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Opening Doors Rhode Island. An update of the R.I.Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Opening Doors RI. KEY STATISTICS: RI Population 1,052,567 Persons living in Poverty 142,000 (13.5% of RI population; US 14.3%) Persons living in deep poverty (50% FPL) 61,000 (5.8% of RI population)

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Opening doors rhode island

Opening Doors Rhode Island

An update of the R.I.Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness


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Opening Doors RI

KEY STATISTICS:

  • RI Population 1,052,567

  • Persons living in Poverty 142,000 (13.5% of RI population; US 14.3%)

  • Persons living in deep poverty (50% FPL) 61,000 (5.8% of RI population)

  • Households living in deep poverty 38,000 (9.4% of RI households)

  • Total homeless persons (annual) HMIS - 4,396 (0.42%)

  • Total homeless households HMIS - 3,008 (0.75% of all RI households)


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Opening Doors RI

  • State Issued RFP – Consultant to drive process

  • Updated plan will align with “Opening Doors”, the Federal Strategic Plan

  • Focus Areas

    • Increase access to stable and affordable housing;

    • Retool the homeless crisis response system

    • Increase economic security

    • Improve health and housing stability

    • Increase leadership, collaboration and civic engagement


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Opening Doors RI

  • Steering Committee established (process):

    • Government, Providers, Advocates

  • Stakeholders meetings (content):

    • HEARTH/Pending Federal changes

    • Listening Sessions

    • Consumer Forum

    • Online Survey


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Opening Doors RI

  • Listening Sessions:

    • Homeless Crisis Response

    • Family, Children & Youth

    • Health & Behavioral Health

    • Criminal Justice

    • Workforce and Income

    • Housing

    • Consumer Forum


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Opening Doors RI

  • Increase Access to Stable, Affordable Housing and Supportive Housing

    • Increase the supply of permanent housing affordable to very low income households through tenant based rental assistance and new project development.

    • Create additional permanent supportive housing

    • Pursue opportunities to expand rental support and subsidies

    • Expand collaboration with PHAs


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Opening Doors RI

  • Retool Homeless Crisis Response System

    • Coordinated intake/assessment

    • Universal wait list for housing assistance

    • Service standards

    • COC Governance (outcome based funding)

    • Staff training/information share

    • Cross-sector collaboration

    • Shelter diversion

    • Repurpose transitional housing


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Opening Doors RI

  • Families, Children and Youth

    • Create housing opportunities for families involved with DCYF.

    • Ensure coordination between agencies servicing families and young adults

    • Gather data on young adults experiencing homelessness


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Opening Doors RI

  • Increase economic security

    • Focus education/job training opportunities

    • Expand access to mainstream benefits

  • Improve Health and Housing Stability

    • Strengthen behavioral health services for vulnerable populations

    • Expand access to primary care

    • Connect people to benefits and Medicaid

      • Supportive Housing Services

      • Medical home/Medicaid health home model


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Opening Doors RI

  • Criminal Justice and Reentry

    • Examine requirements to expunge records

    • Work to ensure stable housing and employment upon release.

      • Frequent Users Pilot Program

      • Existing services

  • Increase Leadership, Collaboration & Civic Engagement

    • Executive Branch buy-in

    • Commitment to goals of plan all levels

    • Public awareness

    • Clear outcomes to drive performance


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Opening Doors RI

  • Signature Initiatives

    • End Homelessness Among Veterans

    • Expand Use of Prevention, Division and Rapid Re-Housing for Families

    • Prevent Chronic Unemployment and Homelessness Among Youth

    • Target Frequent Users of Crisis Services


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Opening Doors RI

  • Public Comment Period

  • Adoption by State’s Housing Resources Commission and Interagency Council on Homelessness

  • Implementation already begun

    • Governance of COC altered

    • PHA Involvement

    • Signature initiatives pursued


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Opening Doors RI

Contact:

Michael Tondra

Office of Housing and Community Dev’t

One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor

Providence, R.I. 02908-5873

(401) 222-7901

(401) 222-2083 – Fax

[email protected]


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