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4.6 Tori Lyon

  1. 1. Service Priorities for Homeless Veterans – How Does HUD-VASH Fit? Presentation by Tori Lyon Executive Director, Jericho Project National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference July 14, 2011
  2. 2. Jericho Project Background <ul><li>28 years of supportive housing to chronic substance abusers </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on recovery, employment, and independence </li></ul><ul><li>Unique service model designed to promote graduation to independent housing </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes peer support as important part of recovery process </li></ul>
  3. 3. Veterans Initiative <ul><li>Creation of two new, state-of-the-art supportive housing residences and apartment program for veterans in New York City </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion of Jericho’s service model to address the unique needs of veterans </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic efforts to stimulate additional development of permanent supportive housing for veterans nationwide </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fordham Village Bronx, NY <ul><li>56 units of supportive housing </li></ul><ul><li>- 34 reserved for homeless veterans in recovery from substance abuse. </li></ul><ul><li>-22 reserved for low-income veterans, with preference given to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. </li></ul><ul><li>Total Development Cost: $14 million </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Operating Budget:  $1 million </li></ul><ul><li>Operating Budget Funding Sources: </li></ul><ul><li>New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>US Department of Housing and Urban Development (Section 8) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Veterans Residence II Bronx, NY <ul><li>76 units of supportive housing </li></ul><ul><li>- 26 reserved for homeless veterans in recovery from substance abuse </li></ul><ul><li>- 20 reserved for homeless veterans with severe and persistent mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>30 reserved for low-income veterans, with preference given to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. </li></ul><ul><li>Total Development Cost: $20.6 million </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Operating Budget : $1.3 million </li></ul><ul><li>Operating Budget Funding Sources </li></ul><ul><li>New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>US Department of Housing and Urban Development (Shelter Plus Care and Section 8) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Veterans Supportive Apartment Program <ul><li>Provide 50 units of scatter-site housing for veterans with HUD-VASH vouchers. </li></ul><ul><li>Created partnerships with James J. Peters Bronx VA and Harbor VA Medical Centers. </li></ul><ul><li>Program open to individuals and families. </li></ul><ul><li>Initially targeted to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Veterans with families; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Veterans who need vocational and educational assistance </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Partnership with VA Medical Centers <ul><li>Created linkages with Bronx and Harbor VA Medical Centers. </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to partnering with the VA, not duplicating VA services. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain consistent communication with the VA HUD-VASH teams to ensure optimal coordination and service to the veteran. </li></ul><ul><li>Created streamlined and timely referral process for both the VA and the veteran. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Referral Process <ul><li>Veterans for program are identified by HUD-VASH team. </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate veteran documentation forwarded to Jericho. </li></ul><ul><li>Jericho conducts a brief assessment of applicant and apprises HUD-VASH team on acceptance into the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Veteran must sign a consent of release for the Jericho Project and the VA . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Program Approach <ul><li>Utilize network of landlord contacts to identify apartments, even for vets with poor credit. </li></ul><ul><li>Help veterans with resources to transition to homes, including security deposits and moving expenses. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide furniture and household items. </li></ul><ul><li>Implement individualized vocational services. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Outcomes to Date <ul><li>50 veterans accepted into program </li></ul><ul><li>All 50 housed in a timely manner </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42% are women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>64% served post-9/11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36% are families </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service Needs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One-third are employed; another third are seeking jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One-quarter are in college or training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>55% have mental health issues, including PTSD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15% have substance abuse disorder </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Consistent communication with VA teams is key. </li></ul><ul><li>Building trust and being consistent is most important. </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing benefits of the program to veterans already required to meet VA case managers. </li></ul><ul><li>Gaps in services at VA for family and employment/training services. </li></ul><ul><li>Scatter-site model is more challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>HUD-VASH Program could be effectively administered by nonprofit partners via contracts. </li></ul>

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