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1 1 A Home of Their Own An Report on New Mexico’s Supportive Housing Initiatives May 28, 2009

2 2 I. Long Range Supportive Housing Plan Goals and Accomplishments II. Linkages and Transitions Program Updates III. Opportunities and Challenges V. Q & A Housing Presentation Agenda

3 3 Homelessness and Homelessness Prevention (via McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care Funds, Emergency Shelter Grants) Transitional Housing (McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care Funds, VA Per Diem Grant Programs ) Permanent Supportive Housing (Linkages, Transitions, VASH, etc.) Low Income Subsidized Rental Housing (Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, FUP, Public Housing, Sec 811/ 202 / 515 Housing) Market Rate Rental Housing Home Ownership Array of Housing Situations

4 4 Purposes of New Mexico Supportive Housing Plan Conduct a Statewide needs assessment and research of best practices Expand knowledge of supportive housing issues, programs and policies Advocate at the state level to influence state housing policies for vulnerable populations Encourage development of the capacity of supportive housing development organizations Increase capacity of support services resources and organizations

5 5 Ten Year Goals of the New Mexico Supportive Housing Plan Develop 5,000 Units of Supportive Housing Develop 5,000 Units of Supportive Housing Goal 1: Create Local Supportive Housing Partnerships Goal 2: Create a ‘ Pipeline’ of Supportive Housing Units Goal 3: Create Rental Assistance Opportunities Goal 4: Develop Best Practices for Housing Supports and Services

6 6 Preliminary Accomplishments of Goals of New Mexico Supportive Housing Plan GoalAccomplishments Create Local Supportive Housing Partnerships Developed Partnerships with LC-4, San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe; LC-5 Roswell, Lea and Chaves Counties; LC 11 Farmington/San Juan County Create a ‘ Pipeline’ of Supportive Housing Units Bonus points for supportive housing in tax credit projects in 2009 Qualified Action Plan (QAP) – project 26 units statewide in 2009 LIHTC awards; provided financial support to housing developers for 58 units of supportive housing Create Rental Assistance Opportunities Rec’d/Applied for VASH, FUP, (future Mainstream voucher program); 30 Linkages and 20 Transitions vouchers; creating Section 8 HCV data base; supported creation of Regional Housing Authorities legislation Develop Best Practices for Housing Supports and Services Analyzing effective usage of CCSS for Supportive Housing and making recommendations for Provider Training; initiating Local Lead Agency concept; held Supportive Housing Spring Roundtable; Develop 5,000 Units of Supportive Housing

7 7 Supportive Housing Investments Behavioral Health Collaborative UsesAnnualRecurringAllocationAccomplishments Housing Pre-Development Fund $400, Legislative Appropriation Created 23 supportive housing units in 2 projects in Albuquerque and Santa Fe (using portion of funds) Linkages Supportive Housing Program: $ 300,000 Rental Vouchers $ 300,000 Rental Vouchers $ 50,000 Non-Profit Support Services $ 50,000 Non-Profit Support Services $ 350, Legislative Appropriation Houses 30 homeless, or at risk of, persons with severe mental illness in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Silver City area Transitions Supportive Housing Program: $ 169,000 Rental Vouchers $ 169,000 Rental Vouchers CYFD Staff and CCSS Staff CYFD Staff and CCSS Staff $ 167,000 CYFD Houses 20 youth ages 18 – 21 who are transitioning from the juvenile justice system or aging out of foster care in Albuquerque Housing Development Program $ 92,167 BHSD Funds invested in 25 supportive housing units in 2 projects in Las Vegas and Gallup

8 8 Community Reinvestment Fund Investments Area Year Funded ProgramFunded Community Partners Amount Farmington San County Rental Assistance Project [6 months rental assistance for 10 persons ] San Juan County Methamphetamine Pilot Project, Total Behavioral Health, SJ Co Partnership $20,005 Las Cruces Housing First [Operating Costs 15 unit facility] Mesilla Valley Community of Hope $ 71,386 Socorro Bridge Rental Assistance [20 persons] Socorro Mental Health, Inc. ; Socorro Public Housing Authority $100,000 Santa Fe Bridge Rental Assistance [15 persons] St. Elizabeth Shelter; The Life Link/SF Co Housing Authority $175,000 Las Cruces Bridge Rental Assistance [20 – 30 persons] Southwest Counseling, Inc; Las Cruces Housing Authority $287,000 Santa Fe Bridge Rental Assistance [6 – 8 persons] The Life Link; Santa Fe County Housing Authority $176,000

9 9 Goals of the Two State-Funded Housing Programs Linkages and Transitions Develop community support and receptivity for Housing First model Develop community support and receptivity for Housing First model Determine financial resources needed for: Determine financial resources needed for: –housing subsidies –support services Determine policies, practices changes in service delivery system Determine policies, practices changes in service delivery system

