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Youth Counts: A Rapid 
Re-Housing Program 
Tiana Purvis, MSW, LISW-S 
Regional Housing Coordinator 
The Salvation Army in ...
Youth Counts 
• Rapid Re-Housing Program operating 
in rural community outside Columbus 
Metropolitan area in Central Ohio...
RRH: Evidenced Based… 
Rapid Re-Housing is best practice 
because it works: 
• Most families can enter/exit homelessness q...
Evidenced Based Cont’d… 
• The Salvation Army in Greater 
Columbus has been administering 
Rapid Re-Housing since 1998. 
•...
Evidenced Based Cont’d… 
• Activities that make RRH successful: 
– HOUSING FIRST! 
– Landlord Advocacy and Outreach 
– Goa...
Program Creation… 
• Prior to 2009 
• Funded to serve 
families only 
• Typically 
encountered a 
handful of 
unaccompanie...
Program Components… 
• Crisis Intervention & Short Term Stabilization 
• Screening, Intake, and Needs Assessment 
• Provis...
Program Components Cont’d… 
• Emancipating youth age 18-22 
• Days to house: 14 days or less 
• Scattered Site- market ren...
Program Components Cont’d… 
• A note about Landlord advocacy: 
– Work with LL as much as possible 
– Promote client streng...
Outcomes… 
YEAR 1: 2010 
• Projected to serve 5 youth 
• Served 8 in first 6 months 
• Served 9 total 
• Increased funding...
What We Found… 
• More expensive than families 
• Roommates vs. singles 
• Challenges of school enrollment 
• Age 
• Rolle...
What We Found… 
• Life Skills: 
Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a free tool that assesses the behaviors 
and competencies youth...
What We Found… 
• Results are instant and Comprehensive 
• The “At-A-Glance” page will show the youth’s name, 
their agenc...
What We Found… 
• Life Skills Curriculum: 
• Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) 
• Developed by the State of...
What We Found… 
• PAYA: Preparing Adolescents for young Adulthood 
• Module 1: Money, Home, and Food Management 
http://ww...
Outcomes… 
YEAR 2: 2011 
• Served 13 youth 
• Increased funding through Homeless 
Assistance Grant funds- Ohio 
Department...
Year 3: 2012 
• Expanded to serve Approx. 20 youth 
per year 
• 2 case managers, 1 case aide= 2 FTE 
• Served 23 young per...
Year 4 2013… 
• Expanded program to 4 county region 
• Served 23 youth 
• 21 out 23 youth maintained housing for 
6 months...
Take Aways… 
• In addition to the list of successful RRH 
activities, consider the following when working 
with transition...
Contact Information… 
Tiana Purvis, MSW, LISW-S 
The Salvation Army 
340 Lake St 
Delaware, OH 43015 
740-363-9487 ext 233...
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6.2 Successful Strategies for Implementing Rapid Re-Housing for Youth

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6.2 Successful Strategies for Implementing Rapid Re-Housing for Youth from the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

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6.2 Successful Strategies for Implementing Rapid Re-Housing for Youth

