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Homelessness in  Arlington County
Really? Here?
How Big a Problem? <ul><li>January 2008 “Point in Time” survey  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>410 individuals identified as homele...
How Big a Problem? <ul><li>Independent analysis and other studies indicate up to 1,100 homeless in Arlington served every ...
Many Others on the Brink <ul><li>Prevention efforts </li></ul><ul><li>County Funds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$215,000 to Arlin...
What’s Being  Done About It?
The 10 Year Plan  to End Homelessness <ul><li>Adopted in 2006 by County Board </li></ul><ul><li>Based on “Housing First” b...
The 10 Year Plan  to End Homelessness <ul><li>Guiding Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment from all sectors of the comm...
The 10 Year Plan  to End Homelessness <ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the supply of affordable housing </li></ul>...
The 10 Year Plan  to End Homelessness <ul><li>Rolling Up Our Sleeves </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation Committees based on ...
The 10 Year Plan  to End Homelessness Chaired by  Housing Commission & Community Services Board Leadership  Consortium Hou...
Housing Committee Goals <ul><li>Increase supply of affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Grant Program </li></ul><u...
Prevention & Education  Committee Goals <ul><li>Close the “front door” to homelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate servi...
Integrated Services  Committee Goals <ul><li>Help those whose multiple medical, mental health and social service issues in...
Funding and Resource Development Committee Goals <ul><li>Inventory existing local, state, federal and private resources </...
Top Priorities - Policy <ul><li>Develop communication and public awareness materials to educate the Arlington community ab...
Top Priorities - Financial <ul><li>Communication materials to educate the community $30,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Ancillary Se...
Top Priorities - Financial <ul><li>Increase funding  for rental subsidy programs including Housing Grants, Transitional Ho...
Cold Weather Plan <ul><li>Created to keep people who are homeless safe when the weather becomes extremely cold.  </li></ul...
How Can I Help?
It Depends Who You Are <ul><li>Faith community </li></ul><ul><li>Real estate developers </li></ul><ul><li>People at the “f...
Faith Community <ul><li>Land resources – create affordable housing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County Housing Office (David Cris...
Faith Community <ul><li>Advocacy – Be a Voice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support proposals for dedicated funding to address hom...
Faith Community <ul><li>Create a mechanism in your organization for people to learn and help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social ...
Faith Community <ul><li>Partner with the key players –  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Human Services </li></ul></ul>...
Individuals <ul><li>Pick up a few extra items to donate next time you are at the store </li></ul><ul><li>Plant an extra ro...
Individuals <ul><li>Human acknowledgement – say hi </li></ul>
Thank You! <ul><li>Arlington has the will and the means to prevent and end homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>By working toget...
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  • Transcript of "10 Year Plan To End Homelessness - Arlington County DHS"

    1. 1. Homelessness in Arlington County
    2. 2. Really? Here?
    3. 3. How Big a Problem? <ul><li>January 2008 “Point in Time” survey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>410 individuals identified as homeless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many with problems such as severe mental illness, substance abuse, physical disabilities, HIV/AIDS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>41 homeless families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>126 persons in families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>179 homeless persons are unsheltered </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. How Big a Problem? <ul><li>Independent analysis and other studies indicate up to 1,100 homeless in Arlington served every year </li></ul>
    5. 5. Many Others on the Brink <ul><li>Prevention efforts </li></ul><ul><li>County Funds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$215,000 to Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AMEN raises $107,000 in order to receive County funds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>County providing additional $78,000 in 2009 as “safety net funding” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers rent as well as medication, utilities, rent deposits, emergency needs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Northern Virginia Family Services </li></ul>
    6. 6. What’s Being Done About It?
