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PROJECT APPLICATION Organizational Information Applicant Assurances PROJECT NARRATIVE Section 1 Summary Section 2 Proposed Activities Section 3 Sustainability Section 4 Connection to State and Local 10-Year Plans Section 5 a., b., c. Section 6 Evidence-based Section 7 Reduced Government Costs Section 8 Logic Models and Project Statement of Work Section 9 Project Readiness* (see Attachments) Section 10 Organizational Capacity Estimated Budget and Cash Match Proposed Implementation Timeline Attachments 5 6-7 7 8 8-9 9 10 10-12 12 12-14 15 16 3 4




Spokane Homeless Assistance Response & Prevention Partnership


Section 1 Provide a summary of the project, including innovative components. The Spokane County Community Services, Housing and Community Development Department is applying for $3,907,800.00 in HGAP funds to support the Spokane Homeless Assistance Response and Prevention Partnership (SHARPP). SHARPP is a three year project aimed at annually diverting 220 adult and youth ex-offenders and mental health court defendants away from homelessness, unemployment, and recidivism throughout Spokane County. SHARPP is a Housing First model for individuals exiting incarceration who would otherwise be homeless. They are determined homeless when they lack an adequate housing or coordinated supportive service plan upon their release. Our effort is to house the individual as quickly as possible through the transitional portion of the program. Following completion of the classes and services offered during this phase the individual will be offered Tenant Based Rental Assistance and assistance with a housing search in order to provide the option of more permanent housing should they choose to remain in the Spokane county area. This project will utilize housing placements and extensive support services, including an in-depth employment training and job placement component, as a way to reintegrate this population back into the community. Currently without this type of housing and services coordination numerous offenders, including those with mental health issues, are being released from the local criminal justice system into homelessness each year. Spokane County jail officers indicate 150 inmates qualify for mental health services at any given time. The House of Charity, a local non-profit homeless shelter for men, reports that it receives 1-2 individuals a night who claim they are coming from the jail and have no place to stay. SHARPP is an innovative partnership and collaboration between Spokane County and four agencies currently providing either housing or social services. These agencies include: Pioneer Human Services, Volunteers of America, Transitions Programs for Women, and Goodwill Industries. All primary agency partners have expertise and successful track records in serving homeless and offender populations ­ (see Section 10). SHARPP also represents a significant innovative systems-change approach within Spokane County. It will link critical services and resources to offenders with no established housing plan (releasing to homelessness) prior to their release from incarceration, and/or to the Mental Health Therapeutic or the Drug court defendants, known to be homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Intensive case management will be offered to those individuals who need such service and other participants will be offered those housing/health/ employment services or community connection services that will make their reentry in the community a success. An array of mainstream resources to be offered includes: 5

o Transitional and/or permanent supportive housing options; o Landlord/Tenant classes for tenant and the establishment of a landlord incentives and protection program; o Basic food/clothing/household items assistance; o Vocational skills assessment, job training and placement services; o Expedited access to assistance with application completion for: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), SSI-SSDI, GAU, GAX assistancewherever application; o Streamlined referrals to mental health/substance abuse treatment assistance; o Basic health care including dental services; SHARPP will complement Spokane's Regional 10-Year Plan to Address Homelessness. It has the potential, as a single-funded project, to prevent and/or reduce homelessness which is currently generating from within the correctional systems. ­ (see Section 4). Using evidence-based models as a foundation for program services, SHARPP will not only prevent and reduce homelessness throughout Spokane County, it will endeavor to better allocate local tax-payer dollars. This savings can be demonstrated through reduced recidivism and fewer high-cost court expenses by assisting this hard-to-serve population with housing and intensive support services, specifically job skills assessment and training, placement and ongoing job retention/coaching services ­ (see Section 7). SHARPP will endeavor to provide reduction in cost data by using a cost avoidance model. Expenses associated with the incarceration of the homeless population who experience mental health and substance abuse issues will be reduced by better partnerships with the agencies designed specifically for this population. For many people, the choice to engage in criminal behavior is influenced by circumstances that limit their ability to live as contributing members of society. For example, among offenders entering the Washington state prison system: · Eighty-three percent of women and 71 percent of men read at less than a 9th grade level. · About half were unemployed at the time of their crimes. · About 54 percent need treatment for drug or alcohol addictions, and · Approximately half need mental health treatment SHARPP will attempt to engage these areas through the efforts of the CREST team thus preventing the re-offending and its societal cost. Although the costs are initially high, due to the intensive services provided, they are offset by the re-offender costs which will be avoided in the future through a system better designed to effect change in a positive way for this vulnerable population. Lastly, it is the intent of Spokane County that SHARPP will lead the community in a new approach to not only address homelessness, as reflected in our Regional 10-Year Plan, but to significantly reduce homelessness in Spokane County, as mandated by our federal, state, and local governments. Section 2 Provide detailed descriptions of the proposed housing and/or services and linkages to other mainstream systems (jails, prisons, social service, medical, etc.). SHARPP will administer several homelessness reduction activities, including: Project-Based Leasing - Up to 25 single room occupancy units will be leased annually for mental health defendants and/or offenders exiting local jails, and juvenile detention facilities ­ (see letter of commitment from Volunteers of America, Section 9). These leased units will be used as short-term transitional housing to help stabilize those individuals identified as homeless or at-risk of being homeless by jail, juvenile detention, 6

