Preventing Elder Homelessness
Victims of elder abuse and vulnerable adults are at heightened risk for eviction and losing their homes. Their homes may be unsafe as a result of neglect or self neglect. Older homeowners and home seekers are targeted for predatory lending. Nursing homes may refuse to readmit patients after hospitalizations. Tenants and homeowners may lack information about their rights.
What We've Done
CEJC worked with the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) and the California Commission on Aging (CCoA) to create Home Safe, a homelessness prevention program and rapid re-housing demonstration program. The program would provide crisis intervention and direct services to help Adult Protective Services (APS) clients who are at risk of homelessness to stabilize their housing through counseling, in-home support, and referrals to legal assistance programs.
CEJC also supported Senate Bill 1150, which boosts protections against foreclosure for surviving spouses. The measure went into effect in April 2017.
What We're Doing
CEJC is joining with the County Welfare Directors Association of California and CCoA to co-sponsor Home Safe, a $15 million General Fund request for a 3-year pilot project in 15 communities aimed at preventing homelessness. Home Safe pilots would be operated by APS programs to demonstrate how intervening in crises can prevent homelessness among abuse victims. APS workers would identify clients at risk of losing their homes and provide services like short-term rental and utility assistance, heavy cleaning, immediate mental health treatment, and intensive case management. It would include an evaluation component to evaluate effectiveness.
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