Office of Homelessness & Consolidated Homeless Fund

 

2017-2018 Winter Emergency Shelter Application Proposal

The Office of Housing & Community Development through its Consolidated Homeless Fund (CHF) has committed to fund one or more Consolidated Homeless Fund vendor(s) to open new shelter beds exclusively for the winter months.  Funds will be allotted to homeless emergency shelter providers who are current CHF contractors.

Complete Application packages must be submitted by mail, or in person, to Mary Bray, Office of Housing & Community Development, Housing Resources Commission, One Capital Hill, Providence, RI  02908, as well as emailed to mary.bray@doa.ri.gov by Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM.



Overview
One of the offices of the Housing Resources Commission is the Office of Homelessness Services and Emergency Assistance . This office is responsible for administration of the State's Consolidated Homeless Fund (CHF) as well as planning related to the crisis of homelessness.

Consolidated Homeless Fund
The Consolidated Homeless Fund has brought together various resources available to support homelessness programs into a single, coordinated effort. The Consolidated Homeless Fund includes -

  • Pawtucket Emergency Solutions/Shelter Funds
  • Providence Emergency Solutions/Shelter Funds
  • Woonsocket Emergency Solutions/Shelter Funds
  • State of RI Emergency Solutions/Shelter Funds
  • Title XX Shelter/Homeless Service Funds
  • Housing Resource Commission Shelter/Homeless Service Funds


Eligible Activities include* -

  • Operation and Services associated with Emergency Shelters, Winter Shelters, Housing First Programs, Program Shelters (i.e. Operation First Step) or Transitional Shelters for the Homeless Persons and/or Families
  • Renovations/Improvements of Shelter, Transitional Housing, etc.
  • Rental Assistance Programs (Intensive Housing Stabilization Programs (HPRP 2)
  • Social Service Only Programs (must be exclusively for persons in emergency shelter or living on the street), may include mental health services, street outreach, transportation, medical care, job training, etc.

* MAY BE NEW OR EXISTING PROJECTS/PROGRAMS

This Consolidated Homeless Fund Partnership has assured more coordinated, thoughtful distribution of the resources available. It has also assured Statewide consistency in policies and procedures.

Innovative Projects
Operation First Step - An initiative of the OHCD, which provides smaller, scattered apartment style (emergency) housing to those experiencing homelessness. Provider agencies meet regularly to improve program operations. This effort is an example of the movement away from the congregate-style shelters of the past to a more housing-based model.

Housing First - A pilot program based upon the "Housing First" concept has been implemented over the past several years by Riverwood Mental Health Services. "Housing First" provides rapid access to permanent housing and voluntary access to a variety of services. Unlike traditional programs, sobriety or participation in treatment is not a condition of receiving housing. The housing itself becomes an ongoing incentive to change and often leads to increased access to treatment. Support from the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, as well as continued support from OHCD, has allowed for the continuation and/or expansion of the program.

Accomplishments
More than 4,000 persons annually find themselves in a homeless shelter or a place not meant for human habitation. This population is almost exclusively served by programs supported by the Consolidated Homeless Fund.

Statistics on this population can be found HERE.

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program expired in 2012, after operating for 3 years and serving approximately 3,500 persons who would have been homeless but for this assistance. ESG funding will, in part, continue these successful efforts.

Housing First - At the end of 2011, the program housed 190 families. Participants in this program were homeless an average of 335 days the year prior to entering the program and were off and on homeless for an average of 7.6 years. Housing proved to be stable, with 80% of placements still housed after 12 months.