3.5 Preventing and Ending Veterans Homelessness (Yates)

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In 2009, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) unveiled a five-year plan to end homelessness among v3.5 Preventing and Ending Veterans Homelessnesseterans. A keystone of this comprehensive plan is prevention. This workshop will discuss various VA programs and resources available to communities to prevent and end veteran homelessness.

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  • 3.5 Preventing and Ending Veterans Homelessness (Yates)

    1. 1. for Serving Veterans National Alliance to End Homelessness July 13, 2010 Presented by: James M. Yates Funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Project Number: 09-602-MA
    2. 2. <ul><li>Topics to Discuss </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic historical outline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current VA initiatives/ resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Veteran Prevention Model </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Development of CoCs in 1990s brought about focus on permanent housing as a critical component to the homeless solution </li></ul><ul><li>Current service paradigm is shifting to prevention-oriented services as the most promising way to reduce homelessness and rapid re-housing as a model intervention for those already homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Best practices and evidence-based models inform current program approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Research to guide the field – little to none currently but new initiatives are emerging </li></ul><ul><li>Model networks: Washington (DC), Columbus (OH) </li></ul>
    4. 4. SHELTER Prevention Employment Assistance Rapid Re-housing Housing & Support Services MH/SA Services Current CoC Model Emerging CoC Model HOUSING STABILIZATION Prevention Employment Assistance Shelter Support Services MH/SA Services Turning the Continuum of Care Inside – Out?
    5. 5. <ul><li>VA’s philosophy of “no wrong door” means that all veterans seeking to prevent or get out of homelessness must have easy access to programs and services. Any door a veteran comes to – at a Medical Center, a Regional Office, or a Community Organization – must offer them assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Built upon 6 strategic pillars: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach/Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing/Supportive Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Income/Employment/Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Partnerships </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><ul><li>Increase the number and variety of housing options including permanent, transitional, contracted, community-operated, and VA-operated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide more supportive services through partnerships to prevent homelessness, improve employability, and increase independent living for veterans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve access to VA and community based mental health, substance abuse, and support services </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><li>Universal Prevention </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public information regarding the availability of resources/services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Treatment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mental Health Treatment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Substance Use treatment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Benefits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Targeted Prevention </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supportive Services for Low Income Families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homelessness Prevention Pilot (HUD-VA) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relapse prevention services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Justice Involved Veterans </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Model of screening called a Housing Status Assessment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>general information on housing status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>indicators of homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>risk factors often associated with homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VA Medical Centers are exploring use of a housing status assessment process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are some veterans seeking VA medical services also at risk of homelessness? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do VA Medical Center staff know the right questions to ask and where to refer? </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>VA Med Center staff will begin to assess: </li></ul><ul><li>If an applicant has safe housing tonight and in the near future; </li></ul><ul><li>How stable an applicant’s housing is based on actual or perceived risks (e.g., receipt of an eviction notice, family conflict, etc.); </li></ul><ul><li>What assistance, if any, is needed to assure safe, stable housing; and, </li></ul><ul><li>The most appropriate response by a VA Med Center intake worker as it relates to an applicant’s housing status and stability. </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>FY 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Programs for Justice-Involved Veterans </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transitional planning for veterans discharging from the justice system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists at each VA medical center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach and education for law enforcement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linkage to VA services for veterans in treatment courts, including Veterans Courts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 09: 4,500 aided by 39 VHA Re-entry Specialists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 10: 7,500 veterans served (HCRV and VJO); staffing enhancements for VJO </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Supportive Services for Low-Income Veteran Families </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grants to provide case management and supportive services for low-income veteran families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Services include financial assistance to prevent veterans falling into homelessness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 09: Program development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 10: Award Grants; 5,000 veterans served </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>FY 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>HUD-VA Prevention Pilot </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with HUD to provide housing and intensive case management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OEF/OIF focus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Targeting areas with large numbers of returning veterans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 09: Program planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 10: 200-250 veterans and families served </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Health Care for Homeless Veterans Contract Residential Care </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An immediate resource at each VA medical center to realize the commitment to “no wrong door” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 09: 1,600-2,000 veterans expected to be served </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 10: 4,800 veterans served </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Support Services for Low-Income Veteran Families </li></ul><ul><li>New VA program funded at $50 million in FY11 </li></ul><ul><li>Will provide support services to low-income Veteran families in or transitioning to permanent housing </li></ul><ul><li>Grants made to non-profits for provision of a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability </li></ul><ul><li>Grantees will provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA & other benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Draft rules released in May 2010 - http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-10372.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>NOFA expected in Fall of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on this new program http://www1.va.gov/homeless/page.cfm?pg=50 </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Key Design Elements … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of 105 VASH Vouchers from the DC VA Medical Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case management provided to the veterans through the DC Mental Health Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DC Department of Human Health Service entered into a MOA with the DC Medical Center for providing the services to the veterans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast Track of vouchers being issued and units inspected through the DC Housing Authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of the Vulnerability Index to identify veterans for the program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of HPRP funds for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Security deposits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Utility deposits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moving costs </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Used to rapidly re-house veterans </li></ul><ul><li>Must be chronically homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Must have income </li></ul><ul><li>Must live in DC city limits </li></ul><ul><li>Must be a veteran and enrolled in the DC </li></ul><ul><li>VA Medical Center </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time from initial referral to veteran placed into housing is approximately 62 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Referral to assessment: 11 days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment to issuing of the voucher: 18 days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enrollment to locating housing: 50 days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locating housing to issuing HPRP funds: 53 days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Out of the 105 vouchers the city has secured 95 veterans have been placed into housing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>97% of the veterans in the program have been able retained their housing with an average of $750 HPRP assistance. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three vouchers were returned due to the veteran obtaining employment at income levels that did not require them to need to the VASH Voucher any longer. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>James M. Yates </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Assistance Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>617-266-5657 x121 </li></ul>

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