(Unranked) Priorities Identified During the 1999-2000 Needs Assessment Process

Outreach and Emergency Services

Need for increased outreach and services (residential?, other?) targeting young people, especially girls

Need for after-hours emergency resources for high-risk women (with and w/o children), including

women whose prior victimization by predators in shelters or on the street has made them resistant to traditional sources of help

women who don't fit neatly into a single clinical category (e.g., mental illness, substance abuse) category of need, including women who are unwilling to be labeled with a diagnosis

women who don’t meet the HUD definition of homeless, because they refuse to stay in shelters and instead find temporary places to stay, including with predatory men who exact sexual or other favors. [Note that although this priority is included in the list, the fact that the target population includes persons who might be ineligible for HUD-funded services means that any successful proposal would have to demonstrate the ability to separately fund services to non-HUD-eligible women.]

Note that the SuperNOFA does not pay for shelter-type services.

Need for weekend and after-hours emergency services targeting unsheltered homeless (e.g., street outreach, van transportation to shelter) after seasonal funding expires

Transitional Housing

Need for additional units of transitional housing , especially for women, although concept papers proposing additional transitional housing for men and/or families will also be considered

Priority consideration will be given to proposals for new transitional housing that is not specifically tied to substance abuse, mental illness, or other category of need, but that is flexible enough to address the individualized needs of guests with diverse needs. Programs should also be flexible enough to accommodate the needs of participants who are working non-traditional work hours.

Permanent Housing

Although more housing subsidies – especially subsidies that allow the holder to rent market rate apartments – would be helpful, the highest priority is for new units of affordable housing, especially:

studios with private kitchen and bathroom

units built with project-based subsidies: such units are the only units accessible to the many homeless persons who can’t qualify for a subsidy (e.g., because their disability is not recognized, because of a criminal history, because of a history of bad tenancies, bad credit, etc.)

Proposals for new 1BR and family housing will also be considered .

In developing concept papers for new housing, providers are encouraged to:

note that the SuperNOFA will only pay for permanent housing with accompanying supportive services for persons with disabilities

explore a City role in bringing together housing developers & service providers, so that opportunities for developing supportive housing don't depend on personal connections

take advantage of the CHA's willingness to set aside Section 8’s for use by tenants who wouldn’t qualify for a subsidy, if the units are supported by program services

Stabilization Services in Permanent Housing

Need for stabilization resources – case management and MH supports – available for at least a year to help newly housed homeless persons keep their housing

Substance Abuse Services / Mental Health Services

Need for more mental health services: on the street, in shelters, at drop-ins, including:

Services for persons with chronic mental illness whose degree of mental illness does not qualify for DMH services or hospitalization

Services for persons with mental health needs who are not willing to be labeled with a diagnosis

Services for persons with mental health needs who are active substance abusers (i.e., dual diagnosis)

Ability to provide psychopharmacological consultation and offer medication management assistance to homeless persons, especially unsheltered homeless with co-occurring substance abuse

Targeted services for women with a combination of domestic violence/trauma, substance abuse, and mental illness

Education and Employment

Need for increased access to Internet-connected computers (at shelters and other locations easily accessible to homeless persons)

Other Supportive Services

Need for child care during evening classes and non-traditional work hours and to cover occasional appointments for job interviews, housing search, etc.

Need for a place where homeless people can go during gaps in Continuum service hours: (a) after shelters close their doors until drop-ins open their doors at 8-9AM, (b) after drop-ins (esp. Bread & Jams) close their doors (4-5PM) until shelters and meal programs open their doors, and (c) on weekends

Miscellaneous

Need to expand capability to serve non-English-speaking homeless persons, esp. Spanish-speaking persons

 

 

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