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Overview of Proposed I nitiative. Katie Kitchin Community Alliance for the Homeless February 29, 2012. Presentation Overview. Context: Action Plan and Emergency Housing Partnership Background on the Denver model Integration into Memphis “system” Expectations of partnering congregations

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Overview of proposed i nitiative

Overview of Proposed Initiative

Katie Kitchin

Community Alliance for the Homeless

February 29, 2012

Presentation overview
Presentation Overview

  • Context: Action Plan and Emergency Housing Partnership

  • Background on the Denver model

  • Integration into Memphis “system”

  • Expectations of partnering congregations

  • Timeline/logistic for project initiation

Setting the context
Setting the Context

  • What we know about homeless families in Memphis and nationally:

    • Same/similar prevalence rates of serious mental illness and substance abuse

    • Same/similar rates of education; very high rate of trauma = severe physical or sexual abuse

    • Major differences: extreme poverty, younger, and more likely to be pregnant

What the evidence tells us
What the Evidence Tells Us

  • Evidence: diminishing returns from longer stays in transitional housing and shelter

  • Evidence: no long-term impact of high service intensity

  • Evidence: experience of homelessness = school delays, repeat grades, health/behavior problems

  • Prevention/Rapid Rehousing model (short term housing subsidy plus home-based supports) has biggest impact in reducing homelessness among families.

The action plan and emergency housing partnership
The Action Plan and Emergency Housing Partnership

  • In October 2009, the Emergency Housing Partnership was formed with 17 public/private agencies.

  • The results have been very strong: nearly 4,000 people who would have been homeless have avoided placement.

  • Family homelessness fell despite record high unemployment, poverty, and high rate of single adult homelessness.

  • Initiative is stimulus funded; expires in June 2012.

  • Action Plan calls for continuation and strengthening of the strategy.

The denver model
The Denver Model

325 congregations provided financial and mentoring support to an average of 3 families over 6 years.

Mayor Hickenlooper formed the Family and Senior Homeless Initiative in 2005; called on every congregation in Denver to end homelessness for one family.

Goal: 1,000 families in 10 years

Result: 1,000 families mentored in 6 years!

Structured engagement

Mentoring Goals

SMART Goal Setting

Financial Management

Relationship and Encouragement

Structured Engagement

Primary focus is on relationship and encouragement. Strength-based and spiritual encouragement is provided.


Meeting One: Get Acquainted

Meeting Two: Financial Guidebook

Meeting Three: Family Goal

Meeting Four: Work Goal

Meeting Five: Personal Goal

Meeting Six: Review Progress

Meeting Seven: Celebration

Expectations of congregations
Expectations of Congregations

  • Financial support for one family (annually) = $2,000. ($1,500 for the rental costs and $500 for training, materials, and program support.)

  • Designation of a lead contact and identification of 2-6 congregants to serve as mentors.

Expectations of mentors
Expectations of Mentors

  • Participate in 90 minute training session.

  • Meet 7 times over 4-6 months; additional mentoring/relationship building during months 7-12.

  • Provide respectful guidance to the family and support their efforts to increase self-sufficiency with tools provided.

  • Report back to CAFTH on the family’s stability after the final meeting.

Identification and screening of families
Identification and Screening of Families

  • All families are screened by central intake at MIFA including criminal histories and child welfare involvement.

  • Families are referred to congregations based on 1) zip code proximity to encourage community-based relationships, and 2) level of need.

  • All families “opt in” to the project and are able to express preference concerning religious affiliation/denomination.

Timeline and logistics
Timeline and Logistics

  • Goal: 100 faith-based partners by July 2012

  • Staff of CAFTH begins training in May

  • Quarterly progress reports; annual meeting