Sustainability Plan

 

Phoenix Philosophies, Inc. seeks to stabilize neighborhoods by giving homeless families a new lease on life. Having a permanent residence creates a more stable home life that will enable the children to grow up in an atmosphere of hope instead of hopelessness. Phoenix Philosophies, Inc. has approached the City of Syracuse who is enthusiastic about our program. Phoenix Philosophies, Inc. is in the process of researching properties to acquire and transform into vibrant housing, changing and stabilizing neighborhoods one house at a time.

We already have numerous endorsements from the City of Syracuse Department of Business and Neighborhood Development, Syracuse City Common Council members, and other organizations that address housing and homeless issues. (See our endorsements page)

STRATEGY

Phoenix Philosophies, Inc. strategy is to partner with other agencies to accomplish creating revitalized and stabilized neighborhoods.

The foundation will take economically disadvantaged veterans, recent non-violent parolees, individuals emerging from detoxification programs, victims of abusive situations, and place them in a position to learn a transportable trade or skills in the construction field. This will be achieved by partnering with local building trade firms and organizations. Each firm or organization must hire at least one person from any one of the listed populations. We will acquire neglected properties, contract out the renovation work and then lease out the properties as affordable housing.

TIMELINE

1st year  2011 plan to acquire 3-4 properties

Complete renovation on properties 45 – 60 days verified by contractors

Tenants preferably families will have a lease

Initial funding for renovation will be from Block Grants and other donations from fundraisers, HUD Grants, etc.

Once system of acquisition and renovation in place and income is stable, acquire 6-8 properties per year

System of acquisition should be in place after first year (4 properties)

Property that is acquired with more than one unit will be used strictly for rental property. Property acquired for homeownership will be one family, owner occupied properties.

COMPONENTS OF CONTINUUM OF CARE SYSTEM

An ideal effective homeless system is seamless and coordinated. It includes not only the fundamental components described below but also the necessary linkages and referral mechanisms among these components to facilitate the movement of individuals and families toward permanent housing and independent living. It is balanced with available capacity in each of the key components of the system, and it is responsive to changing needs. The fundamental components of a comprehensive Continuum of Care system should include:

Prevention: Stabilization services and activities that assist those individuals and families at risk of homelessness to maintain their housing.

  • Permanent Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing: Long-term safe, decent, and affordable housing for individuals and families.
  • Supportive Services: Those support services needed for a person to move towards self-sufficiency and independent living.( Excerpt from January 2001 “How to be a Player in the Continuum of Care: Tools for the Mental Health Community. By Gary Shaheen. Retrieved from: http://www.tacinc.org/downloads/ContinuumofCareGuide.pdf )

WHY IT WILL WORK

Reductions in chronic homelessness among veterans are largely the result of coordinated and focused efforts by the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Affordable Housing Committee part of the City of Syracuse Common Council Task Force on the Homeless and Housing Vulnerable (Taskforce) to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. Beginning in 2002, communities began developing and implementing Ten Year Plans to End Homelessness, which generally included strategies for addressing chronic homelessness. Much of this activity is a response to federal incentives to focus attention and resources on chronic homelessness. Communities are also making progress preventing chronic homelessness by intervening when homeless people are in hospitals, correctional facilities, or in other institutional care facilities. (Taken from Chronic Homelessness Brief, March 2010, National Alliance to End Homelessness: Chronic Homelessness Policy Solutions)