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. Supportive Housing Practices Working with Women and Families Who Have Multiple Barriers to Stability
  2. 2. Inter-Relationship of Homelessness, Substance Abuse, and Incarceration <ul><li>In Houston, 57% of persons who are homeless also have chronic substance abuse issues </li></ul><ul><li>From 1999 to 2007, number of mothers in prison rose 122% </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of women in the criminal justice system have substance abuse/dependence </li></ul><ul><li>In 70% of cases, drugs came first, then crime </li></ul><ul><li>Over 70% of CPS cases involve substance abuse by a parent </li></ul>
  3. 3. VOA Look Up and Hope Initiative <ul><li>Holistic, research-based approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and incarceration </li></ul><ul><li>Family- based perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive, coordinated services </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: Family preservation, economic stability, positive family relations, school success, juvenile delinquency prevention </li></ul><ul><li>VOA Gulf Coast Region is one of five pilots </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pre-Release Services – WHO-A <ul><li>WHO-A (Women Helping Ourselves) program </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Dept </li></ul><ul><li>Women with substance abuse related offenses </li></ul><ul><li>6-12 month average incarceration </li></ul><ul><li>VOA provides treatment and support services </li></ul><ul><li>VOA provides 1:1 mentoring through OJP Second Chance Mentoring grant </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pre-Release Transitional Services - TDCJ <ul><li>25 bed women’s residential program for women exiting Texas prison system </li></ul><ul><li>VOA provides supportive residential substance abuse treatment and related support services </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with employment preparation, job search and placement </li></ul><ul><li>Average 90 day stay </li></ul>
  6. 6. McGovern Campus Residential Services <ul><li>Provides substance abuse treatment, housing and support services for women and women with children </li></ul><ul><li>Funding through HUD SHP, Dept of State Health Services, United Way and Harris County </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009, 614 women and 90 children served </li></ul>
  7. 7. Children and Family Services <ul><li>Weekly family educational/counseling sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting training – Nurturing Parent curriculum approved by Children’s Protective Services </li></ul><ul><li>One-on-one parenting labs </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination and case planning with Children’s Protective Services </li></ul><ul><li>Children are able to accompany mother into the McGovern program, weekly visitation in other programs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Children’s Services <ul><li>Child Development Specialist on staff </li></ul><ul><li>On site childcare services </li></ul><ul><li>Building Bridges to Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Linkages to healthcare, counseling, Early Childhood Intervention and other resources </li></ul>
  9. 9. Housing Placement <ul><li>VOA case managers and counselors develop discharge plans which include housing </li></ul><ul><li>Housing options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network of providers in area for specialized care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-House services through Homeless Prevention and Rapid RE-Housing (HPRP) or Shelter Plus Care (SPC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coordinated discharge planning with correctional, CPS staff </li></ul><ul><li>VOA Staff visits potential sites, assists in transportation for client visits, follows-up on needed paperwork and eligibility requirements, advocates for client </li></ul>
  10. 10. Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing <ul><li>Three-year program through Federal Stimulus, rolling over to HUD </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 18 months of rental assistance and case management services </li></ul><ul><li>Goal is that at end of assistance, client is stable enough to remain in same apartment </li></ul>
  11. 11. Shelter Plus Care <ul><li>Sponsor Based program </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Clients must have been homeless prior to jail or treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Clients must have documented disability such as chronic substance abuse or mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>1:1 match supportive services </li></ul>
  12. 12. Relationships Are Key <ul><li>VOA developed relationship with SPC landlord to accept women who otherwise would not have been accepted due to background </li></ul><ul><li>VOA has regular meetings with apartment management staff and landlord </li></ul><ul><li>Apt staff knows they can call VOA if issues arise </li></ul><ul><li>VOA helps clients advocate with apt staff </li></ul><ul><li>Now have designated apts for HPRP as well </li></ul>
  13. 13. Employment and Financial Support <ul><li>VOA is a United Way THRIVE partner – collaboration to support family economic stability </li></ul><ul><li>Career development and coaching including dedicated Employment Support Specialist (ESS), job training programs, job placement </li></ul><ul><li>In-house optometric tech and commercial drivers license training programs </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning March 2011, VOA will be a LISC Financial Opportunity Center – addition of financial coaching, benefits counseling and financial education services </li></ul>
  14. 14. Outcomes <ul><li>81% graduated successfully from the McGovern program </li></ul><ul><li>77% of our homeless women transitioned into permanent housing </li></ul><ul><li>83% of mothers with children demonstrated healthier and more effective parenting skills </li></ul><ul><li>88% of homeless clients left our program with some form of financial resources, versus 0% having financial resources at entrance </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tying it all Together <ul><li>“ Sylvia” entered McGovern and began receiving substance abuse treatment and support services </li></ul><ul><li>After one month, CPS agreed for her children to join her in the program </li></ul><ul><li>Upon graduation she entered an apartment through HPRP assistance </li></ul><ul><li>She continued outpatient treatment and aftercare services with VOA </li></ul><ul><li>She entered VOA optometric tech training program and found employment </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions? <ul><li>Contact Nadine Scamp, LMSW, Gulf Coast Region COO at [email_address] or 713-460-0781 </li></ul><ul><li>Visit our website at www.voatx.org </li></ul>