Presentation on theme: "Foster Youth Housing Initiative Final Evaluation Report Funder and Grantee Convening May 2009."— Presentation transcript:
Foster Youth Housing Initiative Final Evaluation Report Funder and Grantee Convening May 2009
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3 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Goals of the Web Seminar Review findings of the FYHI evaluation Direct services Capacity building Systems-change Discuss strategies to utilize information Program improvement Fundraising Review policy implications Assembly Bill 12: California Fostering Connections to Success Act Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
4 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 FYHI Goals Direct Services ($1,425,000) Provide grants to nonprofit organizations for direct services and housing assistance to former foster youth. At least 150 youth will receive direct housing and supportive services through the grantee projects. Capacity Building ($350,000) Provide financial and technical assistance to seven capacity building projects through a grant to the Corporation for Supportive Housing. These projects are designed to result in at least 40 new housing units for former foster youth and increased housing development capacity for the grantees. Systems Change ($150,000) Convene stakeholders and identify key policy priorities. Provide financial assistance to the Burton Foundation’s THP-Plus Statewide Technical Assistance Project, which assists counties, housing developers, and housing providers access and utilize THP-Plus funds.
5 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Direct Services Research Questions and Methods Key Questions What changes over time (in terms of education, employment, income, parenting, community integration, life skills, and behavioral health) do youth participants experience? What predictions of future success do service providers have for former foster youth? What successes and challenges in program implementation have service providers encountered? What financial impact to the public does the intervention have over time? Methods Baseline (186) and final follow-up (130) surveys from youth participants. Almost three quarters of these surveys come from First Place (36%); Center for Venture Philanthropy (21%); and Tri-City (16%). Focus groups: Held focus groups with youth from two programs. Key informant interviews with each direct service grantee
6 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Direct Services Key Findings: Housing Stability Programs have provided 586 youth with stable housing at a stage in their lives when former foster youth are at risk of homelessness. The youth had an average housing tenure of 16 months, and are now more able to afford stable housing; 83% of the youth either currently have sufficient monthly income for stable housing, or are on a path to having sufficient monthly income.
7 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Direct Services Key Findings: Educational Attainment For those who had a high school degree, GED, or less, 68% of them completed additional schooling while in the program. Youth devoted more hours to being in school while in the program, increasing the average number of hours spent in school per week from 3.8 to 11 hours. Youth are more engaged in education and increasing their educational attainment. Attained higher education beyond high school or GED 43% No school attainment 32% Attained high school or GED degree 25%
8 Direct Services Key Findings: Income FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Participants ’ total income increased almost 50% from intake to final data collection. For those in the program six months or more, monthly income rose 44% from $706 to $1,013.
9 Direct Services Key Findings: Health and Well-Being FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Youth are meeting their physical and mental health needs more effectively. For youth who were in the program for at least six months, 19% of increased access to health care services and 25% have increased access to mental health services. This is especially true for youth who have children. For youth facing serious mental health issues, providers reported that 61% are sufficiently connected to mental health services to be able to maintain their housing and thrive. Youth reported decreased depression and a more positive overall outlook on life.
10 Direct Services Key Findings: Parenthood The proportion of youth living with their children rose from 51% to 90%, indicating an increase in custodial rights. FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Youth who have children are helping to break the cycle of foster care by regaining parental custody of their children.
11 Direct Services Key Findings: Juvenile Justice Involvement Relatively few youth had contact with the criminal justice system during the program, and providers expect that even fewer of them will have contact after exit. Providers reported that 15% of the youth had contact with the justice system during the program, and providers expect 11% to have contact in the future. FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009
12 Cost Benefit Key Findings: Financial Benefits of FYHI FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 The cost-benefit analysis of the FYHI program shows that the original investment in one youth is paid off sometimes between 10 and 15 years. In over 40 years, the net benefit to the public sector for one youth is almost $90,000.
