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6.4: Family Matters: Family Preservation and Family Reunification


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6.4: Family Matters: Family Preservation and Family Reunification

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6.4: Family Matters: Family Preservation and Family Reunification

  1. 1. Family MattersFamily Preservation and Family Reunification <br />Dan McDougall-Treacy<br />Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation<br />
  2. 2. We’ll be covering<br />Spectrum of housing supports<br />FUP<br />Collaboration for success<br />Program<br />
  3. 3. Services that promote housing stability <br />Low Need<br />High Need<br />Low Level Services<br /> Services are provided off site, accessed by the tenant on their own<br />Moderate Services<br /> Services offered on or off site, usually more intensive in early stages and taper off as client becomes more stable.<br />Intensive Services<br /> Most services are provided on-site, with intensive case management. Staff is on site or on-call 24/7. <br />3<br />(Deeply Affordable) Supportive Housing <br />Affordable Housing<br />
  4. 4. Very short-term assistance provided to address an immediate housing crisis for those homeless or at imminent risk.<br />Emergency/short-term Financial Assistance (homelessness prevention)<br />Hotel-Motel Voucher <br />Emergency Shelter<br />Emergency Housing Assistance<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Limited duration – usually 30 days to 2 years<br />Intended to help people transition from a housing crisis to permanent stable housing<br />Project-Based Transitional Housing<br />Project-Based Supportive Transitional Housing <br />Transitional Housing Assistance<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Ongoing assistance to cover difference between FMR and 30% of tenant’s income<br />Best administered by partners, such as housing authority + service organization<br /><ul><li>Permanent Independent Housing
  7. 7. Permanent Supported Housing</li></ul>Permanent Housing Assistance<br />6<br />
  8. 8. People who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness, and <br />face persistent obstacles to maintaining housing, such as:<br />Supportive Housing works for:<br />7<br />Other Problems<br />Substance Abuse<br />Chronic Health Issues<br />Mental Illness<br />
  9. 9. Services are designed to meet the needs of the family or individual<br />Intensity varies as need varies <br />Services move from housing stabilization to community building<br />Opportunities are provided for vocational, education, employment <br />Flexible Services<br />
  10. 10. HUD Rental Subsidies<br />Public Housing<br />Shelter + Care<br />Housing Choice Vouchers<br />Section 8<br />Family Unification Program<br />Other special population set-asides<br />Other HUD Voucher programs (HOME, HOPWA)<br />
  11. 11. HUD’s Family Unification Program<br /><ul><li>Prevent the separation of families by increasing available housing for child welfare involved families
  12. 12. Ease the transition to adulthood for youth aging out of foster care
  13. 13. Facilitate and expedite </li></ul> access to housing and <br /> supportive services <br /> through agency <br /> collaboration<br />
  14. 14. Family Unification Program<br />Joint certification<br />Public Housing Authority - Family income is below established limits, other regulations<br />Public Child Welfare Agency/Child Protective Services – Certifies that housing is primary factor in separation of children from family or prevention of reunification <br />Families experiencing multiple barriers including<br />Mental health/physical health<br />Chemical dependency<br />Development disabilities<br />Domestic violence<br />Child abuse<br />Foster care placement and CPS involvement<br />
  15. 15. Benefits of FUP<br /><ul><li>For PHAs: increase the ability to serve clients with more Section 8 vouchers
  16. 16. For CWAs: expand access to housing solutions for families and caseworkers
  17. 17. For families: affordable housing, stability, reunification, exit from the child welfare system
  18. 18. For the community: the preferred and most cost effective alternative to foster care</li></li></ul><li>DSHS Responsibilities<br />Case management services for youth ages 18-21<br />Housing search (including low-poverty census tracts)<br />Staffing commitment and internal training<br />Coordination with Public Housing Authority and Community Partner Agencies<br />
  19. 19. PHA Responsibilities<br />Match waiting lists with FUP-eligible families and youth<br />Remove jurisdictional barriers to mobility<br />Pre-move and post-move counseling<br />Coordination with DSHS, Children’s Administration and Community Partner Agencies<br />
  20. 20. Community Partner Agencies Responsibilities<br />Include housing and related support services in the family’s / youth’s existing service plan<br />Provide ongoing tailored services to assist family or youth in obtaining and utilizing ongoing mainstream services<br />Minimum one-year follow up<br />Collect and report relevant data for program evaluation and planning<br />
  21. 21. More Info on FUP<br />Program Description<br /><br />Regulations<br /><br />Most Recent NOFA<br /><br />
  22. 22. FUP in Washington State<br />2010 Statewide FUP MOU<br />Seven public Housing Authorities <br />Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Children’s Administration<br />Community Partner Agencies<br />
  23. 23. FUP in Washington State<br />Purpose of MOU<br />A stronger and more competitive FUP application for any Washington State PHA applying for FUP vouchers<br />Ensure adequate supports for families through DSHS and partner agreements<br />Continue to build partnership foundations among public agencies and private service providers across the state <br />
  24. 24. Addressing Family Homelessness in King County, WA<br />High-level Planning<br />10 Year Plan<br />Family Homelessness Plan<br />Political Will<br />Build and maintain<br />
  25. 25. Addressing Family Homelessness in King County, WA<br />Multiple Funders<br />Coordinate Resources<br />Align with the plans <br />Multiple Stakeholders<br />Representation<br />Collaboration<br />
  26. 26. Addressing Family Homelessness in King County, WA<br />Public & Private Funding<br />State and local dedicated funds<br />County and municipal<br />United Way<br />Foundations<br />Intermediary – Washington Families Fund <br />
  27. 27. Valley Cities Families First Program<br />Bringing it all together<br />FUP Vouchers<br />King County Housing Authority<br />Services Funding<br />Washington Families Fund<br />Desigbnated County CSD funds<br />DSHS <br />Division of Child and Family Services <br />
  28. 28. Valley Cities Families First Program<br />Streamlined referral and standardized assessment<br />Tailored Services<br />Intensive case management with individualized support<br />Coordination with DCFS requirements<br />Children’s services<br />Mental health and chemical dependency<br />Employment and Self-sufficiency<br />
  29. 29. Dan McDougall-Treacy, MSW<br />Director, Homeless Family Services<br /><br />