Initiatives

Ending Veteran Homelessness

The CoC has engaged HUD Technical Assistance to help our region meet the goal of ending Veteran Homelessness. The Homeless Veteran Strategy Team began utilizing the Master 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. HUD TA reviews federal benchmarks for reaching an end to Veteran homelessness and will assist the CoC with submitting a declaration to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

System Wide Analytics and Projection

The CoC will begin analyzing various performance factors of its projects, including program exits, housing placements and returns to homelessness, along with program cost data. The SWAP tool developed by FOCUS Strategies will be used to collect the information and analyze cost effectiveness, and then project system outcomes based on increasing or decreasing capacity of specific programs based on funding allocation. This will be used in the development of a five year plan for the CoC to build a more effective system.

Coordinated Entry and Housing Prioritization

The CoC is implementing tools to improve access to crisis response services and shorten the length of time people are homeless before moving to housing. The CoC operates a Housing Crisis Hotline which uses custom assessments to screen at-risk callers for resources to prevent homelessness whenever possible, and connect people to the most appropriate shelter and/or transitional housing 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.