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Hearth Presentation V12


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Hearth Presentation V12

  1. 1. Hearth Outreach Program<br />Social Innovation Forum<br />June 16, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Homelessness is a Prevalent Problem<br /><ul><li> 3,800 in Boston
  3. 3. 15,000 in Massachusetts
  4. 4. 670,000 homeless in the US</li></ul>2<br />Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness and the City of Boston<br />
  5. 5. % of Homeless Elders Has Tripled Since 1990<br />A third of Boston’s homeless adult shelter population is over 50 years old.<br />3<br />Source: Journal of Internal Medicine and the City of Boston<br />
  6. 6. Boston Housing is Expensive<br /><ul><li>In Boston, 1 in every 5 elders lives below the poverty line
  7. 7. Many elders earn less than the annual cost of housing
  8. 8. 32% of US retirees have less than $10,000 in savings</li></ul>4<br />Source: US Census, American Community Survey, and the Employment Benefit Research Institute<br />
  9. 9. Many Problems Lead to Chronic Elder Homelessness<br /><ul><li>Financial problems
  10. 10. Debilitating health issues that prevent a return to work
  11. 11. Estrangement from, or no, family connections or social networks
  12. 12. Other older life crises, such as the death of a spouse</li></ul>Bed line at Woods-Mullen Shelter (April 2009)<br />5<br />Source: Hearth Outreach<br />
  13. 13. Traditional Solutions Do Not Work for Elder Homeless<br />COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS<br /><ul><li> Homeless Shelters</li></ul>Hearth Housing & Services<br />Hearth Outreach<br />1,000 elders placed 3,000 served <br />(capacity to help 250 elders annually)<br /><ul><li> Assorted Social Service Agency Partners</li></ul>7 sites, 136 units<br />6<br />
  14. 14. Hearth Outreach Focuses on Elders & Their Unique Needs<br />Social Security<br />Veteran’s Benefits<br />Geriatric Health Care<br />Medicaid/Medicare<br />HEARTH OUTREACH OPERATING MODEL<br />food income insurance health care mental health substance abuse financial assistance legal socialization stress management crisis services food income insurance health care mental health<br />CONNECTION<br />HOUSING SEARCH and<br />CASE MANAGEMENT<br />PLACEMENT and<br />STABILIZATION<br />Permanent elderly/disabled<br />housing<br />Connecting<br />homeless elders<br />Elder-specific supportive services<br />Homeless Elders 50+<br />Safe, Affordable Permanent Housing<br />7<br />
  15. 15. 1. Connection (~2 months)<br />Four Outreach case managers <br />visit 10 Boston shelter programs weekly<br />Each case manager manages a <br />caseload of ~50 individuals<br />8<br />
  16. 16. 2. Housing Search and Customized Case Management (~14 months)<br />Jane will edit and make less wordy. Words on this slide will become her talking points.<br />2. Housing Search and Customized Case Management<br />Case managers help their clients<br />navigate the housing application <br />process<br />Customized case management <br />helps elders obtain needed social <br />support services<br />9<br />
  17. 17. 3. Placement and Stabilization (~6-8 months)<br />Case managers assist clients with their move into housing<br />They continue to check in <br />regularly to make sure they have <br />social services and community <br />support<br />10<br />
  18. 18. Hearth Outreach Team Has Demonstrated Success<br /><ul><li>Works with over 250 elders annually who seek permanent housing
  19. 19. Placed nearly 1,000 and assisted over 3,000 elders since 1995
  20. 20. Over 96% of homeless elders placed in housing maintain their housing for at least a year, surpassing HUD’s benchmark retention rate of 71% over six months</li></ul>11<br />
  21. 21. Two-Year Goals<br /><ul><li>Grow the program to serve 350-400 elders annually while maintaining high quality
  22. 22. Improve process for collecting, managing, and interpreting internal data
  23. 23. Document the causes and demographics of elder homelessness in Massachusetts
  24. 24. Develop a strategy to scale Outreach’s impact, by sharing its expertise in ending elder homelessness with others</li></ul>Two-year investment: $370,000<br />12<br />
  25. 25. Financial Sustainability<br />13<br />
  26. 26. Ways to Invest: Financial Support<br />FINANCIAL SUPPORT<br />$1,500 1 laptop computer<br />$5,000One-time move-in costs (to purchase basic necessities) for 20 elders<br />$40,000 1 additional case manager<br />14<br />
  27. 27. Ways to Invest: In-Kind<br />IN-KIND SUPPORT<br /><ul><li>Additional Outreach board members
  28. 28. Cell phones and monthly cell phone service for outreach workers
  29. 29. IT support to enhance existing data management system
  30. 30. Outreach office space in Boston’s South End</li></ul>15<br />
  31. 31. Ending Elder Homelessness One Person at a Time<br />Insert video here<br />16<br />
  32. 32. Questions?<br /><ul><li>Jane Erickson</li></ul>Director of Outreach<br /><br /><ul><li>Annie Garmey</li></ul> Director of Institutional Advancement<br /><br />17<br />