city of virginia beach enhanced outreach pilot program

Report
CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH
ENHANCED OUTREACH PILOT
PROGRAM
Department of Human Services
Department of Housing and Neighborhoods Preservation
Virginia Beach Police Department 2nd Precinct
September 22, 2014
Cheryl E. Molinet, PATH Supervisor
Human Services
Dannette R. Smith, Director
Human Services
City of Virginia Beach
Most Livable Coastal Community in the
World…
~Envision Virginia Beach 2040
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State of the City of Virginia Beach’s
Oceanfront
 Homeless encampments are located in wooded areas around the
Oceanfront area.
 Increase numbers of homeless individuals congregating on the
boardwalk, in public parks, and public restrooms.
 Issued criminal summons have increased due to sleeping in public
places, alcohol related offenses, and trespassing.
 Complaints from concerned citizens regarding incidences of low level
conduct disorders.
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State of the City of Virginia Beach’s
Oceanfront
 Program Plan Objectives:
• Address the homeless crisis in and around the City of Virginia
Beach, specifically in the boardwalk area.
• Assist and provide support to citizens experiencing homelessness
and other co-occurring conditions.
Note:
The program was developed in context of the Virginia Beach Plan to End
Homelessness.
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The “Pinkies”
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Community Response
 An intensive “pilot program” was developed to support homeless
individuals in moving forward and out of homelessness (July, 2014 to
October 2014).
 Address co-occurring conditions through a comprehensive
“triage/wrap services” model that will include strong community
programing and peer engagement.
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Community Response
 Pilot Program consists of the following components:
• Oversight provided by the Human Services Department.
• Six (6) part-time contractual Outreach Peer Specialists.
• The Outreach Peer Specialists are formerly homeless individuals
encouraging service engagement and providing community support
services.
• Funded by Human Services -HSD, Housing and Neighborhood
Preservation-HNP, and the Virginia Beach Police DepartmentVBPD/2nd Precinct.
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Community Response
 The Outreach Peer Specialists work flexible hours (early mornings,
late nights, and weekends) partnering with VBPD/2nd Precinct,
HSD/Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH),
and HNP to “triage” individuals moving them into services.
• Outreach Peer Specialists report to the PATH Supervisor daily on the
progress and activities on the boardwalk
• Weekly cadence calls held to review data and coordinate services
• Increased coordination between the PATH Supervisor and the Second
Precinct Crime Prevention Unit Supervisor has enhanced communication
with the business community
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Community Response
 Community Provider Support:
• New/Enhanced “day” and weekend services have been developed
and being provided during the day for homeless individuals.
• The tracking system used to track progress of individuals served is
through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
• The Outreach Case Manager and Second Precinct Police work
closely with the Resort businesses, Hotel Association, Resort Civic
League, and the Oceanfront Enhancement Committee.
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Statistics To Date
Referrals
PIN Ministry
Potter's House
2
Healing Place
15
PATH
40
Recovery Center
JCOC
Stand Up for Kids
Magic Hollow
20
1 1
12
Veterans
STOP
VOA
Connection Point
SNAP/SNAPET
Hospital/ER
1
29
9
7
15
7
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Total unduplicated number
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served: 443 (90% homeless)
Statistics To Date
Adult Gender
Children Gender
Ethnicity
50 females
147 males
3 unknown
1 female
2 males
Caucasian
African American
Unknown
American Indian
Hispanic
Adult Age Range:
18 – 30
31 – 50
51 – 61
62 and over
Don’t know
33
41
27
2
97
126
59
16
2
2
The Goal of Going Home – 21
Families with children – 3
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Approximate totals
The City of Virginia Beach Team
Housing and Neighborhood Preservation
Andy Friedman
Karen Prochilo
Pamela Shine
Human Services
Dannette R. Smith
Cheryl E. Molinet
Virginia Beach Police Department/2nd Precinct
Capt. Sean Adams
Sgt. Harry McBrien
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Timeline for Implementation
 June 10, 2014 - Meeting with community service providers and faith-based
partners
 June 11, 2014 - Meeting with Oceanfront businesses and Hotel Association
 June 13, 2014 - Final proposal to City Manager and Deputy City Managers
 June 16 to June 20, 2014 - Recruit and hire Outreach Peer Specialists
 June 23 to June 27, 2014 - Outreach Peer Specialist training
 August 18, 2014 – Mid term update to City Manager and Deputy City Mangers
July 1, 2014 Enhanced Outreach Services Begins!!!
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We want your suggestions!!!
Discussion/Comments
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