Housing, Shelter

Tedford Housing

Brunswick, ME

Mission

Creating pathways from homelessness to home by partnering with people and their communities in Midcoast Maine.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Rota Knott

Main Address

P.O. Box 958

Brunswick, ME 04011 USA

Keywords

homelessness, homeless, shelter, emergency shelter, homeless prevention, Maine, Tedford Housing, Tedford Shelter, supportive housing, Merrymeeting Project for homeless youth

EIN

01-0422035

 Number

2625732622

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Tedford Housing provides a continuum of homelessness related services and is the only homeless services provider north of Portland and south of Rockland. All of Tedford's services - emergency shelter, supportive housing, and outreach/ homeless prevention - are offered with the assistance of a case manager who help clients not only to secure permanent housing, but also to ensure they have the ability to sustain housing. Currently, Tedford Housing can only provide emergency housing to approximately 10% of families and 26% of single adults who call requesting shelter. Of the 337 individual adults who requested assistance from Tedford Housing in FY 2019, only 86 were sheltered. Likewise, of the 228 families calling Tedford in FY 2019, only 23 were able to be sheltered. Similar numbers were recorded for FY 2018. If Tedford Housing is unable to immediately shelter a family or individual, work is done to help access appropriate resources to keep them as stable as possible in the meantime.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Emergency Shelter

Supportive Housing

Homeless Prevention

Warm Thy Neighbor

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of people using homeless shelters per week

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These stats refer to the number of adults in our emergency shelter on a weekly basis. Our adult shelter currently provides beds for 12 men and 4 women.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Families

Related program

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These stats refer to total number of people (adults and family members) who were homeless and engaged in housing services from Tedford Housing.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers represent clients includes adults, youth and families served in our shelters, supportive housing units and youth program.

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Warm Thy Neighbor

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers represent the number of households receiving one-time emergency heating assistance through Tedford Housing's Warm Thy Neighbor program.

Average length of stay (in days)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers represent the average length of stay for adults in our emergency shelter, which provides beds for 12 men and 4 women.

Number of households served with eviction notice or forced displacement

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Related program

Homeless Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These stats show the number of households Tedford Housing served with homeless prevention services after they were served with an eviction notice.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The ultimate goal of Tedford Housing’s case management services continues to be to help homeless children, youth, adults and families move to or maintain permanent housing and to seek treatment for significant barriers to sustaining stable housing. Having stable and permanent housing is a cornerstone of one's quality of life. When stability is lacking and emergency housing is needed, one's entire life circumstances become very complicated very fast. Tedford's mission focuses on creating pathways from homelessness to home by partnering with people and their communities in Midcoast Maine. Our case managers not only make sure the people we work with have shelter, but also give them the tools and resources they need to ensure they will successfully maintain housing. With the stability of housing, our clients (and neighbors) are then more able to pursue employment, education and other basic needs.

Case management services will continue to be utilized as a strategy to aid the rising number of families and single individuals Tedford Housing serves in its shelter, outreach and homeless prevention programs. Case management is a collaborative and planned approach to ensuring that a person who experiences homelessness gets the services and supports they need to move forward with their lives. The goal of case management is to empower people, draw on their strengths and capabilities, and promote an improved quality of life by facilitating timely access to the necessary supports, thus reducing the risk of homelessness and enhancing housing stability. The case manager assists each participant to organize the various logistics needed to make contact for appointments and to ensure attendance at and follow-up to appointments. Housing navigation services include conducting an assessment to determine the needs of the shelter guest, developing what is called the "housing stability plan" and working with the guest to secure and move into affordable housing. Navigation services also include working with various agencies to secure rental assistance vouchers when identified, as well as other community resources and services benefiting the guest post shelter stay. Once a family or individual secures housing, the family and adult shelter case managers will continue to "follow" their clients for a period of time to ensure a successful and sustainable housing placement. Outreach clients work with a case manager to regain and maintain stability in their current situation. This could mean providing rental assistance, helping with budgeting, or with accessing other necessary services.

Tedford Housing has been addressing homelessness in the Brunswick area since 1987, providing a continuum of services from prevention programs to emergency shelter, community outreach, case management and supportive housing for families and adults who are homeless. Giff Jamison, Tedford's director of operations, oversees all of Tedford Housing's programs and services and supervises all of the agency's case managers. Giff has over 30 years experience in the nonprofit social services sector with 13 years working in homelessness. Our case managers are also provided clinical supervision on a monthly basis from a licensed clinical social worker. All of the case management staff meet as a team monthly to review clients, to learn about new program delivery components and expectations and to learn from each other about client engagement, record keeping, community resources and effective motivational strategies. Tedford Housing's business manager provides quality assurance functions for the entry of data by the case management staff for the ESHAP program. Timely, complete and accurate data entry into the Homeless Management Information System is critical to the measurement of program benchmarks and thus the level of funding from MaineHousing to Tedford. Tedford has a strong network and excellent reputation with community resources and community solutions groups.

Tedford Housing will measure the effectiveness of the described case management services using the following overarching goals: Goal 1: Obtain permanent housing for adult and family households who reside in the two Tedford Housing emergency housing facilities. At least 65% of guests in our adult shelter and 75% of families in our family shelter will exit to permanent housing. Goal 2: Households who obtain permanent housing successfully retain the home and do not experience another episode of homelessness. Fewer than 15% of households served by Tedford will become homeless again. The goals were chosen because the agency has a solid means from which to gather, monitor and report the data through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) housed at MaineHousing. The data is required to be entered into the system for all clients receiving the case management services funded through the MaineHousing Emergency Services and Housing Assistance Program, ESHAP. The reports are prepared and monitored on a quarterly basis. As the amount of payment from MaineHousing is tied to the objectives, Tedford Housing management pays close attention to data being entered in a timely and complete manner.

In fiscal year 2019, Tedford Housing sheltered 86 single adults and 23 families with 68 family members in its emergency shelters, housed 44 families with 78 family members in its 37 supportive housing units and helped 195 households that included 443 people with homeless prevention and outreach services. Of the 23 families served during FY19, 17 families exited, with 6 households remained in the family shelter at the end of June. Of the 17 families that exited the shelter, 15 families, or 88.24%, moved into permanent housing. 2 families, or 11.76%, returned to the adult shelter after losing custody of their child(ren) and continued case management at the adult shelter with a goal of securing permanent housing.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/15/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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