Ending Veteran Homelessness
The Homeless Inter-agency Council is committed to help our region meet the goal of ending Veteran Homelessness. The Homeless Veteran Strategy Team utilizes the Master List (also known as by-name list) process to track all homeless veterans identified in our region and case conference monthly to ensure they are being engaged and moved into housing as quickly as possible. The Strategy Team reviews our region's progress on meeting federal benchmarks for ending Veteran homelessness. For benchmark updates and other information related to this initiative, contact Maegan Zielinski, CoC Director, at [email protected]
Coordinated Entry and Housing Prioritization
The Homeless Inter-agency Council (Tri-HIC) is implementing tools and strategies to improve access to crisis response services and shorten the length of time people are homeless before moving to housing. Tri-HIC has identified three main access points for people seeking emergency shelter: Good Shepherd Center, Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear, and The Salvation Army. Those who are within 72 hours of homelessness, or literally homeless should call or show up at any of those sites. Intake staff will conduct a short interview to determine whether shelter can be avoided, and connect people to the most appropriate shelter or street outreach services when necessary. We are implementing the use of the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) to assess housing needs, create a single permanent supportive housing waiting list, and prioritize those with the greatest need first to more effectively use our communities housing resources.
Landlord Incentive Pilot Program
The Homeless Inter-agency Council, along with 3 other communities in NC, is participating in a pilot risk mitigation program to encourage landlords to rent to homeless individuals. The risk mitigation funds provide a financial guarantee against, often perceived, risks of renting to people who have experienced homelessness. Funds can be used to address damages made to a unit above what a security deposit will cover, lost rent due to tenant arrears, and lost rent due to early lease termination while looking for another tenant. Good Shepherd Center is the lead organization for the pilot and the main point of contact for partner agencies and landlords. Kadie Cela can be contacted at [email protected] All leases signed as part of this pilot, must be in place by October 15, 2018. Landlords who renew a participating tenants' lease after 1 year for another year are eligible for a $500 re-signing bonus. We believe in our homeless neighbors right to a second chance at housing and their ability to be responsible long term tenants.