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CHCT Management Plan-5.24.11

CHCT Management Plan-5.24.11

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ManagementPlanBridgeHouse(dbaTheCarriageHouseCommunityTable)
History 
TheCarriageHousewasestablishedin1996whenaneedfordaytimeservicesforthehomelesswasidentifiedbythelocalbusinessandthefaithcommunity(CarriageHouseisanon‐religiousorganization).OnNovember10,1996,theCarriageHouseopenedforregularoperation.Priorto2005,CarriageHousewasknownasSTART(Support,Transition,Assessment,ReferralandTreatment)andoperatedformanyyearsat1301ArapahoeAve.In2008,theCarriageHouseandCommunityTablemergedtoformoneagencyservingthehomelessandunderservedinBoulder.CommunityTablehadbeenservingeveningmealstotheworkingpoorforoveradecadeatthetimeofthemerger.Bymerging,theCarriageHouseCommunityTablehasbeenabletobemoreefficientindeliveringservicestoitsclientsaswellasprovidingmorecomprehensiveservices.Themergerofthetwoagenciesallowedustoutilizethesynergyofadayfacilityanddinnermeals,butanewbuildingcreatesmanyopportunitiesforgreaterefficiencyinonefacility.Inlate2010theboardofdirectorsvotedtochangethenameoftheorganizationfromCarriageHouseCommunityTabletoBridgeHouse.Theoldnamerepresentsthebuildingthatwehaveoutgrown.ThenewnamerepresentsthebridgethatweprovidetohelpBoulder’shomelessandworkingpoortransitiontomorestablelives.
Currentlocation
Formanyyears,FirstCongregationalChurchinBoulderhaspartneredwithTheCarriageHouseCommunityTableaspartofthechurch’smissiontomeettheneedsoftheurbanpoor.Theircommitmentextendedtoofferingtheirhistoriccarriagehouseasasitefortheagency’scentralsite.Theyhaveofferedfinancialsupportbothintermsofsubsidizedrent,outrightfinancialsupportandassistancewithutilities.However,thenumbersofpoorandhomelesspeopleinourcommunityhavegrowngreatlyoverthelastfewyearsduetothenationaleconomicsituationandthenumbersthatouragencyserveshavevastlyincreased.
Currentsituation
Anaverageof125peoplevisittheCarriageHousesitedailyandanother75‐100visitourCommunityTablesitesforeveningmeals.Thesizeofthebuildingonlyallows25peopleatonetime,perfirecode.Manypotentialclientsselfselecttonotenterorremaininthebuildingduetheextremecrowding,andseekshelterinotherareas,includingthepubliclibrary,downtownbusinessesandparks,andtheUniversityMemorialCenter.CarriageHousealsoborrowsspaceatfivelocalchurchesinordertoaccommodateourservices(FirstCongregationalChurch,FirstUnitedMethodist,FirstBaptist,MountainViewMethodistChurchandSt.JohnEpiscopalChurch.)Ourstoragesiteislocatedmorethan4milesfromourdowntownlocations.Ourcurrentspacehasonlytwosmallofficesofabout60squarefeeteach.Sevenstaffmemberssharetheseoffices;workingfromhomeisanecessitythatreduces
 
efficiency.Thereisagreatdealoftimeandenergyspentdeliveringfoodpreparationsuppliesandactualpreparedfoodtodifferentsites.
10YearPlantoAddressHomelessness
TheservicesthatCarriageHouseoffersareessentialelementsofBoulderCountyandtheCityofBoulder’s10YearPlantoAddressHomelessness.
Goalof10YearPlan
:Preventindividualsandfamiliesfrombecominghomeless:
 
Weofferrentassistancefundsforindividualsthatarenoteligibleforotheragenciesrentassistance(singleadultswithoutdisabilities)
 
WeparticipateinBoulderCounty’sHPRPprogram
 
Weproviderentassistancewiththeassistanceofanetworkoflocalchurches
Benefitsacquisition
wasidentifiedasakeystrategyinpreventingindividualsandfamiliesfrombecominghomeless,asthisincomeisakeyelementofstability.
 
Withthemoneyfrom1AwehavehiredaparttimecaseworkertoworkspecificallyonbenefitsacquisitionandHPRPapplications
 
Wehaveaprobonolawyerthatisassistingindividualswhosebenefitsclaimshavebeendenied 
Goalof10YearPlan:
Providetemporaryshelter,alternativehousingandsupportiveservicesforthosewhoaretemporarilyhomeless:
 
TheplanstatesyearrounddaysheltershouldbeprovidedinthecitiesofBoulderandLongmont 
 
Weprovidethisserviceaswellasmanysupportiveservicesdetailedbelow 
Goalof10YearPlan:
Providepermanenthousingwithsupportiveservicestomeetthelongtermneedsofchronicallyhomelessindividuals.
 
 Althoughwedonotprovidehousing,theplanidentifiesthestrategyofassistingchronicallyhomelesswithsupportiveservicesasanimportantone
 
Theplanstates“assistchronicallyhomelessindividualsnoteligibleforpublicbenefitsinaccessingmentalhealth,substanceabuseandmedicaltreatment,allofwhichareservicesweprovide
 
 
Employmenttraining,jobopportunitiesandtransportationsupportareallidentifiedasveryimportantforchronicallyhomelessindividuals
o
 
Ourclientinternshipprogramprovidesemploymenttraining
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Wearewellunderwaywithdevelopingasocialenterprisetoprovidejobopportunitiesandalivingwage
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Weprovidetransportationsupportintheformoftokendistributionforverifiableappointments
Currentservices
Weoffermanyimportantservicesforthepoorandhomelessinourcommunity:
 
Basicessentials
includingpreparedmeals,showers,toiletriesandaccesstoaphone.Servicesareofferedyear‐round,Monday‐Fridayfrom10am‐3pm.Eveningmealsareprovidedfivedaysaweek,everyweekoftheyear.
 
CaseManagementServices
inwhichatrainedprofessionalmeetswithclientstoidentifyservicesthathelpthemresolvetheemployment,substanceabuse,mentalhealth,andotherproblemsthatpreventthemfromfindingandmaintainingstablehousing.
 
Fouraddictiongroups
facilitatedbyacertifiedaddictionscounselor.Othergroupsinclude“HOPE”(HomelessPeopleProvidingEncouragement,anarttherapygroupandawritinggroup.
 
Twiceweeklyoutreachbya
BoulderCountyMentalHealthCenterclinician.
 
Outreachnurse
fromPeople’sClinicweeklyandfinancialassistanceforprescriptions
 
Aweeklyvolunteer
computertutor.
 
Employmentservices
includingfreevoicemailforjobseekers,individualtutoring,helpinpreparingresumes,interviewclothing,andcomputeraccess.
 
A
holistichealthclinic 
featuringacupuncture
 
Outreachfromcommunityagencies
suchastheVeteranCenter,BoulderCountyAIDSProject,andtheVetCenter.
 
A
clientinternshipprogram
toteachjobreadinessskills.
 
Special“
Women’sHours” 
whichmeetsweeklytoaddressneedsspecifictoourwomenclients.
Primaryamongstthe
 proposedservices
forournewlocationare:
 
Expandedemploymentservices
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Onsiteemployment
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Workreferralservice
 
Storageforclientbelongings

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