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Building Housing First into Your Community’s Homeless System. Liz Drapa Program Manager - Illinois Corporation for Supportive Housing NAEH Conference – July 18, 2006 Our Mission CSH helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness.

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Building housing first into your community s homeless system

Building Housing First into Your Community’s Homeless System

Liz Drapa

Program Manager - IllinoisCorporation for Supportive HousingNAEH Conference – July 18,

Building housing first into your community s homeless system
Our Mission SystemCSH helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness.

Overview of chicago s plan to end homelessness

Overview of SystemChicago’s Plan to End Homelessness

4 tenets of the plan
4 Tenets of the Plan System

  • Prevention

  • Housing First

  • Wraparound Services

  • System Change

How we built in housing 1st
How We Built in Housing 1st System

  • Coalition/Support Building

  • Program Change

  • System-Wide Coordination

  • Partnerships

  • Sound Transition Goals

  • Financial Resources

  • Evaluation

Coalition support building
Coalition/Support Building System

  • Reconfigured the Continuum of Care Board

    • ¼ Government; ¼ Providers; ¼ consumers; remaining are at-large members

    • Every seat represents a constituency group

  • Developed an Implementation Schedule for Plan

    • Outlines tasks, targets, responsible parties under Plan’s core tenets

  • Support Mayor’s office, Continuum staff, provider Partnership, and Consumer Caucus

Program change
Program Change System

  • Developed program models

    • Outline the essential requirements for every program type under the Plan

  • Required programs receiving HUD and City money to be consistent with the Plan for funding

  • Provided TA and training to programs under conversion

  • Mandated outcomes for every project

  • Begun evaluation of interim housing model

System wide coordination
System-Wide Coordination System

  • Initiate discharge planning work – esp. around frequent users

  • Provide training to all CoC members on Plan, program models, and innovative strategies

  • HMIS implementation

  • Coordinate development of prevention hotline

  • Explore development of permanent housing waiting list

Partnerships System

  • Chronic Homeless Bonus $ - CoC coordinate one application process and sets priorities

    • 2005 & 2006 awarded scattered site SHP subsidies

  • Housing Locator Program

    • 6 locators funded by City to coordinate market rate unit location and placement

  • Street to Home Initiative

    • Funded by City to target 100 chronically homeless persons on street

  • Harm Reduction Initiative

    • Assist agency in becoming harm reduction (funded by foundations)

Sound transition goals
Sound Transition Goals System

  • Set blueprint for change for system conversion

    • 2003 initial blueprint and revised in 2006 based on new data and assumptions

    • Outlines the goals per year for shelter change and permanent housing development

    • Entire CoC, PTEH, City approve goals

  • Set realistic goals and track goals in State of Plan

  • Work to match funding priorities to goals

Financial resources
Financial Resources System

  • HUD Dollars

    • Continue to improve evaluation tool for programs and organize according to priorities

    • Work with programs to restructure budgets to fund housing or to accommodate program changes

  • City Dollars

    • Require consistency with Plan

    • Coordinate transition from shelter to interim housing

  • Pursue new dollars

    • State Rental Support Bill

    • Prevention Dollars

Evaluation System

  • Conduct evaluation of program models

    • Recently released report on interim housing

  • Conduct evaluation of system barriers

    • Recently released report on intake barriers to permanent housing

  • Release State of the Plan 2x/year

    • January 2006 and July 2006 reports released

  • Issue report on SuperNOFA process and results annually

Upcoming challenges
Upcoming Challenges System

  • Getting HMIS up and running

  • Integrating flexible delivery of services and housing throughout the system

    • Harm Reduction Pilot

    • Addressing barriers to intake in all programs

  • Reaching our “tipping point”

  • Continuing to support the CoC process

  • Understanding new homeless needs

  • Obtaining service dollars (and other dollars!)

Successes to date
Successes to Date System

  • Since 2003:

    • Doubled the # of people receiving prevention

    • Added 1,303 permanent housing units

    • Phased in 1,497 interim housing beds

    • Phased out 1,948 shelter beds

    • Opened 4 new PSH developments (386 units)

    • Added 269 chronic homeless units

    • Initiated HMIS system

    • Added new partnerships

Resources System

  • NAEH Housing First Network:

  • NPR Series on Housing First:

  • Chicago Reports on System/Program Change:

  • Chicago Training Series:

Contact information
Contact Information System

Liz Drapa

Corporation for Supportive Housing

203 North Wabash

Chicago IL 60601

Phone: 312-332-6690 x19