and court officials. All project-based leasing units will be leased from housing providers/landlords at fair-market value. Case management services will be provided to those individuals housed with project-based leasing dollars. Upon graduation from the services available to them in the transitional portion of the program the ex-offender is then offered permanent housing and if necessary TBRA for a graduated period based on their reintegration timeline. This timeline is determined through goal setting exercises in which the client will determine with assistance from their case manager that they have accomplished certain goals. It will mean they have completed the Goodwill Industries testing and evaluation process; they have completed and received their certificate for the Responsible Renting program; and they are complying with all the regulations placed upon them by the systems from which they were recommended to participate in the SHARPP project. Tenant-based Rental Assistance - the Spokane Homeless Assistance Response & Prevention Partnership (SHARPP) will provide rental subsidies, security, and/or utility deposits, and establish an emergency eviction fund for transitioning ex-offenders who have completed the community reorientation program at the transitional housing project and are ready for a permanent housing situation. SHARPP will, through the landlord incentive programs, encourage more landlords to rent to offender populations. One such program curriculum will be the Responsible Renter Certification program (Portfolio Project) offered by Transitions Programs for Women. If deemed necessary by the Board of the Transitions program, Transitions' will assist only with the female ex-offenders while another agency will offer the same curriculum for the men. This program will be provided to offenders prior to their exiting incarceration or after they have settled into the transitional housing portion of the program. The development of a landlord incentive program, which is new to Spokane County, will be developed utilizing the expertise of the Transitions' Portfolio programs curriculum but will also utilize many of the ideas from the CTED report to the legislature titled Landlord Incentives and Protections , December 2006 . Portland's Fresh Start program will also be utilized. A pool of funds, which will provide coverage of costs incurred by landlords for excessive property damages or early vacation of the unit, will also be a part of this activity. Funds for this part of the project will be partially funded with HGAP but will also be drawn from applications for local funding sources from 2060 and/or 2163. Supportive Services - Spokane County will establish a Community Reentry Service Team (CREST) - to work with the local criminal justice system in providing wrap-around and coordinated supportive/mainstream services to ex-offenders and other mental health programs transitioning out of incarceration, and to mental health therapeutic court defendants. Specifically, services will be provided within the jail prior to the release of the inmate that will enable them to transition into a transitional housing unit which will provide the bridge to permanent housing. This means they won't be going to a shelter or the street. Establishing a permanent housing unit means getting a landlord to house them. CREST will be comprised of three specialists who are experienced with homeless and offender populations. Working in unison with other local service providers and with appropriate county and state services, this team will become the subcontracted wrap-around supportive services unit designed to address and resolve the special needs of ex-offenders transitioning back into Spokane County who are homeless or atrisk of homelessness. Employment Services- Goodwill Industries will conduct employment-readiness and job-interest assessments that will guide former offenders into appropriate training and educational services. This project will direct between 150-300 participants annually 7

