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The Columbus Model: System Overview
Toolkits | November 5, 2010
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Columbus, OH has consistently performed well on outcomes in the HEARTH Act, including reducing length of homelessness, new, repeat, and overall homelessness.
From 2007 to 2009, the community reduced homelessness in the midst of a nationwide recession with 7 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent reductions in overall, family, and single adult homelessness, respectively. In 2009, the majority of homeless families exited the “front-door” emergency shelter for housing within 21 days and more than 60 percent of homeless families exited homelessness for permanent housing. Only one percent of singles and zero percent of families who exited homelessness in 2009 returned to homelessness.
Columbus’ performance on these outcomes is a direct result of their homeless assistance system, which helps people quickly move out of homelessness and into permanent housing. During the 2010 fiscal year, over 8,000 homeless people were served in the community. This total includes nearly 1,305 families who sought emergency shelter during the fiscal year. Thirty-two percent of these families received prevention or diversion services and were successfully diverted from entering emergency shelter. Additionally, of the 2,792 total people served in housing programs, nearly 90 percent were placed in permanent housing (i.e., rapid re-housing or permanent supportive housing), and nearly half (40 percent) were rapidly re-housed. Remarkably, the combined budgets for Columbus’ rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing programs account for less than half of the community’s total program and services budget.
Columbus’ homeless services and programs receive over $12 million annually in funding from the lead Continuum of Care (CoC) agency, the Community Shelter Board (CSB), in addition to the annual HUD CoC award of approximately $8 million.
System Snapshot 2009
2009 Annual Homeless Count
Performance on Key HEARTH-related outcomes
Number of Households Served by Program Type, FY 2010
In FY 2010, Columbus homeless system served more than 8,000 people. Of the 2,792 total people served in housing programs, nearly 90 percent were placed in permanent housing (i.e., rapid re-housing or permanent supportive housing), and nearly half (40 percent) were rapidly re-housed.
Budget Allocation for Program & Services