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Exploring the Intersections of Public Housing and Homelessness:Prevention, Support Services and Best Practices
Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentWestern Mass. Regional Network to End HomelessnessMay 3, 2012Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) administer powerful resources for creating housing for homeless and extremely vulnerable populations. Particularly in todays difficult funding environment, PHA resources, capacity, and experience serving extremely low-income individuals and families make them critical partners in creating new opportunities for supportive housing and ending homelessness. Some PHAs also have development capacity that is otherwise lacking in their communities, and they can be leaders in developing new permanent supportive housing.
Why are PHAs important to efforts to end homelessness?
Up to 20% of EA families are placed through state and federal public housing, Section 8, and the LHA Transitional Housing ProgramSpringfield Housing Authority's 2007 commitment of 90 project-based vouchers for permanent supportive housing for chronically homelessindividuals has been a major contributing factor to the City's 27% decrease in chronic homelessness over a five-year periodDHCDs HPRP eviction prevention initiatives Work of ICHH Regional NetworksWe are already working together to address homelessnessCurrent snapshot in Western Mass:EA Families in area motelsHousing Authority284 families in motels from community40% possibly meet homeless preferenceAgawam20Amherst20Chicopee2911Easthampton10Greenfield155Hampden10Holyoke3811Ludlow41Montague10Northampton32Palmer11South Hadley22Southwick11Springfield16370Ware31West Springfield72Westfield114Totals284111
DHCD and LHA Program Models that serve families that are homeless or experiencing housing instability:
LHA Transitional HousingLHA Housing First Homelessness PreventionDHCD and DTA established THP model in 1992 DHCD currently funds 90 units statewide administered by 8 housing authoritiesDHCD funds LHA to pay for a monthly occupancy and administrative feeDHCD funds case management staff at LHAFamilies transition to lease upon successful completion of a transitional service plan92% graduation rate within 8 monthsLHA Transitional Housing ProgramDHCD and DTA established Housing First model in 2007 DHCD currently funds 40 units at 3 LHAsFamily transition from shelter and begins a lease in a public housing unitDHCD provides participating LHA with funding for case management staff and support services99.99% retention rate LHA Housing FirstState has experience with ICHH and HPRP-funded initiatives with LHAs
State funds Tenancy Preservation Programs (TPP) in several locations, including S-field
Federal funding through McKinney Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and the HEARTH ActWorking through Continua of Care across state to bolster individual rehousing and prevention effortsRFR out now; responses due back May 8th
FY13 Proposed expansion to RAFT Program
Homelessness PreventionUSING STATE (EA) RESOURCES:EA families lease with LHA DHCD pays a monthly fee of $400 to LHA DHCD provides funds for case management staff and support services at LHAOpportunity for a regional model involving multiple LHAsUSING FEDERAL RESOURCES:Sponsor-base Section 8 vouchersProposal for discussion:LHA Supportive Housing ModelThere are many reasons PHAs choose to invest in supportive housing, including:
Mission: Supportive housing complements PHAs missions by enhancing their ability to serve low-income households that otherwise struggle in traditional programs.Partnerships: PHAs that engage in ending homelessness create connections with government and nonprofit leaders that can open doors for other PHA initiatives.Funding: when PHAs invest in supportive housing, their contributions leverage significant resources for their agencies and their communities. In recent years, the majority of incremental vouchers available to PHAs have had requirements to serve special-needs populations in partnership with service providers, such as HUD-VASH. Why is supportive housing important to PHAs?