    7. 7. The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness <ul><li>Adopted in 2006 by County Board </li></ul><ul><li>Based on “Housing First” best practice </li></ul><ul><li>10 Year Plan focuses on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preventing homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moving people who do become homeless into housing rapidly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing the wrap-around services necessary for them to maintain their housing </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness <ul><li>Guiding Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment from all sectors of the community </li></ul><ul><li>Best practice and evidence-based solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable and appropriate housing options </li></ul><ul><li>Culturally competent and consumer-centered services </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficient, committed financial resources </li></ul>
    9. 9. The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness <ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the supply of affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent homelessness at every opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Provide supportive services to keep people in housing </li></ul><ul><li>Increase income of homeless persons through employment and benefits </li></ul>
    10. 10. The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness <ul><li>Rolling Up Our Sleeves </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation Committees based on the four goal areas are hard at work developing operational plans with specific actions and timetables </li></ul><ul><li>Results already being seen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better communication and coordination among stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better understanding of magnitude of problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better use of data </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Chaired by Housing Commission & Community Services Board Leadership Consortium Housing Prevention & Education Funding & Resource Development Implementation Task Force Integrated Services Chaired by County Board & Private Sector
    12. 12. Housing Committee Goals <ul><li>Increase supply of affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Grant Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review eligibility criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streamline review and enrollment process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improve access to and communication with landlords </li></ul><ul><li>Increase resources available for supportive housing </li></ul>
    13. 13. Prevention & Education Committee Goals <ul><li>Close the “front door” to homelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate service providers, landlords, hospital and jail dischargers, persons at risk of homelessness on indicators of potential homelessness and availability of services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop proactive prevention strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Educate public on causes of homelessness and how people can help </li></ul>
    14. 14. Integrated Services Committee Goals <ul><li>Help those whose multiple medical, mental health and social service issues interfere with their ability to maintain stable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Review current services and delivery system </li></ul><ul><li>Review best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Identify gaps in services and recommend changes </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and eliminate duplication of services </li></ul>
    15. 15. Funding and Resource Development Committee Goals <ul><li>Inventory existing local, state, federal and private resources </li></ul><ul><li>Identify new resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Untapped foundation resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homeless trust funds </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Top Priorities - Policy <ul><li>Develop communication and public awareness materials to educate the Arlington community about the homeless, the 10 Year Plan, and how they can help </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a Homeless Trust Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Modify County’s Affordable Housing goals to include ending homelessness and promote supportive housing </li></ul><ul><li>Create a functional Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) </li></ul>
    17. 17. Top Priorities - Financial <ul><li>Communication materials to educate the community $30,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Ancillary Services (part-time nurse practitioner and Housing Locator for the Homeless) $135,000 </li></ul>
    18. 18. Top Priorities - Financial <ul><li>Increase funding for rental subsidy programs including Housing Grants, Transitional Housing Grants, and Permanent Supportive Housing ($833,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide additional funds to increase rent standard for Housing Grants Program and Transitional Housing Grants ($600,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Rent Guarantee Fund to support landlords providing housing to homeless households ($100,000) </li></ul>
    19. 19. Cold Weather Plan <ul><li>Created to keep people who are homeless safe when the weather becomes extremely cold. </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Winter Shelter Nov. 1 through March 31. [Volunteers of America – Chesapeake (VOA-C)] </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity is 58. Overflow facilities at the ready. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides safe place to sleep as well as food, a hot shower, laundry facilities and access to a range of services through the Department of Human Services and community partners. </li></ul><ul><li>2049 15th Street North (Courthouse area); opens daily at 4 p.m. </li></ul>
    20. 20. How Can I Help?
    21. 21. It Depends Who You Are <ul><li>Faith community </li></ul><ul><li>Real estate developers </li></ul><ul><li>People at the “front door” of homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Civic groups </li></ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul>
    22. 22. Faith Community <ul><li>Land resources – create affordable housing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County Housing Office (David Cristeal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Community Partners (David Bowers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alliance for Housing Solutions (Sarah Bailey) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit affordable housing developers </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Faith Community <ul><li>Advocacy – Be a Voice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support proposals for dedicated funding to address homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for housing grants / rental assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call for employers to pay living wage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support zoning actions that create affordable units in new / redeveloped properties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lobby County Board for adequate funding to meet affordable housing goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lobby U.S. Congress for housing grants </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Faith Community <ul><li>Create a mechanism in your organization for people to learn and help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social justice committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold food and clothing drives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt-A-Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Act as guarantor for families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partner on projects with shelter / housing providers </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Faith Community <ul><li>Partner with the key players – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Human Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Year Plan Implementation Task Force </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit agencies / service providers </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Individuals <ul><li>Pick up a few extra items to donate next time you are at the store </li></ul><ul><li>Plant an extra row in the garden </li></ul><ul><li>Bergmann’s “Share the Warmth” coat donation program (last 3 weeks of every year) </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer at the Emergency Winter Shelter </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute items for back to school </li></ul><ul><li>Check for volunteer and donation opportunities at County Volunteer Office (great web tool) </li></ul><ul><li>Donate to community non-profits engaged in homelessness prevention </li></ul>
    27. 27. Individuals <ul><li>Human acknowledgement – say hi </li></ul>
    28. 28. Thank You! <ul><li>Arlington has the will and the means to prevent and end homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>By working together, we can make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about the issues and the community’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.arlingtonva.us/dhs </li></ul>
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