2/23/2016 06:41:13 am
My agency provides case management and outpatient support to people with a serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness (or previously did). When it comes to people living in our scattered site housing programs, eviction never means discharge. I don't think the thought would even cross someone's mind. It may be frustrating when people lose their housing but we stick with people. I also think we do a lot of negotiating with landlords to prevent eviction. Even if a landlord is unwilling to give a tenant a second chance, we can usually convince them not to evict as long as we can move the person out within a certain time frame. This is beneficial for us (client avoids eviction on their record while maintaining our relationship with landlord) and them (saves the landlord money and time). Things are definitely more complicated in our residential housing programs (fixed-site, project-based housing). In those programs, the housing subsidy can't move with participants and they can only remain linked to that program's staff for a short period of time after discharge. Fortunately, they can remain connected to other services at our agency including primary/mental health care, group counseling, case management, and support with finding new housing options.
2/23/2016 06:41:35 am
Currently we work with client by intervening prior to eviction status when possible. We attempt to have a housing committee with the client to identify the issues and figure out how to support the client to assist in figuring out how to reduce whatever behavior is going on in their home. We also do a lot of advocating with the landlord if possible.
If we figure out that this location is not a good fit for the client, we may bring this client to our city wide housing committee which partners with all housing first provider to see if there is a way for the client to change programs or any other support for this particular situation. We would get approval from the city for any changes in programs and would make a case as to why the client would need to move.
Case management would continue to follow this client if a move was needed. Even if client does end up being evicted from the program in general they would be placed on our housing first waiting list again to try and find housing as quickly as possible but we would always try and avoid eviction first.
2/23/2016 06:42:37 am
@HousingFirst2, I think it’s so interesting that you have a city wide housing committee! That’s so great to see that type of coordination among service providers. I think your overall point is spot on—-try to avoid eviction and, when that’s not possible, keep the person engaged and rehouse them ASAP.
2/23/2016 06:41:53 am
We do not deal with the landlords in the front end, we just provide shelter for clients who might have been evicted from their apartment. We usually do not have any communication with a landlord. We do work with SSVF , Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and that staff has to communicate with the landlords when setting up payment of rent and deposit. When we have to remove a client out of the program, we try to provide alternative housing for the client before removing them from the program.
2/23/2016 06:42:13 am
I've found that landlords don't typically want to evict tenants. It's a costly and lengthy endeavor that negatively impacts their bottom line. I encourage staff to respect the landlord's need for rental income and acknowledge that with the landlord. Even when tenants are displaying poor tenancy skills there's room for negotiation prior to an eviction. The best way to handle an eviction is to avoid it. It's important to be in communication with a landlord from day one and continue that communication. Even when things are going well with a tenant it's vital that the landlord knows we (service providers) are involved and accessible. I've found that if you can work with a tenant to make a corrective action plan landlords are usually willing to give it a shot. If a tenant is unable to follow through on the plan (does not pay rent, or continues to engage in whatever behavior is a lease violation) there is a strong possibility that a landlord will move toward eviction. In these situations we still work with the tenant to make sure they know the consequences of an eviction, have a contingency plan if the eviction goes through, and try to connect them with other community resources.
10/4/2016 05:15:50 am
In private units, we leave the eviction completely up to the landlord and try to encourage them to allow us to avoid eviction. We work on repayments, try to resolve issues, or at the very least try to get the tenant out of the unit. In our units, we are very liberal. We will relocate a tenant for selling drugs as our buildings would be compromised otherwise. However, we don't terminate them from the program. Also, if tenants just cant get along we will ask them if they will move to another building in some instances.
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