Best crisis accommodation / shelter models?
I work in the homeless sector in Melbourne Australia -- another one of the most expensive cities in the world to live where homelessness has increased a lot over the past few years.
Does anyone have any research, stories, or sources regarding best practice for crisis accommodation / shelters?
Most of our crisis accommodation here are very 19th century: large facilities with over 60 people packed together. It tends to get a bit rough. A lot of people experiencing homelessness will sleep rough instead of in crisis accommodation because they feel safer on the streets -- in a recent study of homeless people, 96% had slept rough but only 54% had ever stayed in crisis accommodation. Crisis accom costs around $30/night, it usually come directly out of benefits. The climate may make a difference too as the lowest it will average during winter is 0 degrees in the middle of winter.
One good model that we employ is a non-profit crisis rooming house -- e.g. in ours, 11 women all have separate studio units with kitchens and washrooms. People feel safe, we have locks on the doors and a curfew. Each client has a case manager to support them, and we try to let people live here until they have somewhere affordable to go to (finding an affordable exit is really hard now).
Also, are there any co-operatively owned crisis accommodation / shelters in Canada by chance?
Really appreciate any of your thoughts on this question !
Regards from down under,
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