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In 2006, Duffy received the first Cape-based award to adapt this national model. Housing First provides stable housing as a first step in services for homeless individuals. By eliminating the chaos of homelessness, Housing First participants are able to more effectively address underlying behavioral health and medical issues. Housing First is an evidence-based practice and has been a factor in national and state funding shifts away from emergency shelters and towards permanent, supportive housing models. At Duffy, case management staff work with local public and private housing authorities as well as many private landlords who value the case management support that help people achieve and maintain successful tenancies. Housing First has resulted in a decrease in risk behaviors and utilization of public services – and increased positive connections to preventive health services and to the community.
In from the Streets began in 2005 as a community-based response to homelessness. When the program expanded to become a regional initiative, Duffy Health Center was asked to administer this program, which has assisted over 200 individuals since its inception. This program offers temporary motel subsidies and multi-agency case management to persons experiencing homelessness. By diversion from shelter, In From the Streets offers case management services and an initial step towards permanent housing, special programs, and a return to the community.
In 2009, the Duffy Health Center was a leader in developing a practical response to concerns of business owners in Hyannis regarding individuals who had a perceived negative presence on Main Street, Hyannis. Working closely with the local police and human service agencies, Duffy developed a coordinated system of addressing the individual needs of the most visible 95 individuals in need of services. After a concerted and coordinated multi-year effort, the Main Street Initiative has resulted in 50% reduction of street vagrancy.
Pilot House is a modified therapeutic shelter program developed in 2002 and has offered transitional housing support to over 300 persons in recovery. Duffy provides clinical services (medical, mental health, and substance abuse services) for homeless individuals with substance abuse challenges. Pilot House continues to be supported through private and community funding.
Duffy is an active participant and an executive member of the Cape & Islands Regional Network to End Homelessness. The Regional Network serves the communities of Barnstable County, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Over 35 participating groups creating a network of homeless services providers, non-profit agencies, private businesses, housing developers, public housing authorities, representatives from local, county, and state government, faith-based community, and formerly homeless persons.
This informal network of five federally qualified health centers serves over 40,000 residents of the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. As an advocate for the health of the underserved the Network seeks to develop coordinated responses to reducing health disparities in our communities. In the past seven years the Network has developed several regional health initiatives including depression screening, diabetes care for minority patients, a Specialty Network for the Uninsured, and office-based opioid treatment services.