5.1 Retooling Transitional Housing II: Implementing Changes to Your Program

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5.1 Retooling Transitional Housing II: Implementing Changes to Your Program

Speaker: David Jordan

If you are planning to make significant changes to your transitional housing program, this workshop will help you identify the steps you can consider and provide examples and tools for taking those steps. Providers who have retooled their transitional housing will share their experiences about making the shift, and cover topics such as staffing, contracts, and working with board members.

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  • 5.1 Retooling Transitional Housing II: Implementing Changes to Your Program

    1. 1. Agape’s Families in Transition (FIT) Transition-in- Place Model David Jordan, MSSW Executive Director 901.323.3600 (Memphis) 731.668.9698 (Jackson) www.AgapeMeansLove.org
    2. 2. Background• Agape is a Christian-based non-profit, serving the Greater Memphis (TN) community since 1970• FY2011 Agape serve nearly 10,000 children and families with community-based and adoption/foster care programming.• Agape began our Families in Transition (FIT) transitional housing model in 2002 – initially serving 6 homeless, pregnant women and their children.• FIT has grown to now serve 48 homeless pregnant and parenting families at a time• Transition in Place model began being initiated in May 2010.
    3. 3. Transitional Housing vs. Transition-in-PlaceTransitional Housing: Moving homelessness individualsand families into permanent housing within a reasonableamount of time (up-to 24 months).Transition-in-Place (TIP): Homeless families can remain inthe scattered-site apartment complex, if not the sameapartment unit, at conclusion of services as participants ina transitional housing program. Agape’s place-basedstrategy also provides for ongoing support, after “leaving”the TIP program.
    4. 4. Traditional Transitional Housing Model 7 Year Average Permanent Housing % 2003-2010 63% Transition-in-Place Model Permanent Housing %2010-2011 90 (20 months)
    5. 5. Bent Tree Apartments
    6. 6. The mission ofPowerlines Community Network is… …a place-based strategy to connect at-risk neighborhoods with the resources they need and want for children and families to be successful
    7. 7. Bent Tree Apt. Hope Center Homework Assistance Lab
    8. 8. Overall Transition-in-Place Challenges/Opportunities• Changing Paradigm for Board, Staff, Participants and Supporters• Participant behaviors can jeopardizing apartment owner willingness to continue investment in process.• A more Efficient and Effective Service Delivery model• Funding and Agency Capacity
    9. 9. Challenges/changes for Staff• Move to a lower barrier model – client self determination• No longer have staff residing at apartments/campus• Clients will stay, in general, less than our average of 12 months…moving to 3-6 months, while continuing to support via the place-based model• Continued training of a new model – no longer an “adult to child” model, but an “adult to adult” model• Training staff with Vandenberg Wrap Around model
    10. 10. My Board’s Questions• Why change?• What will this mean relative to our “maternity home licensure”?• What are the risk issues in a less controlled community?• Funding implications?• Are we saying now “anything goes” and clients can do anything they want in our program?
    11. 11. What Agape FIT staff have to say“One of the things that has assisted the women withfeeling comfortable with their transition out of theprogram is the after-care services they can takeadvantage of. We have women coming back to us to givedonated goods, request job listings, and even takeadvantage of goods that we supplied while in theprogram. “
    12. 12. A client’s Perspectives“Mr. David, why would I want to leave my (traditionaltransitional) housing after 2 years when I finally havepeople around me that care about me, my kids are inschool and don’t have to move, and I feel stable?”
    13. 13. Steps to consider “Transition in Place” model1. Do what you are doing now2. Contemplate your mission and strategic plan3. Look at your data and the needs in your community4. Talk with your decision makers and funders a. Your Board b. HUD5. Process the above information, and their experiences, with your staff6. Address barriers a. Permanent structures/buildings
    14. 14. Next Steps for Agape through the Transition in Place Model• By this summer, will have moved other 2 campus settings into a scattered site apartment complex for TIP services – total of 48 families to be served• Using model for similar populations with specific focus areas – DOJ-OVW funding to use TIP model for homeless families fleeing from domestic violence – Strategizing in Memphis to move model to become more scalable (within apartment communities served via Powerlines Community Network)
    15. 15. THE MISSION To be a Christ-centered ministry that is dedicated to providing children and families with healthy homes. THE VISIONBy 2015 AGAPE will be the premier voice and resource for children, adults, and families, annuallyserving more than 50,000 people throughout the Mid-South. We will be a catalyst for Christ-centeredservices, education, and advocacy, setting the standard for excellence and effectiveness inpreserving and enhancing relationships, transforming lives and building loving community for thosewe serve. Vision Approved by Agape Board of Directors March 23, 2009 David Jordan Executive Director 901.323.3600 (Memphis) 731.668.9698 (Jackson) www.AgapeMeansLove.org

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