through the re-employment process. It will provide as needed vocational skills training, job search and placement assistance, and job retention services, as needed, to assist offenders with their transition back into the Spokane community. Employment Assessments will be performed as needed, job shadowing and/or coaching will be provided, re-employment classes and career direction will be provided as appropriate. Goodwill is in a unique position to offer these services in that they were developed by Goodwill for this population when it participated in the State program for prison re-entry called "Going Home". To partner these services Spokane County envisions that the CREST Team will initiate the supportive services and case management programs in this project in similar form to that in place with the Washington State's HB-1290 program. In that program DSHS social workers and financial services specialists work with DOC and local prison officials and with offenders prior to release to determine medical eligibility for mental health services. CREST will partner with the Spokane 1290 team to pull together that 1290 service-provision of expedited applications for reinstatement of medical benefits from Medicaid-with other CREST efforts to begin retrieving client identity documents. The CREST team will include a local housing resource specialist ­from VOA- to conduct housing needs assessments, and provide referrals. The housing specialist will act as the Team Lead by: 1. Working with offenders transitioning out of incarceration to ensure they have appropriate housing; and 2. Developing ongoing relationships with local landlords with the intended outcome of increasing the number of available rental units for offender populations. CREST will also include a licensed behavioral health specialist, subcontracted through Pioneer Human Services. This specialist will provide clinical assessments and project referrals to coordinated case management services, as needed. Lastly, CREST will include a vocational skills counselor from Goodwill Industries to conduct employment-readiness and job-interest assessments that will guide former offenders into appropriate training and educational services. This project will not only divert offenders from homelessness, it will also provide vocational skills training, job search and placement assistance, and job retention services, as needed, to assist offenders with their transition back into this community. Finally the SHARPP's CREST team members will share their collective expertise by providing educational programs on how to effectively work with and serve offender populations ­ adult and youth ­ to area service and housing providers. SHARPP Administration and Project Evaluation - SHARPP will be administered by staff from the Spokane County Community Services, Housing and Community Development Department. Measuring data will be subcontracted to the City of Spokane's Human Services Department, who already administers Spokane's current Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The SHARPP project will be independently evaluated by utilizing an RFQ process. This will allow for an independent observation of the data and the project process. Reports will be gathered from the CREST team and the City Human Services HMIS and provided to County staff on a regular basis so that adjustments can be made as needed to ensure project effectiveness. All necessary reports will be made to CTED on the required schedule and will be submitted by the Spokane County Community Services, Housing and Community Development Department staff. Spokane County and City staff will work closely to ensure the progress of the project is in line with the application timeline. 8

Section 3 Explain project funding after the HGAP grant expires, such as using committed resources from criminal justice, social service, health or other systems. SHARPP represents an expanded level of collaboration between mental health services and housing programs. It creates new linkages (partnerships) within our local criminal justice, behavioral health, and social service systems. The overall effectiveness of this project will be closely monitored by Spokane County and if proven effective, will be continued through applications to local funding sources such as Spokane's 2163 and 2060. Spokane also intends to compete for other funding sources ­ federal (SAMHSA), state and foundations - that may eventually be leveraged to sustain elements of this project. Partnerships will form with the current PACT Team and the Spokane Homeless Outreach Team. Spokane County Substance Abuse and Prevention, Therapeutic Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium, Spokane Homeless Coalition, Spokane Mental Health, City of Spokane and many other agencies.

Section 4 plans.

Demonstrate how the proposed model connects to state and local homeless

If funded, SHARPP will have a direct correlation with the following state and local 10year plan strategies to reduce homelessness: Washington State 10-Year Plan Spokane's Regional 10-Year Plan Strategies 1_ Reduce the number of Strategies 1-Move people into appropriate homeless through support of local service housing with appropriate services, 2 Fully providers, 3-Prevent homelessness from utilize existing services, 3 Prevent occurring through intervention, 4homelessness, 5 Coordinate among Prevention through short term rental or regional jurisdictions, & 7 Advocate and housing assistance, 6-prevent release actively pursue changes in public policy from institution to homelessness, 8that inhibit the community's ability to prevent release from foster care into address issues of chronic homelessness; homelessness , 9-prevent release from in addition: Develop supportive Housing hospitals to homelessness, 13-Housing for homeless; Develop housing and First option-prevent homelessness Supportive services; Expand housing and continuing longer then 30 days, 16Services for youth; Expand Outreach; Reduce the number of persons homeless Increase access and availability of at anytime, 17- Provide funding for services for Adults; Prevent operating and support services for Homelessness; Provide Housing and homeless, & 18-Track source of income supportive Services for Ex-offenders; for persons exiting transitional housing and Expand Funding sources shelter services The Spokane Mental Health Housing Plan, soon to be presented to The Spokane Board of County Commissioners, will have a significant role in guiding the development of units available to the ex-offender population. Spokane County's Consolidated Plan will continue to develop its guidelines for development of special needs housing to include ex-offenders through information derived from this grant.


