Presentation on theme: "11.19.13 Let’s Start From The Beginning: Homelessness, Continuum of Care, & HEARTH Ohhh My! Jonda Clemings, MSEd, LSW Ohio Recovery Housing Training."— Presentation transcript:
1 Let’s Start From The Beginning: Homelessness, Continuum of Care, & HEARTH Ohhh My! Jonda Clemings, MSEd, LSWOhio Recovery Housing Training - Homelessness, Continuum of Care, & HEARTH: Ohhh My!
2 COHHIO is a statewide advocacy group and service providers network dedicated to ending homelessness and ensuring that all Ohioans have decent, safe, fair, affordable housing, especially those with low-income and special needs.
3 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has…” -- Margaret Mead
4 Continuum of CareA collaborative funding and planning approach that helps communities plan for and provide, as necessary, a full range of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and other services to address the various needs of homeless persons.
5 Elements of a CoC PREVENTION PERMANENT HOUSING OUTREACH, INTAKE, ASSESSMENTRAPIDRE-HOUSINGEMERGENCY SHELTER/SERVICESTRANSITIONAL HOUSING/SERVICESPERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSINGSUPPORTIVE SERVICES
6 PreventionAssisting households at imminent risk of becoming homeless to maintain their housing by providing stabilization services and/or short-term emergency financial assistanceOne-time/limited emergency rental assistanceFinancial counseling to handle housing crisisLandlord-tenant mediationLegal services
7 Outreach, Intake & Assessment Services target the most vulnerable of the homeless population who are often unable or unwilling to accept emergency shelter servicesStreet outreach – park, campground, carsMobile health careHotlines
8 Emergency Shelter/Services First stop; often the point of entry into the homeless systemSoup kitchens or drop-in day centersCongregate building for households with and without childrenHotel and motel vouchersShort-stay apartments
9 Transitional Housing/Services Interim placement for persons or households who are not ready for or who do not have access to permanent housing; opportunity for clients to gain the personal and financial stability needed to transition to and maintain permanent housingUp to 24 months rental assistance/services
10 Rapid Re-Housing Services Rapid Re-Housing is a strategy that quickly moves a household from homelessness to housing using supportive services and time-limited financial assistance.
11 Permanent Supportive Housing Combines housing assistance and supportive services for homeless persons with disabilitiesUse of tenant-based rental assistance to lease apartments in scattered sites
12 Supportive ServicesSupportive services are those services needed for a person to move towards self-sufficiency and independent livingJob readiness & job skills trainingBenefits counselingHousing search and placement servicesSubstance abuse, mental health, health careFamily reunification services
13 Permanent HousingPermanent affordable housing is long-term, safe, decent and affordable housing for individuals and householdsRehabilitation of existing rental housingHousing vouchersMainstream housing; rental & homeownershipTenant-based or project-based rental subsidiesReunification with families
14 Centralized Intake & Assessment Systems integrationCollaboration – MOU/MOAIncrease performance outcomesImprove access to servicesImprove data collectionTarget households most at riskStructured consistency in decision making
15 Housing First Principles Homelessness is first and foremost a housing problemHousing is a right
16 Purpose of the CoC System-wide approach to end homelessness Prevent/quickly re-house homeless personsLink and/or refer to mainstream resourcesOptimize self-sufficiency
17 Ohio’s CoCs Cuyahoga Franklin Hamilton Lucas Mahoning Montgomery Ohio Balance of StateStarkSummit
18 Why is a CoC Important Assess capacity & identify gaps Develop proactive solutionsIdentify common goalsIncrease community “buy-in”Increase access to mainstream resourcesIncrease funding competitive advantageComprehensive & collaborative process
19 CoC Membership Homeless/formerly homeless Government entities Public housing agencySchool systemsLaw enforcementWorkforce Investment Act (WIA) BoardsFaith-based organizationsFundersAdvocacy groupsBusiness/civic leadersHospital/medical representativesHousing developersNonprofit service organizationsEducational institutions
20 Funding Opportunities - HUD Continuum of CareEmergency Solutions Grant * March 2012?Permanent Supportive HousingShelter Plus CareTransitional HousingSupportive Services OnlyHMIS
22 Ohio Housing Trust Fund OHTF is a flexible state funding source that provides affordable housing opportunities, expands housing services, and improves housing conditions for low-income Ohioans.Housing development, emergency home repair, handicapped accessibility modifications, homeless programsDV and general homeless programs
23 Funding Opportunities - VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD)HUD-VASHSupportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) ProgramHealth Care for Re-Entry Veterans (HCRV)Supported HousingHealthcare for Homeless VeteransDomiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans
24 Funding Opportunities - Other HUD - Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)HHS - Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA)HHS – Transitional Living ProgramsDOL – Homeless Veterans’ ReintegrationDOL – Job Corps
25 Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act May 20, 2009 – amends McKinney-VentoConsolidates HUD’s grantsChanges homeless/chronic homeless definitionSimplifies match requirementIncrease in prevention resourcesIncrease in the emphasis on performance
26 HEARTH Homeless Definition Effective January 4, grant renewal
27 Homeless Category 1 Criteria Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who resided in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation and who is exiting an institution where he or she temporarily resided.
