Intervention Definition: Case management plus access to flexible funding (standard care)
The current YFHPI intervention involves a combination of case management and flexible funds. Case management is based on a model of progressive engagement, originally piloted by the Domestic Violence Housing First project. Progressive engagement means that case managers customize the level and extent of case management services to a particular client’s situation. Regular case management activities include navigating interactions with landlords, identifying suitable housing, and other housing-specific activities. But case management also regularly includes broader activities related to budgeting, employment, dependent care, etc. that can support housing stability. Case managers aim to develop a relationship of trust that allows the participant to better navigate a path to housing stability.
While purely providing funds for eviction prevention is not the primary design of this program, case managers can directly provide
financial assistance through flexible funds.
Intervention Definition: Immediate Financial Assistance (experimental group)
This intervention is basically the financial assistance part of the standard of care, stripped of the case management element. This is
an experimental intervention that exists for research purposes. The client will be asked to provide verification of their need, but is
eligible for immediate financial assistance after the need has been verified. Funding can be used to cover all of the same expenses
that funding could be used for in the standard YFHPI intervention.