Section 5 Describe the total unmet need addressed in the proposal, described by the specific numbers and characteristics of those to be served a. The number of participants. HGAP application data provided by Spokane's Mental Health Therapeutic Court manager indicates that from January to June of this year, 75 defendants were assessed as at-risk of homelessness, and an additional 22 clients were known to be homeless. Expanded over twelve months, this data indicates that approximately 175 individuals served through this Court, are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness, which represents more than 40 percent of the Courts total annual caseload. The court manager also indicated that more than 60 percent of their clients are not connected to mainstream and/or supportive services at this time. This represents a large deficit in supportive services to an extremely at-risk population. It also represents a great homelessness prevention opportunity for SHARPP. Additionally, data generated from Spokane County Jail's JMS database indicates that 14,242 inmates were released between January 1st and August 31st of 2007. Of those, 3,008 were sent to the Geiger Corrections facilities in Southwest Spokane, 893 were transferred to other facilities, and 463 were transferred to Washington State's prison system. This left a balance of 9,878 inmates released locally during the first eight months of 2007. Or, as stated by a local jail official, "we release about 280 people to the streets of Spokane every week." If we were to transpose comparable demographic characteristics from Spokane's Mental Health Therapeutic Court to Spokane's jail populations, i.e., that approximately 40 percent of those released weekly are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness, this would mean that more than 500 inmates, who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, are released from the Spokane County Jail on a monthly basis. From the Going Home program we know that for each person who doesn't re-offend the state saves approximately $28,000 a year in what it costs to keep a person in prison. The greatest savings for society in general is the ex-offender doesn't victimize anyone else.

b. The type of leased housing and rental assistance, described by the number of units/beds at a point in time and over the course of a year. Twenty five single occupancy rental units, offered by Volunteers of America, are targeted to provide transitional housing for mental health homeless (from the Therapeutic Court Program, Jail, Geiger and other sites), and other releasing offenders (with no housing plans), in the first year and utilized in this project for each of the following two years. Rental assistance services will be provided for subsidized permanent housing, for each of the offenders who have completed the transitional housing portion and want to remain in Spokane County. One Hundred and Twenty (120) participants will find transitional housing accommodations over the 3 year period. It is anticipated that 24-35 individuals will find permanent housing the first year for a three year total of 72-105 for three years.


c. The number of participants receiving services and the type of services offered at a point in time and over the course of a year. If fully funded it is hoped that SHARPP could reach the annual 220 adult and /or youth ex-offenders who are being released to Spokane County with inadequate or nonexistent housing plans or a total of 660 individuals over the proposed three year program. Assistance will be offered in the areas of housing; support services, employment, and health evaluations, mental health/substance abuse/ general healthcare services upon release. Services will include a variety of health and employment assessments and counseling services, as well as personal ID restoration prior to release or upon securing transitional housing. Certain clients will need minimal assistance up exit form incarceration, some will need intensive. Coordinated case-management services will be provided by CREST members. Therapeutic counseling/mentoring services will be arranged and provided as needed, along with appropriate vocational job skills training. Job coaches will begin assisting individuals with assessments if necessary and immediate job search and job placement services. Once employed, project participants will receive ongoing job coaching/counseling services for up to nine months. As appropriate, individuals will be placed into more stable, long-term housing through rental subsidies. CREST case management services will be provided as necessary to individuals for up to one year. Goodwill will average 150-200 persons annually who will participate in the employment assessment/placement process of which, it is expected, that 92% will be placed into a job. One hundred and twenty participants will graduate from the Responsible Renters program annually. Goodwill through their partnership with the Going Home grant believes that the population coming from the jail will be a population with higher needs then the group from prison. CREST will intensively case management of approximately 25% of the clients. This will include all of the assessments, ID recovery, support services, housing, mental health/substance abuse counseling, general health, and employment options. Thirty percent will need some portion of the option array and forty percent will need minimal assistance and might only need the housing and employment to get on their feet.

Section 6

Give evidence that the proposed model reduces homelessness.