13 Cost Benefit Key Findings: Financial Benefits of FYHI FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009
14 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Capacity Building Research Questions and Methods Key Questions What progress are grantees making on their projects to develop housing units for former foster youth? In what ways has participating in FYHI built grantee capacity to develop housing for this population? Methods Baseline and follow-up survey completed by all grantees Review of grant documentation Key informant interviews with all grantees
15 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Capacity Building Key Findings: Benefits of FYHI Participation Organizations found high-quality consultants, freeing up staff time Some organizations hired additional staff with housing development backgrounds Association with Corporation for Supportive Housing imparted legitimacy Grantees were well positioned to take advantage of THP-Plus funding
16 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Capacity Building Key Findings: Increased Capacity for Providers Service providers have learned about housing development Developers have learned about how to design housing for this particular population Both types of grantees have learned a great deal about how to navigate funding sources
17 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Capacity Building Key Findings: Development of Housing Units Number of Units Coming Online 2006-2009 Capacity Building GranteeLocationNumber of Units Unity CareSan Jose Lutheran Social ServicesNorthern CA Greater New BeginningsOakland Total Number of Units Coming Online 2010-2011 Capacity Building GranteeLocationNumber of Units Affordable Housing Advocates and Fred FinchBerkeley/Oakland Bernal Heights Neighborhood CenterSan Francisco Bill Wilson CenterSanta Clara Booker T. WashingtonSan Francisco Abode Services (formerly Tri-City Homeless Coalition) Fremont Total Number of Units 11 10 24 45 Number of Units 15 8-10 20-25 12+ 15-20 70-82
18 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Capacity Building Grantee Perspective Capacity Building Grantee Experience: Abode Services (formerly Tri-City Homeless Coalition)
19 FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009 Systems Change Research Questions and Methods Key Questions What benchmarks have been reached that indicate progress made toward systems change? What policy and budgetary changes have occurred that indicate success around systems change? Methods Key informant interviews with Burton staff and other stakeholders. Review of monthly activity reports from the Burton Foundation.
20 Systems Change Activities and Accomplishments Advocated for an increase in the state THP-Plus budget from $10M to $35M Counties implementing THP-Plus grew from 5 to 44 Children participating in THP-Plus grew from 200 to 1,300 Statewide survey of youth in THP-Plus that received 500 responses Served as convener through statewide and regional trainings Developed a list and distributed information regularly to over 600 people FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009
21 Next Steps for Evaluation Dissemination Professionally designed executive summary Opinion piece in the SF Chronicle AB12 advocacy Possible journal article FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009
22 Possible Uses for FYHI Evaluation Information Internal Uses Share results with management team and program staff: congratulate them! Compare outcomes of group to your organization External Uses Send the published report to funders Write about the results in a letter to major donors Include in your newsletter, website and annual report FYHI Final Evaluation ReportMay 2009
23 AB 12: California Fostering Connections to Success Act Eligibility Court oversight and child welfare services Implementation date Placement types Foster Family Home Kinship Group Home THPP THP-Plus Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)
24 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program $1.5 billon available nationally In California: $144 million to entitled jurisdictions $44 million to State of California HCD Eligible Activities: Financial Assistance Housing Relocation and Stabilization Data Collection and Evaluation Administration Contracts with Sub-Grantees: September 30 th
25 HPRP Allocations of Jurisdictions of FYHI Grantees ALAMEDA$552,208 ALAMEDA COUNTY$802,915 BERKELEY$1,332,952 CONTRA COSTA COUNTY$1,421,551 DALY CITY$510,070 FREMONT$682,331 OAKLAND$3,458,120 RICHMOND$559,735 SAN FRANCISCO$8,757,780 SAN JOSE$4,128,763 SAN MATEO COUNTY$1,166,526 SANTA CLARA COUNTY$717,484
26 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Financial Assistance Rental assistance (may be full or shallow subsidies and may be graduated/declining) security deposits utility deposits utility payments (for up to 18 months and up to 6 months arrearages) moving cost assistance –includes truck rental, moving assistance and up to 3 months storage motel and hotel vouchers Housing Relocation and Stabilization Case management –arrangement,coordination, monitoring and delivery of services related to meeting the housing needs of program participants Outreach and engagement Housing search and placement – assistance locating, obtaining and retaining housing Legal services – legal services to help people stay in their rental homes Credit repair –budgeting, money managements and resolving credit issues
27 HPRP: What You Can Do Review substantial plan amendment for your jurisdiction Identify point person in your jurisdiction Educate other homeless youth providers Attend planning meetings Make the case for homeless youth Apply for funding Stay informed about state process More information about HPRP on June 10 th Web Seminar