Transitional Housing: U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), with little to no notice to providers, decided to end its support of ‘transitional housing programs’ because they have decided to focus on the housing first model due to attack the homelessness crisis across the country that has continued to explode. HUD funded $335,498 and was the primary funding for this program and that has been eliminated.

Homelessness has become substantially visible here on our sidewalks, the parcels between the sidewalk and the street, parks, beaches, etc. There has always been a growing homelessness issue here and across the country, and  it had been substantially exacdrbated by the great recession tht started arund December 2007 and ended around June 2009 (though many of the statistics that describe the U.S. economy have yet to return their pre-recession values).

HUD’s decision to stop supporting “Transitional Housing Programs” hit eight different organizations on Oahu including Gregory House Programs.

  • The Gregory House Programs transitional program, Community Residential Programs, was funded under HUD’s Supportive Housing Program (SHP). The HUDSHP contract/grant was to end August 31, 2016, however, we were able to get HUD to allow us to reallocate funds in that contract to one category (leasing) in order to extend the life of this program to February 2017. We were able to reallocate the HUD funds to leasing so that we could keep the master lease of the apartments and cottage all on one lot across from Kaiser Honolulu Clinic. This is where we house our fifteen (15) transitional housing clients. At this location, we have a 3 bedroom cottage, a 3 bedroom apartment,  3 two bedroom units, 2 one bedroom units, and a 1 bedroom unit that we use for on-site comprehensive case management services. Our total leasing cost is $11,250 a month or $135,000 annually. Our program participants pay 30% of their income as their rent cost and the balance we subsidize. Additionally,there are two private residents in the complex. The owner of this property lives in New York and he has contracted with us to manage the property,and that fee goes towards supporting the program!
  • We were able to do the above with one time support from the Governor’s Homeless office to cover other expenses of this program, however, it was made clear to us that this is a one-time help to allow us to continue to February.
  • HUD Grant Amount $335,498 was the primary funding for this program and has been completely eliminated.
  • Gregory House Programs always secured private foundation funds and donations to help support this program.

Shelter Plus Care (Permanent Supportive Housing)

Funding amount is $487,648, for the current contract period of (September 1, 2016 through November 30, 2017). Beginning December 1, 2017 these program participants will become homeless!

Impact/Program Participants

  • 46 households, 58 people affected
  • 13 females, 32 males, 2 transgenders
  • 6 children
  • Total: $40, 282 monthly rent subsidy. This amount excludes the cost of the comprehensive case management support provided to program participants and cost to administer the program.
  • 33% of clients were chronically homeless before entering Gregory House Program (through Community Residential Program or Shelter Plus Care) (14/42)
  • 43% with current or previous substance use (18/42)
  • 3 clients were in domestic violence situations  (7%)
  • 2 clients were unable to find units to rent due to their criminal history. With the help of their SPC case manager, they were able to find units.

Ethnicities

  • 33% Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders
  • 33% Caucasian
  • 17% Asian
  • 10% African American
  • 5% Hispanic
  • 2% Mixed ethnicities

Medically fragile

  • End state kidney disease and on dialysis
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pulmonary heart disease
  • End stage HIV
  • Mentally ill
  • Dementia

 

 

 

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