5.7 Shelter Diversion and Prevention for Families

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Conference Presentation | February 22, 2013

Files: Prevention and Shelter Diversion by Matthew Ayres (PDF | 258 KB | 21 slides) How to Drive Performance in Homelessness Prevention Programs by Sara Zuiderveen's (PPTX | 2.94 MB | 24 slides)

Shelter diversion and targeted prevention can ensure that shelter beds and other program beds are being held for those families that do not have another safe housing alternative. This workshop will review successful models for identifying families that can be prevented or diverted from entering shelter, how to serve such families effectively, and how to integrate prevention and diversion with coordinated assessment. The workshop will also include discussion on how best to allocate a community’s financial resources among prevention, diversion, and other interventions to achieve maximum system performance.

  • Matthew Ayres, Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, Minneapolis, MN
  • Amy Price, Community Shelter Board, Columbus, OH
  • Sara Zuiderveen, NYC Department of Homeless Services, New York, NY