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1 Serving the People That Need it Most Kaki Dimock, TJACH September 22,2014

2 TJACH Continuum of Care Outreach – PATH, street outreach, day shelter – The Haven Coordinated assessment – one right door, no wrong door Housing navigation – individual & system outcomes Prevention – focused on avoiding shelter Emergency shelter – 58 beds at Salvation Army, 60 beds at PACEM, domestic violence shelter, runaway youth shelter Rapid re-housing – focused on serving those with highest needs Transitional housing – focused on self-sufficiency outcomes, Hope House, Center of Hope, Shelter for Help in Emergency Permanent supportive housing – The Crossings, Region Ten, Positive Places for chronically homeless

3 Using Prevention to Avoid Shelter Who? Households at imminent risk of entering shelter Why? 85% of households with an eviction notice do not enter emergency shelter The biggest predictor of future homelessness is past homelessness Tools? Shinn/Greer Brief Screener to identify baseline eligibility and priority status Eligibility=previous homelessness AND currently staying with family or friends Priority =ranked based on additional risk factors

4 Using Prevention to Avoid Shelter 1 Point 1 point Pregnancy Children under 2 No H.S./GED Not currently employed Not leaseholder Reintegrating into community from an institution years old 1-3 moves in last year 1-2 disruptive childhood experiences Moderate discord with landlord, leaseholder or household 2 points Receiving public assistance Involved w/CPS/APS Applied for shelter in last 3 months 22 years old or younger 4+ moves in last year 3+ disruptive childhood experiences Severe discord with landlord, leaseholder, or household

5 Using Prevention to Avoid Shelter The devil is in the details! People are used to a traditional waitlist, based on first come=first served. A dynamic waitlist, based on priority status feels unfair. There are a lot people living in uncomfortable or tenuous situations out there. Our prevention coordinator’s job involves a lot of saying ‘no’. Preventing risk v. preventing homelessness

6 Using RRH for Those with the Highest Needs Who? Households with LOTS of housing barriers Why? Research shows that rapid re-housing works with high needs households High needs households cost the most to maintain in homelessness Tools? Modified Rapid Re-Housing Triage Tool to identify baseline eligibility and priority status Eligibility=literal homelessness & score on triage tool Priority=ranked based on additional risk factors (highest scores first)

7 Using RRH for Those with the Highest Needs The devil is in the details! People are used to a traditional waitlist, based on first come=first served. A dynamic waitlist, based on priority status feels unfair. High barrier participants surprised us…a lot. There remains a real and perceived need for more permanent supportive housing. If you build it, they will come… Successful RRH is successful housing stabilization.

8 How TJACH got here First, ‘here’ ain’t so pretty. Second, moving to targeting and prioritization strategies is a massive change project. Spend time on communication and relationship- building. And then do it again. – Create opportunities for joint problem-solving. – Talk about the people AND the numbers. – Get the right people engaged in governance. – Trust the data. Trust the research. – Be prepared to identify gaps in other systems of care and advocate for them.


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