Fund Clinical Case Manager

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BACKGROUND

Since PPTFH’s launch in 2016, it has been highly successful in reducing homelessness in Pacific Palisades and placing homeless people into permanent supportive housing (PSH). However, in 2019, the number of housing subsidy vouchers and supply of available housing declined dramatically due to a sudden increase in the number of homeless persons in Los Angeles. The situation was exacerbated by the 2020 -2021 pandemic which resulted in increased numbers of people falling into homelessness, the proliferation of homeless street encampments, lack of homeless policy agreement among City/County officials, the injunction on law enforcement to prevent street encampments and, most recently, Los Angeles’ action to clear encampments in areas such as Echo Park and Venice.

PPTFH has adapted to these changing circumstances by increasing the hours and nature of our street outreach and engagement work, providing on-street services to help individuals prepare to enter housing and expanding the geographical boundaries of our search for PSH. We are succeeding with this approach; however, the pace of our housing efforts is significantly slowed by the current circumstances.

Importantly, many of the increased numbers of homeless persons coming to the Palisades are dealing with severe mental illness, substance addiction and require an advanced clinical level of on-street service and engagement.

Due to the magnitude and complexity of the problem and barring unexpected “solutions,” we must anticipate that these conditions will continue for at least the next 2-3 years.

The Need For A Clinical Case Manager

In order to maintain PPTFH’s excellent level of effectiveness in helping people move into PSH, prevent proliferation of street encampments, and manage the increasing mental health and addiction needs of our homeless people, PPTFH believes the best available strategy is to add a Clinical Case Manager to our existing two-person professional Outreach Team (we contract for the Outreach Team with The People Concern, an agency that provides homeless social services and housing.)

PPTFH’s Outreach Team members are specifically trained for outreach and engagement work with homeless people. They initiate contact, build trust with, and help homeless clients decide to enter PSH. They help them complete the necessary steps and documentation to become eligible for PSH, find the PSH and provide support with leasing agreements, move-in and follow up support once people are housed. They provide clothing, access to health care and “whatever it takes” to help our homeless people stay housed. The work is challenging, demanding and mentally taxing. The Team is currently operating at a full capacity caseload.

The Team members do not have the time and are not trained to provide on-street clinical services to the increased numbers of homeless people in the Palisades suffering from mental illness and addiction. A clinical case manager would be equipped to provide the intense, specialized services required. These services are especially needed for what we call “long-term resident” homeless clients who resist engagement and housing. Currently, we have a growing number of these “resident” clients and believe it is important to do all that we can now to help prevent unattended escalating growth.

PROJECTED COST

The cost for the Clinical Case Manager position is $90,000 a year and will require a three-year commitment for a total cost of $270,000.

Challenge Grant Opportunity

PPTFH is fortunate to have a generous donor who has committed to provide a “challenge matching grant” of $30,000 a year for three years for a three-year total commitment of $90,000. This means that if PPTFH is able to raise the remaining matching amount of $180,000 by June, 2022 we will be able to receive the full matching grant and have the funds needed to hire a Clinical Case Manager.

We are seeking donations in any amount to help us reach the remaining matching goal of $180,000. Please help us by donating today by clicking the donate button on this page or if you are in a position to offer a larger, three-year donation contact Sharon Browning, PPTFH Co-President or Carol Sanborn, PPTFH Director and Fundraising Chair by emailing us at info@pptfh.org.

Thank you for your caring and support!