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  • HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION - INTERVENTION Metro Detroits Community Summit To End Homelessness
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  • Broadly, it means that someone who is threatened with homelessness does not become homeless. ( National Alliance to End Homelessness) WHAT IS PREVENTION
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  • Who Is the Target for Prevention Those most at risk are those who: Have been homeless before; Have no support networks (family or friends) that can help them with housing or finances;
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  • Have an institutional history (prison, jail, hospitals, etc.); Have been in foster care; or Are victims of domestic violence. Target for Prevention Contd
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  • Amongst people who fall into any of the above categories, the people most likely to become homeless are: Single men; Female-headed households, particularly ones with no experience of independent living; People with chronic mental illness; People with substance or alcohol abuse illness; and People with serious health problems.
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  • Benefits of Prevention Programs They can be cost effective. They prevent people from entering the homelessness system. Make it easier for people to maintain steady employment and self-sufficiency. Avoids the human and social costs of homelessness.
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  • Recommendations Implement preventive programs, ie, intervention, stabilization and infrastructure: Intervention Programs Rental assistance Mortgage assistance Tenant/landlord mediation Domestic violence counseling Family counseling
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  • Legal aid Case management Emergency utility payments Recommendations Contd
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  • Stabilization Programs Institutional transition (prisons, hospitals, jails, etc.) Drug/alcohol treatment Domestic violence programs Budgeting assistance Tenant education
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  • Recommendations Contd Infrastructure Programs Housing Assistance: Section 8 Single Room Occupancy
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  • Housing and mortgage insurance Public housing Supported housing Infrastructure Programs Contd
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  • Income Assistance: Veterans benefits Family Independent Agency Emergency assistance General assistance Food stamps
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  • Infrastructure Programs Contd Service Assistance: Health care Case management Counseling Job training and placement Drug/alcohol treatment Mental health care


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