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Ending Family Homelessness in Rural America Presented at: National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness February 8, 2008 - Seattle, Washington Sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness Jonda Clemings, MSEd, LSW Coalition On Homelessness and Housing in Ohio www.cohhio.org.

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Ending Family Homelessness in Rural America

Presented at: National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness

February 8, 2008 - Seattle, Washington

Sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness

Jonda Clemings, MSEd, LSW

Coalition On Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

www.cohhio.org

characteristics of rural america
Characteristics of Rural America
  • Large geographic area
  • Less than 100,000 people
  • More than 100 miles from urban area
  • Higher poverty rates
  • Less educational attainment
  • More agricultural and extractive industries
challenges faced by rural providers
Challenges Faced By Rural Providers
  • Lack of public transportation
  • Single agencies providing multiple services
  • Personnel wear several “hats”
  • Sense of isolation
  • Fewer resources - funding
  • Difficult for staff to attend trainings & meetings
rural homelessness
Rural Homelessness

Per the National Coalition for the Homeless - “Rural homelessness is numerically less and often proportionately more than urban homeless.”

rural vs urban
Rural vs. Urban
  • The picture of rural homelessness is not the same as urban homelessness.
  • Lack of qualitative & quantitative knowledge about the needs of rural homeless and the causes of their homelessness has prevented providers & policy makers from adequately addressing the problem.
problems with current systems
Problems with Current Systems
  • Housing is not seen as the primary intervention
  • Some programs incentivize shelter entry versus prevention
  • High cost interventions are not always targeted to the most vulnerable families
costs of homelessness family children
Families

Involvement in Foster Care and Child Welfare

Incidence of families separating or dissolving

Children

 Poor health

Developmental delays

Mental health

Behavioral problems

Academic achievement

Costs of Homelessness - Family & Children
ohio rural homelessness initiatives
Ohio Rural Homelessness Initiatives

COHHIO

  • Technical Assistance
  • Capacity Building
  • Rural Advisory Council
  • Rural Convenings
ohio housing trust fund
Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)

Direct Housing

Emergency Shelter

** Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot Project

Foreclosure Prevention

Home Repair

Homelessness Prevention

Housing Development Assistance Program

Permanent Supportive Housing

Supportive Services

Transitional Housing

Ohio Housing Trust Fund
ohio balance of state hmis
Ohio Balance of State HMIS

December 28, 2007

66% HMIS Coverage

  • Shelters - 42
    • 471 households
    • 964 HH members
    • 469 Adults
    • 495 children
  • Transitional Housing - 37
    • 355 households
    • 822 HH members
    • 357 Adults
    • 465 children
accessing mainstream resources
Accessing Mainstream Resources

Ohio Benefit Bank

  • Knox County has trained OBB counselors to help low-income households access Medicaid, Food Stamps, Child Care Subsidy/Tax Credit, Home Energy Assistance Program, Tax Assistance, and Earned Income Tax Credits.
regional collaboration
Regional Collaboration

4 County Collaboration

  • Continuum of Care
  • Referrals to services within the alliance
  • Information shared on available resources & new programs
  • Case reviews
project total prevention housing assistance
Project TOTALPrevention & Housing Assistance

Targeting High Risk Families

  • Greene County provides outreach and follow-up support for homeless and those at-risk for homelessness.
  • Services include: case management, systems advocacy, crisis intervention, landlord-tenant mediation, peer support, life skill development, and linkages to community resources.
positive balance financial literacy
“Positive Balance”Financial Literacy

Prevention Approach

  • Licking County utilizes an AmeriCorps Grant to provide financial literacy at 12 local agencies/organizations.
  • Budgeting counseling
housing first
Housing First

Rapid Re-Entry

  • Delaware County utilizes supportive services and time-limited subsidy by relying on early identification and resolution of a family’s “housing barriers” and assist them to return to permanent housing.
shelter plus care
Shelter Plus Care

Targeting Services

  • Portage County utilizes the Shelter Plus Care Program to provide a rental subsidy to homeless families with a severe mental disability.
  • Mental Health agency provides Supportive Services.
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Jonda Clemings, MSEd, LSWRural Housing Program CoordinatorCoalition On Homelessness and Housing In Ohio175 S. Third St. - Suite 250Columbus, Ohio 43215P 614.280.1984jondaclemings@cohhio.orgwww.cohhio.org