Data is being generated locally to provide corroboration that rental assistance programs and subsidized permanent housing with supportive services that serve offender populations have reduced the number of incidences of recidivism. Intensive support services connected with housing support and assistance are considered high cost programs but these items have proven successful at reducing homelessness. The cost of providing short term intensive assistance is more beneficial to the community when dealing with this population than the cost of a continual revolving door into incarceration and institutional options. The Corporation for Supportive Housing in their "Costs of Serving Homeless Individuals in Nine Cities" report conclude that the least expensive of the current lodging sites for chronic homeless: Supportive Housing, Jail, Prison, Shelter, Mental Hospital and Hospital, is the Supported Housing model. 11

Further research indicates the positive impact for communities in placing former offenders into stabilized housing and employment as soon as possible after release from incarceration or detention facilities. By housing and employing offenders, a community can reduce recidivism rates by 60 percent. By providing job mentoring and other social support services to complement housing and employment programs, communities can actually reduce recidivism by 90 percent.1 Ultimately, Spokane's SHARPP project proposes to do just that ­ reduce homelessness through a variety of supportive services and rental assistance activities, targeted to exoffenders. Plus, by taking a preventative approach, SHARPP participants may feel less stigmatized and more empowered. They will have opportunities to co-design some of their reentry activities giving them a sense of buy-in and commitment. Thus, it is hoped that project participants will be more eager to rejoin the community in a healthy and positive manner. Further research indicates the positive impact for communities in placing former offenders into stabilized housing and employment as soon as possible after release from incarceration or detention facilities. By housing and employing offenders, a community can reduce recidivism rates by 60 percent. By providing job mentoring and other social support services to complement housing and employment programs, communities can actually reduce recidivism by 90 percent.2 Section 7 Provide evidence that the proposed model reduces overall government costs, such as the cost of homeless housing and services in prisons, hospitals and treatment facilities. In addition, describe the extent to which the project assists clients, including clients with limiting disabilities, to obtain living wage jobs or work that helps them to achieve their maximum level of economic self sufficiency. About 97 percent of incarcerated offenders will one day complete their sentences and be released to the community. Without successful efforts to resolve their individual deficits, many will return to lives of crime. The goal of SHARPP is to prevent that from happening by using the "cost avoidance" model. Initial costs for system change are high but the end result is future savings. For many people, the choice to engage in criminal behavior is influenced by circumstances that limit their ability to live as contributing members of society. For example, among offenders entering the Washington state prison system: · Eighty-three percent of women and 71 percent of men read at less than a 9th grade level. · About half were unemployed at the time of their crimes. · About 54 percent need treatment for drug or alcohol addictions. · Approximately half need mental health treatment SHARPP has the potential to reduce overall government costs by saving the state approximately $28,000.00 a year for each mental health defendant served. These costs would include expenses for extended incarceration, expenses of prosecution, associated court expenses, county jail fees while awaiting court, and the expense of the public defender. "Cost Avoidance" is the SHARPP goal. Data from the Spokane County Prosecutor's office indicates that they handled 5,026 adult felony cases in 2006, at an average attorney cost of $630.00 per case. When you

VanDeCarr, Paul (2007). Call to Action: How Programs in Three Cities Responded to the Prisoner Reentry Crisis, Public/Private Ventures ­ Ready4Work Initiative, Philadelphia PA 2 VanDeCarr, Paul (2007). Call to Action: How Programs in Three Cities Responded to the Prisoner Reentry Crisis, Public/Private Ventures ­ Ready4Work Initiative, Philadelphia PA



account for overhead and other staff time involved with these cases, the average prosecution cost for adult felonies in Spokane usually exceed $835.00 per case or more than $50,000 annually. The goal is to make citizens safer and avoid some of the cost of building expensive new prison facilities to house repeat offenders who if offered more appropriate health, education, and /or employment choices would not be in the system repeatedly. "Cost Avoidance" in action. In addition to the costs of community Mental Health staff who are unable to effectively help patients who decompensate because of high case worker case loads, institutional hospital costs are alarmingly high. Spokane county Regional Support Network expenses exceed $550.00 per day for each patient who is admitted to Eastern State Hospital. Other Spokane area private provider entities may cost above $800.00 per day for similar care. In Fiscal Year 2007, there were 309 admissions to Eastern State Hospital with an average length of stay of 64 days and an average cost of over $34,000. During the same period there were 1,035 admissions to community hospitals at an average cost of over $5,000 per admission. Between 10% and 20% of the persons admitted to hospitals during this period were homeless or did not have stable housing, which translates into $1.6 million to $3.2 million annual inpatient costs for this population. Stable housing for these individuals has the ability to significantly reduce inpatient admissions. A study published in July 2006 in Psychiatric Services, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, reported that permanent supportive housing for homeless person with mental illness, reduced emergency room visits by 56% and inpatient admissions by 42%. (Psychiatr. Serv. 57:992-999, July 2006, Impact of Permanent Supportive Housing on the Use of Acute Care Health Services by Homeless Adults.) Similar results in Spokane County could save the mental health system between $700,000 and $1.4 million of inpatient costs per year.


