The Solution to Homelessness is … Housing

Building Social Capital

Community Rebuilders strives to end family homelessness in Kent County, making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Through the use of our Day One Family Fund, we hope to tap into the passion, energy, and insights of our communities’ assets: interdisciplinary organizations, allies in the work to end homelessness, and citizens at large.

As a starting point, we believe a structured approach of system mapping will lead to improved accessibility, quality and range of services and supports for families experiencing homelessness in Kent County. Click here to read the entire report: The Day One Families Fund: An Opportunity To Build Social Capital and End Familiy Homelessness.

We recognize this map may not meet the planning needs of all systems. This process is structured to specifically support the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring for families experiencing literal homelessness in Kent County.

This interactive graphic is a visual representation of our strategy to end family homelessness in Kent County. Move your cursor over the image to learn more.

Building Social Capital
Education Building Social Capital Neighborhood & Physical Environment Community & Social Context Housing Stability & Support Services Proactive Solutions Temporary Housing Accommodations Food Stability Health & Recovery Economic Stability Understanding Racial & Ethnic Disparities Continuous Quality Improvement Using Data to Build Evidence Civic Engagement Predictive Modeling Enhanced Coordinated Entry

Education

Those experiencing housing instability often face a multitude of challenges – including mental health issues, addictions, domestic violence, and limited education. Studies show there is a direct connection between education and personal health and wellbeing. Key issues include graduating from high school, enrollment in higher education, educational attainment in general, language and literacy, and early childhood education and development. We are specifically interested in:

  • Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education in General

For a list of cross-sector partners dedicated to improving educational opportunities to help end family homelessness, click on the icon below.
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Building Social Capital

Community Rebuilders strives to end family homelessness in Kent County, making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Through the use of our Day One Family Fund, we hope to tap into the passion, energy, and insights of our communities’ assets: interdisciplinary organizations, allies in the work to end homelessness, and citizens at large.

As a starting point, we believe a structured approach of system mapping will lead to improved accessibility, quality and range of services and supports for families experiencing homelessness in Kent County. Click here to read the entire report: The Day One Families Fund: An Opportunity To Build Social Capital and End Familiy Homelessness.

We recognize this map may not meet the planning needs of all systems. This process is structured to specifically support the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring for families experiencing literal homelessness in Kent County.

Neighborhood & Physical Environment

Where they live directly impacts a family's overall health and wellbeing. Studies have covered topics such as quality of housing, access to transportation, and neighborhood crime and violence. We are specifically looking at:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Transportation
  • Safety
  • ZIP Code / Geography

For a list of cross-sector partners dedicated to improving neighborhoods and physical environments to help end family homelessness, click on the icon below.
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Community & Social Context

Short blurb about this. We are specifically focused on:

  • Family
  • Social & Community Engagement

For a list of cross-sector partners dedicated to improving families and social & community engagement to help end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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Housing Stability & Support Services

Effective homeless response systems reduce barriers and provide voluntary, stable support services for those experiencing a housing crisis. The system prioritizes households based on three service interventions: Housing First, Strengths Based, and Trauma Informed.

The plans are individually based and work to create strong connections to community-based organizations including mental/physical health services, employment and income, benefits access, and health and nutrition.

For more information about what we will support and encourage our community to measure for housing and stability support services to end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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Proactive Solutions

Sometimes families seeking temporary emergency housing do not have access to a safe and appropriate place to stay, even if temporarily. It may involve moving in with family or friends, maintaining their current housing, or securing other permanent housing.

Proactive solutions must be readily available for families who do not have other housing options, financial resources, or supports to avoid homelessness. We seek to learn from previous homeless experiences while preventing a family from re-entering the system.

For more information about what we will support and encourage our community to measure for proactive solutions to end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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Temporary Housing Accommodations

Temporary Housing Accommodations are considered short-term and should support the flow from a housing crisis to housing stability.

Short/Medium Term Assistance: Includes limited financial assistance and may include voluntary housing stability support services for up to 24 months.

Long Term Assistance: Includes housing stability support services and financial assistance indefinitely.

For more information about what we will support and encourage our community to measure for temporary housing solutions to end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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Food Stability

Blurb on this. We are dedicated to improving access to:

  • Healthy Food
  • Affordable Food

For a list of cross-sector partners dedicated to improving food security to help end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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Health & Recovery

Blurb about this. Areas we are most concerned about include:

  • Tailored Home Care
  • Health Coverage
  • Provider Availability
  • Quality of Care

For a list of cross-sector partners dedicated to improving health and recovery opportunities to help end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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Economic Stability

Blurb about this SDOH. Priority areas include:

  • Income
  • Employment
  • Expenses

For a list of cross-sector partners dedicated to improving economic stability to help end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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Understanding Racial & Ethnic Disparities

Measurement tools work to establish a common language that supports the system planning framework; measures progress along the common agenda of ending family homelessness; enables greater alignment among the goals of different organizations; encourages more collaborative problem solving; and becomes the platform for an ongoing learning community that gradually increases the effectiveness of all efforts to end homelessness.

Our vision for performance measurement is the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the family homelessness system.

Programs and strategies must be equal for everyone. Therefore, we must look at factors where there are large disparities across racial and ethnic boundaries – criminal justice, child welfare, foster care, education, and healthcare.
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Continuous Quality Improvement

Measurement tools work to establish a common language that supports the system planning framework; measures progress along the common agenda of ending family homelessness; enables greater alignment among the goals of different organizations; encourages more collaborative problem solving; and becomes the platform for an ongoing learning community that gradually increases the effectiveness of all efforts to end homelessness.

Our vision for performance measurement is the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the family homelessness system.