28 Homeless Category 1 Criteria Sleeping in place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation – car, park, abandoned building, bus/train station, airport, camping groundLiving in a shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements – congregate shelter, transitional housing, hotel/motel paid by organizations
29 Homeless Category 1 Criteria Exiting an institution (e.g., jail, hospital)Where they resided for 90 days or less ANDWere residing in emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering institution
30 Homeless Category 2 Criteria 2. Individuals and families who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence within 14 days ANDHave no subsequent residence identified ANDLack the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing
31 Homeless Category 3 Criteria Unaccompanied youth under 25 or families with children and youth who are defined as homeless under other federal statutes who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition
32 Homeless Category 3 Criteria Meets homeless definition under other federal statute ANDHave not had lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing any time during last 60 days ANDHave experienced two or more moves during last 60 days AND
33 Homeless Category 3 Criteria Can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time because of:Chronic disabilities ORChronic physical health or mental health conditions ORSubstance addiction ORHistory of domestic violence or childhood abuse (including neglect) ORPresence of a child or youth with a disability ORTwo or more barriers to employment
34 Homeless Category 4 Criteria Individuals and families who are fleeing, or are attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or family member.Have no identified subsequent residence ANDLack the resources and support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing
35 Documenting Homelessness Third-party written documentation- Exception – one night shelter and DV providersThird-party verbal documentation- Oral statement by social worker, case manager, or other appropriate official at an institution3. First-party/self-declaration
36 At-Risk of Homelessness Categories Individuals and familiesUnaccompanied children and youthFamilies with children and youth
37 At Risk Category 1 Criteria Individuals/families whoHave annual incomes below 30% AMI ANDDo not have sufficient resources or support networks immediately available to prevent literal homelessness ANDMeet at least one of the following 7 conditions
38 At Risk Category 1 Criteria – must meet at least one Moved two or more times due to economic reasons in 60 days prior to application for assistanceLiving in home of another due to economic hardshipLosing housing within 21 days after application date
39 At Risk Category 1 Criteria – must meet at least one Live in hotel/motel not paid for by charitable organizations or federal/state/ local government programs.Lives in severely overcrowded unit as defined by the US Census BureauExiting publicly funded institution or system of careLives in housing associated with instability and increased risk of homelessness, per recipient Consolidated Plan
40 At Risk Category 2 Criteria Unaccompanied children/youth who qualify under other federal statutesDoes not include children/youth who qualify under the homeless definitionDoes not include parents or guardiansRegulations include the list of applicable other federal statutes
41 At Risk Category 3 Criteria Children/youth who qualify under the Education for Children and Youth Program (§ 725(2) McKinney-Vento Act) and the parents or guardians of that child/youth if living with him/her.
42 Documenting Imminent Loss of Housing Court order resulting from an eviction or equivalent notice under state lawLeave residence within 14 days after the date of their application for assistance
43 Documenting Homeless Status of Unaccompanied Youth or Family With Children and Youth Who Qualify As Homeless Under “Other Federal Statutes”Certified by appropriate official at entity that administers assistance under the other federal statute
44 Documenting Homeless Status By DV Providers Self-declaration from head of household must certify that he or she has not identified a subsequent residence and lacks the resources or support networks where the safety would not be jeopardized
45 Documenting Homeless Status By DV Providers Condition must be verified by a written observation by intake worker, service provider, social worker, health care professional, law enforcement agency, legal assistance, pastoral counselor, or other organization from whom the household has sought DV assistanceWritten referral or observation need only include the minimum amount of information necessary to document that households is fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking. Does not expect specific details about incidence of violence.
46 Other Housing Options, Resources or Supports NOOther Housing Options, Resources or SupportsAssessment should have questions that determine if there are other options, resources, or supportsInclude signed certification by CM acknowledging assessment that household would be homeless but for this assistanceAs with income and housing status eligibility, participants should be assessed upon entry and every three months thereafter, about whether they have other housing options, financial resources, or family/friend networks that can assist them to maintain or obtain housing. Staff should assess with applicant all other safe, affordable and available housing options and verify that no other appropriate subsequent housing options are available. You should assess with the applicant all financial resources and support networks, such as friends, family or other personal sources of financial or material support. You should very that the applicant lacks financial resources and support networks to obtain or maintain housing. You should include in your assessment summary or other statement indicating that applicant has no other appropriate options, resources, or networks. Especially in regards to no financial resources, it is important to look at the household’s budget. If the household claims no income, but has a cell phone, cigarettes, vehicle, etc. - you may need to delve more into how the household is affording those items. Often additional sources of resources are brought to the forefront when more specific questions are asked.
47 Performance Monitoring & Measuring Performance Monitoring & MeasuringSystem meeting goals & objectivesProviders meeting goals & objectivesHousing service system outcomesCollaborative system of careOhio Recovery Housing Training - Homelessness, Continuum of Care, & HEARTH: Ohhh My!
48 Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio 175 S. Third St. - Suite 250 Columbus, Ohio Phone FaxOhio Recovery Housing Training - Homelessness, Continuum of Care, & HEARTH: Ohhh My!