Section 8 Logic Models.


County: Spokane Contractor Name: Housing and Community Development Department Subcontractor Name: Project Name: Spokane Homeless Assistance Response & Prevention Partnership Project Activity: Project-Based Leasing, Supportive Services, and Rental Assistance Contact Name: Christine Barada Contact Phone: 509.477.7561 Contact Email: [email protected] NUMBERS AND UNITS OF MEASURE



Target Population: homeless ex-offenders ­ adult and/or youth, released from jail, juvenile detention, or defendants referred by drug court or mental health court from Spokane County



Community ReEntry Housing and Support Services Program

OUTPUT Measures

We use our resources to...conduct pre-release assessments of housing needs, behavioral health issues, and vocational skill levels; and to coordinate wrap-around intensive case management services as needed ...which produces: released ex-offenders and/or referred defendants placed into shortterm transitional housing, and into therapeutic counseling programs as appropriate, and into vocational skills training programs, and/or into structured job search activities Required Output Measures: Number of individuals served: (120 over 3 years-24-35 annually) for transitional units Number of households served: (0) Cost per individual served: $32,500 per person Cost per household served: 0 Additional Measures (optional): 600 Individual Written Plans taken by Goodwill Ind. For employment 24-35 TBRA vouchers given annually ## clinical assessments 100 number of participants don't go to the shelter. 35% don't re-offend in first 3 months 24 find transitional housing with services 120-150 find employment annually 2-7 find permanent housing first year

HMIS, and JMS data from county jail, & data from mental health therapeutic court

Quarterly reports/data updates to local partners & Semi-annual reports to CTED Quarterly reports/data updates to local partners & Semi-annual reports to CTED

Project-Based Leasing TBRA Support Services Employment

Data from the HMIS

OUTCOME (Short-Term)

... so that: homeless or atrisk of homelessness offenders are placed into transitional housing with supportive services immediately upon release from incarceration; and so that homeless or at-risk of homelessness defendants from mental health court are connected to intensive support services/case management and housing

Date from HMIS Data from jails and courts Data from CREST Data from goodwill Data from CREST CREST team CREST Team

Quarterly reports/data updates to local partners & Semi-annual reports to CTED

OUTCOME (Intermediate) that: these SHARPP participants become engaged in appropriate supportive services (counseling/mentoring), and placed into vocational skills training; and/or into entrylevel work positions with assigned job coaches. that: SHARPP participants reenter the Spokane community with stable housing and supportive work environments

%% received mental health assessments %% receive appropriate counseling services

Goodwill %% receive employment assessments

Quarterly reports/data updates to local partners & Semi-annual reports to CTED

OUTCOME (Intermediate optional)

200 that receive Responsible Renter Certificate %% of LL's who access Emergency Eviction-Early Vacation fund

Transitions Reports


Quarterly reports/data updates to local partners & Semi-annual reports to CTED



OUTCOME (Intermediate) that clients exiting the SHARPP project are in permanent housing and placed into gainful employment programs

75 clients over a 3 year period and 0 households exited to permanent housing and who have jobs; and cost per client exiting to permanent housing: ($62,525.00 avg. per client or $59 dollars a day using 3 yr total funding amt.)

Clients Identified as in Permanent Housing at Annual Intervals One Two Three year years years Time Interval postpostPostentry entry entry Number (24) (56) (75) Percentage (10%) (20%) (30%)

HMIS exit data

SemiAnnually to local partners & to CTED

ULTIMATE OUTCOMES that a total of 45% SHARPP clients remain housed 3 years after project entry... that Spokane County homelessness is reduced by 10 % each year of the project. that the recidivism rates are reduced by program participants by this population %-when left blank we hope to discover this data through the HGAP project.

HMIS data (returning to homelessness)

1, 2, and 3 years after clients enter the program

Number of people identified as homeless at a point in time in the county:(2200)

Annual county pointin-time count


Section 9

Provide evidence of project readiness (funding in place, leases signed, etc.).

