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2.2 Implementing the HEARTH Act: Preparing for the New Emergency Solutions Grant


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2.2 Implementing the HEARTH Act: Preparing for the New Emergency Solutions Grant

Speaker: Katie Kitchin

Under the HEARTH Act, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing are eligible activities for the new Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Presenters will review the changes to the ESG program and discuss ways to transition programs from HPRP to ESG funding. Presenters will also discuss strategies for implementing ESG and will explore successful program models. Other resources for funding these programs will be explored in workshop 5.6.

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2.2 Implementing the HEARTH Act: Preparing for the New Emergency Solutions Grant

  1. 1. Implementing the HEARTH Act:Memphis, TN Program DesignKatie Kitchin, Community Alliance for the HomelessFebruary 2012
  2. 2. Program Design HPRP introduced a “front door” for families – connecting all prevention, shelter, TH, and rapid rehousing resources. 17 community partners; governed by management team that meets monthly Context: 65% of capacity is in Transitional Housing – prevention was disconnected; rapid rehousing was not understood
  3. 3. Targeting Targeting:  Strategy One: Diversion focus – program serves shelter applicants – if family refuses to consider shelter, they are disqualified – collateral contacts must confirm lack of housing options  Other priority populations: disabled caretakers, foster youth and ex-offenders though take up rate has been low
  4. 4. Subsidy Models: How Much is “Just Enough”? Expectation is once is enough  Result: 74% needed one period of assistance (less than 3 months) in 24 months  Need to spend down encouraged some to “double dip”  Human nature – wait until the last minute/take what is free Number of Assistance Periods One Time TwiceThree or More 0 200 400 600 800 1000
  5. 5. Subsidy Design Specific amount is individually tailored; all must contribute something/match Double dips must be advocated by FHA Double dips trigger supportive services Management team regularly adjusted program based on spending patterns and any issues presented by partners
  6. 6. Scale Front door begins with Hotline:  43,752 calls received Step 2: face-to-face  6,256 people screened in Step 3: Diversion/Placement  1,105 families sheltered; 1,192 received FA/mostly prevention Step 5: Wraparound  35% receive housing-focused case management
  7. 7. Housing Stability in Memphis Housing Stability With and Without FHA Support100% 99% 94%95% 90% 91% 89%90% 86%85%80%75% FHAs Non FHAs70%65%60%55%50% 3 months 6 months 12 months
  8. 8. Rate of Return Of the 1,192 families who received assistance between October 2009 and September 2011 2 families or less than 0.2% returned to shelter or transitional housing.
  9. 9. Impact on Homelessness Trend in Entered Homelessness 2010-2011 10% +9% 8% 6% 4% 2% -2% 0% % change in single adult homelessness % change in family homelessness -2% -4%