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Study prepared by KICH to end homelessness.

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  • TEN-YEAR PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS:

    UPDATE 2009

  • The Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness is administered through Kentucky Housing Corporations Specialized Housing Resources Department with support from the Organizational Planning and Performance and Communications Departments.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Executive Summary..........................................................................................................................1

    I. Background.................................................................................................................................1II. Need........................................................................................................................................1III. Gaps and Barriers..................................................................................................................................1IV. Strategies.....................................................................................................................................1V. Progress to Date.....................................................................................................................................2

    VI. Vision and Goals....................................................................................................................................3VII. Implementation Plan..............................................................................................................................3VIII. Finance Plan...........................................................................................................................................4

    Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness: Update 2009......................................................................5

    I. Background.....................................................................................................................................7

    II. Need...............................................................................................................................................8

    III. Gaps and Barriers........................................................................................................................9

    IV. Strategies....................................................................................................................................11

    V. Progress to Date.........................................................................................................................14

    Recovery Kentucky.................................................................................................................................14Safe Havens...........................................................................................................................................15Corporation for Supportive Housing....................................................................................................16Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Matching Services Funds...............................................................16Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center......................................................................................16KHC HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).......................................................................17Healthcare for the Homeless Planning Grant......................................................................................17SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery............................................................................................18Homeless Prevention Pilot Project.......................................................................................................18Department of Corrections....................................................................................................................19Kentucky Department of Education......................................................................................................19Kentucky Domestic Violence Association...........................................................................................20American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.........................................................................................20AmeriCorps National Service Program - Build Corps.........................................................................20KICH Executive Order.............................................................................................................................21

    VI. Vision and Goals........................................................................................................................21

    VII. Implementation Plan................................................................................................................22

    Community Mental Health Centers.......................................................................................................22PATH........................................................................................................................................................22Department of Juvenile Justice............................................................................................................23

    VIII. Finance Plan.............................................................................................................................24

    IX. Measuring Progress..................................................................................................................25

    APPENDIX........................................................................................................................................27

  • 1EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    I. Background

    Since the creation of the states Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in 2005, Kentucky has made great strides toward addressing the multifaceted issues of homelessness in the state. In late 2007, to support efforts initiated by the ten-year plan, the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness working with the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky began to address issues of homelessness specifi c to local regions through the creation of regional strategies to end homelessness.

    The update of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and the creation of regional strategies to end homelessness were coordinated with the cities of Louisville and Lexington, as well as the six designated Continuum of Care regions within the state of Kentucky. This document summarizes key accomplishments toward addressing issues of Kentuckys homelessness, as well as targeted regional strategies (which are detailed in full at www.kyhomeless.org) to continue the states work to end homelessness.

    Since the origination of this plan, economic challenges have dramatically changed. As reported by the national news, utilization of homeless services is increasing and the economic crisis poses a threat to federal, state and local governments and nonprofi ts that are attempting to respond to this increase. These challenges and responses are refl ected in this update, with consideration to the unknown impact of future economic challenges.

    II. Need

    According to the Kentucky Homeless Point-In-Time Count conducted in the winter of 2009, nearly 6,000 homeless persons were counted across the state. This fi gure is larger than the populations of at least four counties in Kentucky. Data from the 2009 count indicated that specialized services were needed to help the homeless deal with their personal challenges. Over 1,500 reported a problem with chronic substance abuse and more than 1,200 self-identifi ed with a severe mental illness. Similarly, domestic violence was reported as a problem for well over 1,100 respondents. A sizeable portion, 613, of the homeless identifi ed themselves as veterans. Based on the results of the Point-In-Time Count, 88 percent of homeless individuals in Kentucky were sheltered with 44 percent staying in emergency shelters and 44 percent in transitional housing. The remaining 12 percent were unsheltered homeless. Of the households interviewed, 21 percent were families with children, representing a total of 2,699 homeless children and adults.

    Numbers related to the precariously housed population may foreshadow the incidence of homelessness in the coming months and years. At nearly 6,800, those precariously housed in the Balance of State represent twice the number of those who meet the offi cial defi nition in the Balance of State Continuum of Care region. The fact is that those who are precariously housed today could very well be the homeless of tomorrow.

    III. Gaps and Barriers

    In Kentucky, there continues to be an insuffi cient supply of all types of safe, quality, and affordable housing. Adequate funding for support services is critical to help fi nd stable housing. There is a need for improved discharge planning for those aging out of foster care, persons exiting correctional institutions and persons with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders leaving state facilities.

    IV. Strategies

    To address the gaps and barriers, the state must continue to create more housing for the homeless and locate additional sources of funding. Kentucky must work to provide more supportive services. Prevention

    FACT: Those who are precariously housed today could very well be the homeless of tomorrow.

  • 2strategies for discharge planning, alternatives to incarceration and emergency assistance, as well as the coordination of these services, must occur to prevent the ongoing issues of homelessness.

    Local regions throughout the state have created plans to address these issues that are specifi c to the needs of their populations and make the best use of their ex

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