How Communities Prevent Homelessness: Lessons for Howard County Samantha Batko National Alliance to End Homelessness October 28, 2010

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  • How Communities Prevent Homelessness: Lessons for Howard CountySamantha BatkoNational Alliance to End HomelessnessOctober 28, 2010

  • Nonpartisan, nonprofit that works to end homelessness through improving policy, building capacity, and educating opinion leaders.Promotes pragmatic and evidence based models and best practices.

    The Center for Capacity Building helps communities replicate and customize best practices that can be brought to scale.

  • Prevention: A Federal MovementHomelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH Act)Important performance measure: Decrease the number of people and households entering homelessness.Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) = Old ESG + HPRP

  • Prevention: A National TrendNew York City: Home Base estimated that in neighborhoods that they targeted prevention efforts, shelter placements decreased approximately 20%.Hennepin County, MN and Alameda County, CA: Evaluation of prevention targeting by comparing shelter population to prevention population.Hennepin County: Of families receiving prevention assistance, 40 percent had incomes below $1,000 per month. This compares with an astounding 94 percent of those who entered shelter, with approximately 70 percent of those families having incomes below $500 per month.

  • Evaluate & Target PreventionImportance: Giving the right resource to the right people at the right time.Compare shelter population to prevention population.Do they share the same characteristics?How many households that entered shelter had received and/or requested prevention money?Remember: Not every household needs maximum intervention.

  • ResourcesThe Center for Capacity Buildingthecenter@naeh.orgwww.endhomelessness.orgHomelessness Prevention: Creating Programs that Workhttp://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/2451Samantha Batkosbatko@naeh.org

    *Nonpartisan, nonprofit that works to end homelessness through improving policy, building capacity, and educating opinion leaders.Promotes pragmatic and evidence based models and best practices.The Center for Capacity Building helps communities replicate and customize best practices that can be brought to scale.

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