Prevention

Strategies that aim to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless are an important part of the County’s efforts to combat homelessness. These efforts include reducing the number of individuals who are discharged into homelessness from institutions such as jails, hospitals, and foster care, and preventing families and individuals from losing their housing.

Homeless Prevention Program for Families

The Homeless Prevention Program for Families (Strategy A1) provides resources to families at risk of becoming homeless in order to prevent them from losing their housing.
In the first nine months of fiscal year 2018-2019, this prevention program helped 470 families remain in their existing permanent housing or move directly into other permanent housing. With a total of 575 families exiting the prevention program in the data period, this means that 82 percent of all families that completed the program were prevented from becoming homeless.

Homeless Prevention Program for Individuals

The Homeless Prevention Program for Individuals (Strategy A5) launched in February of 2018, with enrollments beginning in April 2018. The program provides resources to individuals at risk of becoming homeless in order to prevent them from losing their housing.

In the first nine months of fiscal year 2018-2019, the program helped 553 individuals remain in their existing permanent housing or move directly into other permanent housing. This represents 92 percent (553 out of 602 individuals that exited the program) of all individuals that exited the prevention program in the data period. This outcome demonstrates significant ramping up of the A5 program in the current fiscal year.