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2.2 Designing Short- and Medium-Term Rent Subsidies (Flynn)


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HPRP provided communities with broad flexibility in how they could use rent assistance to prevent homelessness or rapidly re-housing homeless people. This workshop will provide an overview of the different approaches adopted to target rent assistance and determine the depth and length of assistance provided. Outcomes of various strategies will be explored.

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2.2 Designing Short- and Medium-Term Rent Subsidies (Flynn)

  1. 1. Designing Short and Medium Term Rent Assistance The Road Home Salt Lake City/County Utah NAEH: July 12, 2010
  2. 2. Utah/Salt Lake County Overview <ul><li>Utah Population 2.7 million (1 million in SL County) </li></ul><ul><li>2010 Utah Homeless PIT count is 3,372. SL County is 2,022. (The Road Home shelters 950 individuals per night in winter; 650-700 year-round) </li></ul><ul><li>FMR for a 2 bedroom in SL County is $836 </li></ul><ul><li>Salt Lake Rental Vacancy Rate for January 2010 is 8.6% </li></ul>
  3. 4. The Road Home Housing Assessment & Placement Options
  4. 5. Short and Medium Term Pilot Programs 2008-09 <ul><li>TANF - $115,000, limited to 3 months, served 53 families, $2142 average per household </li></ul><ul><li>United Way & SL County General Funds - $225,000, deposit & pro-rate only, served 127 families & 73 singles, $1,100 average per household </li></ul><ul><li>SL County General Funds Tapered Subsidy – $125,000, limited to 6 months tapered, served 37 families, $3,391 average per household </li></ul><ul><li>An average of 10 % of households returned to the Shelter </li></ul>
  5. 6. Funding for Rapid Rehousing in Salt Lake County, Utah <ul><li>Consolidated all RRH (HPRP & TANF Needy Family) funding for Salt Lake County to The Road Home </li></ul><ul><li>October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2011 (March 31, 2012) </li></ul><ul><li>TANF $1.9 million </li></ul><ul><li>State HPRP $1,563,797 </li></ul><ul><li>SL County HPRP $492,810 </li></ul><ul><li>SL City HPRP $820,000 </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL: $4,774,787 </li></ul>
  6. 7. Staffing Rapid Rehousing <ul><li>Hired a core RRH Team, including a Program Coordinator, Landlord Negotiator, Data Specialist and 3 Case Managers. Added Assessor. Also hire data entry temps (2) to help with QPR </li></ul><ul><li>Current Shelter Case Management staff shifted gears to be all Rapid Rehousing focused with every family in Shelter. </li></ul><ul><li>Accounting staff, Administrative staff and other support staff have adjusted to be Rapid Rehousing focused. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Who Are We Targeting? <ul><li>Families (with children) living in an Emergency Shelter or on the streets (Since January 1, 321 families have stayed at TRH shelters) </li></ul><ul><li>We determine eligibility based on TANF and HPRP requirements first, then assess which families are able to rent a unit on their own and stabilize with housing case management </li></ul><ul><li>We screen in, not out! </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Small amount of local funds for short-term assistance to single individuals </li></ul>
  8. 9. Program Approach <ul><li>Upon approval, we provide families with 3-4 months assistance, usually full rent is paid </li></ul><ul><li>At 3 months, we complete a re-assessment to determine if additional support is needed </li></ul><ul><li>Additional rental assistance is based on client paying 30% of income toward rent </li></ul><ul><li>Clients work with DWS field representative to increase income/employment </li></ul>
  9. 10. Reassessment Guidelines <ul><li>Families with sufficient income to pay rent (even if it’s a struggle), or enough support, benefits, etc., graduate. </li></ul><ul><li>Families who are close to having sufficient income are approved month by month and CMd intensively until income is obtained. </li></ul><ul><li>Families who need longer term assistance; intensive Case Management (SSI apps, Chronic families, etc.) will be targeted for longer term programs. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Intake & Basic Needs Assessment Rapid Rehousing Assessment Housing Placement Approved 3-4 Months Assistance Every 3 months reassessed & could be approved for up to 3 months additional assistance The Road Home Shelters Other Agency Referrals Rapid Rehousing Flow Chart Family Meets with DWS Employment Counselor
  11. 12. RRH Activities <ul><li>October 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>386 households have been assessed </li></ul><ul><li>294 households have been housed </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 92 assessed and not housed: 29 approved and looking for housing, 24 incomplete assessment, 33 left without assistance, 6 not approved </li></ul>
  12. 13. RRH Outcomes <ul><li>October 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 294 that have moved out with RRH assistance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>282 have received ongoing RRH support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 received one-time assistance only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>63 of 294 families housed were referrals from other service providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 different referral sources - Family Promise (faith based, church shelter), domestic violence shelters, local school districts, homeless health care agency, CAP, Homeless Outreach, Homeless Youth Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>143 families have left the program; 111 of those left after the initial 3-4 month period; 6 of those have returned to emergency shelter. </li></ul><ul><li>$1,545,506 total (HPRP and TANF) spent on RRH </li></ul>
  13. 14. Intake & Basic Needs Assessment Rapid Rehousing Assessment Housing Placement Approved 3-4 Months Assistance 61% Reassessed & Approved for Up to 3 Months Additional Assistance 39% Leave Program Successfully 15% not suitable for RRH (intensive, no members with documentation) – Other Referrals & Resources 5% Other Housing – Other Programs, Transitional Housing 7 % so far transfer to other housing programs 49% of total have left the program in 9 months The Road Home Shelters Other Agency Referrals Rapid Rehousing Flow Chart Family Meets with DWS Employment Counselor
  14. 15. Outputs / Outcomes <ul><li>Provide RRH to 517 households over the entire term of the program (30 months) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the first 9 months, 294 have received assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Measure # and % that return to shelter within 12 months (goal is 80% maintain housing) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the first 9 months, 6 (4%) have returned to shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Income / employment sufficient to pay rent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still assessing: approx 12 of the 143 who left have contacted us seeking more support </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Contact Information Michelle Flynn Associate Executive Director The Road Home 210 South Rio Grande Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 801-819-7320 [email_address]