100 Day Goal UPDATE

Philly Vets Home has been working tirelessly in trying to reach our 100 Day Goal! We set our goal at 134 housed and of those, 30 will be chronically homeless.

February 18, 2015 was Day 90 and our current numbers are 122 Move-ins, of those 55 are chronically homeless!

We are getting close! Let’s keep up the great work Team!

Piloting Coordinated Assessment

To build upon the success and to accelerate our progress in ending Veteran homelessness, we need to continue to work together to ensure that we have coordinated, community-based systems for preventing homelessness among Veterans and for assisting Veterans experiencing homelessness to access appropriate housing and service options within Philadelphia. This system must include finding and assessing the needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness, providing them with appropriate services, and helping them navigate quickly through the steps to move from streets and shelters to permanent housing.

 

For all the amazing folks out there who are completing the VI-SPDAT, thank you!

 

Helpful documents:

 

The Match Initiation Form and the Vacancy Form are now live.  We will be editing these forms over the next couple weeks to make sure they fit with Philly’s needs.

We are all in this together

 

Four days left in our second 100-day sprint.  We set the goal of housing 189 veterans experiencing homelessness, of which 75 were chronically homeless, of while 25 were currently unsheltered.  How did we do in reaching our numbers goal?!?!?!  As the numbers roll in, we are getting so close.  We will probably reach our chronic goal but be just shy of our overall goal and unsheltered goal.  But honestly, the progress on the SYSTEM is not captured in these numbers and will continue.

Is there still work to be done?  Absolutely!

Are you going to do a third 100-day goal?  Absolutely!

The Philly Vets Home team was honored to attend the 25 Cities Launch and is currently in a 45-day planning phase for a community launch on a coordinated assessment and housing placement system in June.  We are also aligning with three counties surrounding Philadelphia who launched their own DIY Boot Camp.  The Philly facilitator worked with the Coatesville VAMC and local SSVF grantee to lead the Coatesville Boot Camp.

 

Of course the work continues.  But there are new procedures and policies locked in place as we ratchet up our ability to END Veteran homelessness in Philadelphia. 

 

Join us!

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We are all in this together – Year of the Veteran

It’s the Year of the Veteran!  Our team has already been thrilled at the success of increasing the housing placement rate for Veterans experiencing homelessness.  We have more work to do and are even more inspired.

There has been some amazing support in advocating for, claiming, and celebrating the Year of the Veteran.  Congrats to all who have been a part of it.  But now it is up to all of us to make the resolutions in the charter a reality.  

First there was the Presentation on February 27th at City Hall when the Resolution was read. Second, there was the Celebration at the Liberty Museum.  What’s next?

As a strong coalition of the major players in ending homelessness among our Veterans, we are determined to continue to increase the housing placement rate, especially for those who are chronically.  We are aligning outreach efforts across organizations and with the City.  We are looking at all available housing resources and making sure the resources are there to make an apartment a home and keep people housed.  

We are looking at the system we have in place and all coming together to make sure that no one who served this country is without a place to call home.  More work to come!

Philadelphia Inquirer article highlights team member: Pathways to Housing!

Philadelphia Inquirer article highlights team member: Pathways to Housing!

The article states: “In Philadelphia, a coalition of nonprofit service providers works with the VA to address the local needs of veterans.”  That is right and we are called Philly Vets Home.  We are re-launching for another 100-day sprint starting next Thursday with a new goal and additional action items.  We are thrilled to have Pathways to Housing PA on the team.

 

The article goes on to explain Pathways: “a housing-first specialist that has been operating in Philadelphia for five years. The agency works with 130 vets, about half of whom are younger men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, said Christine Simiriglia, executive director of the local office of Pathways.”

 

Great work Team!!!

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140103_Center_in_Phila__helps_battle_veteran_homelessness.html#5B3kouiJIHoDu2B1.99

 

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Veteran Wayne Jones (left) and property owner, Ron Egan, signing an apartment lease.

Just in time for the holidays, three Veterans in Philadelphia received the ultimate gift — a place of their own to call home.  Staff at the Philadelphia Housing Authority and a local property owner worked at lightening speed to house three veterans before the holidays. “Being part of the process, especially during this time of the year, makes the hard work worth it,” said Bret Holden, the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Director of Eligibility and Special Programs.  Mr. Wayne Jones and two other Veterans signed their leases on Friday, December  20th.  Mr. Jones said he is happy to be in his new home before the holidays. Mr. Ron Egan, the property owner, has been so motivated by the HUD-VASH program, that he wants to purchase additional properties to rent to veterans.  Mr. Egan not only filled his vacant units, but he personally drove to pick up the veterans, transport them to see the units, and complete the paperwork.  His dedication to housing Veterans is inspirational.  

The success in expediting the leasing procedures for these veterans is just a fraction of what we are doing at Philly Vets Home. Starting January 9, we are re-launching with a SECOND 100-DAY GOAL to to house 189 veterans in 100 days—targeting 75 who have been chronically homeless and 25 individuals who are currently unsheltered. 

Preparing for Our Weekly Meeting

Every week since August, our team has been meeting to continue to make improvements to the system that should keep all veterans off the streets.  We have all grown accustomed to structure of the meeting:

  1. As a unified team, discuss the housing plan for identified individuals, while reviewing the list of units available
  2. Review the progress on PHA’s “See and Move In Tours”, research on Navigators, and plans for Philadelphia’s Furniture Bank
  3. Discuss how to share this collaboration

As I prepare for another meeting, I am stepping back at looking at everything we have done since August.  Because we meet so often, the amount of progress can be misleading.  But we are moving mountains!  Great work team!