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Home Again A 10-year plan to end homelessness in Portland and Multnomah County Targeting Resources for Homeless Families Transitional Housing.

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1 Home Again A 10-year plan to end homelessness in Portland and Multnomah County Targeting Resources for Homeless Families Transitional Housing

2 Homeless Demographics Annual ( ) Approximately 19,200 served:  10,936 adults without children (3.6% reduction from prior year)  7,865 persons in families (5.4% increase from prior year  384 homeless youth (12% reduction from prior year) Point in time (Jan. 2007)  1,438 unduplicated “street count” (70 in families)  2,231 unduplicated in “shelter/TH count” (863 or 39% people in families).

3 Family System Inventory Overview  Shelter Capacity for families – 158 year-round beds  Local rent assistance $’s for families – for prevention and for rapid re-housing  New project for chronically homeless families – 20 families per year  Bridges to Housing – family hybrid PSH/TH – 75 units opened (95 in March)

4 Transitional Housing Inventory  341 units with 1,029 bed for homeless families  Mix of facility based and scattered site apartments  Scattered site apartments used as transition in place units - Family takes over lease once transitional funding ends

5 10 YP & Transitional Housing  Separate workgroup focused on role of facility based transitional housing  Workgroup made up of facility based TH providers across all homeless and other systems  Made recommendations on appropriate use of facility based TH for specific populations

6 Workgroup Recommendation  People with transitional needs that are best addressed in a community setting with onsite services should be primary population served with facility based TH  Some examples:  People early in recovery from addiction/alcoholism  Homeless youth  People with primary care needs (not chronic)

7 Additional Analysis  CoC (McKinney) funded family transitional housing  Data from APR’s and annual review process for CoC application  Following slides illustrate 2006 analysis of information

8 Destination Scattered Site (475 families) 89% PH 4% TH 1% Emerg. Shelter 6% Unknown Facility Based (82 families) 86% PH 2% TH 4% Emerg. Shelter 6% Unknown 2% Institution

9 Exit Reasons Scattered Site (475 families) 73% completed program 7% left for other housing opportunity 5% needs not met 7% non-compliance 1% disagreement w/rules 4% reached max time 3% other Facility Based (82 families) 68% completed program 7% left for other housing opportunity 2% needs not met 19% non-compliance 1% disagreement w/rules 3% other

10 Permanent Housing Placement and Retention Scattered Site (475 families) 89% moved to PH 62% still in housing at 6 months Facility Based (82 families) 86% moved to PH 86% still in housing at 6 months

11 Cost Scattered Site $5,052 per family Facility Based $9,482 per family Facility based is 189% more expensive than scattered site.

12 Possible Issues with Configuration of Facility Based TH There isn’t enough affordable housing for poor families who become homeless, therefore;  Families served in a first come first served fashion, regardless of special needs,  Expensive programs used by families that do not need intensive services,  Because of demand, programs can place rules on families that may screen out harder to serve families who need more intensive services.

13 Potential Shifts in Using Facility Based Transitional Housing  Focus on families with special needs that are best served by intensive services, but are not chronic in nature  Change rules to “screen in” harder to serve families that would not make it in permanent housing without services  Convert some to permanent supportive housing

14 Actual Shifts since 2006  One project has changed significantly  One project considered moving to PSH/Housing first  Another project, not CoC funded now accepts the “hardest to serve” families in their organization

15 Another Shift Disabled Head of Household Status Scattered Site 2006 – 17% % Facility Based 2006 – 37% (31% inc. DV) % (55% inc. DV)

16 THANK YOU Copies of 10 year plan and other updates for Portland are available online at: Heather Lyons, Homeless Program Manager City of Portland, Bureau of Housing and Community Development


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