10 Year Plan To End Homelessness - Arlington County DHS

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  • Homelessness in Arlington County

  • Really? Here?

  • How Big a Problem?January 2008 Point in Time survey 410 individuals identified as homelessMany with problems such as severe mental illness, substance abuse, physical disabilities, HIV/AIDS41 homeless families126 persons in families179 homeless persons are unsheltered

  • How Big a Problem?Independent analysis and other studies indicate up to 1,100 homeless in Arlington served every year

  • Many Others on the BrinkPrevention effortsCounty Funds$215,000 to Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN)AMEN raises $107,000 in order to receive County fundsCounty providing additional $78,000 in 2009 as safety net fundingCovers rent as well as medication, utilities, rent deposits, emergency needsNorthern Virginia Family Services

  • Whats Being Done About It?

  • The 10 Year Plan to End HomelessnessAdopted in 2006 by County BoardBased on Housing First best practice10 Year Plan focuses on: Preventing homelessnessMoving people who do become homeless into housing rapidlyProviding the wrap-around services necessary for them to maintain their housing

    Housing FirstPractical, cost effective housing solution that emphasizes placing individuals in apartments as rapidly as possibleOnce an individual has secure, permanent housing, he or she works with a case manager to receive needed servicesCosts to the community have declined in cities that have implemented Housing First

  • The 10 Year Plan to End HomelessnessGuiding PrinciplesCommitment from all sectors of the communityBest practice and evidence-based solutionsAffordable and appropriate housing optionsCulturally competent and consumer-centered servicesSufficient, committed financial resources

  • The 10 Year Plan to End HomelessnessGoalsIncrease the supply of affordable housingPrevent homelessness at every opportunityProvide supportive services to keep people in housingIncrease income of homeless persons through employment and benefits

    Supportive HousingCombination of permanent, affordable housing with wrap-around servicesVery effective for persons with serious, persistent issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/AIDS

  • The 10 Year Plan to End HomelessnessRolling Up Our SleevesImplementation Committees based on the four goal areas are hard at work developing operational plans with specific actions and timetablesResults already being seenBetter communication and coordination among stakeholdersBetter understanding of magnitude of problemBetter use of data

  • The 10 Year Plan to End HomelessnessChaired by Housing Commission & Community Services Board

  • Housing Committee GoalsIncrease supply of affordable housingHousing Grant ProgramReview eligibility criteriaStreamline review and enrollment processImprove access to and communication with landlordsIncrease resources available for supportive housing

  • Prevention & Education Committee GoalsClose the front door to homelessnessEducate service providers, landlords, hospital and jail dischargers, persons at risk of homelessness on indicators of potential homelessness and availability of servicesDevelop proactive prevention strategiesEducate public on causes of homelessness and how people can help

  • Integrated Services Committee GoalsHelp those whose multiple medical, mental health and social service issues interfere with their ability to maintain stable housingReview current services and delivery systemReview best practicesIdentify gaps in services and recommend changesIdentify and eliminate duplication of services

  • Funding and Resource Development Committee GoalsInventory existing local, state, federal and private resourcesIdentify new resourcesUntapped foundation resourcesHomeless trust funds

  • Top Priorities - PolicyDevelop communication and public awareness materials to educate the Arlington community about the homeless, the 10 Year Plan, and how they can helpDevelop a Homeless Trust FundModify Countys Affordable Housing goals to include ending homelessness and promote supportive housingCreate a functional Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

  • Top Priorities - FinancialCommunication materials to educate the community $30,000Ancillary Services (part-time nurse practitioner and Housing Locator for the Homeless) $135,000

  • Top Priorities - FinancialIncrease funding for rental subsidy programs including Housing Grants, Transitional Housing Grants, and Permanent Supportive Housing ($833,000)Provide additional funds to increase rent standard for Housing Grants Program and Transitional Housing Grants ($600,000)Establish Rent Guarantee Fund to support landlords providing housing to homeless households ($100,000)

  • Cold Weather PlanCreated to keep people who are homeless safe when the weather becomes extremely cold. Emergency Winter Shelter Nov. 1 through March 31. [Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOA-C)]Capacity is 58. Overflow facilities at the ready. Provides safe place to sleep as well as food, a hot shower, laundry facilities and access to a range of services through the Department of Human Services and community partners. 2049 15th Street North (Courthouse area); opens daily at 4 p.m.

  • How Can I Help?

  • It Depends Who You AreFaith communityReal estate developersPeople at the front door of homelessnessCivic groupsPublic

    Front door Refers to jail and hospital dischargers, property managersThese groups can potentially divert people on the brink of homelessness

  • Faith CommunityLand resources create affordable housingCounty Housing Office (David Cristeal)Enterprise Community Partners (David Bowers)Alliance for Housing Solutions (Sarah Bailey)Non-profit affordable housing developers

    Non-profit affordable housing developers:Arlington Partnership for Affordable HousingWesley Housing Development CorporationRPJ Housing Development CorporationAHC, Inc.

  • Faith CommunityAdvocacy Be a VoiceSupport proposals for dedicated funding to address homelessnessFunding for housing grants / rental assistanceCall for employers to pay living wageSupport zoning actions that create affordable units in new / redeveloped propertiesLobby County Board for adequate funding to meet affordable housing goalsLobby U.S. Congress for housing grants

  • Faith CommunityCreate a mechanism in your organization for people to learn and helpSocial justice committeeHold food and clothing drivesAdopt-A-FamilyAct as guarantor for familiesPartner on projects with shelter / housing providers

  • Faith CommunityPartner with the key players Department of Human Services10 Year Plan Implementation Task ForceNon-profit agencies / service providers

    DHSCoordinated assessment and referral process

    10 Year PlanStay informed, look for opportunities to contribute

    Non-Profit AgenciesGet to know them and their programs

  • IndividualsPick up a few extra items to donate next time you are at the storePlant an extra row in the gardenBergmanns Share the Warmth coat donation program (last 3 weeks of every year)Volunteer at the Emergency Winter ShelterContribute items for back to schoolCheck for volunteer and donation opportunities at County Volunteer Office (great web tool)Donate to community non-profits engaged in homelessness prevention

  • IndividualsHuman acknowledgement say hi

  • Thank You!Arlington has the will and the means to prevent and end homelessnessBy working together, we can make a differenceLearn more about the issues and the communitys 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness at:

    www.arlingtonva.us/dhs

    Housing FirstPractical, cost effective housing solution that emphasizes placing individuals in apartments as rapidly as possibleOnce an individual has secure, permanent housing, he or she works with a case manager to receive needed servicesCosts to the community have declined in cities that have implemented Housing First

    Supportive HousingCombination of permanent, affordable housing with wrap-around servicesVery effective for persons with serious, persistent issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/AIDS

    Front door Refers to jail and hospital dischargers, property managersThese groups can potentially divert people on the brink of homelessness

    Non-profit affordable housing developers:Arlington Partnership for Affordable HousingWesley Housing Development CorporationRPJ Housing Development CorporationAHC, Inc.

    DHSCoordinated assessment and referral process

    10 Year PlanStay informed, look for opportunities to contribute

    Non-Profit AgenciesGet to know them and their programs

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