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2  Dale Gravett: Executive Director, Housing Authority of Chester County  Jane Downing: Senior Program Officer, Pittsburgh Foundation  Tricia Bradley: Program Manager, Your Way Home—Montgomery County

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4  Total Population: 506,575  24 th Wealthiest County in the Nation  People Living Below Poverty Level: 35,186 (7%) ( poverty level= $11,490-Single, $23,500 Family-4 )  Medium Rent: $1,039 for a one bedroom unit.  Housing Burden: 29% of households spend 30% or more of income on housing  684 persons homeless on any given night  Source: 2012 American Community Survey

5  Community leaders came together in 2010 to lay a foundation for a plan  10 Year Plan created based on HUD requirements and sector best practices  Goal: Centralize Homeless Services  Plan approved by Chester County Commissioners, November 2011  Official Public Launch January 2013  Coordinated Assessment Launch July 2013

6  Total Number of Adults- 703  Total Number of Children : : : 21 Total Number of People Served 942 * Numbers based on Emergency Shelters funded through DCD.

7  Chester County’s Coordinated Assessment/Single Point of Entry Service  24/7 Homeless Hotline:  Website: ConnectPoints.org

8 Individuals  448 individuals spent at least one night in an Emergency Shelter  118 individuals exited an emergency shelter to a Permanent Housing destination  52 individuals received housing services in a Transitional Housing program  16 individuals exited a transitional housing setting to a Permanent Housing destination Families  89 families spent at least one night in an Emergency Shelter  59 families exited an emergency shelter to a Permanent Housing destination  47 families received housing services in a Transitional Housing program  25 families exited a transitional housing setting to a Permanent Housing destination 219 Households ( 368 individuals) Exited to Permanent Housing from an Emergency Shelter or Transitional Housing program.

9 Decade to Doorways Partnership Structure Leadership Consortium Executive Committee Coordinating Agency DCD Coordinating Agency DCD Public Relations & Advocacy System Change Action Team Permanent Housing Action Team Housing Stabilization Action Team Results Action Team Community Networking Group

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11  Partner: Housing Authority of Chester County  Function: Assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness to find safe, secure, affordable housing.  Must have some income but experiencing barriers to securing affordable housing: criminal record, past evictions, etc.  Landlord Engagement

12  Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)  Partner: Chester County Opportunities Industrial Center  Target Population: Homeless, Unemployed US Military Veterans  Services: Vocational Training, Resume Preparation, Job Search, Transportation, Clothing and Housing Assistance

13  Partners: EDSI and CareerLink  Persons Served: Low-income individuals who are underemployed or unemployed and meet 235% federal income poverty levels.  Services Provided: Job development, job placement and job retention services.  Applicants must be referred from approved D2D agencies.  Contact the PA CareerLink – Chester County® at to determine eligibility

14  VASH Program  Public Housing Preferences  Affordable Housing Development  Project Based Housing Choice Vouchers  Reduction in Overly Stringent Admission Policies  Voucher Issuance Strategies  Utilizing HUD Notice PIH


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