OF SEATTLE, WA
Coordinated Strategy to Prevent Homelessness
Description of Program
The Salvation Army Homeless Family Assistance (HFA) Program intervenes in the cycle of homelessness by helping families secure and maintain permanent housing. Homeless families are referred to the program by local area shelters and other homeless assistance projects. Eligible families are assisted with move-in costs to secure permanent housing, a monthly rental subsidy to help them maintain that housing, and case management support, focused on the particular issues that caused the family to become homeless. Priority is given to families that are homeless due to domestic violence or medical crisis. Families must have an established source of income, or be eligible to apply for public entitlements. Rental subsidies and case management are provided for an average of nine months, however, may be provided up to 24 months in order to stabilize the family in permanent housing. The project is considered successful when families are able to maintain permanent housing for at least six months and do not become homeless again. In 1998, the Salvation Army Homeless Families Assistance Program plans to assist a minimum of 72 families secure and maintain permanent housing, and approximately 63 households (or 88%) will maintain their new housing for at least six months.
When and Why Created
The Homeless Family Assistance Program was created as a demonstration project in 1989. The project was funded by the City of Seattle and operated through a subcontract with the Salvation Army of Seattle/King County. The program was created in response to the City. s concern about homeless families and the difficulties they face in securing affordable housing and in maintaining it for the long term.
Measurements of Effectiveness
The effectiveness of the Salvation Army Homeless Family Assistance Program is measured by the number of homeless families who are able to secure permanent housing, the number of families who are able to maintain that housing for six months, and by the quality of case management and support services the families receive to address their individual causes of homelessness. Reports are submitted on a monthly basis to the City of Seattle by Salvation Army regarding the number of families who have secured permanent housing and the number of families who have maintained permanent housing for six months, among other data. Individual family case files are also reviewed during agency site visits to assess the quality of the case management and support services provided by the Salvation Army and its effectiveness for families.
Financing of Program
In 1998, the program is financed through a combination of City of Seattle Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Human Services Program (HSP) funds, federal HOME funds (for move-in costs and rental subsidies), United Way, private foundations, individual contributions, and other miscellaneous support. The total project budget in 1998 is $510,664.
Linkage to City Government
The Homeless Family Assistance Program is operated by the Salvation Army of Seattle/King County. Through a contract with the City of Seattle Department of Housing and Human Services, the project receives Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds, which constitute the majority of the program. s operating revenue.
Factors that support the success of this project include:
Contact Person: Sandra Smith, Program Coordinator Salvation Army
- Homeless Family Assistance P.O. Box 20128 Seattle, WA 98122 Telephone: (206)
442-8399 Fax: (206) 442-8370
The United States Conference of Mayors
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