  1. 1. Youth Counts: A Rapid Re-Housing Program Tiana Purvis, MSW, LISW-S Regional Housing Coordinator The Salvation Army in Central Ohio Columbus, OH NAEH National Conference-Washington, D.C. July 31, 2014
  2. 2. Youth Counts • Rapid Re-Housing Program operating in rural community outside Columbus Metropolitan area in Central Ohio. • Rapid Re-Housing: Evidenced Based • Program Progression • Program Components and Activities • Long Term Sustainability • Outcomes • Lessons Learned
  3. 3. RRH: Evidenced Based… Rapid Re-Housing is best practice because it works: • Most families can enter/exit homelessness quickly • Mostly economic reasons • Shallow subsidies can protect against homelessness • Overall reduction in costs • Long-term shelter stays are destabilizing to families • Families have different barriers/need different interventions • Triage and target resources to match family’s needs
  4. 4. Evidenced Based Cont’d… • The Salvation Army in Greater Columbus has been administering Rapid Re-Housing since 1998. • Model expanded to rural counties with families and continued to thrive • Serve a total of 555 households each year
  5. 5. Evidenced Based Cont’d… • Activities that make RRH successful: – HOUSING FIRST! – Landlord Advocacy and Outreach – Goal plan development and follow up – Negotiation – Monitor progress and be available to resolve issues – Provide assistance where available and link to resources when not – Shallow subsidies – Appropriate time limited services that are client driven, voluntary and respectful
  6. 6. Program Creation… • Prior to 2009 • Funded to serve families only • Typically encountered a handful of unaccompanied youth in rural communities • Late 2009 • Approached by Delaware County Children’s Services based on family system successes to house youth emancipating out of custody • Need to house youth quickly and efficiently
  7. 7. Program Components… • Crisis Intervention & Short Term Stabilization • Screening, Intake, and Needs Assessment • Provision of Housing Resources • Landlord Advocacy • Provision of Case Management Services – Medium Term financial assistance – Referral and Linkage – Goal Development and Monitoring – Life Skill Development
  8. 8. Program Components Cont’d… • Emancipating youth age 18-22 • Days to house: 14 days or less • Scattered Site- market rent; Individual Leases • Up to 7 Months of Rental/Utility Assistance – Stair step diminishing assistance model* • 100% rent: 4 months; 5th- 75%; 6th- 50%; 7th- 25% • 100% utility for 2 months • Goal Development around housing maintenance, self determination, and increased skills and/or income
  9. 9. Program Components Cont’d… • A note about Landlord advocacy: – Work with LL as much as possible – Promote client strengths while recognizing challenges – Keep landlords happy • Keep units full, clean, safe • Offer to help turn over a unit when a client leaves it in poor condition • Be available to mediate • Be flexible • Keep clients needs in mind while honoring that this is a business for the landlord
  10. 10. Outcomes… YEAR 1: 2010 • Projected to serve 5 youth • Served 8 in first 6 months • Served 9 total • Increased funding through support from local United Way • 8 out of 9 youth obtained and maintained housing for 6 months or more- 88% • 100% of youth achieved 75% or greater or case plan goals
  11. 11. What We Found… • More expensive than families • Roommates vs. singles • Challenges of school enrollment • Age • Roller Coaster of successes and failures • Word of mouth expanded target population
  12. 12. What We Found… • Life Skills: Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a free tool that assesses the behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long term goals. It aims to set youth on their way toward developing healthy, productive lives. This tool evaluates youth in the (8) areas of: • Daily Living • Self- Care • Relationships and Communication • Housing and Money Management • Work and Study • Career and Education Planning • Looking Forward (Future Planning) • Permanency www.lifeskills.casey.org
  13. 13. What We Found… • Results are instant and Comprehensive • The “At-A-Glance” page will show the youth’s name, their agency and their average scores. The average score for each life skill area, including permanency, will be shown on a scale of 1 – 5, with 5 indicating high strength. • Upon clicking on the assessment categories the results will then list all of the statements for a particular skill area and the youth’s answer for each statement
  14. 14. What We Found… • Life Skills Curriculum: • Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) • Developed by the State of Massachusetts Department of Social Services to be used within foster care agencies and transitional living programs • Available on-line in PDF format: • Life Skills Curriculum requires the youth to utilize self-awareness, problem solving skills, critical thinking, and self-exploration. • Adapted by the Youth Counts team to suit the needs of the clients served and the community.
  15. 15. What We Found… • PAYA: Preparing Adolescents for young Adulthood • Module 1: Money, Home, and Food Management http://www.itsmymove.org/docs/resources/PAYAMod ule1.pdf • Module 2: Personal Care, Health, Social Skills, and Safety http://www.itsmymove.org/training_resources_lifeskills.php • Module 3: Education, Job Seeking Skills, and Job Maintenance Skills http://www.itsmymove.org/docs/resources/PAYAModule3.pdf • Module 4: Housing, Transportation, Community Resources, Understanding the Law, and Recreation http://www.itsmymove.org/docs/resources/PAYAModule4.pdf • Module 5: Young Parents Guide http://www.itsmymove.org/training_resources_lifeskills.php
  16. 16. Outcomes… YEAR 2: 2011 • Served 13 youth • Increased funding through Homeless Assistance Grant funds- Ohio Department of Development • 11 out of 13 youth obtained and maintained housing for 6 months or more- 85% • 100% of youth achieved 75% or greater or case plan goals
  17. 17. Year 3: 2012 • Expanded to serve Approx. 20 youth per year • 2 case managers, 1 case aide= 2 FTE • Served 23 young persons • 19 out of 23 youth obtained and maintained housing for 6 months or more- 83% • 100% of youth achieved 75% or greater or case plan goals
  18. 18. Year 4 2013… • Expanded program to 4 county region • Served 23 youth • 21 out 23 youth maintained housing for 6 months or more- 91% • 22 out of 23 or 95% completed 75% or more of case plan goals
  19. 19. Take Aways… • In addition to the list of successful RRH activities, consider the following when working with transitional age youth: • Reward positive behaviors • Promote Independence and responsibility • Include life skills • Attempt to have diminishing stair step assistance to best prepare them
  20. 20. Contact Information… Tiana Purvis, MSW, LISW-S The Salvation Army 340 Lake St Delaware, OH 43015 740-363-9487 ext 233 Tiana.purvis@use.salvationarmy.org Life Skills: http://www.caseylifeskills.org

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