Montgomery County 100,000 HOMES Campaign


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Montgomery County is now a part of the national 100,000 HOMES Campaign, a movement of over 200 communities working to find permanent homes for 100,000 chronic and medically vulnerable homeless Americans. Our local Campaign will prioritize those most in need of permanent housing and improve access to permanent supportive housing and services for homeless individuals.On Wednesday, November 13, we presented results from surveys conducted on homeless individuals at our Community/Media Debrief.

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Montgomery County 100,000 HOMES Campaign

  1. 1. Montgomery County 100,000 HOMES Campaign Community/Media Debrief November 13, 2013
  2. 2. Montgomery County 100,000 HOMES Campaign Executive Committee • Nadim Khan: Special Needs Housing Chief, Department of Health and Human Services • George Leventhal: Councilmember, Chair of Health and Human Services Committee • Rosie McCray-Moody: Department of Housing and Community Affairs • Rick Nelson: Director, Department of Housing and Community Affairs • Herb Smith: 100,000 HOMES Campaign Manager • Susie Sinclair-Smith: Executive Director, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
  3. 3. What is the 100,000 HOMES Campaign?  A national movement working to find permanent homes for 100,000 chronic and medically vulnerable homeless Americans by July 2014.  Over 200 communities are participating nationwide.  Over 70,00 people have been housed.  The Campaign’s work is driven by multiple studies demonstrating that homeless individuals are three to four times more likely to die prematurely than the general population, resulting in an average lifespan 25 years shorter than that of the average American.
  4. 4. Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign- Before Registry Week  A joint effort including MCCH, the Department of Health and Human Services and many other government agencies, nonprofits and organizations.  Builds upon the success of Bethesda Cares’ 100,000 HOMES Campaign.  Campaign members attended Boot Camps along with other communities across the country.  Campaign’s Prep Week was held on Oct 28–30.
  5. 5. What is "Registry Week"?  Campaign volunteers go out and identify every homeless person on their streets by name.  Volunteers comb the streets to survey their homeless neighbors using a questionnaire called the Vulnerability Index (VI).  Data is entered and then analyzed to allow a community to systematically prioritize homeless individuals who are in most need of housing.
  6. 6. Montgomery County 100,000 HOMES Campaign Registry Week November 3–7  Volunteer training and     orientation was held on Sunday, November 3. 17 teams varying from 3 to 6 survey volunteers on each team canvassed the streets, woods, and shelters. Each team had a team leader who received additional training. Volunteers surveyed homeless individuals using a Vulnerability Index questionnaire for three consecutive days starting on Monday, November 4 from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Survey volunteers covered "hot spots" in up county (Rockville, Aspen Hill, Gaithersburg, Germantown, White Flint) and down county (Silver Spring, Bethesda, Wheaton, Glenmont, Langley Park, Chevy Chase, Hillandale, White Oak).
  7. 7. Volunteers at headquarters in downtown Silver Spring
  8. 8. Why Join the national 100,000 HOMES Campaign?  To further efforts to end homelessness by adopting best practices from communities across the nation participating in a national campaign.  To strategically target our most vulnerable homeless neighbors and place them in housing.
  9. 9. June 2013 Media Kick Off at Home Builders Care Assessment Center, men’s emergency shelter
  10. 10. Vulnerability Index (VI) Survey  Vulnerability Index helps communities prioritize those who are in most need of housing.  This Index is based on research by Dr. Jim O’Connell which demonstrated that certain medical conditions place a homeless individual at a higher risk than others for dying if they remain homeless.  Our survey consisted of 37 questions.
  11. 11. Survey Results  Total Individuals Surveyed 369  Refusals 62 Survey Locations  Streets  Shelter  Treatment Programs / Hospitals  Jail
  12. 12. At-Risk Vulnerable Indicators Indicator Number Percenta ge Overall (369) Percenta ge Vulnerab le (159) At-Risk Frostbite 32 9% 20% At-Risk HIV/AIDS 4 1% 3% At-Risk Kidney Disease 17 5% 11% At-Risk Liver Disease 21 6% 13% At-Risk Age 60 Years or More 51 14% 32% At-Risk Tri-Morbid (SA+MH+PH) 86 23% 54% At-Risk 3+ Hospitalization in 12mo 80 22% 50%
  13. 13. Data on Surveyed Population  Out of 369 Surveyed, 159 were determined to be vulnerable  Average length of time homeless 4 years 3 months  74% had a serious health condition  Average age surveyed is 46 years old  The age ranged from 14 to 81 years old (1 unaccompanied youth)  7%/32 under the age of 25  24%/over the age of 55  4%/15 over the age of 65  Gender  270 Males  99 Females  17% reported income from employment  25% reported income from SSI/SSDI/or VA
  14. 14. Veterans 31 or 8% of individuals surveyed served in the US military
  15. 15. Medical and Behavioral Health Findings  A total of 677 hospitalizations over the past year were reported by all respondents.  A total of 288 reported behavioral health issues either mental health, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders.  A total of 97 reported being victims of violent attacks while homeless.
  16. 16. Why should the Community Support this Campaign? Homelessness in the county is solvable and there is no reason anyone should die on the streets in Montgomery County.  Costs a community less to house a homeless individual than to have them live on the street.  Permanent housing is more cost effective than hospital, jail and shelter recidivism.  Every one deserves the dignity of a home.
  17. 17. Stay up to date with the Campaign Search Montgomery County Campaign 100,000 Homes Campaign #100khomesmc