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SIGHT UNSEEN: THE NEGLECTED PROBLEM OF RURAL HOMELESSNESS. Diana T. Myers Diana T. Myers & Associates, Inc. dtmdtma@hotmail.com July 17, 2006. LESSONS LEARNED Ending Homelessness Requires:. Prevention strategies Discharge planning Linkages to mainstream resources.

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sight unseen the neglected problem of rural homelessness

SIGHT UNSEEN: THE NEGLECTED PROBLEM OF RURAL HOMELESSNESS

Diana T. Myers

Diana T. Myers & Associates, Inc.

dtmdtma@hotmail.com

July 17, 2006

lessons learned ending homelessness requires

LESSONS LEARNED Ending Homelessness Requires:

Prevention strategies

Discharge planning

Linkages to mainstream resources

lessons learned ending homelessness requires3
LESSONS LEARNED Ending Homelessness Requires:
  • A range of appropriate housing options
  • Available support services
  • Consistent outreach and engagement
rural areas face special challenges
Rural Areas Face Special Challenges:
  • Population is dispersed, hidden, doubled-up
  • Transportation is limited
    • Outreach and coordination are difficult
rural areas face special challenges5
Rural Areas Face Special Challenges:
  • Federal priorities favor urban areas
    • Programs prioritize chronically homeless
    • Doubled–up don’t meet HUD definition of homeless
rural areas face special challenges6
Rural Areas Face Special Challenges:
  • Affordable Housing for Homeless is Virtually Nonexistent
  • New Site-Based Housing is Difficult:
    • NIMBYism
    • Lack of Infrastructure
  • Lack of Resources for Rental Assistance
rural areas face special challenges7
Rural Areas Face Special Challenges:
  • Financial Resources are

Shrinking or Nonexistent

  • Mental Health and Drug

and Alcohol Services Funding

  • Multi-purpose Agencies become Primary Providers
rural areas face special challenges8
Rural Areas Face Special Challenges:
  • Technical Resources are also Shrinking or Nonexistent
  • Limited Capacity for Resource Development including Grant Writing and Management
to meet these challenges rural communities need
To Meet These Challenges Rural Communities Need:
  • Formal Coordination
  • Access to Information on Best Practices
to meet these challenges rural communities need10
To Meet These Challenges Rural Communities Need:
  • Access to Financial and Human Resources
      • Expertise in Housing Development
      • Trained Outreach and Engagement Teams
      • MH & D and A Services
  • Grant Writing and Management Assistance
best practices digest of model programs for the homeless
Best Practices: Digest of Model Programs for the Homeless
  • Common Themes for Successful Outreach and Engagement: Staff
      • Understand structural barriers and personal vulnerability
      • Treat people with dignity and respect
      • Are dedicated and sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity
      • Don’t engage individuals until ready
best practices digest of model programs for the homeless12
Best Practices: Digest of Model Programs for the Homeless
  • Common Themes for Successful Outreach and Engagement: Agencies
      • Collaborate and pool resources
      • Demonstrate commitment to education and training
      • Engage in good public relations with the community
best practices digest of model programs for the homeless13
Best Practices: Digest of Model Programs for the Homeless
  • Common Themes for Successful

Housing First

    • Tie to successful outreach & engagement
    • Encourage, but do not require acceptance of services as prerequisite to housing
    • Require a range of housing options and flexible subsidies
  • www.pahousingchoices.org- Click on Information
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Best Practices: Digest of Model Programs for the Homeless
  • Common Themes for Successful Housing First Programs
    • Need intensive support services, such as Assertive Community Treatment Teams
    • Require strong partnerships between housing providers and service providers
    • Tap all available funding streams
models best practices lhots
Models/Best Practices: LHOTS

What is an LHOT?

(pronounced L-HOTS)

  • A Local Housing Options Team
  • Collaboration/Consortium
  • Key stakeholders coming together on the county or multi-county level
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Models/Best Practices: LHOTS

Who are the members of an LHOT?

  • Key stakeholders in participating county or counties:
    • Disability
    • Housing
    • Human Service
    • People with Disabilities/Family Members
models best practices lhots17
Models/Best Practices: LHOTS

LHOT Activities?

  • Networking
  • Educating other members
  • Troubleshooting/problem solving (case studies)
  • Conducting needs assessments
models best practices lhots18
Models/Best Practices: LHOTS

LHOT Activities?

  • Developing housing strategies
  • Creating partnerships to address problems
  • Planning and financing specific housing programs or projects
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Models/Best Practices: LHOTS

Notable Accomplishments?

  • New Housing Opportunities
    • Shelter Plus Care Programs
    • Supportive Housing Programs
    • Local Housing Authority Set-Asides and Preferences
    • HUD Section 811 Programs
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Models/Best Practices: LHOTS

Notable Accomplishments?

  • Innovative Housing Options
    • Cooperative
    • Fairweather Lodge
    • Shared Housing
  • Educational Forums (Fair Housing, Home Modifications, Section 8)
  • Landlord Outreach Programs
best practices technical assistance and training
Best Practices: Technical Assistance and Training
  • Pa Technical Assistance Model
    • PA DCED

Best Practices Conference

TA to Rural Housing

Providers

    • PA OMHSAS

Form and Assist LHOT’s

Work Directly with County MH Offices

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Best Practices: Technical Assistance and Training
  • HUD SHP TA
    • Contact your HUD Regional Office
    • HUD.gov
  • Projects to Assist in the Transition for Homelessness
    • pathprogram.samhsa.gov
  • HAC