Presentation on theme: "Melissa Erlbaum, ED Clackamas Women’s Services. Geographic region (urban, suburban, rural) Few nonprofit agencies Long standing Community based."— Presentation transcript:
Geographic region (urban, suburban, rural) Few nonprofit agencies Long standing Community based grassroots Strong County government presence Large % of services delivered through the County system High value on long standing relationships Community ripe for collaboration Centralized intake system didn’t include all partners Prevention efforts weren’t streamlined and inadequate County’s homeless services/philosophy were deeply entrenched in the HUD COC system 10 year plan included vision for prevention
Homeless Service Providers Domestic Violence Provider Youth Services DHS Workforce development Clackamas County: Social Services & Community Development Rent Well Program (tenant education) Faith Based School Homeless Liaisons Special Needs Providers Housing Authority
BenefitsChallenges Experience with CCR Strong advocacy skills Expertise in safety planning and crisis intervention Experience with voluntary services models Access to different funding streams Understanding of trauma informed services HMIS Strict Confidentiality standards Less formal experience with homeless service system Historically focused on shelter as primary means for safety Resource competition
Understand mission, values and limitations about partner agencies Determine timeline and meeting schedule Build a conceptual program model Aligning networks Examine the diversity of perspectives
Housing First Philosophy Address current gaps Joint resource acquisition Streamline access points Shared policies and procedures Comprehensive data collection Reporting/Evaluation Cultural competency
Map out current system Document need Determine target population Create unified assessment Shared policies and procedures Determine short/long-term goals and measures (outputs, outcomes etc) In our community this took place over four months of bi-weekly meetings that followed an initial 4-5 meetings/trainings geared to get a “temperature read” of the propensity for change in the existing system.
County’s Department of Health, Housing and Human Services contracts HPRP funds to CWS & NHA. CWS is the lead agency for 3 year United Way Systemic Change grant (contracts to the County’s Rent Well Program and NHA). CWS has Office on Violence Against Women Transitional Housing funding CWS & NHA have joint private foundation funding Culturally specific services – both partnership and inte Unified assessment tool Shared policy manual Engage in joint resource acquisition Cross training and joint training New prevention system has been created Streamlined process Effective use of resources Gained political will
Housing Rights & Resources Line CWS 24-hour crisis line Established physical access points Data Collection -Centralized Referral to CWS or NHA for Assessment Housing search Housing Secured Action Plan Developed Services Stabilization – integration into community Prevention Diversion Shelter
Survivor at Risk of Homelessness/ Fleeing Violence CWS Emergency Shelter (Victims of domestic and sexual violence)- 14 beds + hotel voucher s (capacity expansion May 2012) CWS Emergency Shelter (Victims of domestic and sexual violence)- 14 beds + hotel voucher s (capacity expansion May 2012) Homeless Prevention 30-40 households Arrears Utility Assistance United Way Community Investment Grant HUD- HPRP Funds Private funds Transitional Housing Moderate to Severe Barriers Special Needs 18-24 months Rapid Re-Housing & Diversion 30-50 households Low to Moderate Barriers Economics are primary barrier Approx 6-12 month subsidy Shelter stay not to exceed 4 months United Way Community Investment Grant (Northwest housing Alternatives & CC Social Services Rent Well) HUD Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Private funds Move In Assistance Deposit Assistance Arrears & Utility Asst. 3-6 month subsidy Shallow Rental Subsidy Max monthly subsidy 50% rent to income ratio Contribution to rent 30- 50% of income Market rate housing 12 months (18 max) Scattered Site –Tenant Based 30-35 Households 30% of income rent contribution OVW-VAWA THP grant HUD- THP Private foundation support Transitional Housing Facility Currently operated by partner agencies (Janssen, NHA, B2H) Oxford Model Housing for DV Survivors Pilot Project by Recovery Abuse Program MACG funding HACC- 24 units-set aside for DV voucher/priority- CWS provides support services Other Subsidized & Non- Subsidized Permanent Housing Casa Hogar- Spanish Speaking Shelter 6 beds (master leasing) Clackamas Women’s Services Beyond Shelter Housing Initiative-Internal Program Model Permanent Supportive Housing Shelter + Care (County HA) CWS PSH- HUD)
Salary differences Continuum of Care System & 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Long standing HRR line Internal culture shifts within partner agencies (moving from shelter based system to housing based system) County budget cuts- impact on County services and employees
Utilize an MOU (revisit regularly) Cross agency team building activities and training Include culturally specific partners in all aspects of planning Establish communication systems Define roles and responsibilities Solicit commitment from all partners Regular meetings Shared learning and shared responsibilities
High success rates Staff satisfaction Staff skill level increased Increased participant feedback rates with high level of reported satisfaction System infrastructure remains solid despite changes in funding patterns Flexible system Data informed Political will and capital Collaborative fundraising
Formative evaluation Summative evaluation Program monitoring/evaluation
o Leadership o Collaborative planning o Financial leverage o Provider infrastructure o Credible data o Network of allies
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