This Weeks Right Resource Bulletin ~ One Family

This Week’s News from the ICHH Regional Networks and the Right Resources Bulletin Board
December 16, 2009
Innovation in the Spotlight:
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance’s
Diversion and Rapid Re-Housing Model

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliances leads the state in its success in decreasing shelter usage and motel usage by families.  In July 2009, 17 Worcester families in the EA system were staying in motels. As a result of CMHA initiatives, by November 19, 2009, there were no Worcester families in the EA system staying in motels anywhere in the state (data provided by DHCD).  Worcester shelters currently have vacancies, due in part to CMHA’s push to achieve an average 90-day shelter stay.  CMHA intends for family shelter to serve only as a temporary safety net, not a long-term solution to family homelessness.  Between July 1, 2009 and December 1, 2009, CMHA diverted 32 families on the brink of entering shelter and helped 88 families leave shelter.  The average cost of a subsidy to re-house a family is $6,000-$8,000 per year, much less than average costs of shelter or motels.  Moreover, 97% of the families receiving shallow subsidies for one year from CMHA remain housed after one year. How has CMHA achieved these results?  Read on. . .
 
From the Right Resources Forum

An Intellectual and Hopeful Pause
More HPRP Funds – Advocacy Opportunity

CMHA Annual Meeting Presentation
A Home is What a Family Desires Housing Agency Avoids Shelters

Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Package
Webcast: Deciphering the Conflicting Values Shaping the U.S. Social Safety Net 

An Intellectual and Hopeful Pause
“The task [of reforming health care] will require dedicated and talented people in government agencies and in communities who recognize that the country’s future depends on their sidestepping the ideological battles, encouraging local change and following the results. But if we’re willing to accept an arduous, messy and continuous process we can come to grips with a problem even of this immensity. We’ve done it before.”  Read on…

More HPRP Funds – Advocacy Opportunity

Please take a few minutes to contact Senator Paul Kirk and Senator John Kerry, as well as your U.S. Congressional representative, to encourage them to support the inclusion of $1 billion of HPRP funding in the upcoming job-creation bill.

A Home is What a Family Desires Housing Agency Avoids Shelters

The Worcester Telegram – “By draining money from the commonwealth and a normal home life from children and confidence in state government from taxpayers, few things say “failure” more than the practice of housing families in motel rooms. “Read on…

Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Package
This weekend, Congress finalized passage of a compromise version of fiscal year (FY) 2010 appropriations legislation for most of the remaining FY 2010 spending bills. The conference bill includes funding for the Departments of Housing and Urban Development; Labor; Health and Human Services; Education; and Veterans’ Affairs, among others. FY 2010 began on October 1, but Congress was unable to pass final versions of all spending bills by that date. A continuing resolution (CR) is currently funding most of the government at FY 2009 levels through December 18. The President is expected to sign the legislation prior to that date. Click here to see appropriations that impact homelessness and homeless services.

Webcast: Deciphering the Conflicting Values Shaping the U.S. Social Safety Net

As the recession sends more and more people into the ranks of the impoverished and vulnerable, the public is left to ponder the inadequate support available when hard times hit and wonder why help comes from a patchwork of programs instead of from an integrated system.Panelists will discuss the often incongruous values, attitudes, and philosophies behind the intricate U.S. safety net and the difficulties in providing effective services to people with complex needs.

 

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