2.10 Permanent Supportive Housing for Families (Harte)


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This workshop will examine permanent supportive housing models that are serving families with the greatest barriers to housing stability, including families that experienced chronic homelessness.

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2.10 Permanent Supportive Housing for Families (Harte)

  1. 1. Family Supported Housing Presentation and Discussion for the National Conference to End Homelessness July, 2010
  2. 2. Families needs are heterogeneous, so supports need to be as well. <ul><li>What supports do families need to be successful and how do you access those supports? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Income Supports and Rental Subsidies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parenting supports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavioral health supports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Supports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic supports for parents and children </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do you match families to the level of supports they need? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Integrated Data <ul><li>Data shows that primary variable that indicates whether families returns to shelter, is .. DO the leave with a long term rental subsidy? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you choose who are the highest need families, across a community? </li></ul><ul><li>Philadelphia uses direct care staff to nominate families. This usually gives us a least a dozen qualified families for every slot. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Trauma <ul><li>Definition (NASMHPD, 2004): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The personal experience of interpersonal violence including sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, and/or the witnessing of violence, terrorism, and disasters. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>90% of public mental health clients have been exposed to trauma </li></ul><ul><li>( Muesar et al., in press ; Muesar et al., 1998) </li></ul>
  5. 5. What are we doing in Philadelphia? On trauma <ul><li>Supporting Training to assist all emergency, transitional and permanent housing providers in becoming “Trauma Informed”. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting providers to help them to know where to turn when someone is able to begin to address the trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Training and Supporting Trauma Champions, who are peer supports specialists with an emphasis on trauma. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What are we doing in Philadelphia? On Integrated Data <ul><li>CARES system integrates data from HMIS, Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, City Jail. Developing data agreements for data from school system, court system and police. </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Analysis teams to develop policy recommendations based upon data analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Line staff with access to data system that will share information with appropriate client consent. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are we doing in Philadelphia? On Family Supported Housing <ul><li>Collaboration with the Housing Authority for 300 Housing Opportunities for families a year. </li></ul><ul><li>Families are assigned to supports (Behavioral Health, Child Welfare etc) based on need and then that support assists in the process with the housing authority. </li></ul>
  8. 8. References <ul><li>Housing Policy Debate, Volume 18, Issue 1, May 2007, 28 pages http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1069&context=spp_papers </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sanctuaryweb.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Complex Trauma, Complex Reactions: Assessment and Treatment. http://drchriscourtois.com/Documents/Complex%20Trauma%20Complex%20Reactions-Psychotherapy%20Theory.Res.Prac2004.pdf </li></ul>