One organization's efforts within the homeless system deeply impacts the work of others. It's important to learn fro each other and use data from all agencies to improve the system for all.
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Using Data to Build Evidence

Measurement tools work to establish a common language that supports the system planning framework; measures progress along the common agenda of ending family homelessness; enables greater alignment among the goals of different organizations; encourages more collaborative problem solving; and becomes the platform for an ongoing learning community that gradually increases the effectiveness of all efforts to end homelessness.

Our vision for performance measurement is the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the family homelessness system.

Defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), or objectives, will be used by agencies to inform actions through regular review. KPIs will show where knowledge is lacking so program changes are driven by the data which will influence funding decisions.
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Civic Engagement

Measurement tools work to establish a common language that supports the system planning framework; measures progress along the common agenda of ending family homelessness; enables greater alignment among the goals of different organizations; encourages more collaborative problem solving; and becomes the platform for an ongoing learning community that gradually increases the effectiveness of all efforts to end homelessness.

Our vision for performance measurement is the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the family homelessness system.

The experiences and perspectives of front-line workers and those who have been homeless are especially valuable. We will use this information to create a useful data source for completing client journey exercises.
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Predictive Modeling

Measurement tools work to establish a common language that supports the system planning framework; measures progress along the common agenda of ending family homelessness; enables greater alignment among the goals of different organizations; encourages more collaborative problem solving; and becomes the platform for an ongoing learning community that gradually increases the effectiveness of all efforts to end homelessness.

Our vision for performance measurement is the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the family homelessness system.

Using historical data and client experiences, we can identify influential factors that impact family homelessness in our community. Then we can use this data to support efforts to scale programs up or down.
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Enhanced Coordinated Entry

An Enhanced Coordinated Entry system provides, ACCESS, ASSESSMENT, PRIORITIZATION, and REFERRAL. All of which are essential to effectively combat family homelessness and streamline the process for families to access services.

A connectivity platform, the system will be fully-integrated, allowing for faster assistance allocation and ensuring access to the most appropriate services available – no matter where a family presents or what difficulties they face.

For more information about what we will support and encourage our community to measure for enhanced coordinated entry system to end family homelessness, click the icon below.
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DAY ONE VISION

Day One Vision

The implementation of an effective response system that quickly reconnects families to housing and supports their ability to stay there. We intend to emphasize the impact on outcomes and use results to drive strategic directions.

We call on our community to collaborate in this effort to strengthen and effective system designed to address the fluidity and diversity of families experiencing homelessness by providing:

  • Access, Assessment, Prioritization, and Referral
  • Proactive Solutions
  • Temporary Housing Accommodations
  • Housing Subsidies and Supports
  • Cross-Sector Services
DAY ONE FAMILIES

Day One Families

Defining Families

Any group of people that present together for assistance and identify themselves as a family with minor children are considered a family and will be served together as one. Community Rebuilders will not discriminate against a group of people based on:

  • composition of the family
  • the age of any family member
  • the disability status of any members of the family
  • marital status
  • actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity

Defining Family Homelessness

A family is considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. WOmen who are pregnant and expecting to parent, or a parent(s) whose children are in temporary care of a designated guardian, qualify as a valid member of the family population. Families consist of members that are in a dependent relationship with the parent or primary caregiver.

Families whose nighttime residences are public or private places not meant for human habitation, or those who are living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements, are also considered homeless.

If the head of the family is exiting an institution where (s)he resided for 90 days or less, and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution, the family is considered homeless.

FRAMEWORK

Day One System Planning Framework

The system planning framework positions our community to deliver sustainable interventions that are tailored to the specific needs of an increasing diverse population; leverage resources; reduce redundancies; enhance services; demonstrate desired system and family outcomes; and more effectively respond to system gaps — making our goal of ending family homelessness achieveable.

Assumptions and Influential Factors

There are four (4) main contributing factors to the size of a community’s homeless population: Macroeconomics, Public Policy, Local Resources, and Racial and Ethnic Disparities.

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EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS

Evidence-Based Solutions to Ending Family Homelessness

The use of qualitative and quantitative data to inform real-time decision making may seem obvious, but it is not common practice for many in the social service sector. Though we recognize the importance of data in developing agile responses to social issues, we are still working through the creation of an integrated, agile ecosystem that truly closes the gap between evidence and practice.

This system framework recognizes that one organization’s efforts within the homeless system are deeply impacted by the work of others.

We have the opportunity to leverage technologies to do this and yet have much to learn on the implementation side. Without the information mined from the Homeless Management Information System and shelter data or research, and their use in performance management, funding decision-making, and strategic planning, much of today’s progress would not have been achieved. However, in order to truly measure sustainable change, and understand the effectiveness of our system, we need to clearly define success and develop the appropriate metrics to assess it.

 

CROSS-SECTOR SOLUTIONS

Cross-Sector Solutions to Ending Family Homelessness

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Those experiencing housing instability often face a multitude of challenges – including mental health issues, addictions, domestic violence, limited education, barriers to employment, a breakdown in kinship networks, and involvement with multiple systems like child intervention and corrections. These micro drivers typically generate the dynamics that contribute to housing instability at an individual level. Additionally, we believe it vital to focus on the larger antecedent social and economic forces, such as unemployment, limited affordable housing, discrimination, and the social stigma that occurs in situations where there is unequal social, economic, and political power.

We believe cross-sector service systems have an important role in building capacity and advocating for persons experiencing homelessness in an anti-oppressive manner. we intend to align diverse cross-sector services and resources to improve health and equity for families experiencing homelessness.

MEASURING SUCCESS

Measuring Success

Our vision for performance measurement is the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the family homelessness system.

SPACE FOR DASHBOARD

Community Rebuilders is accepting inquiries from potential community partners. Completely fill out the form. We will review your submission and contact you soon to talk aobut how we can work together to end family homelessness in Kent County.