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  1. Homeless and Housing Coordinators 9th Annual Meeting Fresh Start Housing Tri-City Mental Health Center August 1, 2006

  2. Tri-City Mental Health Moderator Kevin Rice, LCSW Presenters Paul Crane, MFT, AB2034 Supervisor Gilbert Saldate, MHRS, Housing Supervisor

  3. Fresh Start Housing • A Master Lease Approach To Ending Homelessness • Main Reason for Master Lease • NIMBYISM

  4. Mental Health Diagnosis –At Initial Evaluation

  5. Substance Abuse Diagnosis –At Initial Evaluation

  6. Housing Program … In The Beginning • Orange Grove – 2 Bedrooms • Tasman – 4 bedrooms and 5 beds • La Sena – 4 bedrooms, 5 beds • Laurel – 2 bedrooms • Webber – • House – 2 bedrooms • Smaller house – 2 bedrooms • Alvarado – • House – 5 bedrooms, 5 beds • Bungalows – 8 small units with one bedroom each • Washington – House with 1 bedroom

  7. Our Guiding Principles… In the Beginning Housing First Harm Reduction Whatever It Takes

  8. Philosophy As Practiced When Housed, Consumers Will… • Want to Change • Participate in Their Treatment • Decrease Their Substance Use as a Coping Mechanism • Do Whatever It Takes to Thrive

  9. Success in Housing At the Expense of: • Mental Health Treatment • Substance Abuse Treatment . . . But . . .

  10. How They Arrived HOMELESSNESS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES/SYMPTOMS SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES

  11. Clinical Component • Intensive Case Management Practiced • Housing Was Part of The Clinical Model • Housing Became a Clinical Tool (A Third Component)

  12. Treatment Component No Holistic Approach HOUSING SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

  13. Outcome • Drugs a Problem • Prostitution • Subletting of Rooms • Moved-in Homeless Friends • Housing Became a Flophouse

  14. Outcome • Clinical Issues • Entitlement Issues Abounded • Many said, “You can’t make me do anything and you have to give me a place to stay.”

  15. Outcome • Neighbors Began To Complain • Complained To City Council Members of Pomona, Claremont and La Verne • Tri-City is a Joint Powers Authority Governed by these Cities • Police Frustrated • Landlords Confused

  16. Questions?

  17. Program Overhaul

  18. Our Guiding Principles…Now • Housing Is A Right • Responsibility Is A Choice • Self-Sufficiency Is Achievable • Natural Consequences Motivate Change

  19. What Changed • Housing Contract • Housing was Separated from Clinical • Housing Coordinator Became a Landlord and Contract Monitor • Issues Began to Be Addressed

  20. Housing First Became a Tiered Model • Emergency Shelter (as needed) • Sober Living • Fresh Start Housing (transitional housing) • Permanent Housing • Shelter Plus Care Certificate • Independent Living • Natural Consequences Were The Key • Consumer Chose Living Situation By Life Choices

  21. Lease Agreement

  22. Questions?

  23. What Changed – Clinical • Personal Services Coordinator (PSC) Became an Independent Consumer Advocate • PSC Works with Consumer and Reports Problems to the Program Supervisor • Program Supervisor Informs Housing Coordinator of Problems

  24. Holistic Approach Homelessness Housing Mental Health Substance Use Health Problems Family Problems Community Financial And So Forth Deal With Consumer Needs

  25. Advocacy – Problem Solving

  26. Resolution – Plan of Action (POA) • Consumer Agrees to POA • PSC and Housing Coordinator Inform Program Supervisor of POA • Program Supervisor and PSC Further Operationalize the POA

  27. GOAL

  28. Result

  29. New Philosophical Practice • Develop Internal Locus of Control • Become Self-Motivating • End Homeless Cycle • Make Program Obsolete For Person – Develop Consumer Independence • Set Goals For Self and Achieve Them

  30. Does It Work? “Lady in White”

  31. Questions?

  32. Fresh Start Housing Tri-City Mental Health Center Pomona, CA Serving the cities of Pomona, Claremont and La Verne Wishes to express its thanks and appreciation for being invited to present at the 9th Annual Homeless and Housing Coordinators Meeting