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3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth


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3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Speaker: Kimberly Wood

When young people run away from home or are thrown out, they need a safe place to stay in order to work on reunifying with family or finding housing. Youth shelters, often called basic centers, are those safe places. Basic centers play a key role in keeping youth away from dangers they would face on the streets or in the home of a stranger and help to facilitate a return to family or other permanent housing placement. This workshop will focus on best practices that all emergency youth shelters should employ and how communities without youth-specific programs are meeting young people’s needs.

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3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth

  1. 1. emergency housing solutions for runaway and homeless youth Kimberly Wood Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program Director Centre County Youth Service Bureau
  2. 2. Youth Service Bureau Overview <ul><li>Began serving Centre County children, youth and families in 1967. </li></ul><ul><li>Initiated by President Judge R. Paul Campbell and a group  of concerned citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional staff of more than 85, over 250 trained volunteers, annually serve approximately 2000 children, youth, and their families. </li></ul><ul><li>YSB provides community-based, family-based and residential services to children and youth ages 0 to 21, through 14 different programs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. transitional Living Program “ Stepping Stone” <ul><li>8 bed residential facility </li></ul><ul><li>4 beds reserved for homeless youth ages 16-20 </li></ul><ul><li>Off-site apartment for 2 homeless youth </li></ul>A program designed to aid youth in their quest for independence. <ul><li>Provides life skills training to transition youth to self sufficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Residential and non-residential services available </li></ul><ul><li>Funded through FYSB TLP grant, HUD McKinney-Vento SHP grant, and CDBG funding. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lowering Barriers to Shelter & Services <ul><li>24 hour staff coverage allows for immediate access to services </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency bed located in off-site apartment </li></ul><ul><li>Aftercare Coordinator position funded through HUD provides non-residential services </li></ul><ul><li>Client assistance dollars can be used for rent/utility stipends </li></ul>
  5. 5. Outcomes <ul><li>2010 Exits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 returned to live with a parent or relative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 moved out independently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After 1 year, 90% reported that they were still in permanent, stable housing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2011 Exits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 returned to live with parent or relative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 moved out independently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 moved into a Community Residential Rehabilitation program </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. HPRP PROGRAM <ul><li>Centre Co. Competitive grant for $199,145 </li></ul><ul><li>MH/IDD grant administrator, TLP sub-contracted to provide services </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Between the ages of 18-25 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be eligible for Centre Co. Medial Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be receiving treatment for a MH/IDD diagnosis </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. HPRP PROGRAM <ul><li>Many referrals and TLP youth are appropriate for this program – immediate referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Provides financial assistance and case management up to 18 mo. </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless Prevention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18 Individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Households </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Homeless Assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>21 Individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17 Households </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grant ends 7/31/12 – What to do after? </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ OUT OF THE COLD” <ul><li>Began after 2011 Centre Co. unsheltered homeless count </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration between local shelters, homeless service providers, and churches </li></ul><ul><li>Began November 2011, will run through March 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Housing First” model </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions? <ul><li>????? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><li>Kimberly Wood </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program </li></ul><ul><li>334 South Burrowes Street </li></ul><ul><li>State College, PA 16801 </li></ul><ul><li>(814) 234-2632 </li></ul>