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Presentation on theme: "HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE PRESENTATION August 15, 2013."— Presentation transcript:


2 Our presentation  Demographics  Current homeless services  Homeless Policy  Promising practices  Targeted outreach, services & housing  Street outreach  Collaboration with law enforcement  Coordinated assessment  100 – Day Plan

3 2009 Homeless Count  680 literally homeless people  276 chronically homeless people  Berkeley had 16% of total homeless population  26% of the total chronic homeless population  Half of Berkeley’s chronically homeless population reported mental illness and substance dependence  59% African American; 24% White  63% aged 41 to 60 years

4 City’s investment in homeless services provided by community agencies Category of Service# of ProgramsCity Funding Drop in centers5684,009 Emergency shelter8663,044 Prevention/rapid rehousing2348,156 Substance abuse treatment4340,032 Services in permanent housing6284,763 Legal services2213,379 Transitional housing4164,452 Permanent housing rental subsidy2110,000 Employment290,558 Meal programs287,009 Total2,985,402

5 History of compassionate response

6 Promising Practices

7 Targeted Outreach, Services, and Housing  Target interventions to specific individuals based on criteria such as needs or use of public services  Berkeley’s Square One (PCEI)  DESC, Seattle, 1811 Eastlake  National 100,000 Homes campaign

8 Street Outreach  Providing mobile, street-based services and building trusting relationships with  City’s Homeless Outreach Team  Seattle: DESC’s HOST program  San Francisco: At the Crossroads

9 Collaboration with Law Enforcement  Combinations of social services approaches and law enforcement interventions  Ventura, Safe & Clean  Santa Barbara, restorative policing  City’s Mobile Crisis Team  City’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) (Memphis model)

10 Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director Coordinated Assessment

11 Everyone Home’s Role  Implementation of plan to end homelessness  Coordinate adoption of new federal homelessness regulations  Homeless Count  Continuum of Care application - $25M  Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing  Outcome measures for performance in homeless program contracts

12 Coordinated Assessment  A place or means to request assistance  A screening and assessment process  Information about programs and agencies that can provide needed housing or services  A process and tools for referral of the person to appropriate programs or agencies  In some cases, a process and tools for making program admissions decisions.

13 The current “system” is not one

14 Coordinated Assessment A single point of entry Case management Rapid rehousing Permanent supportive housing Shelter/Transitional Assessment process matches consumer with appropriate services Consumers stay in system until their homelessness has ended

15 Benefits of coordinated assessment for consumers  Consumers don’t have to go from agency to agency seeking help  Family members and case managers trying to help consumers don’t have to go from agency to agency  More likely that consumers will get to the same end result no matter where they enter the system  Consumer don’t have to go through an intake process multiple times

16 Benefits of coordinated assessment for providers  Reduces duplication of effort in intake  Once a coordinated system is in place, should reduce the amount of time each case manager has to spend searching for resources  Resources are matched with the most appropriate consumers, so people are not over-served or under- served

17 Benefits of coordinated assessment for everyone  System is more accountable to people once they are in it  Resources are used more efficiently  It is a HUD mandate, related to the $25 million in McKinney Vento funds received countywide every year

18 Challenges of coordinated assessment  Setting up a coordinated system will take resources  Need to change system priorities, admissions process, and/or resources available for meaningful change  Real-time coordination will require ongoing staffing and attention  Need functional technology for support  No single entity can make it work

19 100 – Day Plan

20  HUD, USICH, VA invited local participation  Boot Camp (July) – Targeted communities with large chronically homeless populations  Federal goal: end chronic homelessness and Veterans’ homelessness by 2015  Challenge: In 100 days, make system changes that will increase the pace at which we are ending chronic homelessness locally

21 100 – Day Plan  House 80 chronically homeless people per month by October 31, 2013  Create countywide, 200-person list of prioritized, chronically homeless people  Match prioritized people with housing Navigators  Engage permanent housing providers to use the priority list to fill vacancies  Outreach to private landlords

22 Opportunities for Development Design a front door Realign resources Invest in Coordination Ability to allocate resources Triage consumers Target Resources Meet people where they are Increase Outreach



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