Prevention and Diversion Toolkit: Program Planning and Design

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Toolkits | August 28, 2013

These documents will be helpful to communities as they create a comprehensive plan on how and where to provide prevention and diversion assistance to households in need.

Homelessness Prevention: Creating Programs That Work (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
This manual and the accompanying companion guide provide thorough information on how communities can set up and implement a successful prevention program. The guides provide information on how to assess households for eligibility, distribute prevention resources, and empower clients in the process.

SAMHSA Webinar on Homelessness Prevention (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
This webinar, held in January 2013, provided information on best practices on the administration and targeting of homeless prevention assistance. Participants included Jennifer Ho from USICH, Dr. Marybeth Shinn of Vanderbilt University, and Jamey Burden from Community of Hope in Washington, DC.

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
Prevention and rapid re-housing are both interventions that can be, and have been, used successfully to stabilize domestic violence survivors in housing. This brief details what alterations, mainly for survivors’ safety and confidentiality, providers will need to make when offering prevention and rapid re-housing assistance to domestic violence survivors. The paper was written by Alliance staff with input from many provider and advocacy organizations.

Homelessness Prevention for Survivors of Domestic Violence (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
This webinar, the second in a series on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence, featured Peg Hacskaylo, Executive Director of DASH, and Linda Olsen, Housing Program Coordinator at WSCADV. The webinar recording and the individual PowerPoint presentations are available.

Closing the Front Door: Creating a Successful Diversion Program for Homeless Families (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
This paper provides information on how communities can add shelter diversion to their system’s front door. It includes a definition of shelter diversion, tips on diversion assessment, explanation of the key components of a successful diversion program, and examples of what shelter diversion might look like for different households. The focus of this paper is homeless families, but the information here can easily be applied to other populations.

Making Diversion Work for You (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
This is a modified PowerPoint presentation from the 2011 National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness that provides a basic overview of shelter diversion, how it works, and how it can benefit homeless assistance systems and the households they serve. This is meant to be used as a teaching tool and comes with slide notes so that individuals can present it to fellow providers or staff members.

Conference Presentations from “Maximizing System Effectiveness through Homelessness Prevention” (2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness)
The most effective homelessness prevention and diversion techniques attempt to stabilize people in their current housing situation if it is safe, not simply funnel them away from entering shelter. How to use flexible service resources, creative case management, short-term financial assistance, and connection with mainstream resources to make this stabilization happen were the focus of this workshop. This workshop also offered strategies for preventing households experiencing domestic violence from falling into homelessness.

This Prevention and Diversion Toolkit contains two other sections: