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1.1 Ending Family Homelessness: An Overview


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This workshop will provide an overview of the research, policies, and local program innovations that are transforming the nation’s response to family homelessness. It is an ideal introduction to the “big picture” of what it will take to end homelessness for families.

Presented by Betsy Lieberman, Building Changes.

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1.1 Ending Family Homelessness: An Overview

  1. 1. Ending Family Homelessness in Washington State: An Emerging Approach<br />Workshop 1.1−Ending Family Homelessness: An Overview <br />NAEH Conference<br />February 2011<br />Betsy Lieberman<br />Executive Director<br /><br />
  2. 2. About Building Changes<br /><ul><li>Work in partnership with public, nonprofit sectors, and private philanthropy to end homelessness in Washington State
  3. 3. For more than 20 years, paired housing with services for our most vulnerable populations
  4. 4. How we work: </li></ul>Grantmaking and evaluation<br />Consulting and technical assistance<br />Advocacy and communications<br />2<br />
  5. 5. Why Building Changes Developed This Paper<br /><ul><li>Capture the Emerging Approach to prevent and end family homelessness
  6. 6. Opportunity to align federal and local resources
  7. 7. 2010 Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
  8. 8. 3 counties in Puget Sound have family homeless plans to implement systems changes
  9. 9. Recession is impetus for more efficient use of resources</li></ul>3<br />
  10. 10. Who Contributed to This Paper<br />National, State, and Local:<br /><ul><li> Advocates and experts
  11. 11. Government agencies
  12. 12. Philanthropy
  13. 13. Public housing authorities
  14. 14. Nonprofit providers</li></ul>4<br />
  15. 15. The Scope of Need in the U.S.<br /><ul><li> Homelessness: 656,129 in 2009
  16. 16. Overall homelessness up by 3%
  17. 17. Family homelessness up by 4% (79,652 families)
  18. 18. Doubled-up persons up by nearly 12% (6 million)
  19. 19. Unemployment:
  20. 20. 9.5% in 2010
  21. 21. 17% for African-Americans in 2010
  22. 22. 12-14% for Latinos in 2010 </li></ul>5<br />
  23. 23. Concepts Supporting the Emerging Approach<br />Define and understand the needs of the population<br />Housing and services aretwo distinct domains of need.<br />Balance prevention, early intervention, and housing stability.<br />Cont.<br />6<br />
  24. 24. Concepts Supporting the Emerging Approach <br />Develop a network of community services andsupports.<br />Opportunities for collaboration under healthcare reform.<br />Interactions with families should be based on respect, resilience, and recovery.<br />7<br />
  25. 25. Policy Recommendations<br />Promote leadership and collaboration <br />Expand supply and access to affordable housing<br />Increase economic security <br />Utilize changes under healthcare reform to serve homeless and vulnerable families<br />8<br />
  26. 26. Policy Recommendations, cont.<br />Re-focus resources in the homeless system<br />Ensure educational opportunities for children<br />Strengthen links between child welfare and the homeless systems <br />Support families of incarcerated individuals<br />9<br />
  27. 27. Going Forward<br /><ul><li>Building Changes will:
  28. 28. Continue partnership with NAEH on federal advocacy
  29. 29. Use paper for advocacy work
  30. 30. Paper is a guide for WA State and others
  31. 31. We urge our partners to champion recommendations.</li></ul>10<br />