The main focus when we speak of the Homeless are the Chronic Homeless
and HomelessVeterans. When we speak of housing, it is Supportive Housing, meaning all the support oneneeds to improve their quality of life is available to the person (e.g., medical, rehab, etc.).In order to reach this population, which numbers 236 in Stanislaus County according to theJanuary 2011 HUD Point-In-Time Homeless count,
we recommend using the 100,000 HomesModel.
This model uses a vulnerability assessment survey to identify the Homeless mostvulnerable to death, if not housed very soon. Research shows this population often consumes adisproportionate amount of community resources (e.g., emergency rooms, ambulance rides,incarceration, etc.). Using the vulnerability survey information provides another data point for service providers to give a higher priority for placement. It does not call for any additionalhousing or support services.We also recommend having outreach events, which would be conducted at least once and preferably twice each year. These events provide a single location where community volunteers,health service and homeless assistance providers connect homeless persons with criticalresources like food; medical and dental care; DMV identification forms; employment servicesand placement; vulnerability surveys conducted; mental health and drug counseling referrals;haircuts; wheel chair repairs; et cetera. These events, commonly called “Project HomelessConnect Days,”
could be held at the Day Center or other suitable facility.DEVELOPMENT OF A PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM: Conduct a robust publicinformation and education campaign to outline what services are available to the Homeless, howservices can best be provided, and how citizens can help by becoming part of the larger coordinated effort and partnering with organizations to end homelessness. Citizens should beinformed that chronic homelessness in particular requires long term sophisticated support, andthat direct contributions to panhandlers generally prolongs their vulnerability to homelessness,addiction, and death. An example of an effort to channel money from panhandlers to housing isFresno’s First Steps Home Program.
The program has proven very successful in Fresno andother cities, and should be considered for implementation in Modesto.
HUD Definition Chronically Homeless Person or Family: “An unaccompanied homeless individual (18 orolder) with a disabling condition or a family with at least one adult member (18 or older) who has adisabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more OR has had at leastfour (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years.”
See Appendix B
See Appendix C
Note that the City of Merced held a Project Homeless Connect event on 7/21/11 and it exceeded allexpectations in numbers of Homeless attendees and services provided to them.
See Appendix D