OFE was recently invited to join the second cohort in Governor Newsom’s 100 Day Challenge, a statewide effort to end and prevent homelessness with a focus on equity.
OFE was recently invited to join the second cohort in Governor Newsom’s 100 Day Challenge, a statewide effort to end and prevent homelessness with a focus on equity. OFE’s focus with other departments is on building out the portfolio of supportive services offerings for participants, including one-on-one financial coaching.
Problem: During the COVID-19 pandemic, 2,300 vulnerable people experiencing homelessness were placed in hotels as part of the City’s Shelter-In-Place (SIP) program. While this initiative provides crucial temporary housing, it doesn’t offer long-term housing for SIP guests, and the SIP hotel sites will eventually be phased out due to lack of funding. City leaders and advocates are evaluating and implementing viable alternative housing solutions to SIP hotels that do not inadvertently force individuals back on the streets.
Innovation: In order to support these individuals to secure longer term housing, San Francisco’s 100 Day Challenge goal is to connect 175 COVID-19 vulnerable single adult guests experiencing homelessness to safe and stable housing (leveraging Rapid Re-Housing and shallow subsidy resources) with prioritization of people who are chronically homeless and/or have disabling conditions. OFE is supporting the initiative by providing leadership, building out a diverse supportive service portfolio, including financial coaching, and offering critical communications support. The goal of the 100 Day Challenge is to provide a proof of concept that can be replicated at a larger scale to benefit more people who are experiencing homelessness.