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Tipping Point Community, a nonprofit organization in the Bay Area, initiated the Chronic Homelessness Initiative (CHI) in 2017 (a $100 million private investment) with a goal of halving chronic homelessness in San Francisco within five years. CHI’s approach utilizes three strategies: increasing placements to permanent housing for persons experiencing homelessness, preventing persons from becoming chronically homeless, and changing systems that sustain homelessness and with which people experiencing chronic homelessness frequently interact.
Webinar / Webcast
The Urban Institute will convene a virtual panel on September 29, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss how cities are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic in light of revenue shortfalls, constraints on local authorities to direct federal aid, and equity challenges for affordable housing, homelessness, and access to economic opportunities.
This report is an initial evaluation of the Bringing Families Home (BFH) program in San Francisco, California, which is a state-funded initiative that provides permanent housing and supportive services for homeless families or families with unstable housing who are engaged with the child welfare system. (Bringing Families Home is the sustained version of Families Moving Forward, a federally funded demonstration project.) Participating families under BFH receive in-home services to prevent their children from being placed in foster care.
This blogpost features shared housing -- where two or more unrelated persons live in common space and divide housing costs -- as a potential option to address homelessness in high-cost housing markets. It illustrates four successful shared housing programs in Fredericksburg, Virginia; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Common elements of these models include a client-centered approach, ability to fund landlord engagement resources flexibly, conflict resolution training, and adaptable roommate matching.
This evaluation report provides early findings of the Breaking Barriers pilot program that provides adults on probation with a time-limited rental housing subsidy and housing retention services, along with case management and employment support. The report reviews the program’s impact on reducing recidivism, improving housing stability among program participants, and increasing employment incomes enough for participants to take over rental payments without the subsidy at the end of the two-year program period.
Solutions for Change solves family homelessness, one family and one community at a time, delivering a permanent solution to family homelessness and deep poverty through social enterprise. Founded in 1999 by social entrepreneurs Chris and Tammy Megison, Solutions for Change works to transforms lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness.
This U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness toolkit offers resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Department of Education to support a coordinated entry approach to addressing housing placement among those encountering homelessness. Coordinated entry includes a standardized access and assessment (“No Wrong Door”) process that facilitates referral and housing placement while addressing immediate and long-term housing and social service needs.
This National League of Cities issue brief identifies the challenges that mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness present to local communities. The brief profiles innovative approaches that city leaders have taken, including first responder-provider partnerships, first responder-led referral programs, and regional dedicated emergency psychiatric facilities. Examples are presented of how these approaches are tailored to the unique community needs in Seattle, Washington; Gloucester, Massachusetts; and Alameda County, California.
This United States Interagency Council on Homelessness brief is a transcript of a set of interviews conducted with housing officials in Montgomery County (Pennsylvania), Columbus (Ohio), and Los Angeles (California). The discussion identifies their approaches and initiatives to stem eviction and divert persons from entering homelessness.