EFAA's programming framework takes the shape of a three-tiered pyramid. Its wide base, Tier 1, is comprised of EFAA's Stabilizing Services, the safety net of support. This tier addresses the immediate needs of all those who come to EFAA in financial crisis, helping them avert homelessness and hunger with food from our Food Bank; direct financial assistance (DFA) for rent, utilities, transportation, and minor medical needs; strengths-based case management and referrals to outside resources; and on-site mental health and nutritional counseling. The theory of change behind EFAA's Stabilizing Services is that households must be able to meet their most basic needs so that they can begin working on longer-term resiliency.
In FY19 we conducted 17,399 face-to-face appointments to help with rent, utility bills, food and other basic needs, serving 2,111 unduplicated families and 4,244 individuals. EFAA provided a total of $916,642 in direct financial assistance for rent, utility bills, minor medical needs, and transportation (gas and bus vouchers) - a 31.7% increase from last year. In addition, over 767,874 pounds of food from EFAA's Food Bank and Mobile Food Pantry worth more than $1.3M were distributed to 1,535 households.
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Moving up the pyramid, the second tier of programming is EFAA's new Family Growth and Learning services launched in 2017. Classes and events provide families access to expanded learning and community building opportunities. These programs primarily serve families accessing other EFAA services who seek to deepen their engagement with EFAA and their community. The theory of change in Tier 2 is that expanding life skills and building support networks encourages community members to support themselves and each other and improves their resiliency.
In FY19 we continue to build out this tier with 16 different educational workshops, offered multiple times throughout the year, for a total of 107 course offerings. Topics include, among others: financial literacy, nurturing parenting, ESL, auto mechanics and computer skills, with several workshops running for 10 and 12-week sessions. Community dinners and family events are also planned. In FY18 543 families participated in these programs; we anticipate increased participation in the coming years.
EFAA hosted 40 community educational classes that reached 289 individuals to help build community among participants and expand learning opportunities for families.
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
EFAA's Housing Program represents the lion's share of Tier 3 of EFAA's service pyramid, Intensive Family Strengthening, offering the most concentrated level of support aimed at long-term improvements in financial stability and self-sufficiency. Our Housing Program is aimed at stabilizing homeless families with children by providing temporary housing with a focus on moving into permanent, affordable housing upon exit. Our case managers work closely with residents, helping them set goals and develop sustainable plans for their future, tracking progress, coaching financial and life skills, and making referrals to outside resources such as TANF, SNAP and Medicaid/CHP.
EFAA's Housing Program has two components: Short-Term and Transitional Housing
Short-Term Housing provides families with an apartment and intensive case management for a period of 6-12 weeks. All housing-related expenses are covered by EFAA and participants save a portion of their income for their future deposit and rent. In Boulder County EFAA is the only provider of short-term housing for homeless families not affected by domestic violence.We have 20 individual short-term apartments in Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont.
Our Transitional Housing provides up to two years of subsidized rent paired with case management support. EFAA is a primary provider of transitional housing for homeless families in the County. In July 2018 we finished construction of 5 new Transitional apartments in North Boulder, bringing our total number of Transitional apartments to 35.
Additional programs in the Intensive Family Strengthening tier also aim at long-term resiliency and adopt a two-generation approach to ending the cycle of poverty. They include:
The Children's Program, addressing the medical, emotional and academic needs of the children in our Housing through ongoing case management with a Children's Case Manager and an on-site after-school enrichment program;
Keep Families Housed, family homelessness prevention that ties investments in household well-being to multi-month rental assistance;
Job Uptake for Motivated Parents (JUMP), a yearlong program providing parents access to higher-paying career-track jobs thorough job training and internships;
Bringing School Home, offering families with children ages 0-5 permanent subsidized housing and support for academic success; and
Housing Stabilization Program, providing at-risk families up to 12 months of rental assistance and case management tied to budget counseling and financial literacy classes.
In FY19, EFAA housed 138 unduplicated households totaling 474 individuals (276 of whom were children) in our 50 apartments on seven sites throughout Boulder County.
244 children living in EFAA housing were provided specialized case management to ensure every child has the support they need to thrive.
437 families participated in EFAA's Keep Families Housed family homelessness prevention program.
Participants in EFAA's JUMP (Job Uptake for Motivated Parents) saw a 164% average increase in income to support their families.
In FY19, 87% of families who exited the Housing Program successfully, moved into affordable permanent housing.