School Social Workers </li></ul><ul><li>Accept all family types </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness <ul><li>Why Join the Coalition? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s in it for us? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lancaster City/County 2011 PIT Type Faith Based Federal/State Government Funded Totals Emergency Singles 122 10 132 Emergency Family Units 21 20 41 Transitional Singles 59 86 145 Transitional Family Units 38 44 82
  5. 5. Potential Barriers <ul><li>Organizational mission may be challenged </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperation not the same as compromise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No single provider serves the entire homeless population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay true to identity while looking for connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why participate in HMIS? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add to collective and consistent data base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist with community Point In Time count </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Different organizational cultures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting point different yet serving same population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to add faith dimension without making it a barrier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Water Street Mission dropped required chapel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homes of Hope/Tabor Collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Homeless Outreach Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YMCA and Lancaster County Council of Churches faith-based winter shelter for women and children </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>No HUD, State, or Local funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private /faith-based funding can assist with community buy-in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for creativity and adaptation with underserved populations or those not fitting HUD definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep financial and people resources, eg. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homes of Hope mentor volunteers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>East Chestnut Street affordable housing project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hempfield UMC rental subsidy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ephrata Homeless Prevention Fund </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lancaster Winter Shelter volunteers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Potential Gains <ul><li>Strength in partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Peer learning from other providers </li></ul><ul><li>Share best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of own limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the collective good </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid silo mentality and ministry </li></ul><ul><li>One niche along the Continuum of Care </li></ul><ul><li>Moral companion to civil society </li></ul>
  9. 9. Getting from There to Here <ul><li>Beyond Good Intentions </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Pray and Pay </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Fix-It and Forget It projects </li></ul><ul><li>A Framework for Understanding poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Build a Local Theology </li></ul>
  10. 10. Connecting with Faith Based Partners <ul><li>Listen to their story. Seek to understand. </li></ul><ul><li>Start with where they are </li></ul><ul><li>Invite them to the table as partners </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out points of convergence while taking seriously points of divergence </li></ul><ul><li>Help make mutually beneficial connections </li></ul><ul><li>Validate their place along the continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Nurture deep change as the opportunity arises. </li></ul><ul><li>Co-create a community-wide collaboration </li></ul>
  11. 11. Thank You!