Homeless Program Generates Success in Pilot Year

Post Date:08/06/2019 8:41 AM

Under the Downtown Streets Team, homeless participants carry out community beautification and maintenance activities in exchange for receiving case management (counseling and housing navigation services), employment assistance services, and financial rewards for basic needs in the form of rent stipends or gift cards.

Program activities include tasks such as garbage pickup, graffiti removal, and even assisting with the cleanup of homeless encampments. DST is designed to operate within downtown districts to decrease the incidence of panhandling and other visible effects of homelessness while simultaneously improving those areas and providing unsheltered individuals a path to housing and employment stability.

In the nine months the pilot program has been operational, the program has served 37 individuals and has kept a steady average team size of 15 team members. Check out its progress below:

Reducing the Incidence of Homelessness

  • 8 individuals moved into permanent housing
  • 11 individuals gained lasting employment

Reducing the Impacts of Homelessness

  • 7,579 volunteer hours performed by Team Members 
  • 147,760 gallons of debris removed from focus area 
  • 865 sharps removed from focus area 

For more information about the program, please read the full Agenda Report.