#SICmonoparentals Tanya Tull presents Partnering for Change (eng)
Partnering for ChangepartneringforchangeHousing First for Familiespfc Barcelona, Spain – May 2013
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Partnering for ChangeAbout Partnering for ChangePartnering for Change collaborateswith researchers and policy makers,organizations and communities, todevelop and test innovativeapproaches to improve the social andeconomic well-being of vulnerablefamilies, and helps take evidence-based program models to scalethrough education, training,advocacy and consulting.
Partnering for ChangeThe Housing First Program was first developed in 1988 in Los Angeles, California,in response to increasing numbers of homeless families and long waiting lists atfamily shelters.The innovative approach to addressing the problem was simple:(1) Homeless families living in shelters and other temporary housing would beassisted in moving back into permanent housing as quickly as possible. This wouldrequire helping families to overcome the challenges of high rents and lowincomes, in addition to discrimination based on single parenthood, ethnicity,social class, bad credit, eviction history, and welfare dependency.(2) After moving into housing at rents they could afford, each family would thenbe provided one full year of social services support to help them rebuild theirlives and integrate back into the community.About Housing First for Families. . .
Partnering for ChangeThrough this approach, homeless or marginally-housed families are referred to aHousing First Program by collaborative partners who are providing emergency shelteror other crisis services to the family.Upon enrollment into the Housing First Program, each family is screened and assessedfor housing and services needs and a Family Action Plan is developed.Each family is then assigned a Services Coordinator (or Case Manager or Social Worker)who works closely with the family for one full year.Housing Coordinators help each family to move back into permanent housing or toremaining in current housing, if appropriate.After families move into their own housing, Services Coordinators provide supportthrough home visits, helping parents with homemaking, nutrition, parenting, budgeting,and referrals for education and employment, childcare, health and mental health care,enrichment and recreation, and for other special needs.The Basic Program Model
Partnering for ChangeHousing First Flow Chart – Los Angeles, CAEmergencyShelterReferral to“Housing First Program”Intake & Enrollment - Assessment ofHousing & Services NeedsNOTE: Although familiesare enrolled inHousing First Program,they remain withReferring Agency untilmoving into permanent housing.The Housing Coordinator works with the family on housing-related issues, the Job Coordinator workswith the parent on training & employment issues, and the Services Coordinator is the family’sprimary advocate, working together with parents on all other family needs.TransitionalHousingDomesticViolenceProgramsDrugTreatmentProgramsCity/CountyProgramsEmergencySheltersFamily moves into apartment with their own lease, often with a subsidy. Case management is provided based on intensity ofservice needs and following an individualized Family Action Plan, evaluated & modified as progress is made (often in incrementalsteps). Participation in case management is voluntary & provided for from six months to one year, to help family stabilize.
A Flexible ModelThis approach can be implemented by one agency working alone or itcan be accomplished through the collaboration of governmentagencies and NGOs, each providing specific and targeted services.
Partnering for Change1. Crisis intervention and emergency services2. Screening and assessment for housing, social services andemployment needs3. Assistance finding and moving into affordable housing – orremaining in current housing4. Home-based case management (time-limited andtransitional or long term) to help family transition tostability and well-being.The Key Components
Partnering for ChangeRelevance to Barcelona, SpainSingle-parent families with dependent children are a type of familythat keeps increasing every year in Barcelona. Most single parentfamilies are headed by women, and they are most at risk ofbecoming homeless…Although stable housing is vital for social inclusion, social servicesprograms are rarely able to address housing problems successfully.Without adequate and stable housing, parents are often unable towork, children fall behind in school, support systems provided byfamily and friends become stressed, and poverty often becomesgenerational.
Partnering for ChangeThe Housing First Program model promotessocial inclusion by:providing access to affordable housing opportunities by overcomingbarriersequipping single parents with effective coping strategiesbuilding self-awareness and self-value, and reinforcing a sense ofpride in self, family, community, and culturereinforcing the bond between parent and childinforming and orienting families to community resourcesovercoming barriers to increasing incomeand providing an ongoing and culturally responsive support systemto promote improved social and economic well-being.
Partnering for ChangeFamily ServicesCoordinator
Partnering for ChangeThe Family Services CoordinatorThe Family Services Coordinator serves as a mentor and friend, almost like a“life coach.” She assists with finding childcare, household management,time management, money management, and addresses all other child andfamily needs that might prevent the parent from successfully maintainingher housing and participating in programs outside the home.
Partnering for ChangeThe Housing Coordinator helps families to find (access) and move intomore affordable and adequate housing. Sometimes this meansmoving to a larger apartment with extended family who help pay rent.The Housing Coordinator
Partnering for ChangeThe Job Coordinator coordinates and monitors referrals for remedialeducation, job training and vocational programs, and to employmentprograms for part-time or full-time jobs. The Job Coordinator may alsoprovide access to computers and help teach basic computer skills.The Job Coordinator
Partnering for ChangeThe “Team” provides support as the parentmoves forward in incremental steps….Family ServicesCoordinator(Social Worker or Case Manager)Coordinates ALL activities relatedFamily Action Planto ensure good outcomes.HousingCoordinatorCoordinates all housing-relatedIssues & resources for family;may be main contact forLandlord on housing-related issues.-JobCoordinatorCoordinates all education,training & employmentactivities, supporting parentto ensure good outcomes.
Partnering for ChangePrimary Functions of Case Management Assessment Planning Linking Monitoring Advocacy
Partnering for ChangeIn simple terms . . . What does the family need? What are the issues for the children? What should the goals and priorities be? How will they achieve these goals? What are the barriers they are confronting? Are there child welfare, domestic violence, mental health or recoveryissues to be addressed? How will they sustain permanent housing? How could their income situation be improved?
Partnering for ChangeMental HealthServicesChildcareParentingEducationTraining &EmploymentAddictionTreatment &RecoveryChildren& YouthServicesLegal & WelfareAdvocacyDomesticViolenceCounselingCrisisInteventionHealth CareServicesFAMILYLinking Families To Community ResourcesFamily WithChildren
Partnering for ChangePartnering for ChangeThe Institute for Innovative Strategies to Combat Family Homelessness & Povertywww.partnering-for-change.orgFor more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org