2015 Report

2015 Programmatic Report

Legacy III provides transitional and permanent housing services to homeless women in Summit County, OH who are recovering from chronic substance abuse, mental health disorders, or physical disabilities. We assist our program participants in re-establishing stability in their lives, advocating for themselves, and becoming economically self-sufficient members of society. Through the programs provided by Legacy III, homeless women are empowered to end the cycle of homelessness and live independently in our community.

Actual program outcomes for both transitional and permanent housing for FY 2015 are included in this report. The information and the sources used to calculate percentages and data includes Legacy III’s in-house data base, admission and discharge summaries, and the local Homeless Management Information System.

Transitional Housing Services

The transitional housing program has 15 beds. Services are provided in a congregate living environment that is highly conducive to a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. A total of 54 homeless women were served through transitional housing services in 2015. Of these, 40 exited the program during the year; and 14 were actively participating on 12/31/15. The information below is reflective of those who exited the program, demographic detail, and programmatic performances.

Demographic Information (all participants)

  • The average age was 39 years old (youngest – 23 | oldest – 58).
  • 5 – African American ♦ 35 – Caucasian
  • Average income level on admission – $116/month ♦ Average income level on exit – $881/month.
  • 20 were dually diagnosed (mental illness diagnosis in addition to alcohol and/or drug addiction).
  • 19 reported physical injuries and/or conditions that required medical services.

Length of Stay*

  • 8 stayed less than 30 days with the shortest length of stay being 1 day
  • 7 stayed 31 – 60 days ♦ 8 stayed 61 – 90 days
  • 5 stayed 91 – 120 days ♦ 12 stayed 121 or more days (longest length of stay was 194 days)

*(does not include the 14 women who were actively participating on 12/31/15)

Income*

  • 32 had no income at the time of admission ♦ 8 had income at the time of admission
  • 33 had secured income prior to discharge ♦ 7 had no income at the time of discharge

*(does not include the 14 women who were actively participating on 12/31/15)

Housing

Point of Admission
  • 16 were referred by a treatment facility
  • 19 were referred by a correctional facility
  • 5 were referred by a shelter
Point of Discharge
  • 16 had secured their own apartments (Legacy III permanent housing programs) ♦ 16 secured housing with family, friends
  • 4 whereabouts unknown at the time of discharge ♦ 4 was discharged to a local shelter

*(does not include the 14 women who were actively participating on 12/31/15)

Transitional Housing Effectiveness

This information reflects the actual program performance. The outcomes are based on the 40 women who exited the program during 2015.

Program Goals – Actual Outcomes 2015 Emerging Women Women’s Empowerment Five Expansion beds All Transitional Housing Programs Combined
Total Number Served 17 27 10 54
Number Exited During 2015 13 22 5 40
Maintained Sobriety 77% (10 clients) 91% (20 clients) 100% (5 clients) 88% (35 clients)
Increased Income 70% (9 clients) 86% (19 clients) 100% (5 clients) 88% (33 clients)
Secured Permanent Housing 85% (11 clients) 95% (21 clients) 60% (3 clients) 88% (35 clients)
Overall Graduation Rate (achieved continued sobriety, stable income, and housing at the time of discharge) 54% (7 clients) 82% (18 clients) 60% (3 clients) 70% (28 clients)

Permanent Housing Services

Legacy III’s permanent housing programs assists clients with a one-bedroom apartment and provides supportive services to increase their opportunities for long-term independence. A total of 41 homeless women were served through permanent housing services in 2015. Of these, 15 exited the program during the year; and 26 were actively participating on 12/31/15. The information below is reflective of both demographic information and programmatic performances which provides specific information on individual program outcomes as well as combined outcomes.

Demographic Information (all participants)

  • The average age was 45 years old (youngest – 21 | oldest – 64)
  • 18 – African American ♦ 12 – Caucasian.
  • Average income level on admission – $956/month ♦ Average income level on exit was $1102/month.
  • 18 were dually diagnosed (mental illness diagnosis in addition to alcohol and/or drug addiction)
  • 15 reported physical injuries and/or conditions that require medical services

Length of Stay*

  • 5 – less than one year
  • 6 – one – two years
  • 4 – more than two years.

*(does not include the 26 women who were actively participating on 12/31/15)

Income*

  • 15 had income at the time of admission ($923/month average income at time of admission)
  • 14 had no income at the time of discharge ($1130/month at time of discharge)

*(does not include the 26 women who were actively participating on 12/31/15)

Housing*

Point of Admission
  • 15 referred by Legacy III from the transitional housing program.
Point of Discharge
  • 14 remained in their original apartment unit.

*(does not include the 26 women who were actively participating on 12/31/12)

Permanent Housing Effectiveness

This information reflects the actual program performance. The outcomes are based upon the 9 women who exited the program during 2015.

Program Goals – Actual Outcomes 2015 Brubaker Program Humble Beginnings Both Permanent Housing Programs Combined
Total Number Served 27 14 41
Number Exited During 2015 11 4 15
Maintained Sobriety 100% (11 clients) 100% (4 clients) 100% (15 clients)
Achieved at Least Two Self-Sufficiency Goals 100% (11 clients) 100% (4 clients) 100% (15 clients)
Remained in Their Unit/Apartment 100% (11 clients) 100% (4 clients) 93% (14 clients)
Overall Graduation Rate (maintained continued sobriety, secured income, and remained in their apartment at discharge) 100% (11 clients) 100% (4 clients) 93% (14 clients)

Legacy III’s programs continue to perform exceptionally well in assisting women in strengthening their skills levels so that they are empowered to recreate their lives and become productive members of society.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2015

Capital Project – In 2015, Legacy III achieved the goal of purchasing and renovating a facility where transitional housing would be provided. The new facility provided an opportunity for bed expansion from 10 to 15 beds. Through collaboration with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the City of Akron CDBG, Ohio Department of Services Agency, Summit County ADM Board, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and the GAR Foundation, the capital project was fully funded. Additionally, Legacy III partnered with United Way of Summit County Women’s Council to create an atmosphere in the facility, of well-being, safety, and comfort for clients.

Legacy III is a United Way of Summit County Agency; an Akron/Barberton/Summit County COC member; a member of the Coalition On Homelessness In Ohio, and a Certified State of Ohio Recovery Housing provider.