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 housing resources and assistance. The Tri-Hic has implemented a new Housing Prioritization process, otherwise known as “Coordinated Entry.” For individuals experiencing homelessness: to get on the Community Housing Prioritization List, please take a Housing Assessment at Salvation Army (820 N. 2nd St) on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm by walking in or scheduling an appointment. After you take the assessment, your name will go on our Community Prioritization List. Community partners review this list weekly and collaborate together to link individuals with the resources that best match criteria and eligibility.
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 housing prioritization list, and prioritize those who are the most vulnerable with the greatest needs first to more effectively use our communities housing resources. For more details and information on Housing Prioritization click here
**Individuals experiencing homelessness can still access emergency shelter services without taking a Housing Assessment.
For more information on Housing Prioritization/Coordinated Entry please email or call CoC Director, Maegan Zielinski, [email protected], 910-395-4553 x202
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.