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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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