THOUGHTS AND PERSPECTIVES ON PSH FROM THE GROUND
Robert Mitchell | @robertmitchellv
- I work at Skid Row Housing Trust as a data analyst
- (I'll just refer to it as SRHT from now on)
- I have been working in this role for around three years
- I am self taught as a programmer/analyst
- Background in philosophy, comp lit, french, information science
A BIT ABOUT SRHT
- We do three things:
Develop affordable housing; specifically permanent supportive housing
Provide supportive services to the residents of our affordable housing projects
Have an affiliate manage the properties, repairs, et cetera
A BIT ABOUT SRHT
- We believe in the Housing First model
- We believe in Harm Reduction
- This is pretty much industry standard for the most part
WHAT I WANT TO COVER
- Research ➡️ policy threshold ➡️ providerspace feedback loop
- Building in measurement when there was none
- And the data infrastructure associated with this effort
- Current work and the direction SRHT is going in connection to data
WHY TALK ABOUT THIS FEEDBACK LOOP?
- It reflects a frustration that many providers feel
- It may not be something that is necessarily shared often and connects to the kind of policy advocacy SRHT would like to be a part of in the future
- Pathways to Housing: Supported
Housing for Street-Dwelling Homeless
Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities (Tsemberis, 2000)
- Most HF people are familiar with this study, it's widely used to justify HF, which the providerspace is behind
- These survival figures help us advocate for HF
- But then we see this retention figure
- On the one hand, this shows HF efficacy
- On the other hand, will this be the bar providers are held to?
APPLES TO APPLES?
- Is New York like Los Angeles?
- Is Utah like Los Angeles?
- How does this shape public opinion?
IS THIS A GOOD MEASURE?
- I don't think this is a good measure since it says nothing of provider effort or quality
- It's effectively housing churn until there is a uniform retention calculation that controls for success and can also control for effort on the side of the provider
WHAT DATA DID I INHERIT?
- Lots of tables of things; nothing that is connected by keys or can be aggregated meaningfully
- Data that is lost on paper somewhere or in excel in a lonely, forgotten directory
- 💡 are there mandatory reports required through some compliance function?
Is this even useful? What does it communicate?
Yeah you HUD mandated Annual Progress Report (APR) 👀
- Is there research literature? What is cited in those studies?
Are there comparisons to draw? Can you chase the citations?
- There were no measurements–nothing that I could use to demonstrate change in housing over time in a way that could be abstracted to an aggregate level meaningfully
- I didn't have the right kind of data to demonstrate good outcomes