Data and Targets
While the challenges around housing security are nothing new, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated economic conditions around the region and the country that have led to a heightened housing and homelessness crisis. Across the region, wages continue to lag behind the rising cost of housing. Housing costs and demand are rapidly outpacing wage growth and supply not just in Colorado, but across the country.
“I think a lot of people are suffering [because of COVID-19]. I also think a lot of people are going to need to seek out homeless shelters. There is going to be a lot of poverty. It’s sad to say but I think it’s going to happen. I think food access will be ok – There are a lot of resources in the community you can count on. But, housing – no. You can’t count on it. It’s not guaranteed.”
Source: Adams County Resident, Adams County Community Needs Assessment
But the challenges impacting a person’s housing situation are hard to contain within the walls of their home. Housing stability has a monumental impact on school and work performance for learners of all ages. Housing stability impacts educational outcomes, and educational outcomes impact employment. (Housing Matters)
Collective Global Target: The Partnership has adopted a collective target that by 2025, 50% (est. n= 193,000) of adults in Adams and Broomfield Counties will earn a post-high school certificate, credential or degree. (That is an increase of an estimated 45,800 people). This includes eliminating equity gaps between all racial and ethnic groups. The H.O.M.E. strategy puts emphasis on improving the stability of housing with access to basic needs like broadband which are critical to educational attainment. The focus on housing combined with an effort to increase the capacity of navigators to provide critical services to underserved populations makes this strategy an integral part of achieving the 50% credential attainment target of the partnership.
Specific Goals and Targets for this Strategy: RMP is currently in the process of assessing the current state of housing and education in our region. The Backbone Team is receiving coaching and technical assistance from several reputable, national entities including StriveTogether (Shifting Public Accountability and Resources to Support Children and Youth), Children’s Funding Project, Kids Impact, and Bridges to conduct impact assessments which help paint a picture of the current state. Once this picture becomes clearer The Partnership will work, with their support, to set targets for this work.
In addition, RMP worked with Enterprise Community Partners to conduct an initial readiness assessment to determine some initial areas of focus for this effort.
H.O.M.E. Data Dashboard
Partners utilize both quantitative and qualitative (community voice and perspective) data to inform, drive, and evaluate the progress and impact of this collective strategy.
A dedicated data dashboard is being developed to support this and will include the following:
- Demographics: A general overview of the RMP region. This includes data around general population size and demographic breakdowns as well as qualities of home life such as people per household and languages spoken.
- The Current State: Provides a snapshot of what employment for community members looks like and the health of the labor force as a whole in our region. It can quickly answer questions regarding which populations are experiencing the greatest disparities when it comes to hiring and moving along the pathway to a stable position in a top job.
- Baselines and Targets: Trend-over-time data that tells us if H.O.M.E. outcomes are improving over time. These baselines are disaggregated by geography, race/ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, disability status, and other demographic characteristics in order to clearly understand equity gaps. These baselines will help illuminate the current state of housing affordability, public housing assistance, and housing displacement.
- Story Behind the Numbers: The human side of the data story. This section puts faces and stories to the data so users can see and feel the impact of the systems as they currently exist.
- Factors and Barriers: Partners work to identify barriers the target populations are facing when it comes to pursuing affordable housing and quality education so that they can take action to address them.
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): Real-time measurements used by partners to evaluate the progress and impact of this collective strategy towards shared goals and targets
- Ultimate Impact: When these measures are trending in the “right” direction, they correlate with improved economic and social mobility. Ideally, if the three metrics listed in the bottom row (credential and skill attainment, self sufficient wages, and employment) are improving then poverty rates will decrease indicating that economic vitality is being achieved.
|As the Housing x Education Data Dashboard is being developed, the Partnership is receiving support from Enterprise Community Partners to conduct an assessment of partnerships between the housing and education sectors and develop a Data Profile to understand the current state of housing and education outcomes.|
Learn more about the Housing x Education Partnership Assessment HERE, and see the Housing x Education Data Profile below (Note: Temporary password for Data Profile is RMP#21Demo)
|Call to Action: If you are interested in participating in a collective effort to take action to improve outcomes related to H.O.M.E, please contact Matt Horn (MattHorn@RMPBackbone.org).|