See attached letters of support and/or commitment from Volunteers of America, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, Pioneer Human Services, and Spokane Mental Health Court, Spokane County Sheriff's office, Pioneer Human Services, Transitions, City of Spokane Human Services Department, and Offender Employment Services. Section 10 Describe the capacity of involved organizations to successfully implement the proposal. Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest (GIIN) has a long history of working with the recently incarcerated and those with mental health issues. Currently, GIIN takes referrals from Spokane Mental Health and the Washington State DOC for formal testing, work assessment, work training, job placement, job coaching and job retention assistance. Also, GIIN has a long standing contract with the Offender Employment Services Division of Washington State's Employment Security Department to provide employment to those who have a felony history. In 2004, GIIN placed 325 ex-offenders into employment for Office of Employment Services in the Spokane area. This group exceeded an 80 percent job retention rate after six months of employment. Additionally, GIIN partnered in a pilot project called "Going Home" with the Department of Corrections, in which serious violent offenders were provided with holistic wraparound services to minimize recidivism. This pilot project resulted in a 97 percent success rate, with only one of over 50 individuals being re-arrested after three years of release. Spokane's Going Home Project, part of the federal government's Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) pilots, had one of the nation's highest reduction rates of recidivism, due to the great work of Goodwill staff. Several employees at Goodwill Industries have received training and certification from the DOC to work with offender populations including Clinical Criminal Justice 16

Certification, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Moral Reconation Therapy (This therapy is the premiere cognitive behavioral treatment system for offenders and at-risk groups) and Stress Anger Management, to name only a few. Currently, Goodwill is administering two grant-funded programs throughout Spokane County, in which they are directly responsible for the reentry services of former offenders. To date, they are exceeding projected job placement outcomes by more than 200 percent. Pioneer Human Services Serves over 5000 clients a year in its correctional programs, Pioneer Human Services operates thirteen community corrections and residential reentry programs under the Community Corrections Group. Two federal residential reentry centers are provided at Pioneer Fellowship House in Seattle and the Tacoma Residential Reentry Center. These Programs serve adult federal offenders referred by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Probation, and U.S. Pre-trial Court Services. Six state work release facilities serve formerly incarcerated adults referred by the Washington State Department of Corrections. Two facilities serve female offenders: Helen B. Ratcliff House in Seattle and Eleanor Chase House in Spokane. The state's largest male work release facility is Reynolds Work Release in Seattle, followed closely by Brownstone Work Release in Spokane and Bishop Lewis House in Seattle. Pioneer also operates a male work release organized as a therapeutic community for chemically addicted offenders at Madison Inn Work Release in Seattle. Three of these programs, Bishop Lewis House, Eleanor Chase House, and Helen B. Ratcliff House, also serve residents referred from King and Spokane Counties. The Community Corrections Group also manages four juvenile programs, including the Juvenile Offender Basic Training Camp in Connell, Touchstone Group Home in Olympia that serves youth transitioning to the community from juvenile institutions, Selma R. Carson Home for youth without documentation to be in the U.S., and the newest program, New Bridge, located in Olympia, serving behaviorally troubled youth. Through innovative human service programs and with the following motto: "There Are No Limits to Caring", Volunteers of America (VOA) helps build healthier and more compassionate communities in Eastern Washington. VOA in Spokane serves Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho with a variety of service and housing programs, including: o Crosswalk and Project Safe Place are multi-service, drop-in centers for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, providing emergency shelter, meals and clothing, school, medical assistance, case management, recreation, and referral; o Breakthrough for Families is a family preservation program, providing wraparound services for complex families; o Passages is a support program for parents of children with mental health disorders, providing mentoring and advocacy, support groups, training and workshops, peer counseling, and wraparound services; o Alexandria's House is a transitional housing resource, a shared residence, licensed as a maternity home, for teen mothers and their babies, providing 24 hour supervision, medical assistance, attachment therapy, parenting education, independent living skills training, case management, and referral; o Aston-Bleck Apartments offer transitional housing, five units for young parents and their children, providing 24 hour supervision, attachment therapy, parenting education, case management, and independent living skills training; 17

