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Georgia Homeless Count. Objective. Count of homeless and. precariously housed families and. individuals. . Understand the scope of. the problem locally and . statewide. Federal requirement for. ID: 274313 Download Presentation

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Georgia Homeless Count

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Objective

Count of homeless andprecariously housed families andindividuals Understand the scope of the problem locally and statewideFederal requirement for programs serving the homeless

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Georgia Homeless Count

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Definitions

Sheltered Homeless PersonsPeople who reside in an emergency shelter or in transitional/supportive housing for homeless personsUnsheltered Homeless Persons People who reside in a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, abandoned buildings, encampmentsImminently Homeless PersonsPeople who expect to leave their current residence within 2 weeks, have not identified where they are staying next, and do not have the means to obtain permanent housing

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Count Methodology

Housing screening surveys administered at service locations and other places where homeless people congregate or livePoint In Time: January 28, 2013Surveys collected January 29 –February 4Surveys returned to local coordinator

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Housing Stability Survey

Designed to be administered by staff or by volunteersNo more than 10 minutes

2013 Georgia Homeless Count

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Who Is Surveyed?

Screening Question: Have you had any difficulty with housing in the past month?

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Collecting Surveys

How can surveys be collected?Interviews with people with housing difficulties (administered by staff or volunteers)On the telephone with people seeking assistance

Where are surveys collected?Service Locations Community Locations (Library, etc.)At the location they are living (dilapidated housing, abandoned trailers, farm buildings, or encampments)Other places – street, parks

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Survey Protocol

Survey one adult per household (over 17)May interview unaccompanied teensConduct interviews rather than allowing someone to self administer whenever possibleConfidentialityPrivate locationDo not share information

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General Interview Techniques

Voice and body language neutralAffirm responsesPersonalize questionsRemind participants that their participation and/or responses will not affect their receipt of servicesRemind participants that they can refuse to answer any of the questionsThank them for participating

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Incentives

Your county coordinator will let you know if there are small gift bags or fast food coupons for survey participantsWay of thanking survey participants for their help

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Beginning the Interview

Introduce yourselfAsk screening questionHave you had any difficulty with housing in the past month?Ask if they have already completed the survey this weekExplain purposeAnswer their questions/concernsIf you can’t answer their questions, refer to county coordinator or DCARefusalsRespond to concernsRespect their right to refuseRemind them that this will not affect their ability to receive servicesSome of the questions are sensitive. Respondents can skip questions that they would rather not answer.

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Beginning the Interview

Hello, my name is (NAME). All this week, agency staff and volunteers around Georgia are asking people about their housing situations and various factors that affect people’s ability to get housing. Your answers will be kept in the strictest confidence and will be grouped with all of the surveys collected in the state this week. Your name will not be recorded on the survey. It will only take about 10 minutes to complete. Your participation . . . yes or no . . . will not affect your services in any way. Are you willing to participate?

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Survey Form Instructions [Page 6 of Instruction Guide]

Be sure to use Black or Blue Ink Fill in bubbles completely and fit all letters and numbers completely within the boxes Questions 1 and 2; Initials and Birth dateto be used only to check for duplicate surveyscontinue interview even if you do not get information Question 3Where did you stay Monday, January 28th?Don’t need to read all options – just categorize their response for them Question 4AAsk if they stayed in a house or apartment (their own or with friends/family) or hotel or motel on the 28th. If yes, do they expect to be able to stay there for at least the next two weeks? If no, ask the two follow-up questions.

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Question 4B

Is the house or apartment in safe and livable condition?You may need to help themmake determination if they are unsureMust be unfit for a person to live in (no running water or electricity, lack of plumbing, not structurally sound)?

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Survey Instructions (cont.)

Question

5

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In what

city and county

did you first become homeless?

Refers to current episode of homelessness.

Question

6

– Do you consider yourself homeless at this time?

Record their answer (even if you don’t agree – record

their

perception of their situation). Their answer will not affect how their survey will be categorized.

If they answer no, skip A, B, C

How long have you been homeless?

refers to current episode

How often in the past three years? Includes this episode

may need to help them think about

2010, 2011,

and

2012

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Survey Instructions (cont.)

Question 7Household membersIf the respondent is staying with family or friends, do not include the people whose home they are currently staying inQuestion 8Veteran status

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Survey Instructions (cont.)

Severe mental illness HIV/AIDS Chronic drug abuse Chronic alcohol abuse Chronic medical condition Physical disability Kicked out of the home BEFORE the age of 18Kicked out of the home AFTER the age of 18

Aged out of Foster CareFelony ConvictionFamily ViolenceInvolvement in Foster Care (as a parent)Involvement in Foster Care (as a youth)Left home voluntarily before the age of 18Recently discharged from an institution (such as a hospital or prison)

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9:

Have you experienced the following?

Read choices and check all that apply. Do not probe for details. If they are unsure, provide examples (see handbook).

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Question 10 & 11–Emergency Room VisitsQuestion 12 – Family ViolenceIs family violence responsible for the CURRENT housing instabilityQuestion 13 – Work for payFull time = 32+ hours a weekPart time = regular hours, less than 32+Day Labor = day to day work or occasional work

Survey Instructions (cont.)

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Georgia Homeless Count

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Survey Instructions (cont.)

Food Stamps (SNAP)SSI TANF UnemploymentPeachCare Social SecuritySSI DisabilityWorkman’s CompMedicaidVeterans Benefits

DHS Independent Living Services (ILP)Mental Health or Addiction ServicesDBHDD Georgia Housing VoucherHomeless Prevention Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP)Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)Veterans Supportive Housing Voucher (VASH) GeorgiaCares (for Seniors)Homelessness PreventionRapid Re-Housing

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– Benefits and Services

Read choices and check all that apply

See handbook for more description

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Completing the Interview

DemographicsGender, orientation, ethnicity, raceIt is better if the respondent completes this section himself/herself.Check survey for completenessThank them for their helpAsk if they have any questions

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Completed Surveys

Return completed surveys to local coordinator by February 6thNOTE to County Coordinators – put information here about what to do with the completed surveys

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Thank you for your help!

Insert your contact information here

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