5.4 The Role of Permanent Supportive Housing in Ending Family Homelessness


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5.4 The Role of Permanent Supportive Housing in Ending Family Homelessness

Speaker: Jamey Burden

To remain stable, some families with disabling physical and behavioral health challenges need the services linked to housing provided by permanent supportive housing (PSH). With limited PSH capacity and increased family homelessness, communities have to be strategic in deciding PSH placements and designing appropriate service plans. This workshop will look at successful PSH programs for families and suggest targeting strategies under the overall goal of ending family homelessness.

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  • Demographics: profile of typical household - size of family, age, race, family make-up, income, length of homelessness before PSH, length of stay in Home Now.
  • Largely driven by funder contracts.
  • Arizona self-sufficiency matrix - increased self-sufficiency as measured by client self-reports on socio-emotional and income domains.
  • 5.4 The Role of Permanent Supportive Housing in Ending Family Homelessness

    1. 1. The Role of Permanent Supportive Housing in Ending Family Homelessness Jamey Burden Director of Housing Programs Community of Hope February 10, 2012
    2. 2. What We Do <ul><li>Community of Hope Mission: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Improving health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing health care, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support.” </li></ul>
    3. 3. What We Do <ul><ul><li>Provide health care to individuals with little or no insurance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide housing and supportive services to families that are near-homeless, homeless, or were previously homeless. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Our PSH Program <ul><li>Funded through three different programs (local and federal) </li></ul><ul><li>Scattered-site (107 units) and site-based (19 units) housing with services </li></ul><ul><li>Basic demographics </li></ul><ul><li>(INSERT DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE IN GRAPHIC FORM) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Washington DC’s PSH Assessment <ul><li>VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>Original Vulnerability Index </li></ul><ul><li>Plus : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment of homelessness episodes and duration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History and current state of Child Protective Services involvement </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. PSH Services <ul><li>Case management including connection to community resources </li></ul><ul><li>Housing retention support and education. </li></ul><ul><li>Services for children and youth (education, developmental assessment, mentoring) </li></ul><ul><li>Employment and education support for adults </li></ul><ul><li>Health and wellness coordination </li></ul>
    7. 7. PSH Outcome Measures <ul><li>Housing stability </li></ul><ul><li>Family stability </li></ul><ul><li>Increased self-sufficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Increased income </li></ul><ul><li>Improved health outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s education and development outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Client satisfaction survey </li></ul>
    8. 8. PSH and Alternatives <ul><li>PSH </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter </li></ul><ul><li>TH </li></ul><ul><li>CTI </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Re-Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Housing without services </li></ul>
    9. 9. Which Family Do You Pick for PSH? <ul><li>Long-term homeless family (nearly 2 years in shelter), with HOH Axis-1 Diagnosis (Bipolar Disorder), Hypertension and Obesity, long-term Social Security recipient; no history of employment; history of CPS involvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Short-term homeless family, no diagnosis, recently employed, coming back from job interview the day of assessment; history of CPS involvement. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Cost Analysis Program Name Program Type Number of families served at a time Average subsidy per PSH family per day Average number of persons per PSH family Average cost per day for families served Hope Apartments Transitional 10 $169.77 Girard Street Emergency shelter 16 $126.05 Local Rent Supplement Program Permanent supportive 12 $53.47 5.25 $94.01 Housing Families First Permanent supportive 16 $54.69 4.94 $89.93 DHS-PSHP Permanent supportive 82 $40.09 3.21 $78.34 HPRP Rapid re-housing 28 $65.68
    11. 11. Questions to Consider <ul><li>How do you design a community-wide system to best take advantage of limited PSH resources? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you positively exit families from PSH? </li></ul>