10 10 Linkages Program Status Began February 2008 Began February 2008 All 30 vouchers are being utilized with high demand for more vouchers; low consumer turnover All 30 vouchers are being utilized with high demand for more vouchers; low consumer turnover Reaching the ‘hardest to serve’ Reaching the ‘hardest to serve’ Supportive Housing is cost effective Supportive Housing is cost effective Forging successful partnerships between Housing Administrators & Services Agencies Forging successful partnerships between Housing Administrators & Services Agencies

11 11 Transitions Program Status Began November 2007 Began November 2007 Currently 15 youth with housing vouchers Currently 15 youth with housing vouchers Provides access to affordable, stable housing Provides access to affordable, stable housing Youth input into program design & implementation Youth input into program design & implementation Challengespositive peer supports/relationships Challenges with positive peer supports/relationships Challenges for Youth age 21 – housing and services? Challenges for Youth age 21 – housing and services?

12 12 Positioning New Mexico for Strategic Opportunities Leverage Federal and State Resources (2008 Housing & Economic Recovery Act, ARRA Federal Stimulus, and Sec 811 legislation ) Leverage Federal and State Resources (2008 Housing & Economic Recovery Act, ARRA Federal Stimulus, and Sec 811 legislation ) Develop the capacity of housing development and support services organizations Develop the capacity of housing development and support services organizations Develop partnerships with MFA, Public Housing Authorities, HUD, CAAs, CHDOs, and Local Collaboratives Develop partnerships with MFA, Public Housing Authorities, HUD, CAAs, CHDOs, and Local Collaboratives

13 13 ARRA Federal Stimulus Housing Funds Available to New Mexico Gap financing to support more Affordable Housing Tax Credit Projects (MFA) $ 13,876,558$ 13,876,558 Extension of rental subsidies for expiring federal funded affordable housing projects (HUD) $ 5,592,108$ 5,592,108 Neighborhood Stabilization Program for acquiring and rehabilitating foreclosed properties (MFA) $19,5,000,000 minimum$19,5,000,000 minimum Public Housing Capital Funds to rehabilitate existing public housing complexes (HUD) $ 9,313,573$ 9,313,573 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing for short and medium term rental assistance, utilities & deposits $8,585,909$8,585,909

14 14 Next Steps and Challenges Creating an effective Statewide support services delivery system

15 15 Provide a individualized array of support services and independent living skills building in three areas: Making good housing choices and overcoming obstacles to obtaining subsidized housing Making good housing choices and overcoming obstacles to obtaining subsidized housing Moving into housing – securing furniture and household goods, paying deposits & utilities, orienting to new home and community services, etc. Moving into housing – securing furniture and household goods, paying deposits & utilities, orienting to new home and community services, etc. Remaining and maintaining their housing Remaining and maintaining their housing Putting the ‘Supports’ in Supportive Housing

16 16 CCSS Services using recovery and resiliency model include: Assist persons in their housing search and application process; and, making reasonable accommodations and modifications Ensure 24/7 supportive services to help consumers in crisis Provide ongoing supportive services to resolve issues, teach problem solving and prevent eviction –Pay rent and utilities timely –Maintain apartment according to lease requirements –Communicate effectively with landlords & neighbors Putting the ‘Supports’ in Supportive Housing

17 17 Relationship of Core Services Agencies (CSA) and Local Lead Agencies (LLAs) for Supportive Housing CSA Clinical Home Care Coordination for recovery & resiliency via CCSS Supportive Housing 24/7 Crisis Services Independent Living Skills Building Symptom & Medication Management Psychiatric evaluations & enhanced assessment Behavioral Health Services (Substance Abuse & Mental Health) LLA Pre-screens housing tenants; Maintains wait list; Liaison between Housing providers and CSA Building Natural Supports Affiliation agreement

18 18 Housing Challenges for Persons with Disabilities* Area SSI Monthly Payment % of SSI for 1 Bedroom NLIHC Housing Wage Albuquerque $ %$11.46 Farmington 79.1% $ 9.69 Las Cruces $ %$9.54 Santa Fe $ %$14.67 Non- Metropolitan $ %$8.88 * Priced Out in 2008, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.

19 19 Supportive Housing Information Behavioral Health Collaborative Web site Supportive Housing and Housing First Fact Sheet New Mexico Long Term Supportive Housing Plan PBS ‘Home At Last’ video, provides a first hand look at the Pathways Housing First model Transitions Program, CYFD Permanent Supportive Housing video

20 20 Discussion and Questions Review and Approval: Proposed Work Plan of Housing Leadership Group Contact Information Janie McGuigan, Supportive Housing Coordinator New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative Human Services Department


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