1.2: Building Blocks: Planning a Family Homelessness System


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Presented by Bob Pulster.

1.2: Building Blocks: Planning a Family Homelessness System

This workshop is for those interested in how to make their community’s family homelessness programs into an efficient system. For state and local officials, planners, advocates, and leaders of provider agencies, this session will cover reducing fragmentation and organizing a family system that gets results. This workshop will discuss how a well-planned family homelessness system can produce more effective prevention, shorter spells of homelessness, and minimized consequences of homelessness for families.

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1.2: Building Blocks: Planning a Family Homelessness System

  1. 1. Ending Family Homelessness An overview of new practices and initiatives in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts National Alliance to End Homelessness February 2011
  2. 2. Recent Advances in Systems Change <ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Released findings of the Legislative Commission to End Homelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>End homelessness in the Commonwealth by 2013 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus efforts on Prevention, Placement, Production and Paycheck </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reconstituted Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness chaired by the LG </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agencies across state government convene monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICHH planned 3 Phases of System Reform: Demonstration and Evaluation, Systems Redesign, and Transformation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Launched 10 Regional Networks to End Homelessness with $10M </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad based cross-sector partnerships that demonstrated how greater coordination and regional integration can improve the Commonwealth’s ability to eradicate homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HPRP became available to support network innovations for re-housing and diversion, stabilization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiatives are outcomes focused and data driven with evaluation is a key component </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Reorganized state government to transfer emergency shelter to the housing agency (Department of Housing and Community Development) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed the issues of homelessness and housing instability in a housing agency with a new system “architecture” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instituted rapid re-housing policy and funding stream in provider contracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awarded HPRP funds for shelter diversion and re-housing </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. 2010 Re-housing Initiative <ul><li>Flexible Funds Housing Stabilization (FFHS) Pilot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New system focus on rapid housing placement and stabilization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelter providers re-tooled operations to achieve lower LOS through with new rental assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Families receive rent help for up to 18 months with stabilization services provided at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelter providers build relationships with landlords and property management companies, local community resources (Housing 911) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Families are positive about new directions </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. 2010 Shelter Diversion Initiative <ul><li>Funding utilized at system front door to address housing instability and divert from shelter placement </li></ul><ul><li>Network and state partners manage needs and responses to provide right resource (public~private partnership) </li></ul><ul><li>Families have short term housing options prior to start of new tenancy </li></ul><ul><li>Funds can also support host family to sustain guest family </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent resources at front and back “doors” of system </li></ul>
  5. 6. Impact of HPRP Re-housing and Diversion on Motel Census
  6. 7. Impact of Diversion on Shelter Entries: October 1- November 17, 2010
  7. 8. Division of Housing Stabilization Data <ul><li>Since July ‘09, over 3,000 families housed with FFHS assistance </li></ul><ul><li>60% of families continue in FFHS program requiring additional rental assistance and support services </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter Length of Stays reduced by 10% </li></ul>
  8. 9. Key Learnings from ICHH Network Innovations <ul><li>Flexible client assistance increases ability to match resources with housing need </li></ul><ul><li>Regional coordination with broad-based stakeholders reduces duplication and improves service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Stable resources for housing and services are critical to housing retention outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Data sharing allows partners to adjust practices based on real-time outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger connections to landlords and housing providers improve ability to rapidly re-house families </li></ul>
  9. 10. Vision for Ending Family Homelessness <ul><li>Build upon regional network models </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the right resources at the right time </li></ul><ul><li>Shelters provide emergency response to homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Young families require dedicated system response </li></ul><ul><li>Families facing housing instability receive housing assistance over time </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing stabilization is critical to long-term success for all </li></ul><ul><li>More families can be served in new model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4,500 vs. 7,000+ </li></ul></ul>