1st State Streets 2 Homes Community Update
posted Mon, Jun 11, 2012
During the week of June 2-8, 2012, more than 70 voluntters, including 60 volunteers who went out on the streets as part of 17 surveys teams, particiated in the Delaware Registry Week to identify the most vulnerable homeless indivdiuals sleeping on the streets. Registry Week was a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware, Connections Community Support Programs, Ministry of Caring, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware State Housing Authority, Sussex County and City of Dover. The public partners are now working together to provide the resources for housing and services for at least 75 homeless individuals identified who are extremely vulnerable so that we can move these people into permanent supportive housing in the very near future.
The 1st State Streets 2 Homes Campaign teamed up with the nationally -renowned organization Community Solutions and its 100,000 Homes Campaign. The program has become a national model for reducing homelessness in communities, including New York's Time Square, Washington D.C., San Diego, Virginia and Colorado.
The teams of volunteer surveyors systematically canvassed targeted hot spots in Delaware, making contact with more than 200 homeless persons, 186 of whom participated in a survey that used Community Solutions' Vulnerability Index to create a by-name list of individuals at a higher risk than other for dying if they remain on the streets. Of the survey participants, 71 (38%) were found to be vulnerable based upon health conditions and/or other indicators associated with a high mortality risk for homeless persons. Initial findings from the analysis of the data gathered are outlined in the below report...Delaware Registry Week Fact Sheet.