o Hope House is Spokane's only shelter for homeless, single women, containing 34 beds, and providing meals and clothing, and personal items. Hope House also contains 25 apartments for low-income women in transition from the streets to independent living; o Flaherty House is a transitional housing facility for young men, ages 18-21, providing case management, and independent living skills training; o Off site Permanent Housing currently leases thirty-five permanent apartment units to VOA, and has agreed to lease an additional ten units for the SHARPP project; and o Independent Living Program which supports 18-22 years olds who have aged out of Foster Care to become independent. VOA holds the following credentials, licenses and memberships: (1) Charter from the National Organization of Volunteers of America, (2) Washington State Mental Health Agency Peer Support, (3) Maternity Home, and (4) Washington State Overnight Shelter. Portfolio ProjectTransitions Programs for Women-was created in January of 1995 with the merger of these three unique services for women and children. A Board of Members, with a representative from each of the four sponsoring congregations, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Sisters of Providence and Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, oversee a Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from the Spokane community, and are responsible for daily operations. An interim Executive Director leads the administration and the staff of Transitions which employs around 40 full and part time employees. The Portfolio Project is a collaborative effort designed by case managers from 9 social service agencies in Spokane. The purpose of the project is to help homeless people understand the circumstances that have led to their homelessness and learn the skills needed to become stable and to find affordable, permanent housing. The curriculum is designed to give participants an opportunity to learn skills and demonstrate their accomplishments in critical areas related to permanent housing. Case managers or Coaches will work with individuals as they use the curriculum. Upon completion of each unit, participants are awarded a certificate which can be presented to landlords to give evidence of their motivation and skills. The City of Spokane Human Services Department has developed and administered Spokane's regional Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) since 1995. The HMIS development began as a collaborative effort with the Spokane Homeless Coalition. Since its inception, the number of organizations reporting to the database has increased steadily. This longevity gives Spokane the ability to identify the chronically homeless and homeless trends throughout the local community. Currently, Spokane's HMIS is undergoing a new software upgrade to ClientTrack, an HMIS system from Data Systems International. This new upgrade will allow Spokane to increase data collection and reporting capabilities.





FUNDING SOURCE N/A $ $ HGAP OTHER STATE FUNDS (Describe and name source): 1. $ $ $ 2. $ $ $ 3. $ $ $ 4. $ $ $ FEDERAL FUNDS (Describe and name source): 1.McKinney-Shelter Plus Care $63,369 $ $ 2. $ $ $ 3. $ $ $ 4. $ $ $ LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTIONS (Describe and name source): 1.Local 2060 $501,300 $ $ 2.Local 2163 $216,891 $ $ 3. $ $ $ 4. $ $ $ NONPROFIT/PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS (Describe and name source): 1. $ $ $ 2. $ $ $ 3. $ $ $ 4. $ $ $ TOTAL STATE, FEDERAL, LOCAL AND $781,560.00 $ $ PRIVATE FUNDS: *If the application is accepted the finalist will be required to submit proof of funding commitments with their technical submissions. Only committed funds will be accepted as cash match at that time.


1. GRANT TERM (Check only one box): 2. PROPOSED HGAP ACTIVITIES 1 Yr 2 Yrs

X 3 Yrs


(Sum columns 3 & 4)

3. HGAP FUNDING REQUEST 562,500 1,074,000.00

a. Project-Based Leasing b. Supportive Services c. Operations and Maintenance d. Rental Assistance e. Administration & Outcome Measurement (Administrative costs a may not

exceed 10 % of the total request. The combined costs of admin. and outcome measurement may not exceed 20 %..)

562,500.00 216,000 321,300.00 1,290,000.00 321,300.00 1,864,260.00





TOTAL ESTIMATED BUDGET $3,907,800 $781,560.00 $4,689,360.00



1RFQ for project performance and evaluation component



TIMELINE 3/1/07 ­ 4/31/07


2. Complete Technical Submittal 3.Negotiate contract with CTED 4.Negotiate/sign contract with project/CREST manager-VOA-(hereafter CREST Manager) 5.Review HMIS components 6.Convene CREST to develop MOU's 7..Organize collaborating/partner agencies; set schedule for monthly meetings 8. Establish landlord risk mitigation fund and policies; conduct landlord recruitment activities 9. HGAP report to CTED and elected officialsfirst of quarterly 10. Finalize housing risk assessment tool-for transitional and TBRA permanent recipients 11. Lease re-entry housing units-first of 24 12. Coordinate and train Court, Jail staff 13. Implement data integration system-train agencies 14. Coordinate with RSN-PACT team 15. Organize and hold first HGAP communitywide meeting 16. Perform first annual review 17. Develop prospects for additional leverage opportunities 18. 19. 20. 21.


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