This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Julie McFarland Sept. 16, 2013 CCUSA Conference
Do We Have A Right To Housing?
Housing Readiness vs. Housing First
Housing Readiness: An approach based on belief that people need to address issues that may have led to their own homelessness before they enter permanent housing. Housing First: An approach to ending homelessness that centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible – and then providing services as needed.
Common Barriers to Housing
Access Affordable Housing Screening Criteria Funding for Homeless Housing Providers Fear of Change More Traditional Practices – housing readiness vs. housing first
Adequate Emergency Shelter Beds Coordinated Intake and Assessment Outreach Interpretation and Translation Phone/Voicemail Services
Evictions Debt to landlords, housing authorities Income Criminal Background
Example of Criminal History Requirements for Emergency Shelter Program
Applicants are ineligible if they have/are: Domestic violence charges (including but not limited to Assault 4 DV, Violation of a Protection Order, Extortion – DV, & Harassment DV); No violent crimes (misdemeanors or felony); 1 non-DV Assault 4 charge is appealable; Felonies within the past 4 years (felonies convicted by juvenile that were changed over 2 years ago can appeal); Felony convictions at any point in the applicant’s life for: Rape, Sexual assault, Murder, Arson, Robbery, Child Molestation, Manufacturing of illegal drug, Outstanding un-adjudicated felony charges, Manslaughter (currently accepted if more than 10 years old), Assault 1, 2, & 3, Kidnapping (appealable if can prove involving custody dispute), Registered sex offenders, An active warrant for their arrest
Fair Housing Violations
Protected Classes in City of Seattle:
Parental status Political ideology Race Religion Sex Sexual orientation Use of a Section 8 certificate Use of a service animal Military status or Veteran
Age Ancestry Breastfeeding in a public place Color Creed Disability Gender identity Marital status National Origin
Other Barriers to Housing
Funding for Housing Providers Fear of Change More Traditional Practices – housing readiness vs. housing first
What can I do to address housing barriers in my community? Who are my allies in accomplishing this work?
As Service Providers, We Can:
Ask ourselves why screening criteria exists.
○ Advocate for contractual changes in outcomes ○ Identify training needs and opportunities for
staff ○ Determine agency position on housing readiness vs. housing first
As Community Members, We Can:
Talk to landlords we know about working with people who have housing barriers Advocate for additional social service funding at federal, state and local levels