Reduce homelessness through 05. coordinated housing and homeless policy HPD and DHS are sometimes not aligned in their missions, yet each plays an important role in reducing homelessness through placement into permanent housing. Shared metrics will help align their shared goals. Special attention should be paid to statistics on homeless children as outcomes can be improved through coordinated policy. Extensive research shows the adverse effects of housing instability on children, yet 1,800 babies are born in homeless shelters, or enter them before their first birthday. For almost 115,000 school-aged children, lower test scores and poor attendance rates result from homelessness and shelter stays. Metrics can be used to hold agencies accountable to achieve goals and problem solve to seek better outcomes. Goal: Reduce rates of homelessness across municipal shelters and the streets. Metric: Number of permanent housing placements from City shelters to housing plan units. (Counting this in the housing plan will create shared accountability across homeless and housing agencies.) Metric: Average number of days to rent up or re-rent a homeless set aside unit in the housing plan. Metric: Number of housing first placements from street to supportive housing. Metric: Number of rental assistance vouchers issued to households in municipal shelters or living on the streets. Metric: Number of babies born in shelter and the number of children experiencing homelessness should be counted as part of the housing plan.
FROM THE GROUND UP | 2021
Metric: Number of people released from prison or jail that go to a city homeless shelter.