United Way partnered with the City, County, fire, ambulance, hospitals, police department, and St. Vincent de Paul’s Village to identify 36 of the most chronically homeless individuals and enroll them in our program, Project 25. Modeled after successful “Housing First” programs that provide permanent supportive housing to the chronically homeless, Project 25 successfully provided housing to get people off the streets and supportive services to keep them housed. The 3-year pilot of Project 25 concluded and had great success, helping to ensure the long-term stability of our homeless neighbors. Through the use of Housing First, we have seen costs drop 63%, with:
Through United Way’s support and leadership, partnerships were developed amongst all of the services that touch homeless individuals. After the 3-year pilot, we provided bridge funding to help St. Vincent de Paul Village continue their oversight of Project 25. The program has now found sustainable funding and is expanding. In addition, the outcomes and data that were tracked over the 3 years are being used as the model of how to invest future County, City and State funds. Read the report!
In July 2015, United Way funded four Impact Networks to activate the principles of collective impact in their community and to align partners to create impact around either kindergarten readiness or early grade literacy. Since then, the Impact Networks have organized stakeholders, aligned priorities and built great momentum around their respective goal areas. After just 6 months of funding, these networks have achieved the following results: