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Drug Court Housing Matters: How to Build a Drug Court Housing Case Management Program

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  1. Drug Court Housing Matters: How to Build a Drug Court Housing Case Management Program Shannon Thomas, King County Drug Diversion Court Housing Case Manager, 2009-present Allison Howard, King County Drug Diversion Court Housing Case Manager, 2009-present King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  2. Getting Started: Questions to Ask What are the housing barriers your participants face? What are the housing resources in your community? What type of in-office housing services will you provide? What type of housing will you provide? Who are you going to house? What will compliance in housing look like? What will your clean & sober/recovery model be? How will you make referrals and placements? What will case management in housing look like? How will you pay for your housing? How will you participate in public policy/community advocacy? King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  3. What are the housing barriers your participants face? • Evictions • Criminal background • Lack of/poor residential history • Bad credit • Unemployed • Minimal benefits • Poverty • Family crisis • Domestic violence • Chronic homelessness • Chemical dependency • Mental health King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  4. What are the housing resources in your community? • Outreach/tour as many housing programs as you can (shelters, transitional and permanent housing) • Educate housing programs on Drug Court and establish a rapport • Advocate for Drug Court referrals • Establish a referral protocol for Drug Court participants King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  5. What type of in-office housing services will you provide? • Eviction prevention • Utilities assistance • Landlord education • Applications for housing waitlists • Housing search • Locating move-in costs • Locating furniture/household items • Assessing housing needs • Connecting to community services and resources • Longer term planning • Crisis assistance King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  6. What type of housing will you provide? • Transitional single studio apartments • Transitional family multi-room apartments • Single room in a group home • Permanent housing vouchers (private market) • Permanent supportive housing King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  7. Who are you going to house? • Single Adults • Gender specific housing • Young Adults (18-26) • Families with minor children • Couples King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  8. What will compliance in housing look like? • Clean and sober/recovery model • Signed contract/program rules • Curfew • Guest policy • House chores • House meetings • Working with a case manager • Compliance with court and treatment obligations • Rental fees King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  9. What will your clean & sober/recovery model look like? • Drug use puts housing at risk • Relapse Prevention Plan • Exits and evictions • Disclosure and reporting • On-site UAs • Recovery-oriented staff King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  10. How will you make referrals and placements? • Develop referral process with partnering agencies • Create and maintain a waitlist • Develop a priority system for waitlist • Assess the housing needs of every new participant • Take instruction from Court as directed • Provide regular presentation of housing services to new Drug Court participants King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  11. What will case management in housing look like? • Require regular participation in on-site case management • Set goals and make plans to achieve goals • Address challenges, issues in the building with property and other residents • Next-step housing application and search • Financial planning and saving for next-step housing • Connecting client needs to community resources • Coordination/communication with Court Staff • Assistance with Employment/Education/Job Training King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  12. How will you pay for your housing? • Grants • Public monies/levies (i.e. 1/10 of 1%) • Government programs • Budget prioritization (making a case for housing) • Resident fees • Funding as part of Recovery Support Services (as supported by National DC research) King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  13. How will you participate in public policy/community advocacy? • Reach out to local homeless/housing coalitions to join their efforts (i.e. King County Committee to End Homelessness) • Attend community forums, information sessions and organizational meetings focused on housing/homelessness • Meet with legislators, attend Homelessness Advocacy Day in Olympia • Educate and inform these entities on the unique housing needs of Drug Court participants King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  14. Housing case management forms • Housing Self-Assessment • Landlord Letter • Housing Program Questionnaire • Relapse Prevention Plan King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  15. Housing case management timeline: 2009-2014 2009: Housing Voucher Program (single adults, transitional) The Morrison (vulnerable single adults, permanent) IMPACT (COD single adults, transitional) *Expansion of Services* 2014: Transitional Housing Program (single adults, transitional) Transitional Housing Program (families, transitional) Shelter Plus Care Vouchers (families, permanent) Williams Building (single adults, permanent) YMCA Young Adults In Transition (age 18-24, transitional) King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  16. Single Adult Transitional Housing Hudson House Chamberlain House Bruksos House Dalton House BirchtreeApts King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  17. Single Adult Permanent Housing Morrison Apts. Williams Apts. King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  18. Gender Specific Transitional: Female Katherine’s House and Rita’s House King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  19. Young Adult Transitional Housing YMCA Young Adults in Transition King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  20. Family Transitional Housing The Snider Apts. King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  21. Current & future projects • Continued involvement in shaping King County’s Coordinated Entry Model for Family Housing • Expansion of YMCA Young Adult Housing contract • Support “Ban the Box” efforts around housing • Expand network of “felony friendly” landlords • Explore faith-based communities as potential housing resources King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014

  22. Questions? Contact Information: Allison Howard: Housing Case Manager allison.howard@kingcounty.gov 206-477-0794 Shannon Thomas: Housing Case Manager shannon.thomas@kingcounty.gov 206-477-0839 King County Adult Drug Diversion Court October 2014