Bridges to Housing (B2H), which provides permanent housing and intensive case management to high-need families across four counties in the Portland Metro area, was recently nominated for a 'promising model' study for homeless families sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Regional Research Institute (RRI) has conducted a five-year evaluation of the program, and the faculty member Diane Yatchmenoff, PhD, was interviewed as part of the nomination process.
In addition to supporting families in their efforts to obtain permanent housing and progress towards self-sustainability, Bridges to Housing is developing regional solutions to family homelessness. At the coordinating and governance levels, B2H focuses on stimulating policy changes and the re-alignment of public resources and needed systems. The first Bridges to Housing families were enrolled and housed in October of 2006 in Clark County. The project has rolled out gradually across the four jurisdictions as housing and resources for case management have become available. As of July 2009, over 260 families had enrolled in B2H.
To learn more about B2H projects, click here.
To read the 2008 Bridges to Housing Evaluation Year-End Report, click here.