Permanent Housing for Clark County’s Most Vulnerable Homeless Individuals
Lincoln Place is a community partnership to identify, engage, house and support the people in our community who have been homeless the longest and utilize the most resources. Modeled on the harm reduction/housing first model, Lincoln Place will provide permanent, stable housing as the first priority, while also providing the support services necessary to insure an individual’s maximum opportunity for overcoming homelessness.
The 30 furnished studio apartments will be approximately 320 square feet with kitchenettes and private bathrooms. The three- story structure will be approximately 10,000 sq/ft. The exterior design of Lincoln Place is reflective of the transition from industrial to residential in the neighborhood. Three of the units will be ADA and the remainder will be ADA-adaptable. Meeting and office space will be present on the first floor. Each floor will have laundry facilities.
Housing First is a holistic approach where homeless persons are provided immediate access to housing and then offered the supportive services that they need to foster long-term stability. It is based on the belief that people want a place to live and people want to get better. The Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs reports that the Housing First model is effective for people that have long histories of homelessness with the most complex service needs—such as mental illness. Studies show that for even those considered the hardest to serve over 80 percent were in housing a year after entry under the Housing First model; service utilization is reduced, mental health status is improved, drug/alcohol consumption is reduced, and over 35 studies have demonstrated cost effectiveness of the model. Research also identifies that if not housed, the chronically homeless utilize 50% of the shelter system resources, utilize a higher percentage of hospital emergency services and require longer care, and have higher rates of incarceration and recidivism. Learn more about the Housing First model at the Council for the Homeless website.
60 Minutes Story About Fighting Homelessness with Housing First
Giving apartments to the chronically homeless can save taxpayer dollars, advocates say. Anderson Cooper reports on the 100,000 Homes Campaign, an innovative approach to fighting homelessness.
SERVICES TO BE AVAILABLE TO LINCOLN PLACE RESIDENTS
A. Mental health services
B. Physical health services (including prevention programs)
C. Employment/vocational services
D. Educational opportunities and linkages
E. Substance abuse services
F. Budget and financial training
G. Assistance in obtaining and maintaining benefits/entitlements
H. Linkages to community-based services and resources
Share will provide 24/7 on-site supportive services in collaboration with Community Services NW. Supportive services provided by Share and partner agencies will include:
Share case management will enhance the success of the men and women in residence. Other organizations will outreach on-site as needed or they will be accessed via referral by Share. Located across from SHARE’s men’s shelter on 13th & Lincoln, Lincoln Place will benefit from the services present at the shelter; additionally the staff at the shelter will be accessible for Lincoln Place.
The Columbian has written two articles about Lincoln Place:
November 20, 2013 - Housing project planned for Vancouver
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2500 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660