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Released August 30, 2016

Your Way Home Montgomery County released a new research report on emergency shelter policies and procedures to guide our partners working to end and prevent homelessness in Montgomery County, PA. Through the generous investment of the HealthSpark Foundation, Your Way Home contracted with Diana T. Myers and Associates, Inc. to research emergency shelter policies and procedures within a coordinated entry crisis response system.


 

Your Way Home Operations Manual

Released July 27, 2016

 

The Your Way Home Operations Manual is designed to provide information and guidance to Your Way Home service partners for the implementation of Your Way Home program activities.

This document is aligned with and organized to follow the major processes of Montgomery County’s unified housing crisis response system:

  • Coordinated Entry, including Call Center and Street Outreach activities

  • Housing Counseling

  • Emergency Shelter

  • Rapid Re-Housing

  • Transitional Housing

  • Permanent Supportive Housing

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Focuses on the key components necessary in order to achieve outcomes prioritized by Your Way Home

Rapid re-housing has become an increasingly important tool in a community's response to homelessness. The model has shown success on the indivdiual level - helping households exit homelessness and not return to shelter. Additionally, it has helped communities decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness and the amount of time households spent homeless. Rapid re-housing places a priority on moving a family or individual experiencing homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible, ideally within 30 days of a client becoming homeless or entering a program. This article provides a brief background on rapid re-housing and current research on the strategy. It also provides details and context to the 3 core components of the rapid re-housing model:  

  • Housing identification
  • Rent and move-in assistance
  • Rapid re-housing case management and services