The point of this presentation is to help you think through the options for your transitional housing. First option is always to continue doing the same thing you are doing now. But with recent changes to HUD’s homeless assistance programs, the new Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, and with the experiences of many other transitional housing programs around the country, there are a lot of opportunities and good reasons to modify your transitional housing programs.
First I want to start with a little metaphor. The story goes that if you try to place a frog into boiling water… This is a really grim view of change. You can get so comfortable with what you’re doing, that you’ll get boiled. But it turns out the frog story isn’t true. If you heat the water, the frog will stay in until it gets uncomfortable, then it will jump out! There’s a lot of concern that everybody is afraid of change. But, like the frogs, when the environment changes and there’s something better out there people will jump. So what we’re going to discuss over the next hour and a half is whether you should take a big leap, a little hop, or stay where you are.
Agenda Models for your transitional housing program to evolve into Reasons for change Examples of changing transitional housing Summarize the change process
Here are some potential models and their definitions Everybody knows PSH and Emergency Shelter. Interim housing is a term some people use to describe what is essentially emergency shelter that has rapid re-housing services built into it. Transition in place, which is also known as rolling stock, is a form of transitional housing that utilizes scattered site leased apartments, but when the program ends, the family or individual being served stays in the apartment, while the program finds another apartment for the next household. Service enriched housing is simply affordable housing that includes some services for its residents and for the broader community. Rapid re-housing is something everybody is familiar with.
In addition to changing your model, you can also look at your target population. Here are some populations that people are considering.
What are the parts of transitional housing? What makes it valuable? What are its assets?
Reasons to change HEARTH Act – explicit goal to return homeless people to permanent housing in 30 days Federal Strategic Plan – Re-tool the crisis response system/convert transitional housing Evidence – People do better when they are in stable, permanent housing. New Models available and tried in other communities HUD is letting you change, and even encouraging it Ask homeless people.
Columbus, OH -- Tier 2 shelter changing into transition in place model. Numerous transitional housing providers in Chicago have changed from transitional housing to PSH, TIP, and Interim. New York City, including HelpUSA transitional housing programs became shorter term housing. Fairfax County Virginia is converting transitional housing programs to PSH or shorter term
4.3 In Transition: Making the Most of Your Transitional Housing Resources