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FAMILY REUNIFICATION
HOUSING PILOT
ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA
6.1 Partnering with Child Welfare Agencies to End Family
Homelessnes...
Alameda County, CA
Alameda County, CA
 Population 1.5 million
 14 cities, largest Oakland, Berkeley and Fremont
 821 sq miles
 Urban, sub...
Building Futures with
Women and Children
To build communities with women and children
where they are safely and supportive...
BFWC Services
 2 emergency homeless shelters for women and children
(55 beds)
 Domestic violence shelter (20 beds)
 52 ...
Program Description: What
Rapid rehousing and homeless prevention program
 Helps homeless parents obtain housing so child...
Program Description: $$
 Funded by Title IV Foster Care Waiver Funds
 Alameda County one of two in California using a fe...
How Did We Make this Happen?
 Used data
 Demonstrated overlap of foster care and shelter
families
 Demonstrated cost ef...
How Did We Make this Happen?
 Negotiated by EveryOne Home, Alameda County’s
CoC, rather than single provider
 Built on e...
Program Description: Who
For families in “Reunification” or “Maintenance” with
Child Welfare
 Reunification = children cu...
Program Description: Partners
Abode Services and Building Futures: family and
rehousing providers provide the direct servi...
Program Description: What
Housing Assistance Includes:
 Housing Services: housing stabalization
plan, budgeting, connecti...
What We Are Learning?
 Income makes a difference
 19% of enrolled families have income over $1,000/month as reported at
...
What Are We Learning?
(as of 6/30/13)
 Households referred to program = 88
 Households enrolled = 78
 HUD homeless indi...
For more information:
Building Futures with Women and Children
San Leandro, CA
Website: www. bfwc.org
Email: lvarela@bfw...
For more information:
EveryOne Home, Alameda County, CA
• Website: www.everyonehome.org
• Email: everyonehome@acgov.org
• ...
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  1. 1. FAMILY REUNIFICATION HOUSING PILOT ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA 6.1 Partnering with Child Welfare Agencies to End Family Homelessness National Conference on Ending Homelessness Washington, DC July 22-24, 2013
  2. 2. Alameda County, CA
  3. 3. Alameda County, CA  Population 1.5 million  14 cities, largest Oakland, Berkeley and Fremont  821 sq miles  Urban, suburban, and rural  High rental costs  Aprox. 4k homeless  73% single 27% families
  4. 4. Building Futures with Women and Children To build communities with women and children where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and domestic violence.
  5. 5. BFWC Services  2 emergency homeless shelters for women and children (55 beds)  Domestic violence shelter (20 beds)  52 units of transitional and permanent housing for formally homeless survivors of domestic violence with disabilities  Full range of community domestic violence services including support groups  Housing Resource Center that provides homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services (including Supportive Services for Veterans Families program and Family Reunification Housing program)
  6. 6. Program Description: What Rapid rehousing and homeless prevention program  Helps homeless parents obtain housing so child can be returned to their custody  Helps parents not suitably housed relocate to safe, stable housing  Helps families “in care” and at risk of homelessness maintain permanent housing  Provides housing search assistance, case management and rental subsidies
  7. 7. Program Description: $$  Funded by Title IV Foster Care Waiver Funds  Alameda County one of two in California using a federal foster care waiver that block grants funds and allows for innovative strategies to reduce costs and out of home placements  Will operate from August 2012 thru June 2014 when waiver expires.  Total funding = $850,000
  8. 8. How Did We Make this Happen?  Used data  Demonstrated overlap of foster care and shelter families  Demonstrated cost effectiveness of rapid rehousing  “Our expertise can solve your problem”  Made the case that stable housing supports successful family reunification and we know housing  Focus on housing services and some income supports, not the clinical or parenting needs of the families
  9. 9. How Did We Make this Happen?  Negotiated by EveryOne Home, Alameda County’s CoC, rather than single provider  Built on existing relationships and success of HPRP  Program pilots are much easier to say yes to
  10. 10. Program Description: Who For families in “Reunification” or “Maintenance” with Child Welfare  Reunification = children currently in foster care and parent(s) that Child Welfare is working with to reunite with kids. Families have a housing need that must be addressed as part of the reunification process.  Maintenance = children have been reunified with parent(s) but the family faces a housing crisis.  Families who have lost housing due to children being taken from home.
  11. 11. Program Description: Partners Abode Services and Building Futures: family and rehousing providers provide the direct services  EveryOne Home: takes referrals, developed forms and procedures, manages reports  Alameda County Housing and Community Development: administers sub-contracts  Alameda County Social Services Agency Child Welfare: funder and source of referrals
  12. 12. Program Description: What Housing Assistance Includes:  Housing Services: housing stabalization plan, budgeting, connections to employment and benifits, credit repair, applications to wait lists…  Housing location: search, applications, negotiating with landlords, etc.  Financial assistance:  One time costs such as, deposit and move-in costs, utility arrears and deposits, application fees, motels  Rental subsidies for 3 months at a time, capped  Family pays up to 50% of income. Rent capped at $1,200 month
  13. 13. What We Are Learning?  Income makes a difference  19% of enrolled families have income over $1,000/month as reported at time of referral  36% have moved to PH so far compared to 13% of families with incomes below $1,000/month  The sample size is small so inconclusive  A number of families are choosing site-based TH  Some families in Reunification may benefit from longer subsidies and more services than rapid rehousing typically provides.  A pilot is an excellent opportunity to advocate for change!
  14. 14. What Are We Learning? (as of 6/30/13)  Households referred to program = 88  Households enrolled = 78  HUD homeless individuals = 25%  Number of households into PH = 19  Number of households into TH = 4
  15. 15. For more information: Building Futures with Women and Children San Leandro, CA Website: www. bfwc.org Email: lvarela@bfwc.org Phone: 510-357-0205 x202 Liz Varela, Executive Director
  16. 16. For more information: EveryOne Home, Alameda County, CA • Website: www.everyonehome.org • Email: everyonehome@acgov.org • Phone: 510-670-9796 Executive Director, Elaine de Coligny • Email: e.decoligny@acgov.org
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