Presentation on theme: "Retooling Transitional Housing: A Community Story"— Presentation transcript:
1 Retooling Transitional Housing: A Community Story Marla Brown, MPADirector, Families In TransitionAgape Child & Family Services, Inc.111 Racine StreetMemphis, TN 38115
2 To be a Christ-centered ministry that is dedicated THE MISSIONTo be a Christ-centered ministry that is dedicatedto providing children and families with healthy homes.THE VISIONAgape will serve children, families and communities by sharing God’s love throughout the Mid-South. With excellence, we will connect people to God’s mission by:uniting children with loving families,strengthening homes and communities with intentional relationships, andlinking servants to service.Approved by Agape Board of DirectorsJanuary 25, 2013
3 BackgroundChristian-based non-profit, serving the Greater Memphis (TN) community since 1970Served over 10,000 children and families with community-based, counseling and adoption/foster care services.Began our Families in Transition (FIT) transitional housing model in 2002 – initially serving 6 homeless, pregnant women and their children.Grown to now simultaneously serve 50 homeless pregnant and parenting families, some of whom are fleeing domestic violence and abuse.Transition in Place model began in May 2010.
4 Sharing Homes: Where We Started 6 Midtown Church of Christ Units
5 Sharing Homes: Where We Are Now 54 units in two apartment communities
7 Share HomesMemphis has a significant challenge with homelessness. Through Families in Transition (FIT), we are investing in homeless women and children.Agape is the only agency in Memphis that provides a long-term solution for homeless, pregnant and parenting women and their children.Chronic homelessness is often the public face of homelessness. "Chronic" has a specific definition, involving either long-term and/or repeated bouts of homelessness coupled with disability (physical or mental). People experiencing chronic homelessness often end up living in the streets or shelters.
8 Speak to some of the challenges with Homelessness in Memphis and what drove the process In 2010, there were roughly 1,600 people sleeping on the streets in Memphis on any given day.2/3 of those identified were women and children, many of them fleeing Domestic violence situations.Thus, both the Memphis and Shelby county Mayors worked in concert to develop a team of committed citizens and organizations that reviewed and developed timelines and funding strategies. That group eventually became the CAFTH under the direction of Katie Kitchin. Under Katie’s leadership a Memphis Consortium of Care has been developed in which all participating agencies, evidence based strategies were implements to track, monitor and assist homeless families and individuals so that we as a WHOLE can determine how effective the approaches are. Although the numbers have not officially been published for our annual Point in Time count, there was a significant reduction in homelessness this year.
9 Traditional Transitional Housing Model Transition-in-Place Model 7 Year AveragePermanent Housing %74%Transition-in-Place ModelPermanent Housing %90 %
10 Transitional Housing vs. Transition-in-Place Transitional Housing: Moving homelessness individuals and families into permanent housing within a reasonable amount of time (up-to 24 months).Transition-in-Place (TIP): Homeless families can remain in the scattered-site apartment complex, if not the same apartment unit, at conclusion of services as participants in a transitional housing program. Agape’s place-based strategy also provides for ongoing support, after “leaving” the TIP program.
11 FIT Transition - in - Place Model WRAP-AROUND SERVICESSHEPHERDINGTEACHINGADULT TO ADULTCOACHINGMENTORINGSUPPORTACCOUNTABILITYGOAL SETTING
12 Powerlines Community Network is… The mission ofPowerlines Community Network is……a place-based strategy toconnect at-risk neighborhoodswith the resources they need and wantfor children and families to be successfulSpeak to How is fit in community plan
13 SERVING YOUTH, FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES Over 150 Church Partners10+ Education/ Tutoring/HomeworkAssistance Partners100% Major Economic Development Partners7 Safety PartnersMemphis Police Dept.SafewaysFamily Safety CenterNeighborhood WatchCommunity PrideMemphis Fire7 Apartment Partners100% Area Elementary thru High School Partners15 Corporations/Businesses10+ Health/Mental Health Partners50+ MajorNon-Profits Partners1,800 Volunteer PartnersSERVING YOUTH, FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES
14 Overall Transition-in-Place Challenges/Opportunities Challenge: Changing Paradigm for Board, Staff, Participants and SupportersChallenge: Participant behaviors can jeopardize apartment owner willingness to continue investment in process.Opportunity: A more Efficient and Effective Service Delivery modelOpportunity: Funding and Agency CapacitySpeak to outcomes achieved in the new model
15 A Client’s Perspective “Why would I want to leave my (traditional transitional) housing after 2 years when I finally have people around me that care about me, my kids are in school and don’t have to move, and I feel stable?”
16 Sharing Homes: Grandmother with Custody of 5 Grandchildren Successful Program Completion
17 Sharing Homes: Single Mother of Four Successful Program Completion
18 Challenges/Changes for Staff Move to a lower barrier model – client self determinationNo longer have staff residing at apartments/campusClients will stay, in general, less than our average of 12 months…moving to 3-6 months, while continuing to support via the place-based modelSerious challenges for the staff as we moved to the low barrier model- staff were used to TELLING program participants what to-do. YET trough collaboration and training from organizations such as the Corporation for Supportive Housing, new learning took place. Staff had to recognize the journey is the participants, we are here to support not (in effect), handicap.Adult to adult premise as discussed on previous slide. Your success is in your hands!
19 Next Steps for Agape through the Transition in Place Model Using model for similar populations with specific focus areasStrategizing in Memphis to move model to become more scalable (within apartment communities served via Powerlines Community Network)
20 Steps to consider “Transition in Place” model Do what you are doing nowContemplate your mission and strategic planLook at your data and the needs in your communityTalk with your decision makers and fundersYour BoardHUDAddress barriersPermanent structures/buildingsAnonymity, Safety and SecurityProcess the above information with your staff
21 What Agape FIT staff have to say “One of the things that has assisted the women with feeling comfortable with their transition out of the program is the after-care services they can take advantage of. We have women coming back to us to give donated goods, request job listings, and even take advantage of goods that we supplied while in the program. “
22 Sharing Homes, Sharing Family, Sharing Community, Sharing Life