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Coordinated Engagement for Young Adults. Hannah Fisk, NWYS Emily Harris-Shears & Erin Maguire, CCSWW Washington State Conference on Ending Homelessness May 21, 2014. Northwest Youth Services. Hannah Fisk, MSW. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
  • Coordinated Engagement for Young AdultsHannah Fisk, NWYSEmily Harris-Shears & Erin Maguire, CCSWW

    Washington State Conference on Ending HomelessnessMay 21, 2014

  • Hannah Fisk, MSW

    NWYS collaborates with at-risk, runaway and homeless youth to foster self-reliance.

  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)AND/OR

  • An additional entry option for youthTwo Housing Interest Pools (HIP and YIP)Removing off the waitlistWeekly notificationsAdditional attempts to contactApproval from youth serving agencyBrain development/ Cognitive functioningRelationship focusedContinuum of care between programsEmpowerment based- optionsPositive Youth Development focused

  • Referral and enrollment to partner programs

  • In April 302 non-youth households were on the HIP 96 youth household were on the HIP47 additional youth are on the YIP onlyReasons for any difference in numbers include: Prefer not to be on the HIPNot literally homelessExample of movement from HIP to HousingHIP to Permanent Housing Program55% went from HIP to the Permanent Housing Program16% went from the YIP to the Permanent Housing Program

  • One Housing Interest Pool list with two entry pointsNo shared data entry programCouch surfingLack of relationshipIncreased CommunicationMore difficult for the agenciesEasier for the youthLots of Advocating

  • Shared access to single Housing Interest PoolContinued training on how this system came into place for new staffPrioritization of youth

  • Implementing A Coordinated Engagement System For YoungAdultsYouth Housing Connection

    WLIHA Conference on Ending HomelessnessMay 2014

  • Community Sign In

    Youth and young adults (YYA) ages 13 to 25 complete Community Sign In the first time they arrive at any drop in center, meal program, or young adult shelter in the homeless YYA continuum.

    Launched in December 20131,217 YYA have responded to Community Sign-In67% identify as currently experiencing homelessness

  • Community Sign In

    1.Divert YYA from homeless services when possible through family reunification 2.Promote consistent data collection on YYA homelessness3.Obtain a more comprehensive number of YYA who are using our continuum by aligning data collection at every drop in center, meal program and young adult shelter in the continuum of care.

  • Youth Housing ConnectionOne single access point for young adults (17.5-25) in King County who are currently experiencing literal homelessness or within 14 days of losing their housing and in need of connection to housing resources

    Youth Housing Connection launched July 8, 2013

  • Where do young people come from?

  • Demographics

  • Assessment Process Meet young adults where they are already accessing services and support Assessments are offered at nine youth serving drop-in centers, shelters and meal site programs each weekCapacity to provide 200 assessments/month Over 800 assessments completed

  • Assessment Tool One hour assessment Capturing relevant information related to young adults experiences in housingDirectly corresponds to eligibility criteria of community housing providers Measures a young adults current risk while remaining homeless through the vulnerability score

  • Housing InventoryPartner with 25 housing programs made up of seven youth serving agencies 300+ units/bedsRange of services:Chemical DependencyLGBTQA Youth Exiting Foster CareDomestic Violence Mental HealthCulturally Tailored Services for African American and Native American young adults 191 referrals made since launch 90 young adults in housing

  • Program Staffing Two Housing Specialists: Completes housing assessments with young adults YHC Lead: Makes housing referrals and facilitates mobility requests Program ManagerProgram Director

  • Vulnerability Scale Length of current experience of homelessness Interest in Chemical Dependency Support ServicesSafety Interest in Mental Health Support ServicesNumber of experiences of homelessness Interest in programs that require YA to have a disability Community Supports Length of time on the YHC Placement Roster (Point added for 6 months or longer)Receiving SS/Disability Benefits

  • Vulnerability Scale

    Vulnerability Score# of Young Adults% of Young Adults












    Vulnerability Score










  • Vulnerability Scale

  • Supports young adults moving through the continuum of housing resources as their needs change

    Young adults with approved mobility requests receive priority for open resources

    Mobility Requests

  • Youth & Young Adult VoiceFocus GroupsMarketingAssessment QuestionsResponse TimelineMockingbird Society Youth Advocates Ending HomelessnessOngoing User FeedbackSystem Implications

  • Provider VoiceFeedback ForumsContinual TrainingIndividual Stakeholder Check InsTask Force YHC Work GroupMonthly meetings of housing and service providersYHC successes and challenges12 month work plan

  • Next StepsFamily Reunification Pilot

    Contact Information

    Hannah Fisk, Northwest Youth [email protected]

    Emily Harris-Shears, Catholic Community Services of King [email protected] Maguire, Catholic Community Services of King [email protected]

    Implementing a Coordinated Engagement System for Young Adults***

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